Formula 1 confirmed this week that the long awaited launch of its OTT (Over the top TV) service F1 Live will happen at the Spanish Grand Prix. It has been delayed to allow for more testing before going into service.
F1 is partering with NBC Playmaker, iStreamPlanet, CSG, and Ostmodern and Tata Communications to bring the service to fans in May. It will be available in English, French and German to start with.
The live version – F1 TV pro – will feature live races and all 20 driver on board cameras, as well as side-by-side live race viewing and additional exclusive feeds.
According to an F1 statement, “Subscribers will be able to personalise the way they watch a Grand Prix, 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. Later in the season, the main support series FIA Formula 2 Championship, GP3 Series and Porsche Supercup will be added to the service.”
F1 TV will initially launch on desktop. Apple, Android and Amazon Fire mobile and tablet devices will launch shortly thereafter. By summer, the service will also be available to fans on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Apple TV. Customers can pay an annual fee of US $70-$150, with monthly rates ranging from $8-12.
It is only available in certain countries, like Germany, where F1 still retains the Digital rights. It is not available in the UK and Italy for example, where SKY has those rights. (The full list is below)
A more basic service “F1 TV Access” will be available on a nearly global basis. It will provide live race timing data and radio broadcasts and extended highlights of each session from the race weekend. It will also package up video content from F1’s extensive video archive.
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