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F1 announces live streaming service

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27/02/2018

Formula 1 is to launch an innovative way for fans to enhance and enjoy their experience of F1 racing with an OTT platform and marks the sport's biggest investment in its digital transformation to date.

According to the official press release, 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 also be able to watch live races of the main support series, the F2 championship, GP3 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.

As previously reported by Pitpass, 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.

CDN and connectivity services to distribute the F1 TV content globally will be supplied by Tata Communications, Formula 1's Official Connectivity Provider.

"With the launch of F1 TV, we are beginning on the journey to build a cornerstone of our digital transformation," said Frank Arthofer, Director of Digital and New Business, Formula 1. "F1 TV subscription products are clearly and centrally aimed at our hardest core fans, and we are firm believers that while we are bringing a new audience to the sport, we must always remain focused on delivering products and experiences that serve the most avid F1 fans.

"Our objective with F1 TV is simple: provide these fans with the best available service to watch live Grands Prix and provide them with the best sports OTT customer experience in the world. Our team and our partners are singularly focused on delivering on that vision: not just for launch but over the long-term. Live streaming video is an exciting space changing almost daily."

"F1 is the first global sport to adopt such an ambitious mobile strategy," added Mehul Kapadia, Managing Director, Tata Communications' F1 Business, "and we're excited to be part of it. A single global OTT video platform, with multiple live feeds and hundreds of hours of past highlights, gives fans the power to create their own unique, immersive motorsports experiences. It's a way to keep existing audiences hooked and attract new fans to the world of F1 too."

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1. Posted by FormerF1Fan, 28/02/2018 17:09

"You missed out the last sentence. That should read: It's a way to keep existing audiences hooked and attract new fans to the world of F1 too, and eventually be turned into a monopoly coverage that will generate substantial revenue. There. Fixed that one for you. "

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2. Posted by Editor, 28/02/2018 7:35

"@ TokyoAussie

I note that you wisely didn't suggest which season that might be.

After God knows how many years the app is still unreliable.

Imagine the damage done to the sport following a few weekends of 'app-style' performance from F1 TV."

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3. Posted by TokyoAussie, 28/02/2018 3:44

"If the Live Timing app is any guide, the TV subscription should start to work semi-reliably just before the end of the season."

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4. Posted by mike, 28/02/2018 3:25

"No noise, No girls HALO No money from me! 35 year hardcore fan but can't take this anymore."

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5. Posted by Red5, 27/02/2018 18:46

"Ooo, that sounds interesting - maybe not of interest if you live in a place with decent coverage already, but for me in Hungary it's a god send ;-)"

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6. Posted by Oldgit, 27/02/2018 18:06

"So it is only going to be available in places where SKY haven't dug their talons into ?

We will have to wait until 2022 at least to get in the UK unless we use the magic of VPNs.
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7. Posted by Schnauzers, 27/02/2018 17:02

"Anticipating Ferrari splitting off for their own series, NO ITALIAN?"

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