French pay TV operator Canal+ has secured rights to Formula E motorsport, the new category that pits all-electric cars against each other, for the next three seasons.
Following a deal brokered by MP & Silva, Canal+ will televise live races for distribution in France, Andorra and Monaco.
The Formula 1 Association has already struck a deal with Fox Sports for Formula E covering 88 territories around the world, as well as agreements with TV Asahi in Japan, ITV4 in the UK and CCTV in China.
“I’m delighted to announce this new broadcast deal with Canal+. We want to ensure audiences around the world can watch this exciting new motorsport series and this latest agreement further strengthens our global outreach alongside existing deals with Fox Sports, China’s CCTV, ITV in the UK and Japan’s TV Asahi. We also still have more deals to announce before the opening race in Beijing on September 13,” said Ali Russell, director of media at the Formula1 Association.
“We are very glad to be part of this new motorsport series. This new competition at the heart of big cities is a great opportunity to create a new and exciting live TV show for our subscribers, as we already do with Formula One and WRC. Canal+ is definitely the channel of motorsport in France,” said Cyril Linette, Canal+ Group sports director.