Major changes to the way you watch F1 – coming soon

Formula 1 Chief Chase Carey is  looking at a major challenge in managing the Formula 1 race broadcasting.

Carey is tasked with increasing the fan base for the Formula 1 races.  He is keen to grow the income generated from the premium networks while at the same time, he has to keep the sponsors happy by growing the fan base in the free to air side of business.

FIA is pondering on starting their own premium ‘over the top’ or OTT digital service, which could be a very lucrative income.

“In terms of the television arena that we deal with, I guess the way to describe it is that there are three or even four potential arenas that we are engaged with,” said Carey.

“Traditional free [to air], pay, digital and then our own probably more direct ‘over the top’ product. To some degree what you have is conflicting goals across them.

“Probably the economic premium paid gets higher as you go up the ladder, but the reach gets less.

“For us the goal is to maximise long-term growth, not to find a short-term pop. So I think we’re trying to balance what is the right mix of reach and direct economic value.

“Clearly there are impacts on other partners we have – for sponsors the fan engagement is obviously very important.

“So if you’re energising the sport I think we want to make sure we continue to position it for long-term growth that finds a balance between that reach and those economics as opposed to just where you can get the biggest buck?”

Digital yes, but not so fast.

Carey  admits that digital is the future, but the transition will  take time, “It’s more and more heading to various forms of digital platforms.

“I don’t think it will happen as fast as some people think – because some habits die hard, and there is a value in volume and choice.

“I think on the programming side there’s still value in reach. I think directionally it’s going there, but it will take time.

“I think there’s no question that there will be a lot more ways that content will continue to be offered to consumers that I think will benefit consumers on both ends of that.”

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