Formula 1 introduces F1 TV package

F1 has announced more details regarding their new F1 TV services for select markets around the world. It is still a little details light and one thing that is catching my attention are these:

  1. I read in an article that Sean Bratches says the new TV coverage is going to re-think the way they provide the content with lower camera angles to show the sensation of speed etc. With the HALO, lower camera angles will make it even more difficult to see the driver, their hands, the helmet etc. That’s very frustrating for me as a viewer.
  2. The other concern I have is that the following press release discusses live streaming and highlights. It says nothing about on-demand viewing for some US fans who don’t feel like waking up at 2 or 3am to watch a race. Sure, they can DVR it from ESPN but wouldn’t the new F1 TV offer on-demand replays with sync’d live timing & scoring? They do say, “Subscribers will be able to choose the content they view and how and when they access it” but they don’t specifically say that races are available on-demand with timing & scoring etc. I hope that’s what they mean by that sentence.

Press Release:

F1 TV is Formula 1’s over the top (OTT) platform and marks F1’s biggest investment in its digital transformation to date.

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.

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

Frank Arthofer, Director of Digital and New Business, Formula 1, said:

“With the launch of F1 TV, we are beginning on the journey to build a cornerstone of our digital transformation. 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.”

Mehul Kapadia, Managing Director, Tata Communications’ F1 Business, said:

“F1 is the first global sport to adopt such an ambitious mobile strategy – 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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The Captain

My real concern is this OTT package is gonna be used to justify a terrible cable broadcast that vast majority of U.S. fans will be viewing. SO they are charging, great. But for many U.S. that 10$ a month does not happen in a vacuum, the vast majority of people are not dropping their cable to replace it with this streaming service so this becomes another ‘premium’ on top of their cable bill people will have to pay or watch what’s gonna be a horrid ESPN broadcast. This may come as a surprise but I know LOTS of people (and… Read more »

Emiliano Manon

$10/mo is less than cable

The Captain

On TOP of your cable. No one is going to drop their cable to only buy the F1 package.


I might.


I may also, but that has more to do with not watching 95% of the channels I get now for $120+. So if I go with YouTube TV and F1 TV, I already get HBO free with AT$T wireless and Netflix, I can’t think of much more TV that I would need (or have time for!)


I will.

The Captain

Yea, I keep hearing from the outliers today :) I get it it works for a lot of people, I’m not against the streaming service (and the package does look pretty good) it’s just that a lot more people are not gonna ditch cable because of the F1 app (for a ton of reasons). Currently there’s about what, 11% of U.S. ‘households’ are cord cutters. I don’t see that number growing measurably because of the F1 stream. So for the rest this becomes an extra new charge on top of cable and I think Liberty (and the internet) is gonna… Read more »

Emiliano Manon

You are assuming certain people have cable. Cable is no longer the default.

The Captain

“You are assuming certain people have cable” yes, i am, more people do. Current estimates have 22mil cutters, significant but thats versus 196mil that have traditional pay tv.

Emiliano Manon

ESPN is going to use the Sky broadcast which is pretty darn good.

The Captain

I’ve gone on a lot about the problems ESPN is going to have showing the SKY broadcast. But in short while SKY is defiantly good, ESPN has said they are not going to show pre/post race coverage and I’m sure they will also be cutting to commercial mid sentence (since SKY does not have commercial breaks but ESPN will).


There is no “getting rid of cable” with most cable providers these days. I pay for bundled Internet, Phone, & Cable…and then only pay for premium channels (HBO, Starz, MLB, etc.) on top of the normal service (which includes ESPN). I even tried to get rid of the TV portion of the package and the price was the same. If you want the fastest internet package with my provider (TWC-Spectrum), you’re getting cable for “free”.

Patrick leclerc

I plan on dropping cable. I’ll keep the internet only and use either Hulu or YouTube to watch live tv. I don’t watch most of the car channels and I am tired of the 280$ a month bill, so this is a good and less expensive solution, and this new f1 services fits in perfectly for me at least

sunny stivala

CAPTAIN. But don’t forget that LM has Solemnly declared that F1 fans (at least the serious once) not only comes first to them but are their Outright priority to them, although they didn’t said-it “as long as they can pay”


Exactly. What don’t these people understand that they are adding to the pressure we all feel every month with increasing bills? The day they make F1 part of the greed/pressure instead of pure fan enjoyment, they will loose eyeballs.


I’m just wondering who is actually creating the content? Because the Skysports visual content is great, will they be picking up their feed and adding extra stuff? Who will be directing it?
Will it be available in Australia?


