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Old 22-02-2013, 12:36
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Well that's because you have got it. It seems to be very hard for people to realise how have how expensive it actually is or seems to non customers.

I had SS1 and 2 for a short while but because I've never had the full thing and really got into it I don't know what it's and don't have the real craving for it. It would be nice but just because something is nice doesn't mean I should get it.

I'd rather take my kids on one last big family holiday. Something we would remember for the rest of our lives. It's fascinating how different people chose to spend there money. Anyway I don't really like sitting around I'm always out and about so I don't think I would ever use the service enough to get good value for money.

Also spending the money on a night out down the local is great fun. and you get sky on the TV there! That's value for money. In my opinion. Few drinks, lots of laughs, game of darts, couple of frames of snooker. No money left, stumble home, get chucked out by wife. The end.

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I can certainly see how it's perceived as expensive to some, unfortunately with it being such a subjective opinion (usually based on your own economic status) then it makes it hard to truly pin down what is expensive. For me personally I don't get SS1, but in addition to Sky+ and the HD pack I also get my phone and internet via Sky. As an overall 'package' the price isn't that disimilar from having seperate BT lines and tv via Virgin etc. In my home the biggest 'perk' is the Sky+ feature, so to me i'm more than happy to pay for that service, and being a big HD fan I'm very lucky Sky current throw in SSF1. I'm not sure how I'd feel though if Sky wanted me to take SS to get F1, at the moment I only subscribe to a package for channels I watch (ie I don't bother with sports or movies).

Where as some people maybe happy to forgeo Sky and go down the pub instead for coverage, I'm of the exact opposite. I want to watch the race in my own comfort, with my live timing up, two TV's (one for data and other feeds) and connections to various social networks. I typically find F1 fans to be extremely opinionated and overty biased to their driver, we're worse than football fans at times. With some of my friends/family being fanboi types it just ruins my viewing experience and in the past i've found the pub even worse. The thought of being sat in a pub with dozens of others just doesn't do it for me!! I'll happily pay to distance myself from that!
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Old 22-02-2013, 12:45
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Yep..it's one of the downsides of my chosen profession.
Would you and the other cheap drinking poster please list where in gods name these '20 gets ya 10 pints' pubs are???? ...Please !!!

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Loads in Gosport and in south Coast Hampshire, but price tends to go up quite a lot as you head out to the country pubs.

Here is one of my local pubs that shows sky sports f1, football and 3d. Its very large, excellent quality food and a very popular pub and a little expensive compared to many here.
http://gkpubs.co.uk/pubs-in-gosport/white-hart-pub/
There are many pubs local to me in Gosport, many built in the Victorian era and many are cheaper than this one, but with good reals ales.
Gosport has many pubs all around that price, but also a ferry ride over to Portsmouth and the pubs are even cheaper.

Only added this one as very few have websites with prices. Of course even cheaper are the weatherspoon pubs, now they are cheap!
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Old 22-02-2013, 12:49
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Changing subject: Looking through the events calendar there's not a lot on this weekend except the WRC from Portugal
Next WRC round is Mexico on 7th-10th March, Rally Portugal isn't until 11th April

http://www.wrc.com/calendar-and-rallies/

Still no news on any UK coverage I take it?
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Old 22-02-2013, 12:55
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Next WRC round is Mexico on 7th-10th March, Rally Portugal isn't until 11th April

http://www.wrc.com/calendar-and-rallies/

Still no news on any UK coverage I take it?
I must've been on something then, did a bit of googlign earlier for motorsports calendar events...

Found it.....it's the FIA European Rally of Portugal...

Nearly had me there Stef, thought I was going mad

It's just clicked that F1 and the 12 hrs of Sebring are on the same weekend...woop woop!! The icing on the cake would be if Toyota show up at Sebring with this years version of the TS030 (even though I know they're not on the entry list).
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Old 22-02-2013, 12:58
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Next WRC round is Mexico on 7th-10th March, Rally Portugal isn't until 11th April

http://www.wrc.com/calendar-and-rallies/

Still no news on any UK coverage I take it?
Last week's AUTOSPORT reported that Sky were the leading runner to screen the series from Mexico.
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Old 22-02-2013, 13:18
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Last week's AUTOSPORT reported that Sky were the leading runner to screen the series from Mexico.
Whilst this week's Autosport says ITV4 are looking at it.


Keep up, D.M.N.
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Old 22-02-2013, 13:21
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Whilst this week's Autosport says ITV4 are looking at it.


Keep up, D.M.N.
Brilliant news if that happens.

Oh, and I try my best.
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Old 22-02-2013, 13:37
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Whilst this week's Autosport says ITV4 are looking at it.


Keep up, D.M.N.
ITV4 would be great news. I could start watching it again!

