31st July, 2011
F1 on the BBC and Sky
The BBC has decided to cut it's funding for F1 from £50M down to £25M per year and this means we only get 50% of the races live and the rest only highlights. I must have a moan here - as I have a website and I am an F1 fan.
Please have a look at this e-petition.
I have been watching motor sport free to air for 45 years now. I have had Sky, Sky+ and eventually SkyHD for a number of years but recently, because of the cost, lack of income and difficulties with reception, I have had it switched off. I have found that Digital Freeview is a lot more stable in bad weather conditions and my next door neighbour's tree doesn't block free to air as it does the Sky dish.
We need 100,000 votes to get it heard in the House:
Viewing figures have been around the 5 million mark for the last couple of years. A TV license costs £145.50. If 5 million viewers cancel their TV license next March that would be a loss of revenue for the government of £727,500,000 per year - big number, 0.75 billion. Over the six year contract that would be £4,365,000,000 or just over £4 billion loss of revenue for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.
There are other ways of watching motorsport - you can get feeds from various places on the net. Over the coming months I will be investigating the various sources and publishing them here.
Two options from Nik on F1Fanatic:
1) Lidl Satellite kit for £60 pointed at Astra 1 to get German RTL on mute with R5Live.
2) Internet streaming. As its FTA in other parts of the world this is easy to find.
If all the viewers who agree that 50% coverage is not an option stop paying their license the government would have to step in and do something. The BBC save £25M a year and the government lose £0.75 billion a year if 5 million viewers pack up their aerials and send them to DCMS.
Can you imagine what 5 millions boxed aerials being delivered outside Downing Street some time in March 2012 would look like?
And here are the original BBC excuses....
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