Watching F1 this year

Watching F1 this year

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donkmeister

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2,451 posts

55 months

Friday 19th June
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I'm not a Sky subscriber so I've investigated other means this year to watch F1 (in the UK... I appreciate licensing results in differing services depending on location).

Please feel free to add any means I've missed, or special offers that might help the PH collective save a bit of money on watching F1.

- F1TV is a non-starter unless you have a credit card issued in a country where it is available... I used a VPN when setting up my account but failed the CC check and even an e-mail to F1TV with a friend's address in Portugal didn't cut it.

- Now.TV monthly passes - Sky Sports (which includes F1). Currently a 3 month 25% discount if you enable by 2nd July. Price after discount is £25 per month for the first 3 months (auto-renews at £33.99/month if you don't cancel!) plus £3/month for HD, but you need to sort it out no later than 2nd July. So, you should be able to get the full set of fixtures for £75 in SD, £84 in HD. Bonus if you are into football as you get that too. Obviously requires a compatible "smart" device or computer. You can get mobile-only passes for £5.99/month, and day-passes for £9.99 if you only want to watch some of the races.

- RTL - Free in SD. RTL is available on some satellite installations. Not HD, commentary in German. I've heard that some people mute it and listen to BBC Radio 5-live to get commentary. HD is available if you buy a viewing card online.

Danez

35 posts

54 months

Friday 19th June
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I've always either found a dodgy streaming site or gone to the pub. But I think this year since I'm so desperate to watch some F1 I'll be doing that 3 month Now TV deal considering it will cover the entire season (That has so far been confirmed).

As long as I can watch it on me xbox one I'll be happy as a pig in st biggrin

ukaskew

5,866 posts

176 months

Friday 26th June
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I've noticed Sky are offering the F1 channel (in HD) for £10 a month on a 31 day rolling contract for existing Sky customers. Has anyone done this and are there any downsides? For Sky it seems unusually generous that you're not tied in for more than a month.

We're running our 18 month contract down to leave Sky entirely early next year, but as far as I can tell adding F1 won't make any difference to that.

poosemon

74 posts

154 months

Saturday 27th June
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Worth pointing out that the NowTV package only covers when the race is been broadcast on the sky f1 channel. You can't use it like a catchup service.

I am unsure of how many times it repeats on the same day after the live race?

Angpozzuto

336 posts

64 months

Sunday 28th June
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ukaskew said:
I've noticed Sky are offering the F1 channel (in HD) for £10 a month on a 31 day rolling contract for existing Sky customers. Has anyone done this and are there any downsides? For Sky it seems unusually generous that you're not tied in for more than a month.

We're running our 18 month contract down to leave Sky entirely early next year, but as far as I can tell adding F1 won't make any difference to that.
Thanks for sharing this, I was about to get a now TV pass before seeing this

ukaskew

5,866 posts

176 months

poosemon said:
Worth pointing out that the NowTV package only covers when the race is been broadcast on the sky f1 channel. You can't use it like a catchup service.

I am unsure of how many times it repeats on the same day after the live race?
Highlights at 6pm and full re-run at 9pm by the looks of things. As I have a young child I've opted for the £10 Sky option instead so I can watch as and when I can and pause as necessary.

Danez

35 posts

54 months

ukaskew said:
Highlights at 6pm and full re-run at 9pm by the looks of things. As I have a young child I've opted for the £10 Sky option instead so I can watch as and when I can and pause as necessary.
Annoying thing is with that I'd need the basic sky package too.....

So as with now tv they'll show a full replay at 9pm?

That's what I'll have to do as i'll be busy frown

LordGrover

31,391 posts

167 months

ukaskew said:
I've noticed Sky are offering the F1 channel (in HD) for £10 a month on a 31 day rolling contract for existing Sky customers. Has anyone done this and are there any downsides? For Sky it seems unusually generous that you're not tied in for more than a month.

We're running our 18 month contract down to leave Sky entirely early next year, but as far as I can tell adding F1 won't make any difference to that.
Arse Too late for me.
I re-joined SKY last year for F1 but had to signup to an 18 month full sports package. irked
All the soccerball, golf and cycling etc. I'll never watch

Danez

35 posts

54 months

Ok so without the 25% discount for now tv that only lasts 3 months anyway it would only cost £1 extra to get the basic sky tv package with the discounted £10 a month F1 channel compared to now tv which you can't record races on.

As long as the f1 channel stays £10 per month for the entire season I think I'll be doing that.

Never been a sky customer before...

TheDeuce

5,468 posts

21 months

Danez said:
Ok so without the 25% discount for now tv that only lasts 3 months anyway it would only cost £1 extra to get the basic sky tv package with the discounted £10 a month F1 channel compared to now tv which you can't record races on.

As long as the f1 channel stays £10 per month for the entire season I think I'll be doing that.

Never been a sky customer before...
It's a good point, with the discounted Sky deal it does look basically the same price and of course you get Sky's other basic channels and content.

Does that factor in cost of the box and whatever setup they charge these days? From memory those charges can normally reduced/removed if you haggle though.

Danez

35 posts

54 months

TheDeuce said:
It's a good point, with the discounted Sky deal it does look basically the same price and of course you get Sky's other basic channels and content.

Does that factor in cost of the box and whatever setup they charge these days? From memory those charges can normally reduced/removed if you haggle though.
Ah yeah forgot about that- it's a one off £20 fee which isn't too bad



AJB88

5,724 posts

126 months

Borrow a mates Sky go login? I do this and have it on my Xbox.

Said mate stays at my house quite a bit to he uses it while hes here as well, so it was easy to convince him.

ukaskew

5,866 posts

176 months

Activated the £10 a month rolling contract thing online this morning (as an existing basic package holder), F1 in HD there within minutes.

Good times! £60 for the whole season is going to be about as good as it ever gets.


Danez

35 posts

54 months

AJB88 said:
Borrow a mates Sky go login? I do this and have it on my Xbox.

Said mate stays at my house quite a bit to he uses it while hes here as well, so it was easy to convince him.
Can you record races with sky go? How would that work?

AJB88

5,724 posts

126 months

Danez said:
Can you record races with sky go? How would that work?
Nah dont think so. You can probably do "catchup" but I've never been into recording live sports. Either watch live or dont watch at all tbh.

Danez

35 posts

54 months

AJB88 said:
Nah dont think so. You can probably do "catchup" but I've never been into recording live sports. Either watch live or dont watch at all tbh.
well not all of us have so much free time to watch every race live so recording the full race is the next best thing.

AJB88

5,724 posts

126 months

Danez said:
well not all of us have so much free time to watch every race live so recording the full race is the next best thing.
Benefits of working night shifts for me, can watch most of them live.

Danez

35 posts

54 months

AJB88 said:
Benefits of working night shifts for me, can watch most of them live.
I miss that about working night shift, only thing is though you can't have a few drinks while watching the race if you're working that night :/

AJB88

5,724 posts

126 months

Danez said:
I miss that about working night shift, only thing is though you can't have a few drinks while watching the race if you're working that night :/
Yeh which is a bummer but oh well, being Ferrair Tifsoi I need a few drinks most races haha.

ukaskew

5,866 posts

176 months

Tomorrow you'll be able to view the Sky Sports F1 schedule into Monday, I'm sure the race will be repeated the next day. At the moment they have a highlights package at 6pm and a full re-run at 9pm on the Sunday.