F1 » Teams see good and bad in UK TV deal


The recently-announced deal that will see Sky Sports take over live coverage of F1 in the UK was addressed by team bosses on day one of the Hungarian GP.

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ace.moonpanda - Unregistered

July 30, 2011 8:44 AM
Last Edited 1239 days ago

This is just wrong. How can thet say they will get more viewers. I cannot afford sky and am also thinking great i can watch 10 live races.would the bbc say you can watch 10 episodes of eastenders and then make you pay to watch the next 10
i doudt it. gutted.

Dr Thompson

July 30, 2011 8:46 AM
Last Edited 1240 days ago

I don't know how anyone can see anything positive in it? Look at the fan reaction, that is not a good thing for F1 in any way.

I was relying on the teams to do something about this. It's their sponsors coverage that will suffer the most after all, isn't it?

How does restricting access equal more viewers?

Redstone - Unregistered

July 30, 2011 8:54 AM

Sky owns the F1 rights across Europe, more or less. Bad Thing for the fans. Bernie might have broken the Concorde Agreement over the " Free to Air " rights. This seems to be a recurrent theme lately for people who have dealings with Mr Murdoch. so will the teams doing anything about this, probably not until its to late. So the result is goodbye to F1. It was good whilst it lasted.

F1 Fan - Unregistered

July 30, 2011 9:16 AM

Top class football is gone

Full length Test match Cricket is gone.

F1 is partially going

Is Wimbledon next?

F1 I've been a fan for donkeys years however it's going to be over and out from me, there's no way on principle that I'll be willing to join up with Sky or any other pay to view TV.

Thanks for memory.

PS maybe affected F1 fans should pay 50% of the TV licence fee

Dangerous Dave - Unregistered

July 30, 2011 9:20 AM

Lets all stop fooling ourselves that this is a good deal. Fact is that Bernie Ecclestone has priced F1 out of the market on behalf of shareholders and his own interests,and salvaged this as a compromise. Murdoch and Sky are currently about as popular as a "Rattlesnake in a lucky dip" and not many people are going to be willing to pay his organisation on principle alone! I predict that this will lose F1 support in droves and the timing could not have been at a worst time. Ultimately, time will tell!!!

ace.moonpanda - Unregistered

July 30, 2011 9:21 AM

Also just thought unless all tv money goes to the teams, some of he smaller teams must be crapping them selves who would want to sponser a team with minimum
coverage at best and then be told your uk coverage is now going to be halved for the general population.

alec - Unregistered

July 30, 2011 9:32 AM

Think the bbc do a brilliant job, why change, i take it ecclestone will get a big pay out for it as if he needs it !! and the teams will follow suit as no doubt they will get more, dont think any of them are bothered about the grass root fans of F1 any more i for one wont be paying to watch.

A Parkinson - Unregistered

July 30, 2011 9:41 AM

We have enjoyed the live coverage of every grand prix, every practice, quali's and races on the red button and on BBC but there is no way we will subscribe to sky. So effectively this is good bye to F1 from my husband and and myself. With regret but a principle is being upheld.

howard - Unregistered

July 30, 2011 9:43 AM

dont the bbc realise that the true motor sport fans who built f1 to what it is today watch all the races,not just the glamorous ones
you have let us down BBC
i for one will never pay Murdoch anything

AA - Unregistered

July 30, 2011 9:48 AM

Yes, this will affect team sponsorships. But if Sky is paying out 50% to the revenues to the team (possibly 500 million dollars worth) - who needs sponsors?

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