Sky has re-branded its Sky Sports News app for iPad, it’s now called Sky Sports for iPad and includes a Sky Sports F1 companion app, with unique content and live feeds from the races, designed to be used with Sky’s news F1 channel.
Named the F1 ‘Race Control’ companion experience, this element of the app aims to enhance the experience of watching F1 on the television.
What’s really exciting about the app are the live features, adding an extra dimension to the race, with live streams from cameras on-board the cars, a pit-lane camera and cameras following the main race. So in theory, you could be watching the main race via your Sky box, but then have your favourite driver’s camera on your iPad.
Elsewhere there’s a live Twitter feed with F1 fan commentary, face scheduler and live highlights module.
Of course the Sky Sports app has information on other sports including: football, rugby union, rugby league, cricket, golf and tennis. Content includes photo galleries, news, team information, and video and there are live streams of Sky Sports 1, 2, 3 and 4, Sky Sports News and the new F1 channel.
David Gibbs, Director of Sky Sports Digital Media, comments: “The introduction of a bespoke F1 companion experience to the Sky Sports App for iPad helps creates an even richer experience, and in particular helps F1 fans really get to the heart of the sport. Used in conjunction with the Sky Sports F1 HD channel, broadcasting coverage of every race of the season in stunning HD, the app will add further depth to our coverage, delivering fans an immersive, never-before-seen experience.”
The Sky Sports App for iPad featuring the F1 companion app experience is free to Sky Customers who take Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports 2 or the HD channel. Alternatively Sky Sports App for iPad is free to download, with a £4.99 per month charge via in-app purchase. This works out at about £80 a year to watch F1 – which doesn’t seem too expensive if you are a fan.
Find out more about the app in our video below: