Author: Bike Social Sports Reporter Posted: 02 May 2014
BT broadband customers will be able to continue watching MotoGP on BT Sport for free in 2015, as the firm announces an extension to its existing deal for both new and re-contracting BT broadband customers.
BT broadband customers will continue to get free access to the BT Sport app while those broadband customers with BT TV or Sky will also be able to watch the two channels through their set-top box. Non-BT broadband customers will still be able to access BT on Sky at a cost of £12 per month for standard definition with the HD option costing a further £3 a month.
Virgin Media customers with the XL package will continue to get BT Sport for free and those without the XL package can also get BT sport for the same price as Sky customers.
Just over a year ago it was announced that BT Sport had secured exclusive rights to show MotoGP in the UK and the team went live with their first show at the 2014 season opener in Qatar. Daytime TV presenter Melanie Sykes fronts the coverage with Neil Hodgson and James Toseland as pit-lane pundits with Julian Ryder, Keith Huewen and GavinEmmett in the commentary box.
BT claim that five million households receive BT sport, just nine months after the channels were launched with three million of those homes taking the service directly from BT.
Many MotoGP fans are pleased with the extensive coverage they getting from BT Sport, with all practice and qualifying sessions plus races being shown live throughout a Grand Prix weekend. BT Sport also airs a MotoGP chat-show on Tuesday evenings following Grand Prix events, hosted by Craig Doyle and Iwan Thomas.
Not all fans were happy with the deal, but MotoGP is still available on a free-to-air platform with ITV4 showing a one hour highlights programme on Mondays.
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