F1 TV: 5 things to know before you sign up

F1 TV is the dedicated streaming service for Formula 1. It is the number one source for streaming everything related to Formula 1, including track sessions, live racing, documentaries, shows, and analysis.

In addition, you can use the platform to watch the Grand Prix weekends live and on-demand, full race replays and highlights, and get exclusive expert commentary.

Apart from Formula 1, it is also the leading platform for streaming Formula 2 and Formula 3. But F1 TV is not free.

You need a subscription to access most content on F1 TV. Although the service is available worldwide, it offers a streamlined and straightforward subscription option for anybody that wants to enjoy live streaming of all Formula 1 events or watch over 2,000 hours of historic race archives.

So, how much does it cost, and what are the top things to know before signing up?

Top 5 things to know before signing up for F1 TV

Before creating an F1 TV account, here are five things you should know.

1. F1 TV has two subscription options with different offerings

F1 TV pricing

F1 TV has two packages – F1 TV Pro and F1 TV Access. Each package has a different monthly price and content provided.

The F1 TV Pro costs $79.99 annually, while the F1 TV Access costs $26.99. You can enjoy a 7-day free trial if you subscribe to the F1 TV Pro.

If you do not prefer the annual plan, you can get the F1 TV Pro for $9.99 per month and the F1 TV Access for $2.99 per month.

If you want to save, consider the annual plans because they are cheaper than monthly plans.

What is the difference between F1 TV Pro and F1 TV Access?

F1 TV Pro and F1 TV Access offer different benefits. When you subscribe to F1 TV Pro, you will get:

  • Live streams of every track session for all Grand Prix weekends.
  • View all driver onboard cameras and access team radios.
  • Live streams of F1, F2, F3, and Porsche Supercup events.

The three services above are only available for F1TV Pro subscribers, not F1 TV Access subscribers. However, both subscription options will give you access to:

  • All live timing features, including live leaderboard data, real-time telemetry, best clips of team radio, live driver maps, and tire usage history.
  • Full Race replays and highlights.
  • On-demand access to all F1 onboard cameras.
  • Watch all F1, F2, F3, and Porsche Supercup replays.

You will also access Formula 1’s historic race archive consisting of over 2,000 hours of footage.

2. You cannot download races on F1TV

F1 TV does not give users the option to download its videos. However, the advantage is that everything it streams on its platform gets stored in an archive.

Furthermore, F1 TV offers full event replays after every two days. But you must wait 30 days or after midnight, depending on your territory.

Replays are also available for Formula 2, Formula 3, and Porsche Supercup. You will get archival replays anytime you access the content.

All replays are accessible with either F1 TV Pro or F1 TV Access subscriptions.

3. You can adjust F1 TV’s streaming quality

F1 TV Pro HD streaming
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F1 TV broadcasts its content in 1080p at 50fps (frames per second), which is HD quality.

Therefore, you require the highest internet speed to ensure an uninterrupted streaming experience. However, if your internet connection is slow, you have the option to adjust your streaming quality.

Generally, you can stream F1 TV from a web browser or mobile app. However, if you access the content from a web browser, the service will cap your streaming quality to Auto, the default streaming quality of 1080p

Basically, you will get the optimal streaming quality based on your internet connection. But you can also change the quality at any time.

You can stream in 480 x 270p, 512 x 288p, 640 x 360p, 960 x540p, 1280 x 720p, and 1920 x 1080p. Changing the streaming quality will depend on whether you experience buffering issues.

Unfortunately, you cannot adjust the stream quality using the F1 TV app. In that case, the stream will default to 480 x 270p.

4. F1 TV offers flexible payment methods

F1 TV is available in 118 territories, with F1 TV Pro offering live streaming in six languages in 85 territories.

But rather than having multiple payment methods, the service made it easier for users to subscribe to F1 TV Pro or F1 TV Access using Visa and MasterCard.

If you are in the UK, you have the option to pay using Maestro.

F1 does not accept other payment methods, including debit cards, PayPal, Amex, or any pre-payment card.

However, an advantage is that you can subscribe to an account using a third-party service, such as Apple Pay or Google Pay.

In that case, you will have to buy your subscription by downloading the F1 TV Android or iOS app. Once done, you will use the in-app purchase option to pay for your subscription.

The in-app purchase option has flexible payment methods depending on your territory.

5. You can use F1 TV while traveling

F1 TV is available worldwide. Therefore, you can use your subscription anytime when traveling. However, the circumstances will determine the type of content you access.

Depending on the situation, you will access the same content as your home country or access the content available in the country you visit.

Some situations will force you to have the F1 TV Access package only instead of F1 TV Pro. Ideally, the content you can access matches the country you visit. 

F1 TV streaming service
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Which countries have F1 TV?

F1 TV is available in over 82 countries worldwide. So, even if you travel from one continent to another, you can still catch an F1 broadcast from almost anywhere.

That means you will get live coverage and a list of features if you have an F1 TV subscription.

Can you watch qualifying on F1 TV?

You can watch all qualifying sessions live or view the sessions later if you have an F1 TV Pro subscription.

The subscription will be enough to give you the timings, actions, and standings of all the qualifying rounds.

Can you watch F1TV on a Smart TV?

F1 TV only supports Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Roku. It does not support many connected TVs, including Smart TVs like Android TV, via the TV app at the moment.

However, you can cast it from your device using Chromecast generation two and above or Airplay to an Apple TV box only.

If you do not have a Smart TV, you can access F1 TV on your mobile device through the F1 TV app. The F1 TV app is available on iOS (OS 7+), Android (OS 7+), Amazon Fire (OS 7+), and Roku 3900x and above.

Another way of streaming is to use the browser on your laptop, PC, or Mac device. The recommended browsers are Chrome (version 85+), Edge (version 85+), Firefox (version 82+), and Safari (version 14).

Wrapping up

F1 TV is the leading online platform for everything related to Formula 1, Formula 2, and Formula 3. As a premium channel, it is available in over 80 countries worldwide.

You can only access its content by paying a subscription fee of $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year. To sign up, visit the Formula 1 website.

F1 TV is available on mobile devices, laptops, tablets, and select Smart TVs. However, the service is unavailable for Android TV via the TV app.

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