ITV to broadcast all F1 sessions live online this year

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

ITV will show free practice, qualifying and races live on the internet this year.

I have criticised ITV for various shortcomings in their production in the past but this is definitely a step forward and I applaud them for it.

It’s not clear whether it will be available to those outside of Britain but I don’t think it’s very likely. They also haven’t said whether the coverage will be interrupted by adverts. But simply getting to see practice live when it was never broadcast before in Britain is a step forwards.

However ITV’s video player is not Apple Macintosh compatible, which will prevent a minority of viewers from being able to watch.

Fans will also be able to re-watch races up to 30 days after they have aired. A spokesperson for Formula One Management said:

With UK Formula 1 audiences reaching their highest levels in many years, it gives us great pleasure to fuel this resurgence further with the introduction of online rights to complement ITV’s broadcast coverage.

ITV’s F1 audience grew by 40% in Britain last year as Lewis Hamilton led the championships standings for much of the year.

To find out what times all the sessions are happening in Britain, see the list of races at the bottom of this page. Here are the times for the Australian Grand Prix.

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48 comments on “ITV to broadcast all F1 sessions live online this year”

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  1. Just find a UK proxy, it will make the server think your in the UK. I’m surprised that the UK doesn’t get Friday practice, SpeedTV broadcasts it even! (be it at 3 in the morning as not to interrupt 9 hours of pre race Nascar coverage.

    If you remember last year Fox cut out the podium of the Canadian Grand Prix, Lewis’ first win….

  2. Robert McKay
    13th March 2008, 21:26

    Well, I’m now even more psyched about the new season, if that was even possible. Live free practice on the net, and the quali and race too (which is on-demand for up to a month afterwards!), good stuff.

    Couple of interesting questions spring to mind: (a) how much is it costing ITV? (b) Is it a guinea pig experiment to be rolld out for other countries?

    I think a lot of us here have all thought it was high time F1 embraced the internet (you might have to at least think about amending the cool wall Keith?!). My surprise is really twofold in that if it did happen I expected it would be on Bernie’s site, and that it would have been a premium service requiring payment, like Moto GP. To do it for "free" (well, ITV paying, presumably, and us watching ITV’s ads, but still better than paying) is the real surprise for me.

  3. Dan nailed itNo big fan base in the US? mmmi wonder why!  

  4. This is actually very good and I will actually try it from here in Melbourne.

  5. Apparently if you do a search for ‘public proxy servers’ you can find sites that list them, put the details for a British one in your browser and you might be able to watch the coverage. No guarantees!

  6. Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be any free Flash streaming (RTMP) players yet.

    But if someone has the means, they can try going direct to the source: rtmp://

    Should at least get you around the country block, I would have thought.

    Ooh, and as I was typing this, the stream started!

    Go 2008! :)

  7. Is it just me, or is it widescreen video compressed into a 16:9 player?  Oh no, it’s been sorted.

    The ITV stream is getting a bit laggy already.  Must be popular (or under-provisioned)!

  8. This is very good, but it’s at the wrong aspect ratio on my screen…

  9. (ah, I refreshed the page and got it correctly 16:9)

  10. Scott Joslin
    13th March 2008, 23:03

    is anyone finding it jerky? Or is that just my internet connection?

  11. Three comments in a row.. I’ll stop now, honest!

    I mean to say my picture was being squashed into 4:3.

  12. Yes Scott, it is a bit jerky and the sound is stuttering.

  13. Scott Joslin
    13th March 2008, 23:09

    Phew, I thought it was a problem my end. I suppose we should be patient with it!

  14. Simon: Same here for me. Which is odd, as the video streams are all off the ITV site.

    This stream is great without people talking over it.  Hearing banter in the garages etc.  I’m sure I heard the F word about two minutes after it came online at 10:55! :)

  15. Christopher I agree the lack of commentary is great.  We’re hearing them talk candidly in the pitlane.

  16. …after repeated tapping of the F5 key, still nothing.

    Unfortunately I haven’t got speakers so i missed all that banter!

  17. Brett from Oz
    14th March 2008, 1:56

    No luck getting this where i am…..
    Can any one help????

    We here in Aust would have the worst F1 coverage – the only live races are the Aust GP and maybe the Malay, China and Jap

    Others are delayed so we can all watch some crap episope of Big Brother or like

  18. Watch it on Wheels, available on TVU.  (

    You can watch that from anywhere in the world. :)

  19. Journeyer,
    Is Wheels on TVU a channel or a show on a particular channel. It works great if I can find where the F1 broadcasts are. Thanks

  20. It’s a channel on TVU which shows the American TV channel Speed which carries some F1 sessions live along with other motor sport. See

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