@mwdriskell SPEED was just as much of a “Paid Station” as NBCSportsNet is. Other then a few races a year (which will continue under the NBC banner) I don’t think F1 has ever had it’s full season Broadcast on “non-pay” channels in the USA.
Personally NBCSN is on the same $65 70some channel “Basic+” tier that SPEED is on for me, just because your cable provider does things differently that doesn’t mean every one in the USA does it that way.
Heck the list of sports channels I get on my Basic+ package is rather awesome.
SportsNet New York
CSN Philly (was split between CSN & FSN until Comcast bought NBC and took-over NBCSports)