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With the 2018 FIA Formula 1 World Championship season just about to rev up, and marking its biggest investment in its digital transformation to date, Formula 1 has unveiled plans to launch an over-the-top (OTT) platform.

The new F1 TV will give commercial-free live streams of each race, offering 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.

The action will have multi language commentary — English, French, German and Spanish — and will be available in nearly two dozen markets at launch (including Germany, France, USA, Mexico, Belgium, Austria, Hungary and much of Latin America.

F1 TV 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 will be offered on a monthly basis of USD$8-$12 for the premium version of F1 TV, F1 TV Pro, and annual rates will be priced according to market. A 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 complemented by access to archive video content from the Formula 1 historic archive.

“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.”

CDN and connectivity services to distribute the F1 TV content globally, including provision of the mobile TV app, will be supplied by Tata Communications, Formula 1’s official connectivity provider.

“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,” added Mehul Kapadia, managing director, Tata Communications F1 business. “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 - 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.”