Early Sunday morning I was alerted by a terrific TPF follower that if you went to F1.com and logged in, you were given the opportunity to purchase the new F1 TV Pro streaming service. Well, being that I am completely a team player and all about helping F1 succeed in this first-ever product for the series, I signed up and even got a $10 discount for the trouble of being a early adopter…as it were, just a week ahead of the stated launch date for the service.
I diligently purchased the package and it said that important details would be sent to my email address. I have to say, that email didn’t really have additional, important info other than I had purchased the product. Which, of course, is important because if Sean runs low on bourbon and they say I haven’t paid yet, I can prove I did pay and have offered $89 to his fine Kentucky whiskey slush fund.
I posted the purchase on social media and spent the rest of the day trying to help many folks get their purchases made and answering basic questions like:
- Why is there a dead link to nothing when I click the F1 TV link?
- Where are all the historic races that I can watch?
- Why is there no content?
- How do you sign up, I see nothing on their website about it?
- Will it be on demand as well as live?
You know, those basic questions. I spent the day helping friends of TPF get their purchases made and answering these questions based on my own hunches. While many folks messaged me and emailed me asking for details, F1 doesn’t speak with us about helping them promote F1 in the US so I have no information beyond any of you as to why:
- Why would you launch the signup page and yet have no content at least to get started?
- Why would you not have an announcement on the F1 website if you were now ready to take orders?
- Would the site be void of content until this coming Friday?
All good questions of which I have no official answers and, as it turns out, neither did F1.com. Many in the TPF community signed up for email alerts regarding the service but nothing has been sent out. No announcement that the signup page is active and we can now purchase the F1 TV Pro service. Don’t ask me, I’m not on Sean Bratches team. No idea why they would have a signup page if they weren’t ready to announce it.
Regardless…who cares about all that nitpicking and nonsense, we’ve signed up for F1 TV Pro and it’s not time to bicker an argue about who screwed who in the run up to the launch, the simple fact is, we’re in baby! We are ready to roll with OVER THE TOP streaming, killer graphics, multiple camera angles showing us views we could only have dreamed of a year ago and much more! Are you kidding!!?? We got ourselves a real broadcast package here! We got Bratches TV!! We’re pumped and ready for the Spanish Grand Prix, Sean! Sean should be sending me a commission check for the sales efforts but I doubt he will…he’s a busy guy.
Now, I still don’t know why they have no announcement on the site or some sort of content up on the streaming service just to show new customers the site is working etc. Who knows but let’s be honest with each other here, we’re going to have to have some modicum of patience with Sean and his broadcast geniuses because this is a first-ever product, it’s massive in scope and bandwidth and I think we can afford to give them a little wiggle room around the niggles and hiccups. If they have none, then Sean and his crack team of broadcast snipers will have done a terrific job.
How did I sign up? Easy, I logged into my account at f1.com and it gave me the option of buying the new service. I purchased the new service and now I wait like Ralphie outside of Higbee’s looking at the Red Rider BB gun! I just hope the service delivers and I don’t shoot my eye out…kid.