As many F1 fans are aware the BBC have made a deal to share the 2012 coverage with Sky.
What some fans are not aware of however is that the coverage is available via foreign channels for free with a one off payment instead of paying a subscription to Sky.
Perhaps the easiest and most accessible channel available to receive free Formula 1 coverage is the German channel RTL that is transmitted for Free on the Astra satellite at 19° East, and can be received with a 60cm dish and an inexpensive free to air digital satellite receiver.
It is important to note that as RTL is a German channel the commentary will be in German however live commentary is available via Radio 5 Live but you may notice it will be a little out of synch. It is possible to use the PURE DAB radio using the pause facility to sync the sound if you want to make that much effort. As far as I’m a where RTL will be having commercial breaks through out the racing.
Recommend Equipment for RTL
We recommend 60cm Mesh Satellite Dish Kit with LNB for most parts of the country and a variety of satellite receivers are available from as little as £79.
Formula 1 on French TF1 via TNTSat package
The French station TF1 is also showing coverage but requires it’s own receiver and although free to air requires an official viewing card. 2 options are available to receive TF1 the 1st being with a French TNTSat Satellite receiver and a 60cm Dish again looking at the Astra satellite at 19° East. With a TNTSat receiver and dish you will have the option of viewing both TF1 and the German RTL channel.
Recommended Equipment for TNTSat
60cm Mesh Satellite Dish Kit with LNB
French TNTSat Satellite Receiver with 4 Year Viewing Card
Formula 1 on French TF1 via Fransat package
TF1 is also available from the Atlantic Bird satellite at 5 West. As with TNTSat this requires its own receiver and card but in most cases a larger 80cm Dish is required as the signal is slightly weaker.
Recommended Equipment for Fransat
80cm Satellite Dish Kit with LNB
Fransat Satellite Receiver and Card
We have a network of installation engineers up and down the country soif you need any help with installing your equipment then call one of our sales staff and we will locate an engineer in your area.