The more I think about it, the more I realise that not having all the races live does make a very big difference.
Can't rationalise it, but edited highlights just don't do for me, so I end up knowing the results before it's shown on the BBC, which means unless something dramatic has happened, it's hardly worth watching.
Only watching live BBC races meant the season didn't start until China, then 2x 4 week gaps between races, a 3 week gap, then an 8 week break, 2 weeks to Monza, then 5 weeks until Suzuka (3 weeks still to go), then we have a short 2 weeks to India, and 4 weeks until the last race of the season.
Yes I could get Sky (but we don't have planning permission for a dish), or I could fork out to watch online (we've only just got usable broadband), but I'm not a die hard SV/RB fan, and resent the idea of being blackmailed (by Sky) into buying a service I don't really want and won't use - except for F1.
It doesn't mean I've completely lost interest in F1, just following it in a different way, but I image if enough people stop watching it will eventually have an impact. Then again, provides new circuits keep signing up, and the TV companies keep paying the fees, why should anyone in F1 care about losing a few million off the audience figures. The only people it's going to matter to are the smaller teams struggling to attract sponsors, but then no one cares about them either.
Lack of live F1 I'll learn to live with, but completely losing Moto GP is a huge blow - I'm seriously considering taking out a subscription to their online service. Just got 16-20mb broadband through a community/rural scheme, and if I switch to BT for 'free' BT Sport the speed drops to a level where it's impossible to view live online TV.