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The 2019 F1 season.

Discussion in 'off topic' started by Tony Lockhart, Dec 4, 2018.

  1. The Chronicals

    The Chronicals Disruptor

    I think they are still happening, I find highlights a very empty way of engaging with something though. It's like the whole Twatter generations 'want experiences' concept...dip a toe in and out, but without getting in the water and swimming. Real fans want to watch a race, not just the good bits. I love being engrossed for the entire two hours, its hypnotic....although Monaco last year did have me close to a snooze I'll give you that!
  2. Tony Lockhart

    Tony Lockhart pfm Member

    I hope you know what I mean!
    I’m frustrated too. Snetterton is flat and boring, Brands the other side of the Dartford crossing. I think I’ll be at Santa Pod again this year.
    Rockingham near Corby closed in November.
    Motorsports venues and air shows, gradually dying out.
  3. Eyebroughty

    Eyebroughty JohnC


    Yes I would agree it is affordable to me, I have a similar outlook on what I spend money on.

    When I hear people say that they cannot afford something like the F1 then as Tony rightly points out they can always watch highlights on C4, it may not be live, but it is there to watch.

    Of course you can buy a VPN, that's around £100 a year, interesting that.


  4. Tony Lockhart

    Tony Lockhart pfm Member

    If the editing for the highlights was up to a good standard it’d be watchable. It’s not, so it’s bloody awful.
  5. Eyebroughty

    Eyebroughty JohnC

    Hi Tony,

    Yes I do know what you meant :), it's Sunday, and no F1 until next weekend.


  6. The Chronicals

    The Chronicals Disruptor

    £2 a month for Nord VPN.

    The highlights are ok, but its really not the same for an actual race fan. Its like going to the track and then watching it on television in the bar, so close but still so far.

    I actually like the Channel 4 coverage and presenting team though, SO MUCH better to watch than the Sky riffraff!

    It has still cost me the £200 as I bought it for my dad as well, so we will both be watching, just hoping their wont be another 25% increase next year.
  7. Eyebroughty

    Eyebroughty JohnC

  8. The Chronicals

    The Chronicals Disruptor

  9. Darmok

    Darmok "A Priori Teleology."

    I agree but he does bring insider info to the table.

    As does our own Ian W occasionally of this Manor, without the nads! :)
  10. nobeone

    nobeone pfm Member

    Agreed, I avoid watching Eddie Jordan by skipping over every section he takes part in, if they keep him out of the commentary box and leave him being a berk in the pit lane and hopefully only take him to as few GP as possible I can cope, but only just. If she knew Sky have Jensen the wife will want a Sky subscription ... best not tell her.
  11. The Chronicals

    The Chronicals Disruptor

    and keep him as far away from Top Gear as possible.
  12. tones

    tones Tones deaf

    Thankfully true of Switzerland, also with quite a good commentary (in German). And if I want, it's also available on the German/Austrian channels.
  13. windhoek

    windhoek The Phoolosopher

    The BBC has more info on this year's terrestrial TV coverage and I'm pleased to say DC and Co. will still be at the helm for Channel 4's F1 coverage - I was afraid that SKY would oblige Channel 4 to show highlights of their own coverage (I'm not a fan of SKY's coverage/presenting team). I'm also pleased to say there's no mention of Eddie Jordan, but that's no guarantee he won't find his way onto the show somehow or another, so we'll just have to wait and see, or not see, as the case may be - fingers crossed!

    Looking at the restrictions, I think the new arrangement could be a blessing in disguise as it looks like we'll get more wheat and less chaff. I'll miss Karun Chandhok, though - he was like a wee toy tiger with endless enthusiasm. Still, at least we're getting decent coverage this year - there's no telling what it'll be like in the future not to mention how much it will cost.

  14. Tony Lockhart

    Tony Lockhart pfm Member

    Well, for better or for worse, I’ll be getting a Sky Go login before the weekend. All I need do is buy the guy a pint every now and then. So I get to see the races live, and share a drink with someone!
    I might try 5 Live commentary instead of Sky’s though.
  15. Copperjacket

    Copperjacket pfm Member

    I am certainly going to miss the live coverage, including the Friday Practice Sessions however my problem is that there is nothing else on Sky that I want: No Films; No Rugby; No Golf; No Football; No Cricket = No subscription.
    I am intrigued by the idea of using a VPN - if possible can anyone point me in the right direction please?
  16. Tony Lockhart

    Tony Lockhart pfm Member

    A couple of friends use Helixhosting, but I gave up. They do a one euro 48hr trial, bit I just could not see what to do.
  17. IanW

    IanW pfm Member

    I try! FrankF1 is also of this manor and gives insider info from time to time.
    Darmok likes this.
  18. Tony Lockhart

    Tony Lockhart pfm Member

    The C4 highlights might well be much, much worse than before. This from the Beeb:

    "For example, only 50% of the total running time of C4's programme can now be taken up by the on-track coverage - down from between 60-70% last year. They are not allowed to do interviews in what is known as the 'pen' - where all the drivers are taken to do a round-robin of broadcasters after qualifying and race - or in the pit lane. Any 'pen' interviews they use will have to come from Sky. The amount of interviews C4 can do in the paddock is restricted. And they have been forbidden from doing a 'grid walk'.

    None of these restrictions apply to the live British Grand Prix."

    That looks vindictive to me.
  19. matt j

    matt j pfm Member

    Cricket part 2. Lots of people only watched it because it was free, I suspect lots will not bother following it this year.
  20. peterm

    peterm pfm Member

    I've followed F1 since the early 60s and used to be glued to the tv for every race (and Le Mans too when BBC covered that).

    I resent Sky using subscribers' money to buy up rights to sports and then denying those sports to any non-Sky users, I will therefore never buy into Sky!

    As for F1 today, I'm losing interest at such a rate that I wouldn't spend a penny on pay to view races.

    Last year, and I think it was on a live race rather than highlights, I fell asleep in the middle of a Grand Prix, in the afternoon!

    As to F1 appealing to new viewers, if they're turning off long lasting fans like me, where do they expect to get their audience from in the future?
    Copperjacket likes this.

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