Moto GP to Move to BT Sports from 2014
The worst kept secret of 2013 so far was anounced at the channel launch this morning:BT's new Sport channel will exclusively show MotoGP coverage on a Pay-to-View service in 2014.
In BT's new state of the art 3 studio facility in Queen Elizabeth Park, east London they broke the news that Moto GP broadcast rights will be held by BT Sports as of the start of next season. BT will be showing 3 days of coverage for each of the 18 races to include free practice, qualifying and the races in Moto GP as well as Moto 2 and 3.
The official press release this morning stated;
The five-year agreement will see MotoGP in the line-up of top sports on the new BT Sport channels. Motorcycle racing’s premier Championship will be part of BT Sport alongside other great sport, including Barclays Premier League and Aviva Premiership Rugby.
MotoGP fans won’t miss a minute of the action as race weekends will be covered in full starting from the free practices on the Friday and including full coverage of Moto2 and Moto3 as well as the elite category MotoGP.
Coverage will be hosted on-site with additional studio coverage from BT Sport’s state of the art facilities at the Olympic Park in Stratford, East London.
Fans will also be able to see races from the riders’ perspective and with more interactive features showing off the most technologically advanced bikes, giving UK fans a whole new MotoGP viewing experience, immersing them in every aspect of the Championship.
The MotoGP line up will also feature additional motorcycle-related programming in between Grand Prix weekends.
BT Vision and YouView viewers will be able to catch up on any live action they miss as BT Sport will make the programming available on demand, on television and on digital.
Manel Arroyo, Dorna Sports, Managing Director, said: “We’re proud that MotoGP will be part of such a huge and exciting project as BT Sport.”
The 3 channels launched today are BT Sport 1 & 2 and ESPN, the channel recently purchased by BT, and promise to “be packed with World class sport”.
Access to these channels is claimed to be pFREE according to the broadcaster, which is only strictly true if you are a BT broadband customer. Customers of BT Broadband at £10/month or BT infinity, the fibre optic superfast option, £15/month, will receive the channels via their existing vision+ box, internet or via wireless onto their tablet PC or smartphone. These channels can only be ordered through BT and Sky customers can add them to their channel lists for £15/month. An upgrade to HD is available free for the first 12 months to those who subscribe before 1st August, but will otherwise be £3/month.
The BT channels are scheduled to go Live in July 2013 and will feature Jake Humphrey as anchor and Clare Balding and Tim Lovejoy will be presenting a range of sports entertainment shows.
VirgIn Media customers have yet to learn of their options, the channel has yet to clarify access terms at time of printing.
It is also unconfirmed how much of this service will be available off mainland UK, areas currently served by the BBC.
British Eurosport will continue to show WSB and BSB as normal along with their diverse selection of other motorcycle sports.