Watching F1 on TV

Watching F1 on TV

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Derek Smith

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39,227 posts

213 months

Monday 14th December 2020
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I took out a repeating monthly pass to NOWTV to watch F1 this season. A bit of a bargain given the quality of the races. I turned off the sound and went with Radio5Live. It increased the fun. I recommend both.

I cancelled today. Despite expectations of having to faff about for some time, having to email, and all that stuff. But no. It was straighforward and easy. That makes a change.

When I went through the process, I was offered two months at 2/3rds the rate for one month, so there's a pointer for someone.

garyhun

30,694 posts

193 months

Monday 14th December 2020
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NOW TV is a breath of fresh air compared to the shenanigans of cancelling a Sky contract.

n3il123

2,155 posts

178 months

Tuesday 15th December 2020
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I did exactly the same yesterday I was also surprised how easy it was to cancel.

I just need to keep an eye out for the deals at the beginning of next year.

mikecassie

544 posts

124 months

Tuesday 15th December 2020
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I did the same, 3 months at a very decent rate and cancelled in plenty time. Then followed that by a Now TV voucher that was sourced on eBay IIRC and a bit cheaper than Now TV options. I did check back but the cheaper options seemed to have disappeared now.

I've used Now TV for a couple years now, my job takes me away from home a lot and paying for Sky wasn't adding up, if it ever could TBH so a Now TV voucher for a week or months access was ideal.

snotrag

12,581 posts

176 months

Tuesday 15th December 2020
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I must admit I avoided NowTV (and sky!) for years but this year I buckled at the promise of 3 or even 4 races a month at times. I've been really happy, and actually very happy with what I paid for.

I am tempted to cancel it from now until March when the season starts, but I'm currently on a deal at £25p/m (Sky sports only) until Oct 2021.

What is everyone paying? Reckon its worth me paying another £75 between now and March to probably not use it, or try and get another deal in March?

How much is everyone else paying for NowTV?

Evercross

3,121 posts

29 months

Tuesday 15th December 2020
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Quick question - is anyone using the Android app for viewing NowTV and if so how good is it?

I previously used NowTV on one of their repurposed Roku boxes and it was restricted to 720p and was a bit slow and buggy.

I have Android TV on several devices now and I'd consider giving NowTV another shot if the experience has improved any.

snotrag

12,581 posts

176 months

Tuesday 15th December 2020
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Evercross said:
Quick question - is anyone using the Android app for viewing NowTV and if so how good is it?
That's what I've done all year, android app on my phone and linked to my (Sony Android) smart TV.

Generally its worked very well, only thing I've noticed in the past few weeks is that sometimes, gradually the audio and video go slowly out of sync - so I need to change channel and back again.

Also - you have limited devices - 2 at a time, and a limit on how often you can change them (to stop you giving out your login to all your friends, fair enough).



n3il123

2,155 posts

178 months

Tuesday 15th December 2020
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snotrag said:
I must admit I avoided NowTV (and sky!) for years but this year I buckled at the promise of 3 or even 4 races a month at times. I've been really happy, and actually very happy with what I paid for.

I am tempted to cancel it from now until March when the season starts, but I'm currently on a deal at £25p/m (Sky sports only) until Oct 2021.

What is everyone paying? Reckon its worth me paying another £75 between now and March to probably not use it, or try and get another deal in March?

How much is everyone else paying for NowTV?
I missed out on the deal at the beginning of the season so i've been paying 33 per month, which is one of the reasons that I cancelled the sub to try and pick a decent deal before the next season. I don't really watch any other sports so makes no sense to carry it on.

DaveE87

406 posts

100 months

Tuesday 15th December 2020
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In previous years Now TV have offered 9 months of Sky Sports for £150 just before the season starts. They tend not to keep the offer open for long though. There are other ways to view via VPN etc.

ch37

7,223 posts

186 months

Tuesday 15th December 2020
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garyhun said:
NOW TV is a breath of fresh air compared to the shenanigans of cancelling a Sky contract.
We have a Sky TV contract and added the £10 a month 30 day rolling contract for Sky F1. A great decision as it turns out, but it's an absolute mare trying to get it removed now. You HAVE to phone them, but they are way to busy to actually accept calls, so you have to battle with an automated system which so far for me has not worked at all. Still haven't been able to cancel...

