Here in the USA we get ads in FP2, Qualifying &, Pre-Race (30min show), the Race, the podium/interviews and then depending on how close it is to the end the end of the scheduled broadcast time a short maybe 15min at the max post-race wrap-up. The only two we don’t had ads during are FP1 & FP3 and that’s because they’re not even on TV they’re streamed online. Thankfully for the most part during Qualifying the commerical breaks only happen during the 2 breaks between sessions or if there is a red-flag. If anything major happens during the ads then depending on severity SPEED either breaks into to ads to resume coverage (standard Motorsports practice among all US Networks for all live Motorsports), or they show us a replay when they come back from break.
I had found a stream for Sunday so I watched the Sky Pre-Race until the SPEED one came on here then I kinda paid attention to both, for the Race I had moved my computer monitor next to the TV so I could look at the Sky stream when our TV was in commercials, and then for the Post-Race Sky had the Podium live while SPEED went to a break and tape delayed the Podium & stuff. For this weekend if the stream is still working I plan on checking out their coverage of FP1 & FP3 as the SPEED Website Streaming coverage we get of those two are without commentary. And speaking of commentary, we have Bob Varsha (play by play), Steve Matchett (rather quite during the race except for technical explanations and stuff like that), David Hobbs (annoying to no end) all at the SPEED studios in Charlotte North Carolina and then Will Buxton actually at the track in the pits.
As far as people saying there is no-need for a dedicated F1 Channel.. IDK we have a dedicated NFL Channel over here (Yes I know American Football with 10+ games ever Sunday is way different then Motorsports) that while they don’t actually show many games live (other networks have rights for the games, the NFL channel has a scrolling scoreboard as well as highlights during the games), however during the week they have news shows & they replay various games. People over here have long said that NASCAR (once again I understand NASCAR is 9 different National/Regional Touring Series & 100+ local short tracks & not just 1 series like F1) should have their own channel & many people here would love to see a channel dedicated to F1, GP2, GP3 (which we’ll never here in America). My question is this though, does the SkyF1 channel just cover F1 or is it GP2, GP3 & possibly other various forms of Motorsport as well?
And yes we pay for coverage here in the USA. SPEED Channel is a Cable Channel, I’m fortunate enough that it’s part of my $60 basic cable package but a good majority of cable providers here actually make you buy a ‘Sports Tier’ to get that channel so those people have to pay even more. Don’t get me wrong though I have no earthly idea how your TV works over there, here you have two choices “Over the Air” & Cable or Satellite. OTA is basically a handful of local channels that you can pickup with an antenna & Cable you subscribe to the local provider in your area and then pay what it cost for whatever package you want (usually a package with just the local channels, then ‘basic cable’ with about 80 channels that vary from provider to provider/region to region, then from there you can add various bundles) & Satellite works much the same way as Cable. We don’t have any annual TV License or anything we have to pay just the Monthly Cable/Satellite bill if we subscribe to Cable/Satellite.