As someone with a daughter this is very disappointing.
I’ve used NOWTV to watch F1 this season but I’ve recently cancelled my account, all for one reason – their iOS apps.
I started to watch it on Apple TV and ads aside (losing the audio, which isn’t a bad thing) it worked ok but their iPadOS might be one of the worst apps I’ve experienced. For example I missed FP1 today so wanted to catch up, I was presented with the never ending waiting loop as seen in the image above. This happens about 70% of the time on any of their streaming – it’s not really acceptable when they charge £30 a month. This was the final straw for me and I’ve cancelled my account until they show some focus on their mobile experiences.
I’ll listen to it on the radio for the rest of the season I think unless I see some improvement.
I’ve been an F1 fan for as long as I can remember, only cemented when I was lucky enough to get to travel to Belgium and watch the GP 10 years ago, wow time goes quickly. Unfortunately here in the UK we are stuck with paying SKY for our coverage. The best deal I found on this is £20 a month for NOWTV so it’s not exactly cheap.
F1 TV has been the best experience for me to watch in the past with no ad breaks but the same race coverage. You also get the ability to catch up straight away instead of the day after like with SKY.
I’ve seen a massive uptick in views on my post about this and it shows the interest that us here in the UK have for paying F1 for their own service. Unfortunately we won’t get this in the normal manner and have to pay SKY for a good while yet.
As an F1 fan it’s been a frustrating time trying to watch live coverage without spending a fortune on a SKY package but there is a way to watch the official F1TV live coverage from the UK. You’ll also save a good bit of money vs the £35 a month SKY Sports package, which is completely wasted on someone that isn’t really interested in any other sports.
The first thing you’ll need to do is get yourself a VPN, I recommend getting ExpressVPN via your iOS device and signing up for your free 7 day trial to give it a go. If you decide to sign up it’ll be £90 a year (around £8 month) or £11.99 a month if you want to pay monthly.
Once installed and setup (set your location as the USA), head to the App Store and download the F1TV app. Now you have the app installed, launch and sign up to F1TV Pro for £5.99 a month. This gives you access to everything, live and archived races. You can also replay the races when you want if you miss the live stream rather than wait for the SKY schedule.
So total is around £14 a month, less than half the price and much better access.
I haven’t written about sports here before, so here goes…
If you follow me on Twitter I expect you’ll know that I’m a fan of F1, it’s been a love/hate given the TV coverage here in the UK but I still follow along and end up picking up a deal on SKY Sports F1 to watch online. This year I’ve followed 80% of the races live and the rest in highlights. It’s been a good one and although going into next season we lose one of my favourite drivers in Esteban Ocon I’m looking forward to next where most of the teams are seeing driver changes.
Here’s my favourite drivers from the 2018 season.
A worthy champion and totally outclassed Sebastian Vettel after the Italian GP. Time after time he delivered a pole lap (including that stunner in Singapore) and there’s not many better than him in wheel to wheel racing. I have a feeling next season is going to be a tough one with Red Bull getting a new engine (reliability not withstanding) and Charles Leclerc in a Ferrari but if the car holds up I can’t see anyone stopping him getting a 6th World Championship.
Playing second fiddle to Vettel can’t be easy but Kimi really shone in the second half of the season, right after that pole at Monza. Then moving on from there once it was clear he was moving away from Ferrari he seemed to relax and it was amazing seeing him take the win in the US. I’m really looking forward to seeing what he does in the improved Sauber next season.
A great rookie year and an obvious talent, I can’t wait to see what happens at Ferrari next year – I think he might upset his team mate over the course of the season.
So, my first F1 post and there’s more to come including looking forward to next season and who to watch out for. If you came to me via my usual tech content I hope you’ve enjoyed (or at least appreciated) the change.