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2024 Formula E Season Opener

Formula E Season Opener: New Streaming Platforms and Exciting Changes

The tenth season of the FIA-sanctioned Formula E racing series kicks off this weekend in Mexico City on January 13.

As the all-electric racing series enters its second year with the ultra-efficient Gen3 car, notable changes include a shift in TV broadcasting and potential enhancements in viewer experience.

New Streaming Platforms: Formula E on Roku and Paramount+

Formula E has secured a new TV deal to broaden the availability of live events in the US.

The races, previously broadcast on CBS Sports, will now be accessible on The Roku Channel for free. Eleven races will be streamed live exclusively on The Roku Channel, accompanied by race previews, replays, and exclusive content such as Formula E's version of "Drive To Survive" (Unplugged).

Other E-Prix events will air on CBS and stream live on Paramount+, with additional replays on CBS Sports Network.

Ad-Free Experience on The Roku Channel:

The Roku Channel, an ad-supported network, ensures an ad-free experience during races.

While pre- and post-race programs may include ads, the races themselves will remain uninterrupted. Roku and Formula E are exploring ad formats, including potential changes in the future.

Viewer Experience Improvements:

Formula E aims to enhance the viewer experience by addressing commercial breaks during live action.

Formula E's chief media officer, Aarti Dabas, acknowledges the frustration caused by interruptions and mentions ongoing efforts to improve the experience, potentially incorporating features like picture-in-picture to ensure live action remains visible.

Archive Access and Race Replays:

Formula E will make archived races available for free streaming seven days after the E-Prix on its website.

The library of past races, launched in November, offers an additional option for fans. While currently exclusive to the Formula E website, races can be accessed by signing up for a free account.

Attack Charge Pit Stops Update:

The anticipated introduction of Attack Charge pit stops faces a delay, with expectations that they won't be used at the first race in Mexico City.

The potential debut is targeted for the E-Prix in Diriyah at the end of the month, with concerns about how the 30-35-second stops might impact the tightly packed street circuit racing characteristic of Formula E.


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