Any fan with any sense knew this was not going to work.
But you cannot blame BT, all they did was bid 10 million for 3 years, thats a snip for a world series that gets huge public attending and therefore must attract viewers. I like their coverage, it is overly Brit biased as most are, but the team are OK and the commentary good. and we know they did it coz they have two channels to fill and this fills a Sunday quite nicely, plus to get it you have to have their phone line, broadband and internet packages and tv deal, thanks very much. Simple economics.
The fact they are lengthening the deal for free BT Sport tells me it's been a success but not made enough money, you will soon start paying for it, and what happens then! Figures drop even more.
Dorna do not give the slightest toss, all they care about is what people will pay and BT paid more, they couldn't care less about anything else, they spend more time creating content for their overpriced, Spanish biased, motogp channel than anything else. And patrolling youtube and facebook stopping illegal streams than they do looking at public opinion.
I have said all along there is only one sport that can sustain PPV and that is football. Maybe cricket in some countries, obviously US sports in the US. And one offs like WWE, World Cup and Olympics, but thankfully the latter two are deemed important enough to be sanctioned.
There is not enough passion and interest in bikes or cars in the UK or most countries to warrant PPV, and this will all cycle down in time. Surely any berk realised that if F1 was not working bike racing wouldn't, it's hilarious bad decision making really.