After the departure of RTL, most Formula 1 races will be broadcast on the pay channel Sky from 2021. According to the station, only four races are shown on free TV.
Most of the Formula 1 races will be shown from next season only for an additional fee. Pay TV broadcaster Sky claims to have acquired media rights to the motorsport series and to make only four races freely accessible. The free TV broadcaster RTL only shows the formula until the end of this season, which starts on July 5.
No information on the purchase price
Sky previously broadcast in parallel with RTL and has now acquired “exclusive long-term broadcasting rights”. The pay-TV broadcaster wants to broadcast all Formula 1 race weekends live, from the first free practice to the race on Sunday.
No information was given on the purchase price. On the same day, the company announced that it had purchased three bundles from the Bundesliga.
With Sky Sport F1, the company, which belongs to the American group Comcast, wants to “launch the first linear Formula 1 station on German television, which only shows motorsport content 24 hours a day”.
Sky has to show four races on free TV
Sky must show – or show – four races per season. The Grand Prix races can be run on the free TV channel Sky Sport News HD or sold under a sub-license. “We will provide our viewers with the best motorsport experience ever,” Sky boss Devesh Raj said in a message.
Free TV broadcaster RTL had announced the previous day that after 30 years at the end of the season it would end Formula 1 reporting and give financial reasons. “If there are competitors in the game who want to offer double, you are dealing with an exit scenario,” said RTL sports director Manfred Loppe.