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TMD_24 (previously TheMonkeyDaft) 118 posts since 27 Oct 2015
Anglia (East) Look East
At least Ch4 has three years, here is something interesting:

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Free to air: The FORMULA 1 BRITISH GRAND PRIX, together with highlights of all other races and Qualifying sessions, will be shown on a ‘free-to-air’ basis.


So does that mean Pick get the honer?


Interesting Quote from Autosport:
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Only the British Grand Prix will be shown free-to-air, either via one of Sky's free channels such as Pick, or by one of the BBC, ITV or Channel 4.
rdd2,555 posts since 21 Jun 2001
So after one bloody race was shown on Channel 4 last Sunday. Sky are taking the lot in three years time?



Has to be some sort of record. Never seen a broadcaster get told they were losing the rights to a sport this early in a contract period. You'd have to wonder whether C4 will bail out early given such a swift announcement.

There's also the issue that, in Ireland, Sky have kept Sky Sports F1 exclusive to Sky Digital, meaning the only way to watch F1 from 2019 will be a Sky satellite subscription (and there's no Now TV here if you can't put up a dish).
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Hatton Cross2,139 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Central (West) Midlands Today
For those that don't want to click on the link - the new deal starts in 2019 until 2024 - and from next season all races will be covered in UHD as well as HD. Which is nice, given how long it took FOM to start covering races in HD originally.

But this deal in the UK and Ireland is mirroring elsewhere. It's happened in other countries. Take a look at France. All on Canal+.
And I don't even think there are highlights via FTA.

If I was RTL I'd be getting very worried, given Sky Sport F1 is already in Germany.

Looks like Sky went to Bernie very early, to cover off a BT Sport rival bid.

Would expect a highlights deal to be announced soon as well. Channel 4 must be interested. And it gets around the 'crown jewel' issue of the British Grand Prix.
ITV "Occasionally it gives us something good, but for the most part, it is pathetic and puerile". Lord Taylor, House Of Commons, 1959.
Brekkie26,880 posts since 4 Jan 2003
HTV Wales Wales Today
That is very harsh on C4 one weekend into them rescuing the "sport" for FTA audiences with three years to go as a lame duck. They should at least have been given the chance to bid after one year of coverage, and I suspect ITV may have been interested too.

Wouldn't be to surprised at a return to the BBC with just highlights, and wouldn't be surprised if C4 look to bow out at the end of this season, though losing racing and F1 would leave them with virtually no live sport.
Shouldn't that have been posted in the "John Logie Baird has Invented Television" thread?
Toby Lerone
UTV Newsline
When MotoGP went to BT Sport they said it was exclusive but ITV4 managed to get a highlights package so maybe BBC, ITV or Channel 4 may get a highlights package but F1 will soon become an irrelevance in the UK and this is a disgrace and feel very sorry for Channel 4.

Part of me thinks the GPDA statement today about the direction F1 is taking and a change in leadership makes me wonder if it is anything to do with the change in rights in the UK.
UKnews386 posts since 26 Apr 2011
The BBC did the wrong thing by the licence payer long term.

Barbara Slater has oil on her hands!

Nonsense. It might have taken longer (for Sky to be involved) or happened in a different way but It would have happened regardless of the BBC / Sky shared deal.
Jon6,359 posts since 11 Apr 2005
Central (West) Midlands Today
The BBC did the wrong thing by the licence payer long term.

Barbara Slater has oil on her hands!

Nonsense. It might have taken longer (for Sky to be involved) or happened in a different way but It would have happened regardless of the BBC / Sky shared deal.

I agree it probably would've happened eventually.

But what the BBC did was allow Sky a taste of F1 but also F1 a taste of Sky a bit of a test if you like.

It would have been a better use of the licence payers money to allow Channel 4 a crack at getting the whole thing rather than subsidising Sky piloting a new subscription based approach. Which history has told would lead to the end of free to air coverage.

Certain people will defend the BBC whatever the circumstances, I'm neutral in this regard.
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Steve Williams1,815 posts since 1 Aug 2008
It would have been a better use of the licence payers money to allow Channel 4 a crack at getting the whole thing rather than subsidising Sky piloting a new subscription based approach. Which history has told would lead to the end of free to air coverage.


Had the Beeb given it up totally, I can't imagine Sky would have sat idly by and just watched it pass smoothly onto C4. They'd been eyeing it up for ages, because it offered so much value for them - loads of content, big ABC1 audience, watched by many people who watch no other sport - and had the Beeb dropped it completely there'd have been more chance of it all going to Sky. Regardless of whether C4 wanted to show it or not.