As the leathers are buffed and riders get themselves ready and Teams finish up preparations to saddle up for a second time this year in Austin, Texas, at the fantastic Circuit of the Americas, Dorna Sports is pleased to announce that the much anticipated MotoGP™ season has increased its worldwide TV coverage once more, with a total of 83 networks broadcasting the two-wheeled spectacle.
Several agreements with new broadcasters from the UK, Italy, Spain, Australia, Colombia, the U.S.A., Belgium, Czeck, Africa etc, for the 2014 season will bring new audiences to MotoGP™, including viewers across many platforms simultaneously, including TV, OTT Internet and Mobile devices.
Ongoing agreements in key territories see MotoGP continue to be broadcast to faithful viewers with new innovations and extended coverage planned for this season.
In the USA, FOX Sports 1 will be increasing its coverage this season with a live two-hour programme from each Grand Prix, including features, highlights and live coverage of the MotoGP race, with Moto2™ and Moto3™ broadcast on a delayed basis. MotoGP Qualifying Practice will be streamed live via the FOX Sports GO platform. Viewers will benefit from extended coverage from the two US rounds with customized onsite production from these events. For Canadian audiences, MotoGP will still be available on Speed Channel and a highlights programme will be broadcast on French speaking network RDS.
In Europe, Sport1 in Germany continues to deliver a mix of free to air and pay TV coverage to German viewers whilst Eurosport this season adds multiscreen coverage via the Eurosport Player platform for audiences in France. Agreements also continue with Nelonen in Finland, RTBF in Belgium, Fanda TV in the Czech Republic, OTE Sport in Greece, Polsat in Poland, POP TV in Slovenia, TSI in Switzerland, Viasat in Scandinavia and the Baltics, Sportklub in the Balkans, SPORT TV in Portugal, SmartSpor in Turkey, Autoplus in Russia and Sport 5 in Israel.
In other territories, pan regional coverage continues during 2014 on ESPN in Latin America, beIN Sports in the Middle East, Supersport in Africa and Fox Sports in Asia, This is complemented by free-to-air coverage in several territories such as NTV and G+ in Japan, Trans TV in Indonesia, Hang Maes in Cambodia and Meridiano in Venezuela.
Renewed agreements for the 2014 season and beyond with several long-term partners in different territories are testaments to the continued popularity of the sport in key territories. In Hungary and Romania, a renewed three-year agreement will see MotoGP continue to be broadcast on the Digisport channels in each territory, whilst in Bulgaria another renewed agreement will see MotoGP continue to be broadcast on TV Plus.
Viewers in New Zealand see Sommet Sports become the home of MotoGP for the next three years, with complementary highlights coverage again available on free to air channel TV3 the weekend following each Grand Prix. Austrian fans will benefit from a renewed agreement for highlights of all GPs on the free to air sports channel ORF+, with the opening MotoGP race of the season and several others broadcast live.
In addition to all the new and renewed agreements, many broadcasters are now offering additional coverage to their audiences via a MotoGP second screen application on web or mobile devices, bringing never seen before live camera angles and data to allow viewers to follow the World Championship in a new and exciting way. Broadcasters in several territories including France, Spain, Italy, the UK and Finland will be offering this to their audiences from the 2014 season onwards. This year also sees a shift in production culture, with many broadcasters choosing to work with Dorna’s onsite production facilities and play out live programming from each circuit, in order to offer their audiences more personalised programming and a real behind the scenes view of MotoGP.