Legit streaming of F1 in 2019

Legit streaming of F1 in 2019

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ukaskew

4,726 posts

160 months

Thursday 14th February
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HardtopManual said:
NowTV looks crap on a recent TV due to being 720p.
And the frame rate / refresh or something along those lines is awful. Unnoticeable normally but F1 really highlights it. I can't remember which device(s) did it, possibly the Now TV stick.

tobinen

4,663 posts

84 months

Friday 15th February
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I am not sure what to do yet. If NowTV does an offer as last year, I'll go for that. Otherwise undecided.

keirik

1,275 posts

82 months

Friday 15th February
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ukaskew said:
HardtopManual said:
NowTV looks crap on a recent TV due to being 720p.
And the frame rate / refresh or something along those lines is awful. Unnoticeable normally but F1 really highlights it. I can't remember which device(s) did it, possibly the Now TV stick.
Not sure what the stick uses but the old nowtv box was fine on my 65" 4k

bobbo89

2,510 posts

84 months

Friday 15th February
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I'll be on full RTL coverage this year. Old Sky dish pointed at Astra 1 using a cheap sat box.

Don't understand a word of German and the adverts are annoying but i can stomach that better than the cost of Sky!

Vaud

31,245 posts

94 months

Friday 15th February
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bobbo89 said:
I'll be on full RTL coverage this year. Old Sky dish pointed at Astra 1 using a cheap sat box.

Don't understand a word of German and the adverts are annoying but i can stomach that better than the cost of Sky!
Add Radio 5 Live coverage?
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illmonkey

11,645 posts

137 months

Friday 15th February
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I posed this question last year, when I couldn't have a sky dish. Where I am now, has sky, but it's still a 18 month contract and stupid £$ for all of the sport channels.

Where as I'd rather pay a streaming company a lump sum and have them all either live or 'watch again', so I can watch them when I feel like it. It amazes me that the F1 don't have this already. Who really wants to get up early, or watch a race at 2PM on a Sunday? I have much better things to do!

I enjoy it, but not £540 a year enjoy it. So I'll stick to recording free to air ones, or download them.

bobbo89

2,510 posts

84 months

Friday 15th February
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Vaud said:
Add Radio 5 Live coverage?
Sometimes did, probably will do more this year with the ease of just getting on the Amazon Echo.

tobinen

4,663 posts

84 months

Friday 15th February
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I found R5 coverage out of synch with all TV streams, so one heard events before/after one saw them.

Evercross

194 posts

3 months

Friday 15th February
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tobinen said:
I found R5 coverage out of synch with all TV streams, so one heard events before/after one saw them.
On the occasions I've tried simulcast I have used a Virgin Media TV box for the R5L audio, so judicious use of the 'pause live TV' function can usually bring things in sync!

Alicatt1

792 posts

134 months

Friday 15th February
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rdjohn said:
This looks attractive. I live in France, but do not want a French commentary. Do you know if an English option is available?
Oh that looks good... checks website … French, German, and Spanish commentary only, what about Flemish or English?

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lbc

2,643 posts

156 months

Friday 15th February
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Evercross said:
On the occasions I've tried simulcast I have used a Virgin Media TV box for the R5L audio, so judicious use of the 'pause live TV' function can usually bring things in sync!
A DAB radio with pause function also can be synced to RTL.

andycaca

345 posts

67 months

Friday 15th February
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HardtopManual said:
NowTV looks crap on a recent TV due to being 720p.
Does it? I've been using Sky Go from my PC over HDMI into a 2018 65" 4KTV (when the C4 isn't live) and the quality is damn good. I'm getting the highest quality stream available because I've got pretty good broadband.

Assuming at this point that Sky GO and Now!!1TV are using the same streams...

Second Best

5,445 posts

120 months

Monday 18th February
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I remember back in 2015 I used to have my buddies over for Sunday afternoons of F1 and pizza. Our F1 Whatsapp has been silent apart from when one of the guys asked if anybody had seen the new RB temporary livery - it went unanswered.

None of us guys (in our 20s) are particularly intrigued with F1 now that it's behind a paywall. I'll stick to watching the highlights on YouTube (with an adblocker) thanks.

Kraken

782 posts

139 months

Monday 18th February
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andycaca said:
Does it? I've been using Sky Go from my PC over HDMI into a 2018 65" 4KTV (when the C4 isn't live) and the quality is damn good. I'm getting the highest quality stream available because I've got pretty good broadband.

Assuming at this point that Sky GO and Now!!1TV are using the same streams...
Apparently Now TV switched to higher rate streams at the end of last year. Seems to be quite a few people saying it degrades back to the old stream in a heartbeat though.

rscott

8,452 posts

130 months

Monday 18th February
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Kraken said:
andycaca said:
Does it? I've been using Sky Go from my PC over HDMI into a 2018 65" 4KTV (when the C4 isn't live) and the quality is damn good. I'm getting the highest quality stream available because I've got pretty good broadband.

Assuming at this point that Sky GO and Now!!1TV are using the same streams...
Apparently Now TV switched to higher rate streams at the end of last year. Seems to be quite a few people saying it degrades back to the old stream in a heartbeat though.
They were due to launch their 1080 streams last year, but that hasn't happened yet. There's not been any changes to the stream quality.

Deesee

1,593 posts

22 months

Monday 18th February
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Had Now TV via Apple TV for most of last year, took a few day/week/month bundles depending what was on and when, and they almost always sent an offer through some we took others not, eg F1 season pass £150 for the 10 months, or 3 months for £60 (golf pass).

Now back on Sky HD monthly, (q not worth it for us), as they offered us a deal (all sports £15 pcm).

We had no issue with streaming via the Apple TV with quality of picture or sound, and its very comparable to the standard HD 1080 broadcast.

If anyone is thinking of it, id say find someone on here and split the cost per race/week/month/season pass, you can have 2 devices running at the same time, so you can both watch, you will need half decent broadband, and a half decent stick/box to route through.

tobinen

4,663 posts

84 months

Monday 18th February
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Is it possible to buy a NowTV mobile pass for £6 and use Cast from the phone to stream to the telly? If so, would the quality be any good?

voicey

2,294 posts

126 months

Tuesday 19th February
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What's the quality like on the Sky Go PC app these days? Last year it was terrible so I switched to watching non C4 races on my phone. Not sure if I can stomach a whole season on a tiny screen though...

TheDeuce

631 posts

5 months

Tuesday 19th February
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All these suggestions to use NowTV to access Sky F1 channel... That's exactly what I do BUT they are only showing test coverage from 1pm each day. So I still can't watch the whole thing lol.

And of course, F1TV is basically useless in the UK for anything live.

It's annoying that I can't find a legitimate way to basically throw my money at F1 so I can actually watch (all) of it!!

towser44

1,110 posts

54 months

Wednesday 20th February
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It's the same with the Darts. PDC TV is really cheap in comparison to a Sky Subscription, but you can't subscribe and watch the tournaments via it in the UK because it would take people away from Sky and it is Sky who've paid for the UK broadcast rights.

I've had Sports on NowTV since November as they were doing a £20 per month offer for 3 months and they've just done the same again to take me up to July. I love watching loads of sport and as such I've hardly watched anything else on TV other Sky Sports in that time, with the England test matches in Sri Lanka and the Windies and now the 1 dayers, the Darts World Champs and Premier League, the odd football match and now the F1. So for £20 per month I've certainly had my monies worth in the cold, dark winter evenings and the stream quality and the coverage on all the sports really is very good.