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Watching F1 in 2012

Hey guys,

BBC will only show half of the F1 races this season live, with extended highlights available for the rest. For those of us who want to watch every race live, what are our options?

1. Buy the sky tv subscription, where every race is shown live.
2. Watch it in German on SF2, RTL, or ARD.
3. Watch it in German with no sound, and have the BBC Radio 5Live commentary on at the same time.

I wont buy sky tv purely on principle. My German isnt fluent enough to understand the technical side of F1. Its seems the only way is option 3!
Any other suggestions??
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4. Watch it in German, improve your understanding and use a live text feed to support that?
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Hey guys,

BBC will only show half of the F1 races this season live, with extended highlights available for the rest. For those of us who want to watch every race live, what are our options?

1. Buy the sky tv subscription, where every race is shown live.
2. Watch it in German on SF2, RTL, or ARD.
3. Watch it in German with no sound, and have the BBC Radio 5Live commentary on at the same time.

I wont buy sky tv purely on principle. My German isnt fluent enough to understand the technical side of F1. Its seems the only way is option 3!
Any other suggestions??
I'll be doing option 3 for any races not shown live on BBC - though I'll have the sound up a little on the TV to hear the engines etc in time with the pics - the noise can be a little out with internet streamed commentary.

Oooh, unless I can find a french channel showing it - my french is better, and could use improving...

And one race I'm actually seeing live (Barcelona!)
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2. Watch it in German on SF2, RTL, or ARD.
3. Watch it in German with no sound, and have the BBC Radio 5Live commentary on at the same time.
I would go for 2 or 3.
SF2 has HD quality since yesterday and I assume that F1 races will be broadcasted in HD as well.
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Re: Watching F1 in 2012

Nothing can beat BBC analysis and the hosts. so u are better of with the radio.
well if u still want to see them with out buying SKY, u can watch them in Paddys.. :-)
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Re: Watching F1 in 2012

Last years BBC commentary with Martin Brundle and David Coulthard was awesome, and Ted with the pit lane reports. The pre-race build up with Brundle's grid walk and great interviews, and the post race interviews were all part of the F1 viewing experience. I'm gonna miss that.
Of course I could watch it in German (I often watch the champs league footy on SF2), but it wouldnt be the same. Although there may be a slight delay between SF2 and Radio 5Live commentary, I think thats the best option. I hope the BBC get full coverage back, but I heard that the deal with Sky TV is for the next 10 years. Bernie Ecclestone's made a huge error on this one!
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Nothing can beat BBC analysis and the hosts. so u are better of with the radio.
well if u still want to see them with out buying SKY, u can watch them in Paddys.. :-)
Sunday football usually takes priority over the F1, unfortunately. For the early morning races, its one thing dragging myelf out of bed to go to the sofa, but quite another to head into town.
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Re: Watching F1 in 2012

Hopefully it will go the same way as when F1 went to ITV - it's not just a case of buying the live feed from the local broadcaster - it's the whole presentation and commentary team that make it - which is why it didn't last more than a few seasons on ITV.

I just hope it doesn't take as long to leave Sky.
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Oooh, unless I can find a french channel showing it - my french is better, and could use improving...
I believe TF1 shows all F1 races.
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I believe TF1 shows all F1 races.
And the Swiss Romande (French-speaking) channel - TSR as it was (it's just changed it's name to some other combination).
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The Swiss channels now all have HD versions which means you should get F1 in HD.....
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Hey guys,

BBC will only show half of the F1 races this season live, with extended highlights available for the rest. For those of us who want to watch every race live, what are our options?

1. Buy the sky tv subscription, where every race is shown live.
2. Watch it in German on SF2, RTL, or ARD.
3. Watch it in German with no sound, and have the BBC Radio 5Live commentary on at the same time.

I wont buy sky tv purely on principle. My German isnt fluent enough to understand the technical side of F1. Its seems the only way is option 3!
Any other suggestions??
We actually do have a Sky sub in France, but just a basic one, not for any of the sports channels, and like you I refuse to do this just for these races. I'll be doing a French version of option 2/3, maybe with just a text feed for the English. I can understand the French well enough, but there's always two of them speaking, and so fast I have to concentrate far too hard to follow the nuances. Plus they often miss the on-screen action, being too busy talking.

Or I may possibly use one of the many illegal, mostly Indian, live streaming sites for the Sky coverage. Work well for cricket, not tried them for anything else yet.
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Re: Watching F1 in 2012

Whether I watch depends if Danica Patrick signs for an F1 team or not
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Re: Watching F1 in 2012

Currently watching qualifying in glorious HD on channel number 300 on Cablecom (RTS Un HD being the channel name). This is in French so I'm listening to BBC Radio 5 live for commentary.
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Hey guys,

BBC will only show half of the F1 races this season live, with extended highlights available for the rest. For those of us who want to watch every race live, what are our options?

1. Buy the sky tv subscription, where every race is shown live.
2. Watch it in German on SF2, RTL, or ARD.
3. Watch it in German with no sound, and have the BBC Radio 5Live commentary on at the same time.

I wont buy sky tv purely on principle. My German isnt fluent enough to understand the technical side of F1. Its seems the only way is option 3!

Just did 3 using Zatto for the picture where I subscribed to the higher quality feed and watched SF Zwei. If this now has a HD feed, is this available on Satellite? Might have to head out shopping for a HD satellite reciever (just have two HD Freesat one's and it's a pain switching them over to use the DiSeq....)
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Old 17.03.2012, 09:34
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Re: Watching F1 in 2012

In HD tomorrow: http://www.tvprogramm.sf.tv/18.03.2012

Just have to find out now if I can get this on Satellite.

http://en.kingofsat.net/find.php?question=SF+zwei :-)

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Re: Watching F1 in 2012

For those who understand enough German, I'd advise watching F1 on ORF (Austrian channel). They don't have commercial breaks (I believe RTL does), and the commentary is better than the Swiss channel, as they have former driver and current Williams driver coach Wurz as co-commentator with many insights.
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Re: Watching F1 in 2012

Time to move some of the Swisscom channels closer together for F1 viewing on my remote.

What a complete mess with the viewing for people on UK channels, Bernie does not care it is just the money to him, B@rSteward

Thanks for the thread though useful to know which channels I need now.
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Re: Watching F1 in 2012

Watched on SF Zwei in HD. Was good, only one 'real' commercial break during the race with two breaks where they schrunk the picture donw to 3/4 size with adverts to the side and bottom.

radio 5 provided the commentry most of the time but switched to the live Swiss commentry to avoid the news...

This works perfectly for me. Can even record both in case I can't watch it live.
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Re: Watching F1 in 2012

Unfortunately it seems that the Sky coverage is actually better than what the BBC has been doing.

If only I thought that it made sense to get Sky HD.
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