British F1 fans should be able to continue watching Formula 1 online live in 2009 as the BBC has announced that BBC1 and BBC2 will be made available via its iPlayer.
With BBC3 and BBC4 already available via iPlayer it seems certain that, whichever channel BBC uses to show F1 in 2009, an online simulcast version should be available. Viewers should also be able to ‘save’ F1 broadcasts via iPlayer to re-watch later.
However the BBC blocks non-UK viewers from being able to access the iPlayer, so its live F1 broadcasts may not be available outside of Britain.
There are still no hard details on whether the BBC will broadcast F1 in high definition (HD) next year.
BBC Vision director Jana Bennett said:
The launch of BBC One and BBC Two online completes our commitment to make our portfolio of channels available to watch on the internet. From 27 November licence fee payers will be able to watch BBC programmes, live, wherever they are in the UK on their computers, mobile phones and other portable devices. Through iPlayer and series stacking, they’ll have the option to catch up with them later.
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