Posted: 28 Jan 2014
Since the announcement that BT Sport had obtained exclusive rights to air MotoGP in the UK, there has been much confusion about how fans will be able to watch the upcoming MotoGP season and more importantly, how much it would cost.
But don't worry - if you can't afford to pay for MotoGP, ITV4 will be showing highlights on a Monday evening at 8pm.
We thought we’d put together a handy guide covering all the options:
If you have BT TV & BT Broadband…
BT Sport is entirely free of charge and therefore this is one of the easiest ways to watch MotoGP. You can find out more about this package here. This deal includes access to the mobile app and online player, so you can watch MotoGP for free, wherever you are.
If you have Sky TV…
You have two options: With a BT broadband connection you can get access to the BT Sport channels completely free of charge, including the mobile app and online player. You’ll need to set it up through BT though, not Sky. Find out more here.
If you’re a Sky customer without BT broadband, you can still get BT Sport on your TV but there is a charge of £12 per month. It includes access to the mobile app and online player. Once again, you’ll need to contact BT Sport to do this, you can find out more here. There is however, a one-off £15 activation fee.
If you have Virgin Media TV…
If you have Virgin’s TV XL package, which comes with their Premiere and VIP collections, BT Sport will be added to your package completely free of charge. However, you won’t get access to the BT Sport mobile app or online player. More info can be found here.
You can still add the BT Sport channels if you don’t have the TV XL package, at a cost of £15 per month, once again you won’t get access to the BT Sport mobile app or online player.
If you’re a Virgin customer without the XL package, if you have BT Broadband, you can watch BT Sport for free online via your PC, Mac, smartphone or tablet.
If you have Freeview…
The only way to watch BT Sport with Freeview is if you have a BT Broadband package. Any BT broadband package allows you to watch BT Sport online, but not via your TV. Of course, you could connect your device to your TV with a HDMI cable!
Watching MotoGP in the UK without BT Sport
There is only one way to watch live MotoGP in the UK without BT Sport and that’s through the official MotoGP website. Video passes are available on either a full-season or monthly package. For the full season it’ll knock you back €99.95 (£82.35) for the basic package or €12.49 (£10.29) per month for as long as you want it. This allows you to watch MotoGP online, on any device and with a HDMI cable you can connect it to your TV to watch it on the big screen.
You’ll get coverage of all the practice sessions, qualifying sessions and races with commentary provided by the World Feed team.
If you can't afford to, or don't want to pay for MotoGP then you can watch the one-hour highlights programme on ITV4 on the Monday following each race. ITV's hour long highlights show will air at 8pm on Monday evenings, with the first on Monday 24th March.