Fox Sports and STAR Sports will continue their exclusive broadcast of the FIA Formula One World Championship for another seven years in Asia, from 2016 until the 2022 season.
The multi-territory deal with Formula One Management provides Fox Sports with exclusive broadcast rights and multi-media rights to more countries in Asia than ever before including Japan.
With the new agreement, FOX Sports and STAR Sports will continue with live coverage of every Formula 1 practice, qualifying and race, which includes studio presentation and on-site presence for key races, all in standard-definition and high-definition, broadcasting from the new state-of-the-art studios in Japan, India, Singapore and Taiwan.
In addition, fans can choose to enjoy races with the various ‘second screen’ options, like through the RaceMateLive app, which provides live drivers’ and pit-lane views, as well as multiple camera feeds and race statistics.
Subscribers to Fox Sports mobile may also follow the action streamed live to their mobile phones.
Viewers in Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Thailand will also be able to access commentary in Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Malaysia, Cantonese, Mandarin and Thai respectively, in addition to English.
“This seven-year agreement for Formula 1 racing in Asia is in line with Fox Sports’ long-term strategy of continually investing in the property, to provide our viewers and clients with the best-in-class F1® experience. Equally important, it assures us as well our affiliate partners a long term horizon”, said Zubin Gandevia, President, Asia Pacific and Middle East, FOX International Channels.
Bernie Ecclestone, CEO of the Formula One group, said he was delighted to continue the successful relationship with Fox.
“With its on-going commitment to top quality coverage and production, I feel that FOX Sports, together with STAR Sports in India, will more than do justice to Formula 1 racing and continue to grow its fan base throughout Asia”.
This latest contract renewal also follows the recent announcement of another long-term broadcast deal for The Championships, Wimbledon, available on the all-new FOX Sports network.