There have been several rumours across social media websites in the past week concerning the status of Sky Sports F1. Specifically, the rumours state that those people that have had the HD Pack since before April 2013 and do not have the Sports Pack will be asked to upgrade to the Sports Pack in order to continue to view the channel.
The tweets that I have seen so far are:
Following a conversation with Sky, it sounds like existing #SkyF1 viewers without Sky Sports Bundle should enjoy it while it lasts… #F1
7:59 PM – 28 May 13
@kels430 I have Sky+ HD and it says I have to upgrade to the Sky Sports package. They hinted at this a while ago, didn’t think they’de do it
5:58 PM – 1 Jun 13
Back in March, it was confirmed that new customers from April 1st onwards would need both the Sports and HD Packs to view Sky Sports F1 in HD, whereas previously it was just the HD Pack required. Anyone who just had the HD Pack, however, would keep the channel. It appears that last statement is changing – with existing customers being asked to sign up to the Sports Pack or risk losing Sky Sports F1.
As of writing, I have not had this officially confirmed by Sky. Speaking to a Sky representative via their Live Chat, they say that those that have had the HD Pack since before April 2013 should get the channel without fail. I have, however, reached out to Sky via e-mail and will post any response I get here. Those that do choose to upgrade, it will mean an increase of £10.75 per month or £26.00 a month. on their bill. The increases are based on:
Currently for those HD Pack customers since before April 2013
– £21.50 – Entertainment Pack
– £10.25 – HD Pack
=> TOTAL = £31.75 per month
I assume that old users with the HD Pack were not automatically placed into the new Entertainment Extra+ pack, which instead would make a total of £31.50 per month
If Sky gets you to switch to a new contract
– £21.50 – Entertainment Pack (if you wish to watch in HD, you need the Entertainment Extra+ Pack instead)
– £21.00 – Sports Pack
=> TOTAL = £42.50 per month (or £57.75 per month with HD)
UPDATE on June 3rd – Sky have officially denied that there will be any package changes for current customers regarding Sky Sports F1. If anyone still does get a phone call from Sky though concerning the channel, leave a comment underneath on what was said.