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Discussion in 'Scrutineering' started by Greenlantern101, Mar 23, 2016.

  1. Greenlantern101

    Greenlantern101 Super Hero And All Round Good Guy Contributor

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    Sky have just announced they will have all races live from now until 2024.

    Sky Sports to show every F1 race live from 2019 until 2024

    Edit: no tv coverage on terrestrial from 2019.

    Sky Sports lands exclusive F1 television coverage in UK from 2019

    The end of F1

    R.I.P.
     
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  3. rufus_mcdufus

    rufus_mcdufus Race Winner

    Erm, there's no terrestrial UK coverage from 2019 onwards! Unless I've misunderstood...
    Here:
    Sky secures exclusive F1 broadcast agreement
     
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  4. Andyoak

    Andyoak Race Winner

    That was my reading of it; final nail in the coffin for F1 as a popular sport... Welcome to the world of niche interest.
     
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  5. Galahad

    Galahad Not a Moderator Valued Member

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    Rather proves the GPDA's point.
     
  6. Greenlantern101

    Greenlantern101 Super Hero And All Round Good Guy Contributor

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    Sky secures new exclusive Formula 1 television deal for 2019 | Autocar

     
  7. Greenlantern101

    Greenlantern101 Super Hero And All Round Good Guy Contributor

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    F1 to be shown exclusively by Sky Sports from 2019

    Well unless that is on a freeview channel then it won't be 'free' will it. I guess we need more information.
     
  8. Johnny Carwash

    Johnny Carwash Champion Elect Contributor

    Was always going to end up like this the moment Sky did that deal with the BBC all the way back in 2011.
     
  9. teabagyokel

    teabagyokel #bringbackmaldo Valued Member

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    Because those sponsor-free cars prove the pay-TV model is ****ing fab.
     
  10. cider_and_toast

    cider_and_toast Everything in moderation Staff Member Premium Contributor

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    I would imagine free broadcast highlights would still be on Sky TV.
     
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  12. F1Brits_90

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    Don't get me wrong i prefer sky f1 coverage as it amazing with testing coverage + gp2/gp3 but saying that this exclusive deal that was announced is yet another disaster. free to air & viewing figures publicity vital for F1. I Cant believe f1 & bernie are making the made Same mistake as cricket who got hundreds of millions for exclusive rights because we're supposed to have the brightest brains in sports yet they are so short sighted. Because yes the money will be good but we are currently going to lose 85% of uk audience, which in any sport is ridiculous. & that 85% will result in Less publicity which will give Less sponsor revenue, More teams in financial trouble & More pay drivers

    All you have to look at 2 huge events ashes & women's world cup Ecb took the money problem they won last ashes & it barely made a ripple in the newspapers because of low viewing figures of 450,000 compared with peak of 8m on channel 4 back in 2005.

    Fall in Sky Ashes viewing figures leaves English cricket facing stark choices | Sean Ingle

    Women's world cup could easily gone to sky/bt but they went for viewing figures & that world cup semi was massive when that heartbreaking last min was the talk of work the next day. Profile of the sport went huge
     
  13. Titch

    Titch Mine is the best pink car on the track. Premium Contributor

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    OMG. What will that cost? How ******* short sighted is that. Bernie? Screwing every last penny out "his" sport, before he drops dead. All so his darling daughters can buy themselves anything they want.
    Best enjoy it while we can. Once Sky have the exclusive deal, the price will rocket.
     
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  14. The Pits

    The Pits Harumph. Again. Valued Member

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    well, at least its good to put a deadline on when your fandom of a sport will terminate.
     
  15. rufus_mcdufus

    rufus_mcdufus Race Winner

    But how do you watch that without subscribing to Sky? If you have a basic Sky package through them or the likes of BT or Virgin Media then yes, but it's not on Freeview.
     
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  16. cider_and_toast

    cider_and_toast Everything in moderation Staff Member Premium Contributor

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    I'm only guessing but I know Sky have done something similar with football in the past and put the occasional live match on Sky 1 to entice viewers. In the past they have also had free weekends when they have shown a whole weekend of free sports or made Sky Sports F1 free for a GP weekend.

    You are right though, the only way you would be able to see it on freeview is if you pay for top up TV channels or something along those lines.

    I believe you can subscribe to Sky Sports through Freeview so the only option Sky would have to show free to air qualification and highlights is to decrypt one of those channels for the duration of the highlights.

    I guess with almost 3 seasons to ride the backlash before the new contract comes in, they will decide nearer the time. I would still bank a reasonable amount of money on the so called free to air stuff being only available to those with Sky services.
     
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  17. cider_and_toast

    cider_and_toast Everything in moderation Staff Member Premium Contributor

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    Ratings | The F1 Broadcasting Blog

    This does not make good reading for a commercial rights holder who has just signed away another chunk of live, free to air F1.
     
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  18. Greenlantern101

    Greenlantern101 Super Hero And All Round Good Guy Contributor

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    So Channel 4 had no idea a deal was being done between Sky and Bernie. They are going to look at options from 2019 onwards.

    Channel 4 to mull over Formula 1 options from 2019
     
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  19. cider_and_toast

    cider_and_toast Everything in moderation Staff Member Premium Contributor

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    So it would seem that while Sky have the exclusive rights to broadcast F1, they have several options on the table regarding the race highlights and the British GP.

    1) Broadcast the highlights package on a normal Sky channel such as Sky 1. This would be pseudo free to air as potential viewers would still have to have these channels as part of their normal TV package.

    2) Broadcast the highlights on a dedicated free to all channel (including Freeview customers) under Sky's control

    or

    3) Let a terrestrial channel such as Channel 4 lease the rights to show the highlights packages / British GP.

    In terms of commercial revenue generation options 1 and 3 seem the most likely however, some one at Murdoch towers will be doing the maths to work out if they will get more customers from F1 fans who currently only have Freeview signing up to a Sky package to watch the highlights as a minimum or will they make more money from a TV company paying an annual fee to Sky to show their highlights?
     
  20. The Artist.....

    The Artist..... Champion Elect

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    If that is true, then I would expect to hear a challenge to the EU against this contract - after all, it is an anti-competitive process...
     
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  21. cider_and_toast

    cider_and_toast Everything in moderation Staff Member Premium Contributor

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    Yeah, and while they are there maybe they can ask the EU how they are getting on with Sauber and Force India's request to look into the anti-competitive way the commercial side is run. After all, they raised their complaint 7 months ago and we haven't heard a peep since.
     
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