Austrian public-service broadcaster ORF has secured a three-season extension to its rights deal for the Formula One championship.
The new contract will run across the 2017, 2018 and 2019 Formula One seasons and reportedly comes at a reduced cost down to 10K.
ORF’s previous deal was due to expire at the end of the current 2016 campaign and it had broadcaster management maintained that a new contract must represent better value. Amid declining interest in Formula One, German free-to-air broadcaster also negotiated down the price.
ORF has broadcast F1 in Austria since the 1960s and Austria stages an grand prix on the Formula One calendar at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg.
F1 remains on free-to-air TV in Germany
F1 remains on free-to-air TV in Germany Formula 1 will remain on free-to-air television in Germany until at least the end of 2017 after broadcaster RTL penned a new two-year deal with the sport.
RTL has covered Formula 1 live in Germany since the middle of the 1991 season.
RTL Germany is available via different satellites, but it is only free-to-air via Astra 19.2° satellite position. Sky Sport Germany has pay-TV rights, and covers all Formula One season races on extra channel until 2017.
In addition to live broadcasting rights via satellite and cable, the agreement encompasses internet, IPTV and mobile rights for Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Formula One free satellite TV broadcasters in Europe
- Azerbeijan (Idman TV - All races)
- Germany (RTL - All races)
- Italy (Rai - 9 racel live)
- Slovenia (TV Slovenia - All races)
- United Kingdom (Channel 4 - 10 races live)