Re: No option?
Luckily for us, we already had a basic Sky package, and could just pay a fiver a month extra for HD to get the channel. If it moves to the sports package, I'll be dropping it.
It has actually moved into the sports package, that happened last year. It's just that Sky are continuing to honour the old HD package which includes F1 HD. I actually got caught out a couple of weeks ago with the Austin GP. I got careless and marked the Sky Sports F1 HD version for recording and didn't realise my mistake until about lap 16 when I decided to start watching.
Eventually they will probably rationalise the packages but on the two or three occasions they've done that before I have always ended up with more channels for the same price so I'm fairly sure that if you currently have access to F1 on Sky you will continue to have it for the forseable future.
As for who to blame for this (and quite probably other sports as well) I'd blame the greedy promoters and to a lesser extent the broadcasters for playing along. It'd be interesting to know what the promoters would do if the broadcasters got together and refused to pay. I can't see that happening but maybe a blind auction with an agreed cap. Whoever bids highest wins and if there's a tie the broadcasters split the coverage.
Oink, oink, flap, flap.