This is an analysis of Network 10 TV (Channel 10 / ONE HD) exclusive Australian live TV coverage of the 2006-2015 Formula One Grand Prix World Championship (Practice & Qualifying sessions, Race Day and highlights packages) on ONE HD, Channel 10 and new for 2011 free Internet Video Stream Coverage through a web browser, iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.
Watch ONEHD Internet Stream Coverage of F1 Live: Web browser, iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch
You can watch Live high quality oneHD coverage of Formula 1 F1 on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch using their app or using the embedded video player on the 10 Sport site (may take some time to buffer video and starting playing, especially in Internet Explorer). Their Android ONE HD App is annoyingly only available through the Samsung App store so other Android phones have to watch through the phone’s web browser as long as it is Flash enabled to view the streaming video.
About Ten Network / ONEHD Formula 1 TV Coverage
Since 2009 all Australians had finally been able to watch more Live F1 coverage on TV than ever before with the launch of the new Network 10 “ONE” HD sports channel.
However in April 2012 Network 10 decided to shift actual race day coverage to Channel 10 in SD for all states and schedule coverage for 930pm which would mean viewers in Central and Western Australia would see the race delayed.
After a huge outcry from Australian F1 fans and support from Mark Webber and Daniel Ricciardo Network 10 partly changed their decision so F1 races will be shown live on ONE HD in Adelaide and Perth. However this means live coverage for east coast cities is still on Channel 10 in SD quality which has left many fans angry.
— Mark Webber (@AussieGrit) April 24, 2012
— Daniel Ricciardo (@danielricciardo) April 24, 2012
In essence Ch10 relay the feed from the host broadcaster BBC / Sky in the UK with their expert commentators for much of the race with additional commentary from Australian hosts. F1 fans are well known for complaining about interjections from the Channel 10 hosts which some people feel really ruins the telecast.
In fairness F1 coverage in Australia has improved in leaps and bounds compared to a few years ago and it must be hard for Network 10 to time breaks for ads and Australian comment because they don’t control which drivers the cameras cover and have to cut to ads to pay for the cost of buying F1 coverage rights.
Lord Mayor of Melbourne Says F1 Grand Prix no longer offered value for money and had outlived its welcome.
The City of Melbourne signed a lucrative sponsorship deal with the Australian Grand Prix just days before Lord Mayor Robert Doyle called for the event to be scrapped. The ink had barely dried on the contract, formalised on January 17 2011 when Mr Doyle criticised the cost of the event to taxpayers, saying it no longer offered value for money and had outlived its welcome.
Concerns about the cost saw the State Government yesterday refuse to guarantee the future of Melbourne’s Formula One event after the current contract expired in 2015. Premier Ted Baillieu admitted the GP might have to go, unless costs could be cut substantially.
If the event were to have a long-term future at Albert Park, Mr Baillieu said the $50 million bill picked up by taxpayers for last year’s event — more than double the losses incurred in 2006 — would have to be reduced.
Over the past three years, the event has run up losses of about $130 million with attendances hitting a low of 287,000 spectators in 2009.
Technical Aspects: Widescreen, High Definition & Internet Streaming
In 2008 LIVE High Definition coverage was available on Channel 10 HD However ONE HD was not be able to provide F1 coverage in high definition for the 2009 and 2010 seasons because they rely on Formula 1 Management (FOM) for all of it’s video/audio and FOM decided not to film F1 in HD until 2011 at the earliest
ONE HD has confirmed the Formula 1 will be broadcast for the first time live in Australia at full 1080P high definition quality for the 2011 season.
In previous years: 2007 Channel Ten finally decided to broadcast qualifying sessions for every round which was a key request that fans had made for years and F1 finally moved to widescreen digital TV coverage as well which was much appreciated.
Coverage Overseas and on the Internet
- Visit Australian Formula 1 driver Mark Webber’s official website to find out more about him and read his latest race report or join his supporter’s club
- To view live F1 driver lap times and rankings as races are in progress visit www.scorespro.com/formula1/ or more detailed live stats at the Official F1 site (which requires registration)
Australian F1 fans should be quite jealous of their British counterparts who will be able to customise their viewing experience through the BBC’s multi-platform offering with options such as: split-screen action; a live leaderboard; in-car cameras; choice of commentary; live online streaming; live text; video highlights from classic F1 races in the past; extensive post-race video highlights; video race reviews by Murray Walker; interactive circuit guides; several blogs, including a diary-type F1 mole; columns; and comprehensive results and statistics.interactive forums; circuit guides; and blogs.