Live free-to-air Formula One coverage is in a slow decline at the beginning of 2015 according to the latest information supplied by F1 Fanatic readers.
Readers from 47 countries revealed the cost and extent of Formula One broadcasting in their local area.
The growth of subscription services has risen partly in place of former free-to-air packages, sometimes as an alternative to them, and sometimes as a part-replacement for them. This is the case in the UK and Italy, where free-to-air broadcasters screen half of the calendar live. This year the Czech Republic is among the countries which has lost its free-to-air F1 coverage.
The annual price rates for new subscriptions vary enormously as broadcasting structures vary between countries. In the UK the price of Sky’s F1 subscription service has risen from £363 at its introduction three years ago to £562 today. A high-definition subscription costs £763.
While the rise of new viewing opportunities on tablet devices and online undoubtedly accounts for some of F1’s worrying decline in viewing figures, it is very likely the increased cost of watching F1 in many regions is often contributing.
This is not solely a case of existing fans choosing not to pay for subscriptions. F1 will inevitably have greater difficulty in attracting new fans when it can no longer be easily discovered on a free-to-air channel. The sport has barely begun to scratch the surface of the potential offered by the internet and new media to promote itself.
Inevitably, the popularity of F1 will often be affected by the performance of local talent. Poland is a striking example. F1 enjoyed a growing profile there following Robert Kubica’s arrival in 2006, but his accident in 2011 halted that growth and at the time of writing its F1 coverage plans fore 2015 are yet to be announced.
You can compare the cost of watching F1 from Namibia to New Zealand – and beyond – using the table below. If your country is not listed, see below for details on how to share information.
|Country||Channel||Races||Qualifying||Practice||Annual cost||Online coverage||Notes|
|Argentina||Fox Sports Latin America||All||All||Some||€1500||n/a||HD pack. Cheaper SD pack available.|
|Australia||Ten||All||All||Australia only||Nil||Ten Play|
|Austria||ORF Eins||All||All||Some||Nil||ORF TV Thek|
|Belgium||La Une/La Deux||All||All||Belgium only||Nil||Non-live catch-up internet coverage. Replays also available on some games consoles and smart TVs.|
|Belgium||Telenet||All||All||No||€197.4||24-hour channel access available for €9.95|
|Canada||TSN||All||All||FP2 only||C$720||n/a||Occasional races are shown delayed. NBC Sports Network coverage is blocked.|
|Chile||Fox Sports||All||All||All||£84||Fox Play||Same package is available for free in neighbouring countries.|
|China||Shanghai Sports||12||7||No||Nil||n/a||Local Shanghai channel|
|Czech Republic||Sport TV||All||All||Most||€346||Free-to-air coverage on Nova Sport ended last year|
|Denmark||TV3+||All||All||All||£356||Cinemas screen some races live for £10.|
|Estonia||Viasat Sport Baltic||All||All||All||€911.52||n/a||Also need to pay for cable or satallite subscription. Occasional practice sessions are not shown.|
|Estonia||Viasat TV6||Some live, rest delayed||No||No||€24||n/a||Races always shown at 9pm, will be live if that’s when the race start time is.|
|Finland||MTV Max||All||All||All||€239.4||MTV F1||Online-only F1 package available for €89.95.|
|Germany||Sky Deutschland||All||All||Yes||€562.8||Additional charges for HD subscription|
|Greece||Alpha TV||Some live, rest delayed||No||No||Nil||n/a||SD only, with ads|
|Hong Kong||Fox Sports Plus||All||All||HD only||US$360||n/a|
|Hungary||Duna TV||All||All||Hungary only||Nil||Telesport||Will move to M4 Sport in July|
|India||Star Sports 4||All||All||All||Nil||Star Sports||Year’s subscription for online coverage costs £5.01. Standard definition only.|
|Italy||Sky||All||All||All||€358.8||Additional charges for HD subscription and on-demand viewing.|
|Italy||RAI||Ten live, rest delayed||As races||As races||Nil||RAI TV World|
|Latvia||Viasat Sport Baltic||All||All||All||€178||n/a|
|Lithuania||Viasat Sport Baltic||All||All||All||£150||n/a|
|Macau||Fox Sports Plus||All||All||HD only||US$360||n/a|
|Macedonia||Macedonian National TV||All||All||No||€120||MRT||Can also get German RTL|
|Macedonia||Sport Klub TV||All||All||All||€120||Commentary in Serbian.|
|Mexico||Fox Sports Latin America||All||All||All||€120||n/a|
|Mexico||Foro TV (Televisa)||All (delayed)||No||No||Nil||n/a||Some regions only|
|Mexico||Telmex||All||All||All||Nil||Escuderia Telmex||Online only, low resolution.|
|Namibia||Supersport||All||All||All||€560||n/a||Practice sessions usuall in SD only|
|Netherlands||Sport 1||All||All||All||€150||Sport 1|
|Netherlands||Veronica||Canada and USA live||No||No||Nil|
|New Zealand||Sky Sport||All||All||All||NZ$1000||Sky NZ account required|
|Norway||Viasat Motor||All||All||All||£575||Viaplay||Online streaming costs £240|
|Pakistan||Star Sports 4||All||All||All||Nil||Race Mate Live||Standard definition|
|Peru||Fox Sports||All||All||All||US$360||Additional charge for channel which carries practice sessions.|
|Philippines||Fox Sports Network||All||All||All||£150||Race Mate Live||£240 for HD.|
|Poland||No coverage details announced yet for 2015|
|Romania||Dolce Sport||All||All||No||€78||Dolce Web TV||For non-subscribers, access to the “Sports Pack” on Dolce Web TV (includes Dolce Sport 1, 2, 3, 4) can be purchased for 1.50€/day or 4.00€/month. RTL Germany also available.|
|Russia||Russia2||All, some delayed||All||No||Nil||Russia2|
|Russia||Sport1||All, some delayed||All||All||£600|
|Slovakia||TV Dajto/TV Markiza||All||All||No||Nil||n/a|
|Slovenia||TV SLO 2||All||Most live||No||Nil|
|South Korea||SBS Sports||All||No||No||US$120||SBS Sports||All races live online, most on TV are delayed.|
|Spain||Antena 3||All||All||All||Nil||Atres Player||Also TV3 (Catalonia only)|
|Sweden||TV10||Delayed||Live||No||Nil||Ad breaks between sessions in qualifying|
|Tunisia||BeIn Sport||All||All||All||€250||BeIn Sport|
|Uganda||SuperSport channels||All||All||All||US$984||SuperSport||Online stream is problematic.|
|United Arab Emirates||BeIn Sports||All||All||All||£1512||n/a|
|United Kingdom||BBC||Ten live, rest delayed||As races||As races||Nil||iPlayer||A TV licence (145.50 per year for colour, £49 for black and white) is required to view live all television programming in the UK.|
|United Kingdom||Sky||All||All||All||£562||Sky Go||Standard definition: HD costs £763. TV licence required (see above).|
|United Kingdom||Now TV||All||All||All||£219.8||Now TV||Online only. Based on 20 one-week passes at £10.99 each. TV licence required (see above).|
|United States||NBC Sports Network||All||Most live||FP2 only||US$720||NBC Sports Live Extra||Price can vary|
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