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View Poll Results: how many f1 races did you watch live this season?
all of them 6 13.04%
about 75% of them 14 30.43%
one or two 7 15.22%
none 9 19.57%
all the races covered live on free tv 6 13.04%
all the races i didn't have to get up early to see 4 8.70%
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Old 29 Nov 2017, 15:28 (Ref:3784057)   #31
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Since about 2010 my watching of F1 races was dwindling and dwindling...
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Old 29 Nov 2017, 16:48 (Ref:3784084)   #32
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Watched them all apart from the US GP and I purposely only watched the first 5 laps and the last lap of the Abu Dhabi GP, as I've never liked the track and the WDC and WCC had already been decided.
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Old 29 Nov 2017, 17:34 (Ref:3784091)   #33
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I'm going to vote that I watched all of them because the intention was there and strong to do so.

I just missed one when I was quite sick and another one because I traveled and got confused between Sunday and Saturday. Neither had to do with a lapse in interest.
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Old 29 Nov 2017, 18:50 (Ref:3784110)   #34
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reading your responses has made me realise i asked a bit of an archaic question and should have divided none into "none, i don't care about f1" or "none, i watch them when it's convenient for me as-live or in highlights format"

i suppose what i was wondering was how important having the race live was to a select bunch of enthusiasts, or whether it's more important to have the opportunity to watch it when it suits instead. sport is a bit different to normal telly, seeing it as it happens is more important.

makes me think that the market for a direct streaming service a la netflix is absolutely worth the investment for the new owners.
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Old 29 Nov 2017, 19:11 (Ref:3784121)   #35
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reading your responses has made me realise i asked a bit of an archaic question and should have divided none into "none, i don't care about f1" or "none, i watch them when it's convenient for me as-live or in highlights format"

i suppose what i was wondering was how important having the race live was to a select bunch of enthusiasts, or whether it's more important to have the opportunity to watch it when it suits instead. sport is a bit different to normal telly, seeing it as it happens is more important.

makes me think that the market for a direct streaming service a la netflix is absolutely worth the investment for the new owners.
The problem with a streaming service like Netflix will mean it will cost and that will put off the casual viewer/fan. Will it also mean Sky's F1 channel will be scrapped?
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Old 29 Nov 2017, 19:48 (Ref:3784131)   #36
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reading your responses has made me realise i asked a bit of an archaic question and should have divided none into "none, i don't care about f1" or "none, i watch them when it's convenient for me as-live or in highlights format"

i suppose what i was wondering was how important having the race live was to a select bunch of enthusiasts, or whether it's more important to have the opportunity to watch it when it suits instead. sport is a bit different to normal telly, seeing it as it happens is more important.
I haven't voted in the poll, Bella, because I feel I watched around 15-20% live. That was not out of lack of interest, but in terms of the times being unsuitable for me to watch. By and large, those I watched were not in the middle of the day.

I like it to be available live, because nothing beats knowing it's happening now and it takes away the need to avoid social media or any news sources in the aftermath. Most importantly to me, I want to see the whole race; highlights frustrate me. Sometimes, if I'm watching a rerun on Channel 4, I notice they cut more out than at other times.
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Old 29 Nov 2017, 19:58 (Ref:3784134)   #37
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The problem with a streaming service like Netflix will mean it will cost and that will put off the casual viewer/fan. Will it also mean Sky's F1 channel will be scrapped?
i dunno, speaking hypothetically they'd have a bit of hassle renegotiating all the existing tv contracts to remove any exclusivity contracts in their own countries. but you'd have to say there'd still be value in a broadcaster like sky having the rights to show it. not everyone who watches f1 would be bothered to download an app or be able to stream it through their internet connection in the same way that they don't necessarily do it now.

the problem f1 has now is that if you want to watch f1 you have to maintain a really very expensive pay tv contract. they don't care what else you're watching, they just want you to watch f1. the skill would be in pitching a basic service low enough that the maximum number of people would pay, but not so low that it ends up costing them more for an extra few thousand subscribers.
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Old 30 Nov 2017, 00:36 (Ref:3784201)   #38
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I watch it live or it often doesn't get watched. I like to be with the rest of the world in not knowing what's going to happen, to watch history unfold essentially.

If I can't watch it live, I'm happy enough to read a race report tbh. I heavily dislike walking on eggshells trying to dodge the news. Don't know how representative that is but that's me.
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I heavily dislike walking on eggshells trying to dodge the news. Don't know how representative that is but that's me.
same, life's too short to avoid everything and everyone. though even knowing the result i still like to watch a race unfold so i can weigh in on the day's drama
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All of them, 19 on TV and Monza at the circuit.
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Life long motorsport fan evidenced by visits to Daytona, Laguna Seca, Le Mans, Sears Point, Cadwell Park, Silverstone, Goodwood, etc in the last year. F1 - watched only two or three live when free to air. Not bothered catching up with others. Saddens me, but DRS, confusing tyres, ridiculously complex front wings, grid penalties, etc mean it just doesn't cut it for me these days. Walter Hayes Trophy this year was ace though !
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reading your responses has made me realise i asked a bit of an archaic question and should have divided none into "none, i don't care about f1" or "none, i watch them when it's convenient for me as-live or in highlights format"

i suppose what i was wondering was how important having the race live was to a select bunch of enthusiasts, or whether it's more important to have the opportunity to watch it when it suits instead. sport is a bit different to normal telly, seeing it as it happens is more important.

makes me think that the market for a direct streaming service a la netflix is absolutely worth the investment for the new owners.
It's too hard a question to write all possible answers for. "I tried to watch lots, but couldn't afford it" is also a valid answer, for example.

I watched none. They made it harder and more expensive to watch, so I went to the series that make it easy and free. I can't even get live timing anymore, so just have BBC Text and then watch some videos and read some forums later.
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I only watched two or three live on C4. I don't think F1 is entertaining enough these days to warrant paying for it and of the live C4 races I dislike the fake, "plastic" tracks at Bahrain, Russia, Baku, Las Americas and Abu Dhabi. I must have had better things to do than watch either Monaco or Silverstone. That left Malaysia (sorry to see it go), Spa and Singapore to watch. With those I will watch only the Qualifying and actual race. I find C4 anchor man Steve Jones unbearable in the build up and post race. If it goes pay -per -view I would be saddened but I would not pay for it, in it's current format.

I subscribe to Australian Supercars Superview and regularly get up early to watch those live and it is worth every penny of the subscription. Similarly, I pay for BT Sport and I try never to miss a Moto GP - the racing in 2017 was tremendous and most of the circuits well suited to the formulae. F1 could learn a lot from Dorna.
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I watch it live or it often doesn't get watched. I like to be with the rest of the world in not knowing what's going to happen, to watch history unfold essentially.

If I can't watch it live, I'm happy enough to read a race report tbh. I heavily dislike walking on eggshells trying to dodge the news. Don't know how representative that is but that's me.
Well, fortunately or unfortunately, however you want to look at it, being in the US, I can go an entire week without walking on eggshells or dodging news and not have it spoiled. Pretty much goes for any racing other than NASCAR. Grrr....
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