This page has information on how to watch F1 Online.
Please do your research which F1 streams and broadcasts are legal and authorised in your country.
How to watch for free in your country - using local TV websites (some countries)
How to watch online - Pay Per View Options -some countries
Most countries now have F1 as Pay Per View. If you do not have a sports TV subscription, you can try to watch F1 online for free, view our list below websites which stream live F1 and other sports. I think not all of these are official broadcasts, copyright laws vary from country to country, we are just providing information. If you want to be sure you are watching authorised F1 broadcasts, check the list to watch F1 online in your country via local TV websites, some local TV stream F1 coverage for free but these are locked to viewing in that country. You could use a proxy or VPN based in that country to watch a stream when you are abroad, but this costs money and technical knowledge.
If there is no free option then you may want consider watching F1 online via Pay per view from a local TV provider in your country.
Here is a list of live F1 streaming websites. You can watch these streams on most devices
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Due to DMCA complaint removing this page from Google, we have removed direct links to some websites. If you sign up as VIP, we will be more than happy to provide further information on anything (legal) that you require help with 😉
*FREE F1 LIVE STREAMING SITES INFO
We have removed links to websites as Google removed us from the search engine for some DMCA complaint. We didn't even receive any warning. Pfft. Some of the free sports streaming and live F1 stream sites are bad and try to install malware & viruses. Always ignore warning saying "you need to update a plugin to watch this stream". Also these sites have many popups and other problems. If you manage to view the stream, it is always very low quality, lots of freezes, and almost unwatchable picture quality. Usually around 300kbps (very low bitrate). Dont say we didnt warn you!
http://tenplay.com.au/sport/formula-1/race-dates (10 races live, rest highlights)
(find category you want to watch, eg F1, then look down page for "Videos" section and click "Live"
Italy (10 live races)
http://www.racematelive.com/ (Offline when I tested)
(Some live F1 races, some delayed)
Channel 4 UK has 10 races live
If any Formula 1 races are live on Channel 4 UK (BBC no longer has F1 coverage) then you can Watch Channel 4 live (or watch highlights)
Low - medium quality around 500kbps.
Website is safe
Options to upgrade to HD quality @ 1mbps (True HD @ 1mb? I doubt it)
Click here to watch Channel 4 and live F1 (if its on)
Not exactly free as you need a cable or satellite subscription. But if you have NBC then you can watch F1 for free on the NBC website
If you are in the UK, you can watch live F1 with Now TV. It costs £6.99 for a day pass to watch the race. Or it costs £10.99 for a 1 week pass, so you can watch live F1 practise, qualifying and race. You could also watch the F1 press conference and lots of other Formula 1 programmes during your 1 week including classic F1 races, the F1 midweek report and lots more. This is a lot cheaper than 10 months Sky Sports F1 subscription!
The countries listed below have options to watch formula 1 online with pay per view options.
|Philippines||Race Mate Live||All||All||All||£150 SD /
|Romania||Dolce Web TV Sports||All||All||No||1.50 ‚¬/day /
|South Korea||SBS Sports||All||No||No||US$120|
|United Kingdom||Sky Go||All||All||All||SD £562 /
|United Kingdom||Now TV Sports||All||All||All||Day £6.99 /
|United States*||NBC Sports Live Extra||All||Most live||FP2 only||US$720|
USA F1 PPV*
Most races and all practice/qualifying to be broadcast by NBCSN. 5 races will be broadcast by the FTA NBC network, and 3 races will be shown on CNBC due to conflicts. NBC website
Download VLC here.
Download and install Acestream addon for VLC.
You need an Acestream URL for each live stream you want to watch- find these on the Reddit F1 group and other forums etc.
How the streams work: Somebody streams Formula 1 (usually from Sky Sports F1). This stream is sent to viewers. The stream is shared between viewers peer to peer.
