How to watch F1 live stream in Australia
Every single race of the 2019 F1 World Championship is being broadcast live into Australia, so you never have to miss a session. Here is what you need to know about how to watch an F1 live stream.
How will Australian Daniel Ricciardo fare in the 2019 F1 World Championship? It's the big question fans will be waiting eagerly to see answered after our star driver's dramatic off-season. Switching from championship challengers Red Bull to the unknown quantity of Renault is a huge risk for the veteran of 150 race starts, and we'll be glued to our TVs for 21 exciting rounds to see if Ricciardo gets some results.
In this article we'll take you through all the ways you can watch the F1 online and the F1 live in Australia. If you'd also like to know when each race is on, the 2019 F1 driver lists and the F1 team makeups, we have the full F1 schedule and team information here.
F1 Broadcasting Rights in Australia
The rights to broadcast the Formula 1 Championship live through Australia are owned by Foxtel. Foxtel sub-leases the Sky Sports F1 coverage, showing it through its Fox Sports channels. This includes the three practice sessions, the qualifying session and the race itself. The Fox Sports channels are available through Foxtel IQ, Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports, which we will compare shortly.
There is one exception to this deal. Channel 10 does have the rights to broadcast every session and the race for the Melbourne F1 Grand Prix live, simulcast with Foxtel and Kayo Sports. This is the only race of the year, however, where Channel 10 will show F1 live. The network does have the rights to broadcast shortened replays and highlights of each race once it is completed.
Watch F1 Online in Australia
If you'd like to watch every practice session, qualifying and race event of the 2019 Formula 1 Championship here in Australia, you have two options. There is Kayo Sports at $25 per month, and there is Foxtel Now at $54 per month. Both show the identical F1 content.
Despite its price, Kayo Sports offers the best viewing experience of the two services. This dedicated live sports streaming app offers a suite of innovative features that are available through your PC or Mac via a browser, or on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Telstra TV, Android TV and ChromeCast devices. These features include SplitView (watching up to four channels at once), picture-in-picture mode, highlight moments, hide results and more.
As well as F1, you get all the supplementary Foxtel F1 coverage, all the V8 Supercars races, the IndyCars and an additional 50 sports as programmed through the eight Fox Sports channels, two ESPN channels and three beIN Sports channels. You can learn more about Kayo Sports here.
Foxtel Now is more of your stock standard F1 live stream experience. You have an app on your device, and through it you can access the channels you are subscribed to. Foxtel Now's price is impacted by the requirement to get additional non-sporting channels before you can access the sport channels. This may or may not be of benefit to your particular situation.
However, without all the sports-viewing features, it doesn't have much going for it for those looking to live stream F1 and other sports, or watch F1 online. It does have a handful of additional sport channels over Kayo – namely Eurosport, three premier league club channels and two Sky Racing channels – but none of those impact F1 or the other major Australian sports. You can learn more about Foxtel now here.
Watch F1 Live Stream Free in Australia
If you're looking for an F1 live stream to jump onto quickly, you have two options in Australia. An F1 stream is available through Foxtel Now and via Kayo Sports. Both of these services offer a free trial period and easy sign-up and cancellation processes. Depending on the race weekend you utilise your free trial period, you can possibly enjoy two full race weekends without paying a cent.
Both Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports can allow you to enjoy an F1 live stream direct to your TV using ChromeCast. We have detailed instructions on how to set this up.
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How to Watch Formula 1 in 4K
Sky Sports F1 coverage is shot and broadcast in 4K, which means you can watch this glorious sport in the most glorious of resolutions if you have the right equipment. That means a 4K TV and a subscription to Foxtel IQ.
Foxtel IQ is the premium service in the Foxtel range and involves the traditional set-top box setup. That means a technician will need to come to your house, install the box and cabling (and potentially a satellite), which means it isn't an instant process. However, the latest Foxtel IQ4 box does allow for 4K broadcasts.
A Foxtel IQ subscription also comes with the Foxtel Go app, which allows you to enjoy an F1 live stream experience on your mobile device at no extra cost.
The downside of watching F1 via Foxtel IQ is the cost. As the sports package cannot be purchased separate from the base package, you need to get a lot more channels that you may want. In addition, high-definition/4K also has an additional fee. As a result, you will be up for a minimum of $68 per month, plus the initial installation fee, to enjoy F1 in this manner. Find out more about Foxtel IQ here.