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Ecclestone shuts down digital TV

Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed the closure of pay-per-view digital coverage of Formula One. Recently Ecclestone said a decision had yet to be made about the future of the service but now digital will be shut down and Formula One Management...

Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed the closure of pay-per-view digital coverage of Formula One. Recently Ecclestone said a decision had yet to be made about the future of the service but now digital will be shut down and Formula One Management (FOM) will concentrate on terrestrial, free-to-air coverage.

"We have told all of our broadcast partners that FOM will no longer offer a separate digital pay-per-view service," Ecclestone said in a statement released at the end of last week. "Over the last six years we have developed very sophisticated outside broadcast facilities and we now intend to focus these resources on providing the best live feed to our free-to-air broadcasters."

Britain will lose the F1Digital channel while France and Germany will also lose the service. The drop in viewing figures this season has led to a rethink in many areas of F1. The digital channel was considered not worth the cost by many fans and Ecclestone was surprised by the lack of interest.

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