I keep getting questions from people about the cost of watching the dedicated F1 channel on Sky in 2012.
Since Sky announced it the cheapest ordinary subscription to the service appears to be £363 per year.
However I’ve had a lot of emails, tweets and comments from readers who have been confused by this article from the Daily Mail which claimed – incorrectly, as it turned out – that the channel could be made available for £10 per month, i.e. £120 per year. Let me stress that this deal does not exist.
In order to put the matter beyond doubt I put the question to Sky via their customer help feature, which confirmed the cheapest way to view the channel on your TV is £363 per year. I have pasted the transcript below.
As @MattB has pointed out it may be possible to get the channel for less if you’re happy to watch it on your computer.
Update: Virgin Media have confirmed they will have the Sky F1 channel, see here for more
Here’s the transcript of my chat with Sky. It looks like they were pushing me towards the dearer option to begin with – the Sky Sports package, costing around £600 per year – before describing the other deal for the channel.
Also note that Sky’s subscription prices are frozen until the end of August 2012.
Chat Information: Please wait for a Sky Advisor to respond.
Chat Information: You are now connected with (name deleted)
Sky: Hi. Welcome to Sky, home of HD. You’re chatting to (name deleted). Can I take your name please?
Sky: Hi Keith, how are you doing today?
You: Fine thanks. I’m interested in this new F1 channel – what’s the cheapest way of getting it next year?
Sky: I will help you with the best package.
Sky: May I ask you a few questions to quickly create/suggest the right package?
Sky: Do you currently subscribe to Sky TV, or have you subscribed within the last 12 months?
Sky: Is this for a house or flat?
Sky: Do you have an active landline at your home?
Sky: You will get F1 if you take Basic TV package at £20 a month along with Sports pack at £20 a month.
Sky: Basic TV package includes:
Sky: 240 freeview channels.
Sky: Among the channels you’ll get with this TV package are Sky Atlantic, Sky1, Sky Living, FX, SyFy, Comedy Central, Sky Arts and Watch.
Sky: And Sports pack includes:
Sky: Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports 2, Sky Sports 3, Sky Sports 4 & Sky Sports News
Sky: With a free Sky+ box worth £199, free installation and £100 M&S voucher.
Sky: How does that sound to you?
You: I’m only after the F1 channel, I don’t need 239 others. I just want the cheapest way of watching the F1 races live next year.
Sky: Alright, so as your priority is only F1, I will offer you Basic TV package at £20 a month along with HD pack at £10.25 a month.
Sky: This is the cheapest way to get F1.
You: So that’s £30.25 per month. The season runs from March to November – can I just buy it for those months or do I have to buy a 12-month contract?
Sky: It will be a 12 month contract and F1 will automatically get added to your package in the month of March.
You: Right, OK. So that comes to 12 x £30.25 = £363 per year. Are there any other charges on top of that? Set-up fees, that kind of thing?
Sky: No. You will get a free Sky+ box worth £199, free installation and £100 M&S voucher.
Sky: All you will need to pay now is £10 one off upfront fee which will be adjusted back against your first bill.
Sky: This means, your first bill will be £10 less.
You: OK thanks. I’ll have a look into this in the new year.
Sky: Honestly speaking, online deals are subject to changes.
Sky: You may loose this offer if you do not order now.
You: I thought there was a price freeze on Sky packages until halfway through 2012?
Sky: There is a price freeze however, offers are subject to changes.
Sky: So, I would suggest you to take advantage of this offer now.
You: Thanks for your help, if I choose to order I’ll be in touch. Bye for now.
Sky: You are welcome.
I hope this information proves useful for those weighing up the various price options for subscribing to Sky.