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F1 goes free-to-air in Middle East under new MBC deal

Formula 1 will be broadcast live and free-to-air in the Middle East and North Africa under a new five-year deal with MBC Group, the sport announced on Wednesday while extending their agreement with Poland's Eleven Sport until the end of 2022. Qatar-based pay-TV broadcaster beIN Sports said in February it had not renewed its contract as a result of broadcast piracy in the region. The previous five-year deal expired at the end of last season. Formula 1 said MBC, the Middle East’s largest media company, had acquired the exclusive rights to air all 21 races, broadcasting live with a “considerable on-site presence” including guest commentators. “They are in a unique position to help...
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