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Fox International Channels extends Asian F1 rights deal

Fox International Channels (FIC), the broadcast division of media company 21st Century Fox, has renewed an exclusive rights deal in a number of Asian territories for coverage of the Formula One motor-racing world championship.

The extension will run for seven years, from 2016 until 2022.

Under the agreement with Formula One Management, the rights will be exploited on the Fox Sports and Star Sports pay-television channels operated by FIC in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, New Caledonia, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, North Korea, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

The channels will provide live coverage of every practice and qualifying session, as well as the races, with on-site presence at grands prix in Japan, India, Singapore and Taiwan.

Coverage will also be provided via the RaceMateLive app, Fox Sports Play online service and Fox Sports Mobile. Additionally, highlights will be provided on the Fox Sports News channel.

Viewers in Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Thailand will also be able to access commentary in Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Malaysia, Cantonese, Mandarin and Thai, respectively, in addition to English.

In August, FIC rebranded several of its channels in Asia, with the exception of South Korea and China, where the Star Sports brand has remained in place.