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Old 22-02-2013, 13:46
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In my home the biggest 'perk' is the Sky+ feature,
Sky+ isn't a service anyone should pay for these days. Freeview+ PVR's do all the recording / timeshifting / pausing / rewinding live TV that you'd need - in many cases handling multiple channel recording far better thana Sky+ box.
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Old 22-02-2013, 14:50
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Sky+ isn't a service anyone should pay for these days. Freeview+ PVR's do all the recording / timeshifting / pausing / rewinding live TV that you'd need - in many cases handling multiple channel recording far better thana Sky+ box.
I'm in no doubt they do, and I'm sure given another period of time they'll be surpassed by something else. The point I was trying to make which you've pulled once sentence from is that I'm happy to pay for my sky bundle at present. I could quite easily forego the Sky+ element (for which i think i'm paying 5 a month at present) and just have HD etc but I'm not sold on the alternative bundles offered by other providers, I can't get Virgin broadband in my area for instance. It's not just about looking at the bottom line it's about the 'whole' picture so to speak.

At the moment I'm happy with my package, but as prices rise then i'll rightfully decide what's important to me and if I should be looking elsewhere.
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Old 22-02-2013, 14:52
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Is GP2/3 Staying on Sky this season?
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Old 22-02-2013, 15:04
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Originally Posted by JSemple3;*****683
Is GP2/3 Staying on Sky this season?
Yes
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Old 22-02-2013, 15:05
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Originally Posted by D.M.N.;*****945
Yes
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Good. Like hearing the commentator (whoever he is i've totally forgot his name)
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Old 22-02-2013, 15:08
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Originally Posted by JSemple3;*****961
Good. Like hearing the commentator (whoever he is i've totally forgot his name)
Will Buxton??

Agree though, I like his commentary very much and really look forward to the races.
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Old 22-02-2013, 15:10
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Will Buxton??

Agree though, I like his commentary very much and really look forward to the races.
Yeah looks like him. Some of the races are not too shabby either
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Old 22-02-2013, 15:53
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Will has confirmed hes doing GP2/3 again this year for FOM.

So how much will it cost to watch F1 in HD after the changes?
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Old 22-02-2013, 16:02
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Some news on NBC's coverage, Jason Swales ex 5 Live producer has joined NBC as their producer.

NBC Sports Network will have a pre-season show March 7th.

Apparently, like Speed they are only broadcasting FP2 and not FP1 & 3 (apart from Melbourne, where they'll show FP1 instead). Although, I suspect they'll stream the other sessions on their website.
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Old 22-02-2013, 16:04
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Some news on NBC's coverage, Jason Swales ex 5 Live producer has joined NBC as their producer.

NBC Sports Network will have a pre-season show March 7th.

Apparently, like Speed they are only broadcasting FP2 and not FP1 & 3 (apart from Melbourne, where they'll show FP1 instead). Although, I suspect they'll stream the other sessions on their website.
Is NBC a free TV channel? I don't understand yank TV at all.

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Old 22-02-2013, 16:12
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Sky+ isn't a service anyone should pay for these days. Freeview+ PVR's do all the recording / timeshifting / pausing / rewinding live TV that you'd need - in many cases handling multiple channel recording far better thana Sky+ box.
You don't pay for it anymore. It used to be a feature that was not standard and you had to pay for it but not anymore

Will Buxton??

Agree though, I like his commentary very much and really look forward to the races.
Yes it is Will Buxton. He confirmed on twitter recently that he will be doing the commentary on GP2 & GP3 for FOM again.
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Old 22-02-2013, 16:14
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Is NBC a free TV channel? I don't understand yank TV at all.

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Think NBC is free but NBC Sports network is a subscription channel.

Races with be split between the 2.


Hope having F1 doesn't interfere with there Indycar coverage as i'll be relying on there coverage via web streams this year.
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Old 22-02-2013, 16:18
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Will Sky be covering the practice session for GP3 this year? Because they didn't last year.
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Old 22-02-2013, 16:29
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Will Sky be covering the practice session for GP3 this year? Because they didn't last year.
Unlikely unless FOM provide a World Feed with commentary.
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Old 22-02-2013, 16:48
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Think NBC is free but NBC Sports network is a subscription channel.

Races with be split between the 2.


Hope having F1 doesn't interfere with there Indycar coverage as i'll be relying on there coverage via web streams this year.
Thanks. I'm not up on US TV at all. What is considered the best channel? What is the most popular channel?

I have no idea. NBC sound like a good step up in terms of exposure though.

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Old 22-02-2013, 17:13
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Where as some people maybe happy to forgeo Sky and go down the pub instead for coverage, I'm of the exact opposite. I want to watch the race in my own comfort
Same here. I'm not convinced going to the pub is so economical either. I was in town with half an hour to spare on Wednesday so nipped into a pub to watch the Milan-Barca football. It ended up costing me 3.10. Yes, got a nice pint included* but spending a Sunday afternoon for F1 or football wouldn't leave much change out of a tenner.

* cheapest was 2.30 though I think the pump for that brew may have been connected to the dishwasher...
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Old 22-02-2013, 17:16
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Same here. I'm not convinced going to the pub is so economical either. I was in town with half an hour to spare on Wednesday so nipped into a pub to watch the Milan-Barca football. It ended up costing me 3.10. Yes, got a nice pint included* but spending a Sunday afternoon for F1 or football wouldn't leave much change out of a tenner.

* cheapest was 2.30 though I think the pump for that brew may have been connected to the dishwasher...
Doesn't anybody have a sense of fun on this thread!?

I thought I was the grumpy old man!

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