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Watch Formula 1 without cable?
July 25, 2012 9:05 AM   Subscribe

Is it possible to watch Formula 1 in the U.S. (Mass.) without cable? I do have internet + Apple TV + Netflix + Hulu Plus.
posted by lovingkindness to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
If your ISP is a participating partner with ESPN 3 anything ESPN broadcasts will also be available online.
posted by COD at 9:08 AM on July 25, 2012


We used to watch it on Speed through cable but is not there anymore, lately (maybe the last 2) we have watched on Fox (no cable needed), but is not live. About 2 hours delay.
posted by 3dd at 9:12 AM on July 25, 2012


Various broadcasts go up on the torrent sites fairly quickly - I pay for MotoGP and I'd pay for F1 if I could, but, I can't.
posted by kcm at 9:14 AM on July 25, 2012


FOX's few races are done for the year -- they're not even showing the US Grand Prix, because it clashes with their NFL commitments. So, no, not legally.
posted by holgate at 9:34 AM on July 25, 2012


We used to watch it on Speed through cable but is not there anymore, lately (maybe the last 2) we have watched on Fox (no cable needed), but is not live.

Speed is a FOX property. Part of the arrangement is that Speed broadcasts the first several races live. Then FOX broadcasts the a few European races after Monaco, ending with the German GP this year. The next race (Hungary) move back to Speed (live). Speed will air the rest of the season live. Normally, Speed also airs a repeat of the race, usually later on the same day.
posted by Thorzdad at 9:37 AM on July 25, 2012


Both Speed and FOX cut out huge parts of the race for commercial breaks -- even when they are airing a repeat of the race at a later time.

So no, in the U.S. you can't watch the whole race legally, with or without cable.
posted by arcolz at 9:50 AM on July 25, 2012


Your best bet is going to be downloading a torrent of the race a few hours later (Speed, BBC, ITV, etc are all usually available).

Living in the US, it is pretty easy to avoid the outcome of the race in the news...just avoid your favorite F1 news site until you get a chance to watch the downloaded copy.
posted by gatsby died at 9:51 AM on July 25, 2012


Both Speed and FOX cut out huge parts of the race for commercial breaks

Well, to be fair, Speed isn't "cutting" anything out of the live presentation. You just miss what happens during the commercials. This is true with any live racing broadcast in the US, on any network. The repeat does seem to be somewhat edited, though. And FOX...well...they just suck.
posted by Thorzdad at 10:37 AM on July 25, 2012


There are, of course, the various flash stream sites - vipbox, firstrowsports, etc. - and the wiziwig forum, which links to various streamtorrents (peer to peer distributed streaming).
posted by calwatch at 1:37 AM on July 26, 2012


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