Fans can now watch Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 in 4k
The iconic Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 will become the first sport in Australia to be televised in 4k resolution, giving fans unprecedented coverage of the four-day event.
Supercars and Foxtel will broadcast the famous Mount Panorama circuit in the highest possible resolution available in the country and it will be available to Foxtel subscribers with the Sports HD pack and above.
The 4K broadcast of the Great Race will be available on Foxtel’s dedicated 4K channel (Channel 444).
Supercars CEO Sean Seamer said the technology would be brought to the mountain in partnership with Foxtel and Gearhouse.
“We are proud to be able to deliver the Bathurst coverage through this innovative partnership with Foxtel to bring the best technology available in the world right now,” Seamer said.
“With the support of Foxtel and FOX SPORTS we have trialled the cameras at the last two Supercars events and as recently as the Sandown 500 on the weekend.
“The pictures are extraordinary.
Foxtel CEO, Patrick Delany said: “When we announced Foxtel in 4K a month ago we and Supercars challenged ourselves to bring it to life as soon as possible and after an incredible amount of work we are delighted to pull forward the launch by a month and bring Australians Bathurst like never before.”
“It’s fitting that we will ring in a new era in Australian television with an event as big and iconic as the action at Mount Panorama.
“In addition, Foxtel subscribers will be able to watch the race ad-break free for the first time with start to finish live and HD coverage on FOX SPORTS 506.
Supercars General Manager of Television and Content Nathan Prendergast said the production of one of the world’s largest outside broadcasts in HD and 4K from a regional location was testament to his team and outside broadcast partner Gearhouse.
“Supercars has the best people in broadcast and this incredible team is excited at the challenge of delivering award-winning coverage in HD and 4K,” Prendergast said.
Those with 4K televisions with a satellite subscription to Foxtel’s Sports HD pack and above can access the coverage via an IQ4 set-top box.
In addition, Fox Sports 506 will become a dedicated 24-hour Bathurst channel from October 1.
The channel will see fan favourite shows return including Bathurst Legends, with a special Craig Lowndes episode recapping his six victories on the Mountain, Supercars Trackside, Pit Lane Live and Supercars Life plus classic Bathurst races.
The Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 broadcast features 125 cameras including 87 in-car cameras across the event, as well as Chopper Cam, CamCat and more than 350 staff.