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”

  1. I’m not sure but I think ITV use something called simulcastPlayer which is flash itself … I played with it and found this inside:
    var serverName = ‘';
    var appName = ‘itvbrdbnd/_definst_';
    var streamName = ‘livestream';
    var conn_Str = ‘rtmp://’ + serverName + ‘/’ + appName;
    var source_Str = conn_Str + ‘/’ + streamName;
    if you have simulcastPlayer_02.swf there is no problem to wach ITV stream (FP1, FP2, Qualify, Race… sorry no FP3) outside UK … proof of concept: :)
    be gentle … this pc have only 192MB RAM and 650MHz CPU :)

    another way is to use tv ants or somethin’ … they have a nice app for linux called sp-sc-auth …
    ./sp-sc-auth sop:// 3908 8908 > /dev/null &
    then just open in you media player …
    this will work during all sessions and race but channel is always diferent and language sounds like some scandinavian language :)

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