Soooo, yeah. The BBC have lost the rights to half – yes half, not all, but half – of Formula One live coverage from 2012 to 2018 to Sky.
For anyone that is willing to shell out for Sky Sports to watch the other half the season live (that number doesn’t include me), they can look forward to â€œthe full Sky Sports treatment.â€, according to Barney Francis of Sky Sports. IE, advertisement breaks every 8 minutes and missing all the crucial action.
For the rest of us, the BBC are offering ‘extended highlights’ of the races they won’t be covering later in the day. What the fuck is the point of that? If you don’t watch the race live, there’s no point watching it at all, since there’s no chance of not having it all ruined for you by news coverage of the race results. In fact BBC are one of the worst for this. With football, they say ‘if you don’t want to know the results, look away now.’, but with F1, with no warning, they’ll suddenly blurt out the results and show the best race incidents. [...] read more