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2015 MotoGP™ season will reach record broadcast coverage across the globe with 87 networks in 207 territories.
Dorna Sports is pleased to announce that the 2015 MotoGP™ season will reach record broadcast coverage across the globe with 87 networks in 207 territories showing the 18-race full-throttle spectacle. Pre-season testing has shown that the coming season is set to be one of the most closely fought in recent history, as two new manufacturers join the fold in Aprilia and Suzuki, and the general horsepower level raised even further.
In both France and Germany, Eurosport Discovery has increased its MotoGP™ offering drastically across numerous areas, offering a fully personalized programme with full coverage of every session and race throughout the weekend. This includes its commentary team, as well as dedicated pit-lane and paddock presenters along with camera crews giving the full MotoGP experience. Eurosport Germany will show nine of the 18 races on its free-to-view channel, whilst the other 9 races, as well as the practices of all rounds will appear on its pay channel Eurosport 2. And the first MotoGP Race of the season will also be available on DMAX in Germany.
Eurosport France will have a similar arrangement, splitting races and sessions between its free and pay channel. New for this year, the country’s NT1 channel will also offer a free-to-air highlights programme after every GP. In Belgium, French-speaking viewers will be able to watch all MotoGP and Moto2™ races live on RTBF 2, whilst Flemish speakers will have the option to watch the races on Eurosport.
Rounding out Eurosport Discovery’s involvement is its presence in the Netherlands, where a team of commentators will bring audiences every session from practices through to the race for all categories at all 18 rounds. And for the very popular local TT Assen race, free-to-air channel NOS will provide Dutch audiences with all three races live, whilst for the remainder of the year it will show highlights of the other rounds in its Studio Sport programme.
Spanish audiences following their World Champion Marc Marquez and challengers in the form of Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa will have access to the 24/7 MotoGP channel from pay TV provider and local telecom giant Movistar, featuring coverage of the entire weekend with a substantial on-site presence featuring a purpose-built track-side studio. The country’s free-to-air channel Tele5 will be showing eight live races – Austin, Jerez, Catalunya, Sachsenring, San Marino, Aragon, Malaysia and Valencia – with the rest shown on Same Day Delay (SDD).
Portugal’s SPORTV will feature all races, as well as a preceding practices for the entire season.
Italy follows a very similar model to Spain, with SKY Italia offering a dedicated 24/7 MotoGP channel with live studio track-side coverage, whilst free broadcaster Cielo will show eight races live, including Mugello, Indianapolis, Brno, Silverstone, San Marino, Aragon, Motegi and Valencia. For the other rounds it will offer a SDD two-hour highlights programme.
British audiences will continue to benefit from BT Sport as its pay TV provider for a full and extensive live coverage from all 18 races throughout the whole weekend, while free-to-air broadcaster ITV4 will retain its 52-minute highlights programme on Monday evenings after the race.
Motorcycle racing fans in Cyprus will be pleased to hear that the MotoGP™ World Championship will grace their screens until at least the end of 2016, with Cypriot Telecommunications Authority CYTA set to broadcast the MotoGP™ class qualifying and race on its IPTV Cytavision premium sports channel Sports Plus. Whilst in Turkey, MotoGP will continue to be broadcast on the DSmart platform.
Greece on the other hand will show all practices as well as the races on OTE Sport, whilst both Montenegro and Macedonia will broadcast all QPs and races live on SportKlub, the same channel that will be aired in Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia. In Kosovo, Kujtesa Sport will be showing all qualifying practices and races live.
Bulgarian satellite TV, internet and mobile provider Bulsatcom will air the MotoGP Race live on its TV+ channel, whilst providing qualifying for all three classes either live or on SDD. In Slovenia, POP PLUS will show all qualifying practices and the Moto3 race live, whilst Kanal A will broadcast the MotoGP and Moto2 races live, with Moto3 highlights. Romanian audiences can enjoy races from all three classes live, in addition to their preceding qualifying sessions on Saturday in DigiSport, which will also broadcast in adjacent Hungary.
Heading further west to Switzerland, all three Swiss Public Television channels TSR, TSI and DRS will show Moto2 races live for home fans to support their favourite riders like Tom Luthi and Randy Krummenacher, with TSR also showing MotoGP, and the Italian-speaking TSI showing all three races including Moto3.
MotoGP mad Czech fans can enjoy their favourite sport on Nova Sport, where all the races and qualifying practices will be shown live for the full 18 events.
