5 Best Services to Watch F1 in the U.K.

The best way to watch Formula 1 online is through Sky, which holds exclusive rights to the races. If you're already subscribed to Sky Stream or Sky Go, you can add Sky Sports as an add-on starting at £18/month. If you have no plans of joining the Sky ecosystem, however, you can opt for a Now Sports membership, which gives you access to all 11 Sky Sports channels, not just F1, while also allowing you to cancel your subscription at any time. 

If you don't mind catching up after all the action's done, you can also catch re-runs and highlights on Channel 4. You can read more about each of these services in the list below.

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Sky Stream is an all-around streaming service that gives you access to over 120 live channels over Freeview TV and Sky TV, as well as on-demand apps like Netflix and Disney+. It comes in the form of a small puck you plug into your TV via HDMI, so there's no need to set up a satellite dish or an aerial. And while you will need a stable internet connection and physical TV to use Sky Stream, these devices don't necessarily have to be from Sky. 

The channels include a lot of the basic news, entertainment, and sports channels you've come to expect from traditional TV; there's GB News and BBC News, Channel 4 and Channel 5, and Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2 among plenty of others. However, it should be noted that some of these, like Sky Cinema, Sky Kids, and BT Sports, cost extra. 

There are two ways to purchase Sky Stream: for £29/month, you can go for a 31-day rolling plan that can be canceled at anytime, while for £26/month, you can go for an 18-month contract to save up on costs. The former has a £39.95 set-up fee while the latter has a £20 set-up fee. 

Aside from all these, Sky Stream has new nifty features such as "restart," which allows you to watch a live TV show you may have missed from the very beginning, and "playlist," which operates as a sort of DVR that allows you to save and watch programmes for later.

Sky Sports is a wide-ranging and accessible streaming platform that’s available to watch as an add-on to your existing subscription. It carries eight different channels, including Premier League, F1 Racing, and News, which Sky subscribers can add to their package for an extra £18/month. 

It’s quite pricey for a specialized channel, so the true highlight of Sky Sports is its flexibility. You can avail of it regardless of which TV provider you’re subscribed to, and you can also choose to watch it via the official website and app. Now, for example, offers a monthly Sky Sports package you can cancel at any time for £39.99 as well as a daily pass that only costs £11.98.  The latter option is ideal if you’re looking to tune into a specific event and are uninterested in the hassle of a subscription. This one-off payment also gives you mobile access to stream five channels from the platform for nine months.

Not to be confused with Sky TV, Sky Go is more of a complementary streaming service than a standalone streamer. Free for Sky TV customers (although unavailable to everyone else), it gives users access to over 200 channels and titles from the Sky catalog, on the go. This lets you maximize your Sky subscription to the fullest since you can access a host of shows, news, sports, and movies outside the telly. 

Sky Go will come in handy if you want more ways to watch and you’re an existing Sky subscriber, especially since it’s available for up to three devices. But it’s not ideal if you’re looking for a fully-fledged streaming service with its own content and channels.

Now TV (or simply Now) is Sky TV's standalone and contract-free streaming service. It features the best of the Sky Channel, but in specialized membership formats that you can choose according to your viewing needs. As of this writing, this includes a cinema pass for £9.99/month (perfect for cinephiles), an entertainment pass for £9.99/month (perfect for TV lovers), a Hayu pass for £4.99/month (perfect for reality show enthusiasts), and finally, a kids pass for £3.99/month (perfect for the little ones). You can subscribe to one of these passes or bundle them together and add extra channels like Sky Sports. 

If you prefer to have the fat trimmed off of your choices, you'll appreciate this specialized approach to streaming. But you have to be careful about the expenses, which can stack up via add-ons. You’ll also have to have what’s called a Boost upgrade if you want to unlock 1080p streaming (the standard is 720p) and access simultaneous streaming for up to three devices (the standard is two devices). 

It seems tricky, but once you get the hang of Now, it’s actually a top-notch service with quality programming. 

Previously known as All 4, Channel 4 is the official streaming service of the TV channel it names. Here you'll find everything the channel offers, including local gems that have skyrocketed to international fame like Derry Girls and Skins as well as Hollywood hits like Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and 10 Cloverfield Lane. 

You can watch all these either for free (with ads) or for a fee (without ads). The premium, ad-free subscription starts at £3.99, but if you're not so sure yet about subscribing, you can test the platform with a 14-day free trial. Channel 4 is also available on most devices, including PC, TVs, and smartphones. 

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The streaming services on this page were chosen by our editors. If you choose to subscribe to a streaming service we recommend as a result of our research, analysis, and curation, our work is sometimes (but not always) supported by an affiliate commission from the streaming service when you make a purchase.

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