To everyone on Virgin, I have news.
Please bear in mind this is all based on the package I had, and now have. But this is the cheapest deal we ended up with from Virgin.
I was previously on a Virgin Media XL package which was equivilant to about £52.40 a month (a lot already, I know). My mum wanted to cheapen this package and so was talking to the Virgin helpers about dropping to a M+ package.
After a lot of to-ing and fro-ing we ended up with finding out that the cheapest Virgin Media will do the Formula 1 Channel for (unfortunately it also includes all the Sky Sports channels) is £22.50 per month. On top of our medium package this works out at £61.90 per month (this is for TV, Broadband and Phone line by the way).
But basically Virgin Media can do the F1 channel for £22.50 per month, however, unlike Sky, they allow you to turn the channel on and off, so for December, January and February, you won’t have to pay this £22.50, but you have to phone them to tell them when you want the channel turned on and off. You can also save another month by turning off the channel in August (where F1 has a 5 week break this year).
So, for F1 (if you turn off the channel in January, February, August and December) it is an extra £180 per year.