Tzk wrote: ↑
Tue Jun 23, 2020 7:37 am
So german viewers got 4 options:
1. Get Sky and obtain F1TV acces through Sky
2. buy a yearly subscription of F1TV right now and keep it till 2024
3. use a VPN to get F1TV as currently
4. use a VPN to stream ORF/SRF
Right? Thats ridiculous, what a bulls* move by Liberty! Looks like this all happens because Sky paid for exclusive rights... Now i remember why i hated Sky so much...
Can the Germans not receive ORF/SRF? I wasn't really aware of that, I assumed they could, as we here in Switzerland can receive pretty much all the German broadcasters too. Unless, SRF/ORF are special because they are "state broadcasters"?
I feel particularly bad about this move, because Germany has always been big on motorsports - I would have thought easily 2nd behind the British. The problem I have with the "paywall" is because only people will get it who want to watch it. You're effectively pulling it away from casual observers who might tune in when they don't have anything better to do with the potential to expand the viewership beyond the fans the sport already has.
You're also eliminating young viewers who don't have access to their own subscriptions and are limited by what their parents sign up on.
Really a daft move, that already started when F1 did it in Britain.
IMO - this is something that Formula-E has done well. Pretty much free to watch, streamed on Youtube (or at least used to be) and if they come to your city, it's a big event that, if I recall correctly, doesn't even cost an entry free (only if you want to be seated at a podium). Easy way to get viewers and expand the interest. On the other hand, F1 just seems to be losing.