After the success of the series “Drive to Survive” and the recent docufilm “Schumacher”, Netflix has further linked its name with the world of Formula 1, at the same time creating a high number of consents and appreciation for the quality of its products between subscribers. Precisely as a result of these achievements, various hypotheses have circulated regarding the interest of the US platform in obtaining television rights for the sport.
A rumor that was however partially denied by the CEO Reed Hastings, who, in an interview with explanel.de, reiterated Netflix’s policy on streaming sports events: “Everything we offer focuses on entertainment and not on journalism – the manager reiterated – and some parameters should be respected for that. We don’t want to focus on live sporting events, because on that type of broadcast we don’t have control over the source, such as the Bundesliga. Consequently, they can deal with anyone.” – he explained.
However, while not considering the streaming of many sports such as football, there would be a different situation with regard to Formula 1, enhanced by the aforementioned series created by the platform. Reed Hastings himself has in fact considered the opportunity to evaluate the purchase of the television rights of the Formula One world championship in the future: “F1 already sold them a few years ago – he admitted – and at the time we were not in the running. Today, however, we could consider our candidacy.” – he explained.