Published on March 2nd, 2018 | by Brad Gibson0
F1 to launch fee-based streaming service; TV apps coming later
Formula 1 will launch its own international, commercial-free subscription streaming service in time for the first race of the new season on March 25th at a price of around $8 to $10 a month in the U.S., but will not offer an Apple TV app at launch.
The service, to be called F1 TV Pro, will stream each race with commentary in English, German, Spanish and French languages.
In addition, the service will provide access to all 20 driver on-board cameras throughout every race session. It will be available in nearly two dozen markets at launch, including Germany, France, USA, Mexico, Belgium, Austria, Hungary, and much of Latin America.
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.
F1 TV Pro subscribers will be able to watch video from individual cars as well as the main broadcast feed of every race.
Access will initially be available through web browsers with mobile apps and TV apps being phased in on Apple TV in the future. F1 did not give a timeframe when TV apps would be available, but many reporters familiar with Formula 1 racing believe the apps would be available sometime in the upcoming season.
“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 at 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.”
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 a race weekend.