APRIL 5, 2009

How to watch F1 in the Gulf

Formula 1 viewers in the Gulf were taken by surprise with a last-minute decision to award the Middle East and North Africa TV rights to the Bahrain Radio and Television Corporation (BRTC). Some fans have been having trouble finding the coverage. This can be found by tuning into Arabsat Bader-4, frequency 12226, polarity horizontal, FEC 3/4, symbol rate 27500.

The deal was struck at the very last minute and there was little time to get the message out to F1 fans in the Gulf.

"We look forward to giving our local and regional viewers the best possible coverage of a championship that the Kingdom has become so deeply engrossed in," said Shaikh Rashid bin Abdul Rahman Al Khalifa, the chief executive officer of BRTC.