Formula One fans around the world will finally have a way to tune in to each and every Grand Prix without a cable subscription: the vaunted motorsport series is launching its own streaming service. F1 and its owners, Liberty Media Group, announced today that they’re launching an over the top service called F1 TV sometime early in the 2018 season, which starts on March 25th in Melbourne, Australia.
The streaming service will cost between $8 to $12 per month, and will start out as a “desktop and web” service. Apps for smartphones and streaming boxes like Apple TV and Amazon’s Fire TV will be “phased in,” according to the series, though no timetable was given.
F1 TV’s top tier, dubbed F1 TV Pro, offers commercial-free streams of every race, including every practice and qualifying session. Onboard views from every driver and live statistics will be available during each session, and users will be able to watch multiple angles at the same time. F1 TV Pro will also have “unique feeds not available on any other platform,” according to the series. It will include access to archival footage, as well as live races from the FIA Formula 2 Championship, GP3, and Porsche Supercup series, along with others to be named later.
F1 TV Pro will be available in the US, Germany, France, Mexico, Belgium, Austria, Hungary, and “much of Latin America,” according to the series. Broadcasts will be available in four languages: English, French, German, and Spanish. A “less expensive” tier, called F1 TV Access, will be available with live audio and statistics and delayed access to video of each race.
F1 has always been a bit of a chore to watch depending on where you live in the world. But the series has increasingly embraced YouTube and social media ever since it was taken over by Liberty Media in early 2017. F1 TV Pro sounds like a really positive step toward making the series available on-demand around the world, though TV contracts are apparently still restricting it in some obvious markets, like the UK.