ESPN/ABC will use SKY broadcast!

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  1. trumpet77

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  2. TheMayor

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    1) cost saving move from ABC. They don't need to do any investing.
    2) for sure it's better than the stuff we got at NBC given that Hobbs was retiring anyway.

    IMO, a positive move. But don't expect them to build a larger US F1 audience with British announcers. That's the only downside.
     
  3. RWatters

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    Hot damn. That's awesome.
     
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  4. hairy_scotsman

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    OK, that box is checked. Now we need Sky's pre- & post-race coverage, Ted's Notebook etc. Maybe that will be available in the OTT package.

    I'll find a way to watch it no matter what though.
     
  5. johnireland

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    Personally I liked the old SpeedVision coverage...and their website gave really good F1 news. I think American viewers will be cheated by ABC/ESPN's desire to do it as cheaply as possible. They will pre-empt coverage or cut away before the race is over in order to give airtime to other sports. There will be no pre and post race shows that can be recorded and viewed later. They bought F1 as a trophy but have no real commitment to it.
     
  6. ricksb

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    Not so certain...Hobbs was probably the favorite guy on Speed/NBC's broadcasts and it felt like he was slowing down considerably the last few seasons. I think a crew with legitimate broadcasters could connect with the US audience...British announcers may just give it an "international flare"
     
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  8. TheMayor

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    Hobbs was retiring anyway.

    If you have watched Sky it’s all about Britain. It’s better than the US but they cover a lot of stuff over most American’s heads.
     
  9. TheMayor

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    I also miss Speedvision. Lots of racing including dirt track Saturday night events as well as shows about boats and planes.

    Velocity just sucks.
     
  10. hairy_scotsman

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    They didn't pay anything for it.
     
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    I stopped watching it on tv almost 10 years ago because of the crappy commentators. This great news. Will they air it without commercials during the race? Agree with hairy_scotsman that they should broadcast the Sky post-race, and particularly the pre-race as well which they do very very well.
     
  12. hairy_scotsman

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    Check out MavTV if you have it. Tons of dirt oval stuff, sprints, modifieds, etc.
     
  13. hairy_scotsman

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    They give a lot of great info, and really aren't much/any more Lewis-centric than NBC was. I don't think the info they give is over Americans' heads. It's just that we're never exp[osed to it here. I've watched Sky coverage for a long time & never found it difficult to process everything they talked about. Much better than the dumbed-down crap NBC fed us.
     
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  15. hairy_scotsman

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    Yeah I've never been put off by British announcers either on NBC or Sky. They add to the exotic flavor of the sport imho. The last thing I want is an F1 broadcast full of American guys who probably know less about F1 than I do.
     
  16. TheMayor

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    Well, you apparently didn't watch their coverage of the USGP. They pretty much laughed at the Michael Buffer intro bit.

    I agree it's a step forward. But its also not going to bring in new American fans. That's my point.
     
  17. hairy_scotsman

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    Yeah I watched it when I got home from COTA. A whole lot of Americans laughed at the Buffer bit as well. I can't hold that against the Brit announcers.
     
  18. TheMayor

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    I thought the Buffer idea was stupid but the Brits pretty much laughed at it like those hicks from Texas or something. That's not going to go over too well if they continue.

    I like their broadcasts so don't get me wrong. But I can't see them growing an F1 fan base in the US by just repeating what the British want. Speedvision had their own people on the ground around the world giving their impression of what the US audience wanted to know about. I don't see ABC caring.
     
  19. stever

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    It's a moot point, but since you continue to say it.....Hobbs 'wasn't retiring anyway'.

    From 'Racer' website 11-23-2017 by Marshall Pruett:
    David Hobbs could be making his last live TV appearance this weekend as NBCSN presents its final Formula 1 race.

    Hobbs, along with F1 on NBCSN colleagues Leigh Diffey, Steve Matchett, and Will Buxton, will farewell the series at the conclusion of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as F1 moves to its new home on ESPN in 2018, and of the four, the 78-year-old Briton knows it might serve as his closing stint in the studio.

    "I know from the Twitter world we're seeing people say that are sad to see us go, and from a personal standpoint, it's particularly sad and heightened for me because it will, most likely, be my last broadcast," the legendary F1, Indy car, sports car, and NASCAR driver told RACER.

    "This will bring to an end a 41-year career. I've been broadcasting almost as long as Leigh's been alive, and Steve would have been eight when I did my first show."

    With NBCSN's roster overflowing with talent in IndyCar and NASCAR, the loss of F1 – a natural home for Hobbs' expertise – has provided a challenge to make ongoing use of his colorful insights. Although he harbors no ill will toward NBCSN, the frustration aimed at Liberty Media, F1's commercial rights holders who struck the deal with ESPN, leaves no question about Hobbs' feelings on the subject.

    "It's a bit galling that my last show is not me retiring, but me being retired," he added. "If ESPN or anybody had come along and outbid NBC in a rights war, and we were pushed out by a clearly superior team and deal, that would be one thing. You could say, 'OK, I guess the best guy's won.' But the deal they've got is horrible.

    "They're not paying any rights fees, they aren't having any studio shows so there aren't any production costs. It's meant to be a generic [broadcast] team from across the ocean. That is irritating, that we're being ousted by what will be an inferior show. To be pushed out by a pathetic deal, including for the viewer, is sad."

    If a call was made from NBCSN to join its stellar IndyCar booth for a few rounds in 2018 and beyond, Hobbs would welcome the opportunity to end his broadcast career in more positive circumstances.

    "Will I get an IndyCar race or two? Maybe...when Paul Tracy or Townsend Bell falls down a hole," he said with a laugh. "There's other people lurking in the wings, so this could well be my last broadcast, but I would enjoy sitting with the lads in IndyCar if they'd have me.

    "But the end was inevitable. It was going to happen at some point. It's just sad it's happening in a rather unsavory way. This weekend is going to be a bit of a heartstring puller for me. I've been doing it since the Pocono 500 in 1976 with Ken Squier..."
     
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  20. TheMayor

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    Hobbs missed several broadcasts this year because of his health. The writing was on the wall.

    I will miss him and I blame NBC for not allowing him to go out with a bang.
     
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    I'll withhold comment until I actually view a race or two on ESPN with their new set-up.

    I can't see anyone complaining about British broadcasters when we've had Hobbs and Matchett for so long.
     
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    Sky uncut = good.

    Sky cut = ???
     
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    my thoughts exactly. I always have a fall back anyways and it's commercial free.
     

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