|Crutchlow was present at the BTSport launch today
After rumours gathered pace last week, PaddockChatter.com spoke with employees of BT to see if anything had been confirmed, the impression PaddockChatter received was that a deal was well on the way to be done.
BTSport will be available free of charge to BT Broadband customers through BT YouView and Sky DigiBox, however for non-BT customers to obtain the 3 sport channels it will cost £12 a month, and will be able to receive it through their TV aerial as well as the above mentioned platforms.
The Managing Director of Dorna, Manel Arroyo had this to say about the deal: “We’re proud that MotoGP will be part of such a huge and exciting project as BT Sport. I’m sure that BT Sport will provide the in-depth coverage that MotoGP deserves and in turn MotoGP will provide the sporting drama and excitement to help launch BT Sport as a major player in the TV market. Our new partnership comes at the perfect time, with British riders flourishing in the Championship, and we look forward to our British fans being able to follow every single minute of the action.”
At the launch itself, CEO of Dorna, Carmelo Ezpeleta added: “Audience size is not the main factor any more. What matters is more quality for existing fans”… a very interesting statement.
However, BT have also said that they have not yet made a decision about whether they are planning to share the coverage, adding ‘we might even do some free to air’. So the term ‘exclusive’ was perhaps being used loosely. We will see…
The presenting team for MotoGP coverage is yet to be announced, but BT have said that having an ex-racer on the commentary team is essential; Parrish or Huewen, anyone? More when we get it…
(Source: MotoGP.com and Guy Procter )