Quality varies, source stream is HD but most users are leeches (taking and not giving) so this live f1 watching service is very unreliable. Lots of buffering. Many internet connections have very slow upload speeds, so watching live F1 online is one thing, streaming it from another user at home is another things.
Summary: Quality 5/5 - Reliability 2/5 - Difficulty 2/5:
Using Acestream to watch F1 Online is very unreliable - it would get much higher rating but far too many leeches on live stream reduce the quality for other viewers.
Watching live F1 on your smart TV.
If you don't want to watch on your computer monitor, you may be able to watch the stream on your smart TV. A modern Smart TV may be able to use it's built in browser to watch live streams from streaming websites but this is likely to be problematic. So, ideally you will connect a computer or tablet or smartphone mobile device to your TV. Other options for watching live F1 streams on your TV include using an Android TV box, or if your Smart TV is Android then you can install Kodi on your smart TV. If you have a samsung smart TV then you might be able to Airplay a stream from your ipad or iphone to your TV! Read more information below.
Watch live streams from your computer on your TV
Most modern devices have video output (HDMI). Connect a HDMI cable between your laptop or PC and plug it in to the TV. Then you can watch the live streams on your TV! If you have a tablet you use to watch online streams, it might have a mini HDMI or other video output socket. Please consult your user manual specifications if you are unsure if your device has video output. Or learn more on how to connect your device to a TV
Watching Sky F1 on iOS / iPAD / smartphone / mobile device:
Find a live F1 streaming site using HLS streaming video, this works on iOS devices. (Some Android support HLS streams.)
Check our list of F1 streaming websites , the websites on the list support mobile devices, we share those links with our VIP members! You might be able to send the stream from your iOS device to your TV using Airplay!
If your smart TV is Android then you can install Kodi and watch Sky Sports F1 and other Sky Sports, BT sports, Eurosport and all major sporting channels. Kodi is media centre software for many operating systems and devices and can also be installed on desktop computers.
Download and Install Kodi on your device
Install the Kodi sport addons using this guide:
Summary: Quality 2/5 - Reliability 4/5 - Difficulty 4/5:
Live F1 streams via Kodi is OK - SD quality but stream bandwidth is shared among users, so during live events with most people watching at the same time, quality can become very low. Sky Sports F1 and other channel streams use cardsharing, this can be unreliable and glitchy, sometimes left with a few seconds of a scrambled channel, usually as there is action on the race track and you miss a great overtaking move!
To watch Sky Sports F1 online using an Android TV box, install Kodi on your Android box, then install the live sports streaming addons watch live sky sports F1.
Install Kodi on the Android box (see above)
Install Sky Sports F1 addons for Kodi (see above)
Summary: Quality 2/5 - Reliability 4/5 - Difficulty 4/5:
Watching F1 via Kodi is OK - the live streams are SD, but as the stream bandwidth is shared among users, quality can become very low. Also, the live Sky Sports F1 streams come from cardsharing sources, which can be unreliable.
RTMP/HLS/DASH and MAC/iOS/Windows/Android
Windows / MAC Desktop:
RTMP was standard streaming technology but this requires Adobe Flash plugin to watch the stream. Adobe Flash is mainly for desktop browsers. Many streaming websites still use RTMP.
HLS (Apple, works well on iOS/MAC) mostly replaced RTMP. Many websites use HLS.
Windows desktop browsers usually need Adobe Flash plugin to play HLS. (Adobe Flash is built in the the Chrome web browser.) Firefox users need to click make sure Adobe Flash is installed.
MPEG DASH is also replacing RTMP (and maybe HLS!) and becoming universal standard. Many websites use MPEG DASH. Desktop browsers may still need Adobe Flash plugin to play MPEG DASH streams.
Summary, Desktop users usually need to install Adobe Flash plugin. MAC users can install Chrome web browser with Flash.
IOS support is low - not many live streaming websites support iOS yet. Same for Android, some do support HLS streams, if not, try another browser or search for Android / iOS RTMP player.
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