Germany’s Bild reviews that Sky Germany has thus far been unsuccessful in its makes an attempt to discover a substitute following the expiry of RTL’s contract, which might make F1 considerably much less accessible.
RTL misplaced its broadcasting rights to Sky in 2021 however managed to safe rights to point out 4 grands prix on a sublicence in 2021 and 2022.
The broadcaster has since confirmed it won’t prolong its contract to point out F1 races in 2023 to as a substitute concentrate on soccer and its newly acquired NFL rights.
Underneath the phrases of its present broadcasting cope with F1, Sky Germany is contractually obliged to share reside rights to 4 races.
Based on a number of reviews in German media, Sky Germany is struggling to discover a new accomplice, with different broadcasters together with the likes of ARD and ZDF not .
Bild additionally reviews that the excessive prices of rights to point out F1 is popping stations away, together with the ProSiebenSat.1 Group.
With Sky Germany understood to be paying as much as €55m per season, the price of rights for 4 free TV races would quantity to round €10m.
Sky Germany should proceed to broadcast a minimum of 4 races freely over the following two F1 seasons.
Underneath a brand new contract set to come back into impact in 2025, Sky Germany will solely have to point out the German Grand Prix – if one takes place – on free-to-air TV.
If a TV accomplice can’t be discovered, Sky Germany could also be compelled to broadcast free-to-air races on-line through their web site or YouTube channel.
It’s a new setback for the as soon as nice F1 empire in Germany constructed by Michael Schumacher and continued by Sebastian Vettel.
Following Vettel’s retirement on the finish of final season, Nico Hulkenberg would be the sole German driver within the F1 2023 driver line-up, having changed fellow countryman Mick Schumacher at Haas.
The final German Grand Prix was held at Hockenheim in 2019, whereas the Nurburgring hosted the one-off Eifel Grand Prix as a part of the COVID-affected 2020 season.