@ajokay how do you come to £12 per race? A year subscription would be £120, divided by 20 races is £6 per race. If it were monthly, it would work out at £90 for a season with £4.50 per race. (If my maths doesn’t fail me which it has many times previously……)
@Estesark I see where you’re coming from now. I would hope that it would be a monthly contract deal so that you only have to pay for the half you can’t watch already but that would be a highly ‘un-Sky’ way of going about it. It’s usually give as little away for as much as possible with Sky.
I hope this is true, I have a basic Sky package which is £24.50 per month but I wasn’t willing to pay another £20 a month for Sky Sports which just isn’t good value. Sky would still be making money by charging via Freeview (Top Up TV?) or a basic Sky package, I guess they realised that not everyone who likes F1 likes other sports on Sky?
£120 a year (less than a third of the original projected SD cost) would be interesting and at least shows Sky has some sense of the problem it’s got in using a model requiring mass sign-ups to an expensive system. I doubt I will be able to justify the additional cost even with that feature (especially since I’d have to buy a new box, to get one with an decryption card slot) but I think quite a few people will now.
Dan, I think they’d make an exception for F1 if they thought the Freeview channel would enable them to make the deal profitable (because without something like this, I don’t see how they’d manage to break even on the deal).