The British Grand Prix is the 10th race of the Formula 1 racing season. In 2018, the 73rd version of the race will take place on July 8th at 13:00 hours BST at the usual Silverstone track. Whereas you would normally need a cable or satellite subscription to watch it, we have some options available if you do not have access to either one of those.
Though it was first held in 1926, Britain has had a long history of racers. So much so that the color “British Racing Green” exists. We can’t think of any other country that has a race color named for them. That is why it should no surprise that the biggest name in Formula 1 racing recently has been Lewis Hamilton. He drives with quite a bit of emotion which could be a good or bad thing.
Since you are here to watch the race, let’s go over a few ways to do so.
Using BBC iPlayer to stream the British Grand Prix
For residents of the UK, the BBC iPlayer is the outlet for the multiple TV and music channels of the British Broadcasting Company. While watching, you can enjoy live TV or catch up with the service. If you are in the UK, you need to make sure you have a TV license to watch this or anything else. If you are traveling outside the UK, you will need to use a VPN to connect to a server there. This is one of the only races still shown on the BBC.
The service is free for residents and can be enjoyed on Roku, Xbox, Wii U, PlayStation 3&4, Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and more. Because of the number of platforms, be sure to check specifics on the iPlayer website for the other devices that are supported.
Use Sling TV to watch the British Grand Prix
Sling TV is a live TV streaming service that offers an easy way to watch the race. This affordable option gives you access to popular pay TV channels, without the need for cable, a satellite subscription, or a contract. If you are a cord cutter or thinking of becoming one, the service is only a fraction of the cost. Of course, prices and number of streams available vary based on the plan you choose. The race will be shown on NBC and NBCSN, so you’ll need the Blue package. You can try Sling TV free for 7 days to test the service.
The Sling TV service may be watched on your favorite television by using streaming devices like Roku, Xbox, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, and others. Additionally, it is compatible with Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac. There are other devices supported, so you may want to check their website for the latest list.
Using PlayStation Vue to stream the British Grand Prix
The PlayStation Vue streaming service (often called PS Vue) is another option you have. It offers the user more than 45 channels for $40 a month without a contract. Those channels include ABC, Bravo, Fox, NBCSN, ESPN, and many more. PS Vue does not only focus on sports, but gives you other popular choices as well. You can also add premium channels like HBO, Fox Soccer Plus, Showtime, and more for additional fees. It is one of the only services to offer the big 4 US networks. PSVue is offering a 5-day free trial to new users.
It is compatible with PS3, PS4, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS, Android, and others. With this one, you have the option of streaming up to 5 devices at one time, and you can also stream and play video games. Those factors make PS Vue a good option to stream the event.
Use DirecTV Now to watch the British Grand Prix
DirecTV Now is the standalone version of the satellite provider, DirecTV. Though some of the streaming services we mention here are focused more on sports, this one has the goal of being a total package. It provides the subscriber more than 60 channels in the starting package for $35 a month with no contract. Those include NBCSN, ESPN, Fox, TNT, and many others. It also includes more than 10,000 on demand channels. You can sign up for a 7-day free trial to see if DirecTV Now is right for you.
The service is usable on Chromecast, Android, iOS, Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV. If you are planning on streaming from your PC or Mac, you will need to use Google Chrome or Safari. You are allowed to use 2 devices at one time, and there is a rewind feature so you can replay up to the last 72 hours of TV. That can be a real advantage if you want to rewatch some of the great moments of the race.
Using FuboTV to watch Tour de France
FuboTV is a popular streaming service that primarily targets sports fans. There are more than 60 channels that are offered for a monthly rate of $35 with no contract. That includes channels like NBCSN, Fox Sports, BeIN Sports, and others in HD quality. As with Sling TV, you are allowed to use the login information from your account to access the apps of the channels you have subscribed to. Sign up for their 7-day free trial to get started.
The service may be enjoyed on your Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Chromecast, iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac devices. Be aware that the service will only let you stream on two devices at a time. However, you do have the option to record via cloud DVR so you can re-watch the race or save it for later.