F1 has delivered a lengthy statement outlining the release of “F1 TV”, a streaming service aimed at making the sport more accessible and easy to find. This news comes at a time in which TV deals are a hot topic.
The statement below outlines not just some of the features of the stream, but also the countries in which the service will be available.
“Formula 1 fans will get commercial-free live streams of each race with multi-language commentary.
In addition, the service will provide exclusive access to all 20 driver on-board cameras throughout every race session. F1 TV Pro will have unique feeds not available on any other platform with the capability of multi-level personalisation.
Subscribers will be able to choose the content they view and how and when they access it. All of practice, qualifying and races, will be offered live, along with press conferences and pre and post-race interviews. Subscribers will be able to watch live races of the main support series, the FIA Formula 2 Championship, GP3 Series and Porsche Supercup, among others.
During the season, F1 TV will be made available in four different languages (English, French, German and Spanish) and will appear in nearly two dozen markets at launch (including Germany, France, USA, Mexico, Belgium, Austria, Hungary and much of Latin America).
Access will initially be available through desktop and web, with mobile apps and TV apps being phased in on Amazon, Apple and Android, enabling users to watch on a range of different devices at no additional cost. Pricing for F1 TV Pro will be offered on a monthly basis of USD$8-$12, and annual rates will be priced according to market.
A less expensive, non-live subscription tier, F1 TV Access will provide live race timing data and radio commentary, as well as extended highlights of each session from the race weekend. It will also be underscored by unprecedented access to archive video content from the amazing historic archive owned by Formula 1. F1 TV Access will be available on a near-global basis at launch, to complement F1 TV Pro.”
The service will be unavailable for UK residents because of the multi-year Sky Sports deal until 2025 (cheers for that). But other global users will finally get to experience something that has been requested and considered for a very long time.
It’s great that F1 are offering a cheaper option too, it may not give the user a full race weekend experience, but offers a taster to potential fans who aren’t willing to commit to a bigger fee.