F1 returns to free-to-air TV in France
With pay-TV channel Canal+ having enjoyed exclusive rights to broadcast F1 for the past five years, the new TF1 contract is the result of a fresh push by F1 owners Liberty Media to better balance global audience figures from free TV against income from subscription channels.
The TF1 deal, which begins at the start of 2018, will mean highlights of each race are shown on free-to-air, as well as four full live grands prix – which will include the French and Monaco races.
The new arrangement of sharing coverage between free-to-air and pay-TV is the first time it has happened in France since 2013, although as a one-off this year’s Monaco GP was also broadcast on Canal+’s free channel C8.
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