Promises of a premium service and lessons learnt have been echoed all off-season, but when crunch time came – F1TV failed spectacularly.
Heralded as a new age in Formula One fan engagement and viewership, Liberty Media had bold plans at the end of 2017 to bring a whole new way of watching Formula One to the fans of the sport, leveraging the increasing shift away from traditional viewing habits and maximising the wealth of data and technology within the sport.
For the 2018 season the Americans endeavoured to roll out their Formula One viewing service with a “soft launch” mentality, however the new venture would be plagued with technical issues and streaming instability, leading Liberty man Sean Bratches to get back to the drawing board with promises of a much improved performance come the new year.
With Formula One kicking off this weekend down under, many subscribers would be excitedly logging into the service to catch all the action as it happens… only to once again be met with dropped signal (if they are lucky), or even an altogether lack of connection to the app. Not good.
F1TV took to social media to state they acknowledge a problem exists in “some areas” and are working on it, however the chatter on the internet suggests that most regions have been severely affected by a disruption in service – yet another embarrassing failing for Liberty and the new streaming service.
It remains to be seen if the issues encountered so far can be resolved before track action resumes on Saturday morning.
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