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ESPN Replaces NBC As F1 Broadcaster In The US
October 5, 2017
The NBC Sports Group has announced it will stop broadcasting Formula 1 races on American television after the end of the 2017 season, with ESPN taking over. All 21 races will be broadcast on ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC.
ESPN Replaces NBC As F1 Broadcaster In The US

The NBC Sports Group has announced it will stop broadcasting Formula 1 races on American television after the end of the 2017 season, with ESPN taking over.

NBC, which has held the exclusive rights to the sport's broadcasts in the United States since 2013, revealed on Wednesday that it had chosen not to enter a new agreement with new F1 owners Liberty Media.

The announcement comes amid plans from Liberty Media to push for OTT (Over The Top) streaming in the near future, offering fans a direct-to-consumer service akin to Netflix or Amazon Video.

"Although we take great pride in having grown Formula 1's visibility and viewership since we became its exclusive US media rights holder in 2013, this will be our last season with the series," said the NBC Sports Group in a statement.

"In this case, we chose not to enter into a new agreement in which the rights holder itself competes with us and our distribution partners. We wish the new owners of F1 well."

From 2018, ESPN will broadcast all races live in the United States after signing a new multi-year partnership.

All 21 races will be broadcast on ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC.

The cable and satellite sports channel said it will broadcast all practice and qualifying sessions for over 125 hours of F1 programming during the year.