A new online subscription for watching Formula 1 has been announced. Who will be able to watch the revolutionary new TV service as the cars line up in Melbourne, and who will miss out?
FOM have released enough details to get fans excited, with more information still to come.
"Formula 1 fans will get commercial-free live streams of each race with multi-language commentary," a statement from F1 reads.
"In addition, the service will provide exclusive access to all 20 driver on-board cameras throughout every race session. F1 TV Pro will have unique feeds not available on any other platform with the capability of multi-level personalisation.
What's on offer?
- F1 TV Access — Live radio commentary, live timing, delayed video replays and extended highlights
- F1 TV Pro — All sessions from all races offered live. Pre and post event press conferences, access to all driver on-board cameras, support series like Formula 2, GP3 and Porsche Supercup
The service will be available in English, French, German and Spanish which offers some insight into the countries that have been targetted by FOM for the initial roll-out. What's more, the service will only work on computers, with apps for digital TV boxes and mobile devices coming in later phases.
Countries that are currently confirmed to be getting F1 TV are Germany, France, USA, Mexico, Belgium, Austria, Hungary and "much of Latin America".
Who will miss out?
Among F1's Top 20 countries not confirmed yet are Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Italy, Poland, Romania, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.
(Update: RaceFans.net has revealed the full list of countries that will get the full service, which includes Poland, Romania and Switzerland.)
With a reported two dozen countries getting F1 TV Pro at launch, it's conceivable that some of these will get the service, but it's likely the remaining territories are smaller countries.
It has also been reported that the roll out of F1 TV Access will be "near global", however this isn't what most fans are tuning in for.
Notable omissions include Brazil, which is part of Latin America but isn't explicitly confirmed, and Canada, which hosts a race and could be serviced by both the English and French commentary, but likely both countries have a clash with local pay TV hosting licences.
Similarly territories like the UK and Australia have existing pay TV licences that need to play out before F1 TV Pro will be available.
How much is it?
With a price point of only $8 - $12 per month, it's a brilliantly accessible service, much more affordable than the $299 - $350 previously estimated for a digital season pass.
It's estimated $100 annual subscription (varying from country to country) will be announced shortly, with FOM estimating revenue from subscriptions topping $100 million within five years.