F1 TV Pro to launch in Czech Rep and Slovakia as ANC deal renewed
AMC Networks International - Central and Northern Europe, the European media group, has renewed its rights to motor racing’s Formula 1 in Czech Republic and Slovakia, but has lost exclusivity with F1 TV Pro, the series' premium over-the-top service, to launch in the countries next year.
The new rights contract runs from 2021 to 2023.
The Sport1 and Sport2 channels will continue to show the practice and qualifying sessions and races of all grands prix, as well as action from Formula 2 and Formula 3, the support series.
In total, there will be some 14 hours of live motor racing coverage across each race weekend.
AMC has shown Formula 1 in Czech Republic and Slovakia since 2015, before which the rights were held by Bermuda-based Central European Media Enterprises, which broadcast races on its Czech commercial channel Nova and Slovak free-to-air channel TV Markiza, and pay-television channel Dajto.
Michaella Snoeck, head of media rights Formula 1 said: “We’re delighted to extend our partnership with AMCNI CNE as they continue to provide top quality broadcasting to F1 fans in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, where the sport’s popularity continues to rise. This extended partnership including the launch of F1 TV Pro, means F1 fans in the region won’t miss a moment of action across a race weekend for the next three seasons, as the sport enters an exciting new era.”
Levente Málnay, executive vice-president of AMC Networks International – Central and Northern Europe, added: “We’ve distinguished ourselves by consistently offering compelling, premium quality sports content in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The renewed partnership will build on the strong relationship Formula 1 and AMCNI CNE’s sports channels have established in recent years. By securing this crown jewel of sports rights for the upcoming years, we’re proud to remain a reference point for all speed motorsports enthusiasts in these territories.”
While F1 TV is available in Czech Republic and Slovakia at present, it is only the basic F1 TV Access offering, which does not include live racing that comes with F1 TV Pro.
Last month, Formula 1 struck a similar renewal in Russia with Match TV, which extended its rights to 2023. F1 TV Pro will also launch in Russia in time for the start of the 2021 season.