DAZN lands exclusive F1 rights in Spain until 2026

Sports streaming service originally secured coverage in 2021 through sublicensing deal with Telefónica's Movistar+.

Formula One has announced an exclusive media rights deal in Spain with sports streaming subscription service DAZN.

Confirmed:

  • DAZN to exclusively broadcast all Grands Prix, as well as practice sessions, qualifying sessions and sprint races
  • Agreement to run until the end of the 2026 season
  • Streaming service will also be responsible for production in Spanish market

Context:

DAZN, which this year agreed a media rights extension with Formula One in Japan, first started showing the global motorsport series in Spain back in 2021 through a sublicensing deal with Spanish telecommunications giant Telefónica, which saw a new DAZN F1 channel made available to both Movistar+ and DAZN customers. 

However, that arrangement was later the subject of a disciplinary investigation by Spain’s competition watchdog, the Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (CNMC), to determine whether Telefónica was complying with the competition commitments and obligations it accepted following its 2015 takeover of DTS, previously known as Sogecable. The case resulted in Telefónica being handed a €5 million fine.

Comment:

Ian Holmes, director of media rights and content at Formula One, said: “We are pleased to announce DAZN will continue to broadcast F1 through to the end of 2026. Their use of technology has enhanced the fan viewing experience and taken F1 coverage in Spain to another level. This is an exciting partnership that will only continue to grow from strength to strength. We look forward to expanding our relationship and taking a collective approach to further evolve our broadcast for fans in Spain and build on the positive momentum we are seeing in market.”

Coming next:

Formula One is approaching the end of its 2023 with just three races remaining. Up next is the São Paulo Grand Prix at Interlagos Circuit on 5th November.

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