At the end of November, I reported that the Sky Sports F1 being part of the HD pack for 2013 was ‘under review’. For those unclear, in 2012, people who subscribe to either the HD pack or the Sports pack on Sky had access to Sky Sports F1.
The question was whether that would apply again this season, or whether the Sky Sports F1 channel would simply be exclusive to the Sports pack on Sky. As of writing, however, the indications are that Sky Sports F1 will be available for those that subscribe to the HD pack in 2013. The Sky website says “free with Sky Sports or HD Pack” which indicates the same status as last year concerning the channel. You may ask whether that page has been updated since the end of last season, the ‘General and further terms’ section at the footer of the page says that the information is correct as of December 21st, 2012, incidentally that being the same date as the line-ups being announced for 2013. The phrase ‘subject to change’ comes into mind so it is worth checking the above page in the run-up to Australia in March but it appears that things are staying the same for Sky customers with the HD pack only.
Note that the above though does not apply to Virgin Media subscribers. Last year, Virgin Media subscribers only had access to the standard definition version of Sky Sports F1. As of writing, it appears the same will apply for 2013, with Virgin Media subscribers only having access to Sky Sports 1 and 2 HD. Over on BT Vision, and it looks like their subscribers will be without Sky Sports F1 in 2013.
As always, I will update the blog if there are any changes to the respective service statuses but that is where we stand at the moment..