Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 24 Mar 2015
Last year BT Sport obtained the rights to show live MotoGP action meaning fans would have to pay to watch the season’s MotoGP races as they happened.
2015 marks the second of a five year deal, with BT Sport continuing live coverage of each Grand Prix weekend.
But don't worry - if you can't afford to pay for MotoGP, ITV4 will be showing highlights on a Monday evening at 8pm.
After a bit of confusion around all the different ways to watch, we’ve pulled together this handy guide on how to watch MotoGP in the UK this year.
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 £13.50 (£3 more for HD) 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!
If you have Plusnet broadband…
You can get BT Sport on satellite TV as long as you’ve got a Sky dish and set-top box. It costs £5.99 a month to watch in standard definition or an extra £1.50 to watch in HD – but you need a Sky HD box and HD TV. Find out more here.
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 €199.99 (£82.35) for the full package. 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.