Over the past few seasons, there have been a significant number of changes to the sport of Formula 1. Often still considered the pinnacle of motorsports, F1 is under new management and has relaxed a lot of their social media and broadcasting policies for teams, as well as for the sport. The manifestation of this is the new F1 TV app and subscription service. Now Formula 1 has launched a dedicated F1 TV app.
F1 TV brings fans of the sport the broadcasts of the races live on their iPhone, iPad, or Android device along with in-car cameras from every car on the grid. It is a great service for those who are diehard fans (Clinton raises his hand).
The new app, which is separate from the F1 app that has been available for a long while, has several key features. First, you have the upcoming or current race as well as past races from the 2018 season. Here you can view highlights, practice sessions, qualifications, and the race itself from any race this season. You also get special feature videos from Formula 1 from each race weekend.
When it comes to viewing events from the Grand Prix, you can view the global broadcast of the race, complete with commentary in English, French, German, or Spanish. You can also view any of the onboard cameras from every car on the grid and that commentary will stay with you. And if you really want to enjoy the F1 TV app, you can have a split screen view of the global broadcast and an onboard from your favorite driver on the screen at the same time.
Finally, there is the F1 TV archive. Here you can view race highlights or full races from every race ever held in the championship. That goes all the way back to when it all began in 1950.
At first blush, if you look at the subscription pricing, it seems expensive on its own. However, if you compare it to the subscription costs of MLB at Bat or the NHL, its actually pretty much in line. For non-live event access (access only to replays), it is $2.99 a month or $26.99 for a year. This is the TV Access Plan. For the F1 TV Pro tier, which gives you access to live events, that is $11.99 per month or $99.99 per year.
To download the new F1 TV app, head over to the App Store.
(This post was written earlier this morning while I watched Practice 1 from Monza on my iPad!)