Taken from @dragoll‘s other thread:
When the 2012 Bahrain Race was shown on standard definition in Australia, I thought it was because of the possibility they wouldn’t actually race there. However, since then, the Spanish GP and now this weekends Monaco GP are going to be shown on the standard definition channel of Channel 10.
This was announced some time ago. I believe Ten revealed their plans as early as the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Their other channel ONE HD which is supposed to be a live sports channel in Australia, will instead show a local Netball Championship game instead.
Netball is a sport. OneHD is fulfilling their purpose by broadcasting it.
And while OneHD started out as a dedicated sports channel, it changed its focus long ago when they found there was no demand for a dedicated sports channel.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad that Channel 10 will show the race, but I’m sure its going to be tight scheduling, as their hit tv show, Master Chef will no doubt run over time and squeeze more out of the already skinny 20min F1 pre-race show…
Consider that a blessing. Greg Rust, Cameron McConville and Craig Baird have no idea what they are talking about. At least this way we don’t have to put up with them.
I urge Network 10 to sell the broadcast rights to Foxtel, our only pay-tv provider, so that F1 fans can at least watch live races with some sort of routine, round by round… For christ sake, its Monaco!
Um, all of the races are currently shown live. They’re just shown on Ten rather than on OneHD.
I also think your plea for the races to be broadcast on Foxtel is very rash. For one, not everyone has Foxtel, so Australian viewership will decline (and since Formula 1 is already a niche sport, it could kill a lot of interest). And secondly, you’re clearly upset that the races are not broadcast in high definition. At the end of the day, is this really important? I mean, we get the race one way or the other.