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F1 TV confirms launch date

Introduction of the service will coincide with the start of the European races

Formula 1’s live Grand Prix OTT service will launch in May, to coincide with the Spanish Grand Prix, which takes place on 13th May.

Until then a closed, beta version of the app will continue to be tested at the Azerbaijan race.

The subscription video platform is being produced in with NBC Playmaker, iStreamPlanet, CSG, Ostmodern and Tata Communications.

As previously reported, the service will have two pricing levels. F1 TV, will initially launch on desktop. Apple, Android and Amazon Fire mobile and tablet devices will “launch shortly thereafter”. Formula 1 says the service will also be available on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Apple TV. 

Pricing will be offered on an annual basis of $70-$150, with monthly rates ranging from $8-12. The service will be priced according to market. No details have been revealed about the cost in Europe.

The less expensive F1 Access will launch on a “near global basis” and offers users live race timing data and radio broadcasts, as well as extended highlights of each session from the race weekend. It will also include archive video content.

NBC Sports’ Playmaker Media and iStreamPlanet will act as systems integrator and video streaming partners. CSG will deliver identity management, payment processing and business analysis to support subscriber management and retention. Ostmodern has been tasked with designing and delivering the web and app product experience, including personalisation, side by side viewing and future feature enhancements, underpinned by their Skylark CMS.

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

Pete Samara, director of digital technology, Formula 1, said: “We are proud to announce the launch date for F1 TV. We have chosen partners who are at the forefront of this sector: among them, Playmaker Media, iStreamPlanet and Tata Communications. They, like us, are focused on delivering the best OTT experience to our avid F1 fans, the lifeblood of our sport.”