Cheapest way to watch Sky next year – £175 and it’s legal!
- 26th November 2011, 14:45 at 2:45 pm #130530
Edited by moderator: For more on the cheapest way to watch Sky in 2012 see here: Sky explain cheapest deal for F1 channel in 2012
Ok, I have done some digging and can legally watch all GPs for £175 (except Bahrain – if you want to watch the snoozefest, add £35) , which is much less than Keith’s estimate of £363.
Drawbacks: you have to be able to stream it through your internet.
Here’s how you do it:
Buy a £35 monthly sky go ticket http://www.sky.com/shop/tv/sky-go/monthly-pass-upgrade/ on:
September 8th * You’ll miss Monza FP 1&2, but then get two GPs for £35 this month
I have been quizzing Sky today about what you need to do for it – you only need a sky login (free, just sign up). No subscription. No additional costs.26th November 2011, 14:46 at 2:46 pm #185268
And they confirmed that the £35 will include the F1 channel.26th November 2011, 15:34 at 3:34 pm #185269plukParticipant
And that way Sky wins and we never get the FTA coverage back. Don’t take their carrots, don’t give them your money, however enticing they make it.
You know how sky operates, this year, maybe next, it’s ‘free’ with the certain other packages. Then a couple of pound charge will creep in and you’ll think, oh, only a couple of pounds a month, I won’t miss that. Then in creeps up and it creeps up and your paying a full subscription to them. Then they own F1 and you. They’ve won.
This must be a failure for the long term good of F1.26th November 2011, 19:36 at 7:36 pm #185270matt90Participant
Still don’t fancy paying 175 for a stream, that I likely won’t receive in great quality, and my connection will probably interupt. Still, good if you want it.26th November 2011, 20:20 at 8:20 pm #185271David-AParticipant
Justin.tv it is.27th November 2011, 0:09 at 12:09 am #18527227th November 2011, 1:14 at 1:14 am #185273JourneyerParticipant
@peteleeuk – Even if you don’t pay, the non-F1 fans will. That’s how this works – they can pay for it using their existing subscribers and a few of the new ones. It’s nice to think that not subscribing to Sky will force them to give it back to FTA, but that didn’t happen with football, and it won’t happen here.27th November 2011, 9:46 at 9:46 am #185274wificatsParticipant
It didn’t happen with football, because there was never full live FTA coverage of the premiership (or Champions League for that matter). In the case of football, Sky is providing a useful service as there’s simply no way that the sheer volume of matches could all be shown on BBC and ITV within the public service mandate.
F1 on the other hand has always been Free to Air and should remain thus, it’s got a great audience in a hard to fill timeslot and even at this reduced price, you end up paying too much for the limited number of races. £175 is still more than my entire license fee.27th November 2011, 15:35 at 3:35 pm #185275colin graysonParticipant
seems not enough people would pay in germany , so Sky are reported to be dropping out , word is that Sky UK will have to get an extra 150,000 subscribers to pay for F1
so don’t pay …just get a cheapo dish . point at Astra 19.2 and watch the missing 10 races on RTL from germany28th November 2011, 17:54 at 5:54 pm #185276
Does anyone know if RTL stream live?28th November 2011, 23:35 at 11:35 pm #185277PowderfingerParticipant
Yes they do but their coverage must be the worst in europe.8th December 2011, 9:47 at 9:47 am #185278braisimParticipant
Anyone know if Sky Go is blocked to non-UK IP addresses? The BBC blocks access to F1 clips if you’re outside the UK.8th December 2011, 10:06 at 10:06 am #185279RucknarParticipant
@braisim Not sure, i suspect so. However it’s quite easy to get around such blocks. Same goes for iplayer.26th January 2012, 18:51 at 6:51 pm #185280NoelinhoParticipant
Not wishing to spoil the party, but Sky told me the F1 channel will not be available at launch to people who are subscribed to the Sky Go Monthly Ticket – I was told it will be for Sky dish subscribers only.
So the long and short of it is, we can’t really be sure until March…26th January 2012, 19:43 at 7:43 pm #185281Joey-PoeyParticipant
For those who say that’s too much, 175 pounds over the course of a year is 14.5 pounds per month. Don’t eat out twice a month and you have that extra money saved. There ya go. Problem solved.
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