F1 extends Canadian broadcast deal with TSN, RDS through 2024

Formula One has extended its broadcast deal in Canada with Bell Media’s TSN and RDS through the end of the 2024 season.

TSN and RDS will continue English- and French-language broadcasts of all F1 races, as well as qualifying and practice sessions and encore presentations.

As part of the new agreement, TSN and RDS subscribers will gain access to a variety of F1 live feeds available through the networks’ digital platforms, including select onboard cameras, pit lane channel, driver tracker, and a timing channel.

TSN and RDS have aired F1 coverage in Canada since 1992 and 1994, respectively.

Formula One Management, the commercial rights-holder of the F1 championship, last month agreed a new deal with Sky Deutschland for pay-television rights a year after being unable to do so for the 2018 season.

In January, F1 announced it had experienced a drop-off of 19.2 million unique television viewers during the 2019 season.

Overall unique viewing numbers last year stood at 471m globally, which represents a decrease of 3.9 per cent. The drop was reflective of increasing pay-television exclusivity in some markets, including the UK, where Sky now broadcasts all but one race exclusively.