In Poland there is a similar coverage on TV channel Polsat, which will show the live races of all classes, including the MotoGP qualifying practice. The same arrangement exists on VIASAT, which serves Denmark, Sweden and Norway. Heading further south to Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia sees MotoGP on VIASAT’s Motor channel after a one-year deal was reached to show all the races and qualifying live.
Neighbouring Finland will get to enjoy their local entry Mika Kallio in the Moto2 class as Nelonen Sport Pro will show all three races live on Sunday, as well all qualifying sessions from Saturday. Icelandic fans will also have the pleasure of watching the 18 MotoGP races throughout the year on local channel Sport2.
Russian audiences will get to watch all of the live races as well as the preceding qualifying sessions on local channel Autoplus.
Last but not least, in Israel, channels 5 SPORT and 5SportHD have extended their deal until the end of 2017 to also show live MotoGP QP and races.
Asia & Oceania
The popularity of the MotoGP championship has been growing drastically in the Asian region over recent years, which the ever-increasing range of TV coverage reflects.
Cross continental network Fox Sports Asia, which covers countries including Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan and the Philippines, will continue broadcasting all of the races live, as well as their preceding qualifying sessions.
Trans7 continues to bring the motorcycle-racing spectacle to MotoGP-mad fans in Indonesia with live premier-class race and qualifying coverage. In addition to this, the up-and-comers from the Moto2 race will also gain support from the enthusiastic nation, as the channel will be showing the races live ahead of the main spectacle.
In Cambodia, it will be local channel Hang Maes TV offering a delayed 52-minute highlights programme on the MotoGP weekend.
Japanese viewers will get a boost from 2015 in a new three-year deal, with G+ offering all QP and races live. NTV on the other hand will show the local MotoGP race in Motegi live, and the other 17 on a SDD basis.
India’s Ten Sports will broadcast live QP and races in a new exclusive agreement, whilst Kazakhstani fans can enjoy their MotoGP favourites on STV, which will broadcast every premier-class race live. China’s Guangdong TV will also bring the MotoGP race live or on a delayed basis.
Heading south, Fox Sports Australia will be bringing all qualifying practices as well as races live for fans to follow the progress of Australia’s latest MotoGP hope Jack Miller on Fox Sports 5. Channel ONE will offer all premier-class races live across the entire season, and Network Ten will add coverage of Phillip Island qualifying, as well as the two races on Sunday.
New Zealand’s Sky Sport channel will bring the excitement of racing to the North- and South Island with the full package of practice sessions through to races for the 18-round spectacle.
Across the Pacific it remains a Fox theme as US channel Fox Sports 1 will continue to highlight local rider Nicky Hayden’s progress with every MotoGP race live, the Moto2 race on SDD and a delayed Moto3 race. At the US Grand Prix however there will also be live or SDD MotoGP qualifying.
Canada’s RDS has renewed its contract to broadcast the MotoGP race live in French, as well as the support classes as delayed highlights. In addition to this, new channel WSTV will be showing the premier-class races live in English from May this year, including additional programming such as re-runs and 52-minute highlights.
Central and South America has a similarly exciting race coverage, with Argentina’s ESPN+ offering both the MotoGP and Moto2 races live, as well as a variation of live, SDD and delayed Moto3 race coverage. A similar arrangement exists for MotoGP QP, which will either be shown live or on SDD. In addition, free-to-air broadcaster TVP (TV Publica) will show the local race in Termas de Rio Hondo live.
Globosat and Sport TV will keep audiences happy in Brazil as the channels continue to show the entire race schedule from Moto3 through to MotoGP, as well as live premier-class qualifying. Venezuela’s Meridiano will also broadcast all the races live, whilst El Salvador’s CH4 will do the same, albeit with some on SDD.
In addition to the country-specific broadcasters, continent-wide channels ESPN Latin, ESPN HD and ESPN2 will offer the same package as its ESPN+ package in Argentina.
Middle East & Africa
In the Middle East, continental network beIN Sports will broadcast all MotoGP qualifying practices and races live across the region.
Africa has a similar continent-wide agreement with SuperSport, which will offer all three races and QPs live, with many fans eager to see progress of South African youngster Brad Binder in the Moto3 class.
Angola on the other hand has its own offering from Zimbo TV, which will offer the each one of the 18 MotoGP races live.
The extensive world-wide TV coverage also includes Dorna’s MotoGP Multiscreen offering, which streams signals from varying cameras on- and around the track, including OnBoard footage during sessions. Using internet platforms, mobile apps, as well as adding this to their TV coverage are Sky Italia, Movistar, Telecinco, Nelonen, BT Sport, Ten Sports (India), NTV, as well Eurosport Discovery and Fox Sports in their cross-border coverage.
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