Not at any time have any Brits said all you guys should care - go back to the start of this topic, and we didn't invite you to talk about it. In fact, if you don't care about it, and it doesn't have an impact on you, then why are you even talking about it? I think it is evident from all the negative comments that Brits have made since the deal was announced is that very few people are simply going to build a bridge.
It's great it doesn't have an impact on you - by all means enjoy the season. But don't expect Brits to just accept this.
The anger comes because since Formula One was shown on British TV, it has always, ALWAYS been on free to view channels. At one stage, it was only as highlights on BBC before I was born - but it has always been on free-to-view channels like BBC and ITV.
The anger comes from the fact that THERE WERE alternatives. Channel 4 put in a pitch for F1, but it was turned down.
The anger comes from the fact that everyone in F1 doesn't give a sh*t and don't see how it is a bad thing.
For instance - Bernie has been putting the cost of the rights up and up? Why? For what reason? I can't see why you'd keep putting the cost of the rights up. He has effectively caused this by himself - because when the Coalition Government came in to power, they froze the BBC license fee. That means they get less money to make programmes, etc, Bernie being the money grabbing idiot he is still decides it is a good time to put the cost of the rights up - then this happens. Sure, BBC could have done things differently - but this is ALL F1 and Bernie's doing for being too damn greedy. There's making profit, then there's being greedy.
The fact is - as you can see from all the negative comments - that THIS is going to negatively impact on F1. If half F1 fans in the UK don't buy Sky, don't stream it online or whatever - then that is a huge loss for the sport. Only last season the BBC was seeing record viewing figures for both qualifying and the race. It is clear that viewing figures are going to drop substantially thanks to this. There's no two ways around it.
You can all say it is our loss for not buying into F1 - but in fact it is F1s. People will more on - but not in the way you mean. Quite a few will stop watching. Others will watch other forms of motorsport instead - the BTCC for one will no doubt come out of this very well, but that's for another topic.
Eric - Bernie has ALWAYS had a problem with Silverstone ever since the BRDC refused to sell it to him. Whatever they've done, whatever the crowd has been, he has never had a positive word for them. He criticised them even after the recent multi-million development. What does the place have to do? Gold plate the grandstands or something? Meanwhile, he heaps praise on places like Abu Dhabi, and sure, whilst they may be great facilities, there's only one man and his dog there to watch the race.
It's pretty obvious he has an issue with Silverstone - again, no two ways around it.
You honestly think that Bernie's ideas have been great?
What about his medal idea?
What about tracks having "short cuts"?
What about artificial rain, of all things?
This could have been avoided - that is why everyone's angry.
Sure - F1 isn't free. But firstly, they price people out of going to races with ridiculous ticket prices when other sports offer much, much better value for money, then they price people out of watching the damn thing on TV! You guys are honestly having a laugh if you think we're all going to pay £400 to £500 for Sky just like that. Like I've said - maybe my family could afford it, but right from the start I've said no because that's ridiculous money when the economy's weak and that money could rightly be used on more important things than TV. F1 is important to me, but it isn't that important. As I've said already, a lot of the times like when F1 isn't on, I wouldn't be watching it anyway. It's not worth the money.
Highlights will suck because F1 isn't a sport that you can just do that to. Like, just as in football you wouldn't just show the goals and the final score, you wouldn't just show the overtakes in F1. F1 is about the build up to overtakes, the changing strategy, the unpredictability of the weather, etc, etc, etc - and there's no way highlights will ever do that sort of thing justice.
As I've said elsewhere - I'm not watching it in pubs because if you can find one that'll show F1 on a day football's on...well, good luck.
And I'm refusing to watch it online, because for one there probably won't be any streams anyway and I wouldn't be comfortable doing so. Okay, I stream things like NASCAR live, but only because otherwise I can't watch it at all. But if BBC's showing highlights, well I'll wait till that than use an illegal stream.
Again - it's not my loss - it's F1 loss. Because it is evident I'm not alone in my views. F1's forgotten the golden rule - the customer is always right. I don't know when the heck they're doing to wake up and see sense - maybe later this year when they see viewing figures have been down after years of them increasing.
Sure, perhaps this is all a load of sour grapes after years of being spoiled - but as I've said, if it doesn't apply to you, no need to worry about what we think, right?
Edited by JHS18, 03 March 2012 - 06:40 PM.