It won’t be available in Australia for this season which sucks I refuse to get fox just for F1 as that is all they have that interests me. From what I’ve read the feed will be the same as the one used by sky. btw all feeds are controlled by FOM so liberty, then it depends on the deals with the broadcasters what content is available to viewers only thing FOM don’t control is the off track stuff interviews and the like

Michael H

#1 Not sure how the HALO directly factors into this announcement. #2 “Subscribers will be able to choose the content they view and how and when they access it.” That seems pretty clear to me for an initial announcement. Assuming #2 means on demand, this is all fantastic news. The interface looks pretty simple and being able to setup custom views is very cool. commercial free is a big win. I’ll be a subscriber, just like I subscribe to MotoGP, WRC, and any other other sports content I’m interested in (bought the Le Mans coverage last year). I don’t have… Read more »

Emiliano Manon

I can take multiple views from the previous higher angle and bet you couldnt tell who it was. The lower angles will be awesome to help translate the speed of the cars.


So basically it’s the sky stream with the red button options. So it’s defiantly aimed at the non Euro market(unless you don’t have sky)


Todd, maybe I’m misreading it, but your comment on the press release hints that there will be no on-demand viewing. The press release reads “Subscribers will be able to choose the content they view and how and when they access it.” “How and when” leads me to believe that there will be archived streams, and it would be just plain dumb not to have the races. Have you heard otherwise? The SkyF1 app (only for British F1 fans, ahem….) even has the archives of classic & current season races for their subscribers. $12/month is reasonable for access to that same… Read more »


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Does your dog bite?

Dog bites the inspector

I thought you said your dog doesn’t bite.

“That is not my dog.”


Interesting. These guys seem to have a different interpretation.


They also mention commercial free, which I haven’t seen stated anywhere else, but I did assume that would be part of the deal. To me that alone is worth at least a few $ per month! In the US that’s about 25% more of the race which normally, according to Murphy, are the good parts.


I go with Todd here, a man who I suspect has parsed more than his share of press releases in which the good news is slyly implied only for the gullible to learn later that their optimism is groundless. Plus, think of the ongoing provisioning mess that are the ESPN and NBC Sports apps. Better to wait until the sausage is done being made.


The video intro states “Watch all sessions live or catch up on demand”.


Hopefully they announce the commentary team soon. Something tells me the US version will be using some or all of the same team that NBC was using.


Am I the only one who is actually excited about this? It is hard to imagine that they won’t have replays of races although let’s see if they have a non spoiler mode with synced timing. The archive of races is fantastic and now I can show my roommate all of the classic races I have been raving about for years. As for the broadcast, I think the lower camera angle will help convey speed like they had in the mid to early 2000s although you are probably right about the halo. I think they will have to paint those… Read more »


I’m pretty excited by it, especially if it means more in-depth analysis of strategy that I feel was lacking with NBCSN. Whether that’s during the race broadcast or having access to pre/post race content we’ll see I guess. Also, as I read elsewhere, it would be nice to be able to jump into a race from the beginning, even if it is still in progress. Busy schedules don’t always allow me to wait until the end of the race to start watching. Otherwise it’s a late night DVR or a few days before I end up having some time to… Read more »

Apuestas F1

In my country ( Spain ) Movistar holds the exclusive rights for F1 so here we will not be able to enjoy this package. It’s a shame and something i don’t understand. I would gladly pay $12 for it, but no, we are forced to pay over 80€ to get the same.


This web site is devoted to real, die-hard, F1 fans – but I plead with all of you to remember that you are a definite minority of the viewing audience. A viewing audience that has been paying F1 for decades with 15+ minutes of TV commercials every hour. TYhat’s the TV model. Is it as profitable as suckers paying a subscription fee every month? No, it is not. Hence Netflix, Amazon Video, etc. What people have to remember is that 78% of ALL north American viewers receive their TV viewing via cable/broadcast/satellite and they will baulk at paying $12 a… Read more »

Schumie Toronto

Hey … at least it’s being offered to you! It’s not being offered in Canada, so I’m stuck with watching on TV! Why the hell is it being offered in the states and not in Canada? We always get ripped-off, but at least we have good beer!


So what happens in the UK? I don’t have Sky and I don’t ever want it. This is the last year I get Channel 4’s mix of live and highlights and I really like the coverage, Coulthard especially. So 2019 am I limited to Sky only? If so then its end of an era for me, I’m 42 and been watching F1 for as long as I can remember from a small child, watching it with my Dad. I’d be happy to pay a monthly fee for an OTT package if one will be available in the UK?


From what I have read on other websites, unless F1 can negotiate new terms with Sky Sports you are stuck with Sky Sports until 2024. IMHO, the one ray of sunshine may be that Sky made this deal when F1 put very little, if any, effort into any OTT type of package. Now that they (F1) are upgrading there may be no reason for Sky to have a duplicate product and therefore the two companies may see it better to combine efforts. But who knows!?

Here is one such article;

Tom Firth

What happens in the UK from 2019 is still slightly in the air. The odds of Sky allowing F1 to have its OTT package available in the UK is extremely slim and Liberty have made it very clear they would honour Sky’s exclusive contract from 2019 in the UK. Given the amount of money Sky are paying for it and the links between Chase Carey and Sky, I don’t see their deal changing. Sky’s contract from 2019 is exclusive for live coverage except for the British Grand Prix which has to be shown live and they will have the rights… Read more »


Is it just me or does anyone else throw up in their mouths a little when they hear a PR flack use the word “journey”?