Kraken

1,654 posts

165 months

Wednesday 16th December 2020
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They still doing that? I cancelled Sky many years ago as I was sick of their business practises and I will have nothing to do with them until this day. Unfortunately more and more companies are doing business their way now. You can add on anything you like with a click of a mouse but if you want to cancel you have to speak to someone who then gives it the hard sell and generally you end up getting the whole package for way less than if you hadn't tried to cancel. Disgusting way to do business in my book, give people your best price all the time rather than ripping of those who don't complain.

There are many reasons I fell out of love with F1 but Sky is by far the biggest.

ch37

7,223 posts

186 months

Wednesday 16th December 2020
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Kraken said:
They still doing that? I cancelled Sky many years ago as I was sick of their business practises and I will have nothing to do with them until this day. Unfortunately more and more companies are doing business their way now. You can add on anything you like with a click of a mouse but if you want to cancel you have to speak to someone who then gives it the hard sell and generally you end up getting the whole package for way less than if you hadn't tried to cancel. Disgusting way to do business in my book, give people your best price all the time rather than ripping of those who don't complain.

There are many reasons I fell out of love with F1 but Sky is by far the biggest.
It's out of sync with all the streaming services also offering 30 day rolling contracts (Netflix, Disney+ etc) which is a simple click of a button to cancel.

If an automated call can cancel it for you (in theory) the technology must be there to allow you to click a button and do it.

TheTrash

1,828 posts

171 months

Wednesday 16th December 2020
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I've been using F1 TV with a VPN to watch the races, subscribing through the app store and about £40 a year for the VPN. You dont get commentary until the F1 cut screen starts a few minutes before the race/qualifying. I'll not be going back to SKY or NOW TV.

nutsyH

454 posts

163 months

Wednesday 16th December 2020
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Watch here using a VPN Belgian server. No charge.

https://www.rtbf.be/sport/moteurs/f1/detail_f1-le-...

Cast to TV from laptop, Mute TV with R5 commentary through headphones so even Mrs Nutsy doesn't complain about vroom vroom.

Paul-i7c3j

7 posts

18 months

Wednesday 10th February
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TheTrash said:
I've been using F1 TV with a VPN to watch the races, subscribing through the app store and about £40 a year for the VPN. You dont get commentary until the F1 cut screen starts a few minutes before the race/qualifying. I'll not be going back to SKY or NOW TV.
Which country do you use for the VPN to access F1 TV races? Also, do you not have an issue paying for the F1 TV subscription with a UK-based bank/card?

Cheers

PDP76

2,078 posts

115 months

Sunday 14th February
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I’m going a different way this year.
PS3 no longer supports sky go so had to look at other methods. One of which I’ve tested and works.
Fire stick and :cough: :cough: iptv provider £40 a year and gets me a lot of channels inc sky f1

Derek Smith

Original Poster:

39,227 posts

213 months

Tuesday 16th February
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A bit off topic - my apologies to the OP - I'm considering a VPN.

A friend tried one a few years ago and it kept dropping out. There were problems connecting.

Have they become more reliable? And has their fascination with buffering stopped?

All help gratefully received.

LordGrover

32,197 posts

177 months

Tuesday 16th February
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Derek Smith said:
A bit off topic - my apologies to the OP - I'm considering a VPN.
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You are the OP. hehe

budgie smuggler

4,290 posts

124 months

Tuesday 16th February
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LordGrover said:
You are the OP. hehe
hehe

And in answer to the VPN question, no, I get almost identical throughput & no issues with dropouts. I'm with PIA.

Derek Smith

Original Poster:

39,227 posts

213 months

Tuesday 16th February
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budgie smuggler said:
hehe

And in answer to the VPN question, no, I get almost identical throughput & no issues with dropouts. I'm with PIA.
Thanks for that. I'll give it a go.

I've been told Cyber Ghost is well recommended. Anyone with any experience?