Red Bull-owned television channel Servus TV has agreed a joint deal with long-standing F1 broadcaster ORF which will allow fans in Austria to watch all races live on free-to-air television.2021 F1 calendar has not yet been announced, the two are yet to confirm details of which races they will show, though both will carry Austria’s round of the world championship at the Red Bull Ring live.
“The co-operation with ORF makes sense economically and guarantees that Formula 1 fans have access to all races live on free TV,” said Servus TV director general Dr Ferdinand Wegscheider.
Red Bull purchased Servus TV in 2007. The channel already shows popular motorbike racing championships. “With Formula 1, Moto GP and the Superbike World Championship Servus TV will offer the best live motorsport program to viewers from 2021 onward,” added Wegscheider.
F1’s director of media rights Ian Holmes described the new arrangement, under which two free-to-air channels will share live race rights, as “unique”.
“F1’s loyal fans will be able to enjoy the best of both worlds with comprehensive live and delayed coverage shared between the two-leading free-to-air platforms in Austria,” he said. “I am sure Formula 1 will benefit from Servus TV’s extraordinary energy, style and enthusiasm which will perfectly complement ORF’s hugely popular, knowledgeable, and respected production.
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