No more MotoGP on the BBC or Eurosport?

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Posted: 8 May 2013
by Visordown News

Will MotoGP only be available to pay-TV viewers?

RUMOURS that BT’s pay-tv service is set to buy the rights to broadcast MotoGP from 2014 are gathering momentum – and with both the BBC and Eurosport deals expiring at the end of 2013 there’s uncertainty over where you’ll be able to see next year’s championship.

BT Sport has already announced deals around Premier League football matches (it has rights to 38 games per year for the next three years) and a three year deal to broadcast the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Next it’s expected to make an announcement about an agreement to broadcast MotoGP from 2014 onwards.

The firm is thought to be planning in-depth coverage of all three MotoGP classes, taking inspiration from the Sky Sports F1 channel, which has proved divisive among fans. While those prepared to pay have been impressed by the depth and extent of the Sky F1 coverage – with a whole channel’s airtime to fill, it needed to show far more than just the races – many who were used to watching all the races free on the BBC have been disappointed because half the races are restricted to edited highlights on free-to-view terrestrial television.

At the moment, BT Sports has made no official statement on the MotoGP rumours, but should the deal happen as expected it’s likely that the only way to watch all the races live in the UK will be via a BT Vision box, or by subscribing to a BT Sports channel on Sky. At the moment it’s not clear whether Virgin’s cable TV will show BT Sports channels. BT Sports is expected to make an announcement on Thursday with more details of its channels’ content.

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What the hell are Irish fans supposed to do? There ain't no BT TV service in Ireland and I already pay for British Eurosport so I can watch bike racing. And to be fair, the BBC MotoGP coverage is rubbish.

Stavros is OK, but Charlie Cox not only suffers from nominative determinism, he makes it his bloody mission to embody it.

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 12:30

What the hell are Irish fans supposed to do? There ain't no BT TV service in Ireland and I already pay for British Eurosport so I can watch bike racing. And to be fair, the BBC MotoGP coverage is rubbish.

Stavros is OK, but Charlie Cox not only suffers from nominative determinism, he makes it his bloody mission to embody it.

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 12:56

I have an upgraded Virgin TV subscription, just so I can watch all BSB, WSB and GP races and qualifying in HD. This is also a benefit as Azi Farni makes my skull itch. I find Stavros and Cox quite amusing, but prefer Toby and Julian, along with Spalders awesome technological knowledge. Will be pretty grumpy if I have to have a BT subscription as well.

If this goes to BT, they are going to buy the rights from Dorna, so does that mean they will look at buying WSB too?...

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 13:11

Where do I start a petition - BT is one of the worst Companies to deal with in the UK and I swore blind many years ago to never give them another penny!

Besides that the only commentators worth listening to are Julian and Toby - where will they fit in?

We got to stop this people.

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 13:11

So this BBC licence fee is for what exactly?

ABCD? Another Bloody Costume Drama?

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 14:00

I think the BBC did/do a great job and I guess that is the end of live MotoGP for me, never had Sky and never will.
My eurosport WSBK online streaming is goosed too if all is to be believed

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 15:49

Can you live without MotoGP for a year ? Of course you can. So, boycott it for a season. Instead, spend those 3 hours a weekend on YOUR bike, or take up cycling and lose that beer-gut too. Don't worry, they'll be back...

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 16:08

just download in HD via torrents moments after it airs... fuck a BT.

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 16:43

If this happens I won't go back to BT and neither will I be needing cable so that'll save me a couple of bob, plus I'll get Sundays back to ride the bike. So it's a win, win situation.

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 17:21

I think the majority of us already pay an arm and a leg to watch wsb and bsb on eurosport. Adding another cash slap in the face to us bike sport fans may just be the straw that breaks my wallets back and forces me to pack up my subscriptions. Bikes on the tele is pretty much the only thing i watch other than the news but im not going to pay crazy monthly prices. But hey! that means another few tanks of petrol per month! :D

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 18:51

Anyone with the know-how is just going to bittorrent it... dorna are shooting themselves in the foot.

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 21:31

Well I just hope that for once people realise that as much as you love to watch something on the TV it is not worth paying through the nose for it. This is getting out of hand now and we will end up paying for each individual show. I will personally not be getting BT as these companies get plenty of money from advertising. It's a complete joke but no doubt the idiot public will bow down to the ever rising costs because they will be too weak to miss it. This is only the start of things to come.

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 22:26

Nice one, Dorna. Sharply cut the number of eyeballs watching the manufacturer's moving adverts. There's no way that will effect their commitment to and investment in racing, right?

