2018-05-11 12:11:50 UTC
Well they finally have it on for Spain. I didn't get to see it live, but watching the replay seems pretty good so far.
You have the ability to watch the main program with commentators in English, German, French and Spanish. Or you can just listen to what they label as the FX track. That is basically what sounds the camera is picking up. This is really cool because you can hear the conversations going on in the scene (without the commentators talking over the feed.)
They also have all the drivers listed and you can select them for the onboard. When watching a driver feed you can listen to only the team radio without and background noise (very quiet) or any of the commentary tracks or the FX feed from the onboard mic.
The best part of all this is that it all seems to be contained in the replay so you can go from driver to driver in real time and rewind. That means you could see an incident and then check each of the driver feeds with the FX and radio. I was concerned that this would not be possible in the replay but it seems to work.
There are problems though in that it must be massive mounts of data. I'm at work where we have a pretty robust pipe and still having buffering issues with the feed. I will try it again at home to see if it is a data issue or maybe something with the firewalls here.
All things considered, this is pretty cool. It might even push me over the edge to drop my cable subscription. The only reason I really keep it is the ability to time-slip F1. F1 TV looks to make that unnecessary.