Roku And Paramount+ Jump Into Auto Racing

Formula E, the world’s first all-electric FIA World Championship motorsports series, today announced ground-breaking new broadcast distribution partnerships in the U.S. that will see long-standing partner CBS air more live races than ever before and introduce Roku, America’s #1 TV Streaming Platform, as the streaming home of Formula E.

Beginning in January 2024, five races will air live on CBS Television Network and simulcast on Paramount+, with both channels already featured and integrated prominently on Roku’s platform. “Formula E is innovative and exciting racing, and we’re thrilled to expand our partnership and broadcast more live races across CBS and Paramount+,” said Billy Stone, Programming, CBS Sports.

Roku users that subscribe to Paramount+ can easily enjoy the races airing on the service through the Paramount+ app on Roku’s Sports Experience. CBS Sports Network will also have one highlights show program per round.

The new partnerships, which mark Roku’s first-ever live sports rights acquisition, reflects growing interest in all-electric motorsport racing in the United States. Starting next season, 11 races in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship will be available on The Roku Channel, a leader in free ad-supported streaming, and will also be easily accessible through the Sports Experience on Roku’s Home Screen.

“It’s an honor to partner with Formula E on Roku’s first-ever live sports partnership, making it easier for millions of TV streamers to discover the thrill of Formula E races through the unique integrated viewing experiences only available on Roku, said David Eilenberg, Head of Content, Roku Media. “We look forward to working together with Formula E, as well as our longstanding partners at CBS and Paramount+, to drive viewership to this programming and to connect new audiences with the exhilarating world of Formula E.”

Roku’s Sports Experience is one of a number of content discovery updates the platform made over the past year. It is integrated into the home page and lets users find live sports events and upcoming action on multiple channels and apps. In addition to offering streamers the live races, Roku will also bring its audience a robust offering of Formula E library content, including Formula E’s docu-follow series “Unplugged”, as well as race previews, highlights, replays of all races and more.

Formula E, CBS Sports and Roku announced the pioneering multi-year broadcast deal for the U.S. market following the first ABB FIA Formula E World Championship race at the Portland International Raceway in Oregon last Saturday which sold out. Last week, Formula E confirmed that the series will return to Portland in Season 10 when the new broadcast partnership will be active.


ABB FIA Formula E World Championship – Season 10 Provisional Calendar:

Event Round(s) Location Date(s)
1 1 Mexico City, Mexico 13 Jan. 2024
2 2 &3 Diriyah, Saudi Arabia 26 & 27 Jan. 2024
3 4 TBD 10 Feb. 2024
4 5 TBD 24 Feb. 2024
5 6 São Paulo, Brazil 16 Mar. 2024
6 7 Tokyo, Japan* 30 Mar. 2024
7 8 & 9 Rome, Italy 13 & 14 Apr. 2024
8 10 Monaco, Principality of Monaco 27 Apr. 2024
9 11 & 12 Berlin, Germany 11 & 12 May 2024
10 13 TBD 25 May 2024
11 14 Jakarta, Indonesia 8 Jun. 2024
12 15 Portland, United States 29 Jun. 2024
13 16 & 17 London, United Kingdom 20 & 21 Jul. 2024

*subject to ASN confirmation.