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ITV to Stream F1 Practice Sessions


By Ian Lockwood
March 13 2008

ITV has announced a deal with Formula One Management (FOM) to acquire the UK online rights for Formula 1 on itv.com/f1 ahead of the new Formula 1 season, which kicks off this weekend (March 14-16) at the Australian Grand Prix. This significant acquisition will see itv.com/f1 become the online home of Formula 1 in the UK, supporting the broadcast coverage on ITV1.

The package will also be offering new and exclusive interactive action and news plus post-race highlights.

As part of the deal, itv.com/f1 will stream live simulcasts of the races, along with a live feed from Friday practice, which is currently not broadcast on any channel in the UK.

The new content will include:

* Exclusive video footage, including a post-race highlights package containing all of the action from the track with interviews and features hosted by the ITV team

* Live online streaming of Friday practice – not currently available to UK audiences

* Simulcasts of the race and qualifying

* 30-day catch-up service of the F1 coverage on ITV

* Clips from the post-event press conferences with the drivers

Annelies Van den Belt, MD, Broadband commented: “We’re thrilled to be able to offer live streaming Formula 1 video action to fans."

“Our coverage of the Friday practice will provide fans with direct access to all the action that they simply won’t find on TV."

“The itv.com/f1 website has been established as one of the best sport sites on the web for a number of years, and this only strengthens our claim to be the top online destination for F1 fans in the UK."

Mark Sharman, ITV's Director of News and Sport said: “We know from listening to our viewers that there is great demand from motorsport fans to watch F1 practice sessions and press conferences."

“This is yet another example of how we are using ITV’s digital channels and new media platforms to extend our award-winning coverage of sport to complement the big events on ITV1.”

Formula One Management said: “With UK Formula 1 audiences reaching their highest levels in many years, it gives us great pleasure to fuel this resurgence further with the introduction of online rights to complement ITV's broadcast coverage.”

The success of Lewis Hamilton in 2007 drove ITV’s F1 viewing figures to their highest volume since 2001, with almost 11 million watching live as Hamilton narrowly missed out on clinching the world title at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

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ITV to Stream F1 Practice Sessions
Posted by: Racing Bulls (IP Logged)
Date: 13/03/2008 14:18

ITV to Stream F1 Practice Sessions

 
Re: ITV to Stream F1 Practice Sessions
Posted by: Keppel (IP Logged)
Date: 13/03/2008 14:24

This is "FANTASTIC" news!

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Re: ITV to Stream F1 Practice Sessions
Posted by: Alison G S (IP Logged)
Date: 13/03/2008 14:25

Keppel ,,, you should be "pun - ished"!!!!

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Re: ITV to Stream F1 Practice Sessions
Posted by: Keppel (IP Logged)
Date: 13/03/2008 14:29

Oh, Lol, I didn't even realise the Pun tongue sticking out smiley

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Re: ITV to Stream F1 Practice Sessions
Posted by: growler (IP Logged)
Date: 13/03/2008 14:35

It is great news, just need to book Fridays off work now!

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Re: ITV to Stream F1 Practice Sessions
Posted by: Alison G S (IP Logged)
Date: 13/03/2008 14:36

Or get up VERY early tomorrow?

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Re: ITV to Stream F1 Practice Sessions
Posted by: growler (IP Logged)
Date: 13/03/2008 14:38

Not sure how quickly this will be implemented - will we be able to watch from 11pm this evening????

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Re: ITV to Stream F1 Practice Sessions
Posted by: Keppel (IP Logged)
Date: 13/03/2008 15:00

11pm? GMT! Fantastic smiling smiley That's perfect for me. I'm usually up that late, I don't have to be in school until a little later, awesome!

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Re: ITV to Stream F1 Practice Sessions
Posted by: growler (IP Logged)
Date: 13/03/2008 15:12

Just saw this on the Autosport forums - made me laugh....

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As I wouldn;t want to benefit unfairly, perhaps in exchange for giving us web practice sessions, could we give them back James Allen, for them to keep. In a cupboard. Full of wasps. With his eyes smeared in Jam.

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Re: ITV to Stream F1 Practice Sessions
Posted by: LMN8R FW30 (IP Logged)
Date: 13/03/2008 15:21

How much $$$ will this cost and can I watch it here in the US?

 
Re: ITV to Stream F1 Practice Sessions
Posted by: Keppel (IP Logged)
Date: 13/03/2008 15:31

As far as i'm aware, it should be free in the UK. ITV already have a video player system, you can even watch all 4 ITV channels 24/7 on a very short tape delay online.

I wonder if there'll be commentary?

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Re: ITV to Stream F1 Practice Sessions
Posted by: growler (IP Logged)
Date: 13/03/2008 15:39

The service will be UK only, but I'm sure there must be some way of fixing your computer so that the ITV site believes you are in the UK???

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Re: ITV to Stream F1 Practice Sessions
Posted by: jez33 (IP Logged)
Date: 13/03/2008 15:56

It's no where on their website.

I doubt it'll make it for tomorrow's practice, unless someone can point it out?

 
Re: ITV to Stream F1 Practice Sessions
Posted by: growler (IP Logged)
Date: 13/03/2008 16:05

The story is on the ITV website, and under it is this advert which says it is available tonight....

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Re: ITV to Stream F1 Practice Sessions
Posted by: Lucifer (IP Logged)
Date: 13/03/2008 17:30

I think it's Windows Machines only at the minute though.

 
Re: ITV to Stream F1 Practice Sessions
Posted by: chrislinford (IP Logged)
Date: 13/03/2008 17:40

I am sure there will be a later version on You Tube.

What great news.
I will not expect a comentary

Chris

 
Re: ITV to Stream F1 Practice Sessions
Posted by: wyzeman (IP Logged)
Date: 14/03/2008 17:24

It wasn't bad to watch the live stream, except the pauses and frozen screens everynow and then. Shame the commentary was inaudible. I am sure they said on the site there would be some??

 
Re: ITV to Stream F1 Practice Sessions
Posted by: growler (IP Logged)
Date: 14/03/2008 17:27

I liked it without the commentary - particularly being able to hear the mechanics and drivers etc in the garages, and the circuit announcers voice. Made it seem a bit more like being at a GP.

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Re: ITV to Stream F1 Practice Sessions
Posted by: Keppel (IP Logged)
Date: 14/03/2008 18:11

It's more GP orientated without the commentary. It's almost like being there from the comfort of home. The coverage got better as it transmitted, I thought. Should be even better tonight.

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Re: ITV to Stream F1 Practice Sessions
Posted by: Andy_SAFC (IP Logged)
Date: 14/03/2008 18:17

No reason why they can't stick it on ITV4, lets face it, they have 4 channels and @#$%& all to put on them at the best of times.

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Re: ITV to Stream F1 Practice Sessions
Posted by: Keppel (IP Logged)
Date: 14/03/2008 19:39

Aha, I can also watch back the highlights of FP2 which I missed. I'm going barmy though, I keep thinking Ferrari have got Ethiad as a new sponsor tongue sticking out smiley

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Re: ITV to Stream F1 Practice Sessions
Posted by: Keppel (IP Logged)
Date: 14/03/2008 19:40

Criket, i was right, they are sponsored by Ethiad.

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