Formula E inks APAC broadcast deal with SpoTV

Agreement covers 15 territories, including non-exclusive rights in Indonesia and South Korea.

Formula E inks APAC broadcast deal with SpoTV

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  • Eclat Media Group agrees deal for live coverage of races, qualifying and practice sessions
  • MNC to broadcast Formula E in Indonesia this year

Electric single seater series Formula E has announced a new broadcast partnership with South Korea-based Eclat Media Group covering the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region for the 2021/22 and 2022/23 seasons.

Eclat Media Group will have exclusive rights to Formula E in Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam, as well as non-exclusive rights in Hong Kong, Indonesia and South Korea.

KBS, the South Korean public service broadcaster, also has rights to the Formula E season finale double-header, which takes place in the country’s capital city of Seoul.

SpoTV, Eclat’s sports network, will broadcast live coverage of each race, along with qualifying and practice sessions, via its linear channels and the SpoTV Now streaming platform.

"As the world embarks on electric mobility, we are thrilled to support the greener effort and philosophy behind Formula E," said Mitchell Hong, chief executive of Eclat Media Group.

Aarti Dabas, chief media officer at Formula E, added: "We are excited to partner with Eclat and be part of the rapid growth of Spotv in the region…we look forward to reaching and engaging more passionate fans."

The Formula E move comes just days after Eclat announced the expansion of its broadcasting offering to viewers across Asia. Seeking to fill the gap in the market left when Disney shut down its Fox Sports Asia networks, Eclat has expanded its linear network and digital platforms into Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand, as well as others.

As Formula E prepares to race in Jakarta, Indonesia for the first time in 2022, domestic media group MNC has also confirmed a deal with the series for the current season. MNC will air Formula E content across its portfolio of free-to-air (FTA) networks, pay-TV channels and digital platforms.