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 07:24

Hardcore MotoGP watchers might swallow it but most people will just not see it now. Plus MotoGP really has very few riders these days, so as Rogerborg said, why should anybody sponsor in the future?

MotoGP only has football type popularity in Spain and Italy I suppose, I guess that's where the arrogance comes from.

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 11:24

Read it and weep fellas, it's a done deal...

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 12:24

Apparently, if you are an existing BT Broadband customer with Sky, they will add it to your Sky package free of charge - Sounds like Keith Huewen will be commentating with Ryder, no word on Matt Roberts or Azi Farni that I can find

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 13:12

Firsty, calm down dear, it's not for another YEAR yet!! Secondly, if like me, you have Virgin Media, you'll be able to watch MotoGP through that still. Can you HONESTLY see Virgin Media NOT providing the BT sports channels? No, me either. Thirdly, if you wanna watch it THAT much, which I do, you'll pay for it. Fourthly, get used to it kids, because this is the way ALL sports coverage is going. Like it or not.

Providing it has Ryder, Moody and the genius that is Spalding talking on it. I'll happily hand over my 15 quid a month.

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 13:29

The pessimist in me was thinking that BT might play hardball and keep it off of Virgin Media. They are, after all, in direct competition for Internet business and may possibly have used BT Sport to help drive uptake of their home broadband. However, it looks like there's a good chance us Virgin users won't be left out.

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 15:33

I'm actually really happy..

My BT Vision subscription and fibre broadband has been good for the last 12 months, and it's a f*ck load cheaper than Sky, and because it is mainly on demand I haven't watched an advert this year. My only complaints are that the interface is a bit clunky and needs to be learned, but apart from that, what's not to like?

I pay for Eurosport for BSB/WSB/Moto GP, and if they move to BT Vision, well that's another win for me.

I agree that BT can be a pain to deal with, but Sky have been just as bad in the past, and the BT broadband has been way more reliable than my Sky or Tiscali services ever were.

All that being said, if I lived in a cable area I would swap to Virgin, but hey, the grass is always greener!

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 16:20

Cheers Jason, signed up to that so I know where I stand. Ken, ahhhhhhh, yes please!!! Lets have Mamola back too!!!

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 16:54

You are not tied to BBC , SKY , VIRGIN , BT etc. Get a motorised satellite system installed . F1 , MOTO GP , WSB etc all available free to air . I don't pay a penny to sky or BT and my life is all the better for it .

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 17:28

i agree with you completely but we cant stop them its a done deal.i for one refuse to be forced into paying to watch.the only way to win is if nobody pays because if they lose money they will go away,but im afraid people will flock like sheep and pay up so we are stuffed.

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 18:14

On Twitter this morning was a link to press release from BT about BT Broadband customers getting the sports channels for free! Here is the link

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 19:47

Does it ever get lonely on that high horse kneedown? Essentially here's how it is, if you want it, you'll pay for it. I DO want it, so I'll pay for it. If you have other things in your life that you enjoy (everyone) go enjoy them. And lets all just get on with our lives shall we?

K? Kaaaaaaaaaaaay.......

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 21:27

Sadly I'm screwed as I'm a single pensioner so cant afford all these silly prices. Anyone know if the highlights will be on terrestrial TV?

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 21:41

Here's an online petition about the UK TV coverage for MotoGP in 2014;

Posted: 11/05/2013 at 14:30

Here's an online petition about the UK TV coverage for MotoGP in 2014;

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Posted: 11/05/2013 at 15:03

Pagik, Dorna haven't done this as some sort of test, to weed out the true fans from the lightweights.  If you want it, you pay for it.  But I guess that 80% of their current audience don't want to pay for it and, crucially, won't.  This is where Dorna make the mistake.

Or maybe the market in the UK is so small they don't actually care.....

Posted: 11/05/2013 at 17:50

I usually agree with Pagik but not his time.

We are about to be screwed. It's the Torrent route for me and no money for them.

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 14:13

Sky - No. BT - No. So won't be watching.

Also all those non motorcyclists who actually enjoy the MotoGp won't be paying so the sponsors lose their audience. A poor decision.

Posted: 19/05/2013 at 00:43

It`s a dam shame, so now no bike racing on the tv, keep the aunt y bikers happy, and put more money in the pockets of those as usual , what ever..

Posted: 10/11/2013 at 14:21

I only found out yesterday that I won't be able to watch MotoGp next year without paying! What a shame, my first full season watching this year and I've really enjoyed it. Not gonna pay the money grabbing parasites tho'...shame on MotoGp and everybody involved...yet another sport lost to the masses! I hope they go broke!!

Posted: 11/11/2013 at 16:20

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