I usually don't rant, but our local FOX station here in Eastern CT decided to show a Mets/Dodgers baseball game instead of the F1 race at 1:00pm. I knew this and planned accordingly, scheduled my "chores" around the event, postponed cooking on the grill so as not to be disturbed (I know it is taped, but I still like to watch without interruptions)
My brother who lives in Ridgefield CT and gets the local NY Fox station gets the race as scheduled (go figure!)
Now I am ready to watch the race, even though SPEED has already provided the pre AND post race show for me, and the *$#&%^#* BASEBALL GAME IS STILL ON!!!!!
I know I am preaching to the choir, but this is soooo frustrating!...
I might just have to wait until 9:00pm when SPEED airs a reply.
...so after a one hour "delay" my local FOX affiliate cuts to the 33rd lap of the race, as if nothing has ever happened. I know that this is just for a small fraction of FOX viewers, not even all of CT, but this is so maddening...
Expanding the audience is good and all, but I don't think putting 4 races a year on fox is really expanding the audience.
OT bad TV stuff: Comcast in FL used to air local ads over the top of the race after the normal (national) commercial break on speed. So you'd come back from a Joe-Bob's Chevy ad to find the running order had changed w/ no replay or explanation of what had happened.
They also have a lot of extras available to subscribers, but I typically watch sky f1 coverage through bit torrents because I wasn't aware of the internet subscription.
Their coverage is reasonable, Johnny herbert is pretty reasonable as a commentator, and Gary Anderson walks the pits. Their coverage is not as good as the BBC who have anthony Davison, Eddie Jordan, and David Coultard covering the race. Speed is kind of going down hill, so the sky coverage is an ok replacement.