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Say goodbye to free F1: Carey promises more TV paywalls

Say goodbye to free F1: Carey promises more TV paywalls

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Say goodbye to free F1: Carey promises more TV paywalls

Say goodbye to free F1: Carey promises more TV paywalls

If you watch F1 in a territory where the sport is free-to-air, that could be about to come to an end, as Liberty Media CEO Chase Carey has promised that more and more countries will move onto pay-to-view TV models.

A number of key countries for the sport, such as the UK, have secured significant subscription deals in recent years, with Sky Sports paying upwards of £200m per year to provide exclusive live coverage, with only Silverstone available on the free Channel 4.

But the viewing figures have collapsed as a result, denying a new generation of fans the opportunity to watch events live.

Liberty's F1 TV online platform has also been a disaster so far, with numerous technical glitches leading to a swathe of refunds being issued.

Yet despite this, Carey confirmed in a recent investors call that the company not only has plans to return access to free-to-air, but in fact is looking to expand the subscriptions deals they can amass on a global scale.

He said: "We will continue to move towards pay platforms because that is the way the world is going."

Carey also confirmed that the 2020 calendar is likely to be announced within the next few weeks.

Vietnam and Netherlands have already been confirmed, with Mexico having renewed this week. It is likely that Germany, which was operating at a significant loss, will drop off the circuit for next year.

But that would still mean an unprecedented 22 races, and Liberty don't plan on stopping there, with Carey adding: "We expect the number of races over the next few years to increase a bit.”

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John

Another greedy man in the mold of Bernie. Remember when Bernie said that young people were not important to him because they had no money? I guess Chase thinks the same way, if you can't pay him you don't get to see his circus perform. What a putz!

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Mick

The Banshee wailing the National Anthem at Silverstone was an embarrasment, A British military Band should have been doing the job, but that is eclipsed by the TV paywall fiasco, Sky have overreached by putting F1 coverage out only to those with a large package in place, forget it I will not pay such an outrageous price for my F1 Vietnam? just another cynical money earner, no connection with anything other than racing military stores down the Ho Chi Mn trail. Carey does not connect with the genuine F1 fan a shame but them when F1 jumps up and down about 350,00 0+ attending Silverstone when most had 3 day tickets bringing down the figure of unique visitors to a more believable but also respectable 130,000 or so what can we expect.

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