If you are an F1 Fan, then I imagine you have probably already been fantasising about how you are going to stream as much of the Formula 1 season as possible in 2016. Of course, the days of full British terrestrial coverage are long gone. So spoofing your IP address to Britain alone isn’t going to cut it. On top of that, the BBC has relinquished its hold over the sport with a view to saving £30 million in its sports budget, but what does that mean for you?
The good news is that the BBC handing over the F1 baton is actually something to get excited about. That is because Channel 4, which has inherited the Grand Prix after some rather skillful negotiations with Bernie Ecclestone – the sport’s official Godfather – has promised to bring its share of the races, 10 in total, to your eyes completely unspoiled by loathsome adverts. Golly! Obviously excited about the deal, Jay Hunt (Channel 4’s chief creative officer) seems hungry for the job of bringing the races to the screen,
‘Channel 4 and Formula One are the perfect partnership. We’ve the same appetite for innovation, and we’ll be demonstrating that to fans by becoming the first free-to-air commercial broadcaster to show the races ad free.’
So far so good.
The fact remains, however, that if you are going to get a good feel for the season – and really get involved with the action as it develops throughout the calendar – then you are going to need to see more than 10 of the 21 races. Luckily, that is where Australia comes in, because with a VPN that has servers in both the UK and Australia you begin to get a little closer, to getting a worthwhile, immersive, and free 2016 Formula 1 experience.
That pleasure comes courtesy of Australian network tenplay.com, which promises to stream every live race that gets shown on either ten or one this season. Luckily for you – those Australian channels will get to show some different races to Britain’s Channel 4. Which means that you are getting substantially closer (than you had maybe thought), to a full season. Hurray for VPNs.
Of course, there is the option of watching the entire season on NowTV – Sky pay per view. If you want to, and can afford to do that, then you can sign up for the Sky Sports package and get the whole season guarantee. Even if it is not technically available in your country, you can still get a subscription and watch Sky’s live online streams with a VPN by spoofing your IP location to the UK.
For those of you that do fancy doing it a bit more cowboy style; channel 4 + tenplay =
Not the whole season…
So you are going to need to spoof your way around the world a bit more yet if you are going to get closer to the luxurious likes of the $740 full package that you can get with NBC Sports in the US. Holy moly! How do they afford it!? Goodness me… wobbly knees…tea vicar… tea!!! Quickly!!!
Thankfully, if the rumours are true, then India’s Star Sports will again be showing a lot of the Formula 1 season this year, which means that anytime that you can not watch a race on Channel 4 or tenplay.com, you may well be able to watch it on the Indian network. Of course, when you attempt to watch Star Sports unless you are in India, you will be greeted with the message: ‘This video is not working or not available in your region.’ It is for that reason – that for a final time – you will need to use a VPN to spoof your IP location to within India.
So, what VPN provider should I go for to get the most out of the 2016 Formula 1 season?
The answer to that question is that either of the first two VPNs on our 5 Best VPNs for Sports 2016 list will do the trick nicely. That is because both of those options have servers in the UK, Australia and India. So, click on the link above; have a quick look at those two providers; and get yourself signed up with one of them before the season kicks off!
Here at BestVPN, we look forward to hearing just many races you managed to unblock – so be sure to keep us in mind as you spoof your way around the world – and don’t forget to drop us a message below to let us know how it went!
Finally, a list of how we foresee the 2016 season being unblocked with a VPN: