World Superbike Finally Gets Online Video Streaming

01/23/2014 @ 1:39 am, by Jensen Beeler19 COMMENTS

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I know that I have seen more than a few loyal Asphalt & Rubber readers lament the lack of an online video feed for World Superbike races, and that they hoped that the takeover of the premier production motorcycle racing class by Dorna would add this feature, which is already available with the MotoGP Championship.

Well today, my good friends, that day has come. Dorna has revamped WorldSBK.com, and with those changes comes the WSBK VideoPass feature.

From the limited description given by World Superbike, the WSBK VideoPass sounds pretty much exactly like its MotoGP counterpart, with video streams from the practice, qualifying, and race sessions being made available, along with exclusive behind the scenes footage and interviews.

The catch in the plan is that Dorna says the WSBK VideoPass will be available only in certain countries. Which countries those could be, isn’t clear; though we are waiting to hear back from WSBK about the issue, and whether the USA will have access. Fingers crossed.

Assuming that most markets will have access to the stream, the WSBK VideoPass could be a huge boon for the series, as it will give more markets exposure to what has been great racing thus far in the past seasons — World Superbike does not have a product problem when it comes to fan entertainment.

TV exposure is the lifeblood of professional motorsport, WSBK included, and other motorcycle racing series would do well to understand that more exposure means more eyeballs, and more eyeballs mean more advertising dollars, which in turn means more money in the sport, along with more teams and more riders.

Yes, AMA Pro Road Racing, I’m talking about you here…just so we’re clear here.

Source: WorldSBK

Comment:

  1. Funnyman6869 says:

    FINALLY! ABOUT DAMN TIME! Now maybe there will be more than 20 people in Laguna this year.
    GREAT NEW! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Kevin says:

    Hurrah!

    And … hurrah for VPN! Best thing I ever did was ditch broadcast TV and go for Netflix with HMA… and it just keeps getting better!

  3. Mike says:

    SWEET MERCY please be available in the U.S.!!!!!

  4. smiler says:

    Which means that they will screw coverage down so far it will be impossible to get any footage other than paying thru the nose.
    On a good day you can see an entire WSBK race for free the day after.

  5. SBPilot says:

    Hell yes. I have to really give it to Dorna. They did as they said, and that’s not easy. Sometimes it’s good to have a corporate take over. Many times companies to not follow through but bravo to Dorna.The old WSBK website was a hack job.

    Also, love it how they make all the videos free right now to get the audience reeled in and then eventually we’ll have to pay to watch. Yes, this means that it will be almost impossible to watch for free on TV, but then again, the reason this is happening is because there is no TV channels wanting to pay to broadcast.

    I’m all for it, and damn, Chaz looks good on that Panigale. So excited.

  6. sideswipe says:

    Hallelujah & amen!
    As a long time MotoGP.com pass subscriber I’ve felt it’s really the only way to go. Broadcast coverage is usually pretty dodgy. When they show it, commercial breaks, sometimes no support classes, no QP, no practices. Face it, motorcycle road racing is a niche sport. It’s never going to get the respect and consideration for air coverage as more popular sports. Subscription just like boxing & MMA pay per view delivers the full experience for the small markets that are interested.

  7. Norm G. says:

    get ready for the crack down smack down. all the people rejoicing apparently never did a you tube search…? good or bad, all the Eurosport feed was there. you’d think the “free lunch types” would’ve been all over this.

  8. brian says:

    Norm G.
    If the SBK coverage is similar to MotoGP coverage, I’ll HAPPILY pay for it. I’ve done the YouTube thing and it’s dodgy at best finding good SBK coverage; a few times being forced to watch in either italian or spanish. Last year BeIN had decent coverage, but I’d love to be able to sign on and have the coverage streaming all weekend long. The same way I watch GP races. ¡Esta Fantastico!

  9. Clive says:

    So from reading these posts the US does not get SBK live on any cable or satellite feed? What will happen in New Zealand is what happened last year with Motogp. Dorna screwed the price to broadcast so high that SKY NZ refused to show it so we all had to buy Dorna’s live streaming. You bet the same will happen for SBK this year and bike race fans in NZ will have to pay twice to watch both.

  10. philly phil says:

    Hmmmm this is great…but i wonder i the price would be greater than just paying for the sports package to get BeIn Sports which shows the races already in the US…

    i just wanna see the races… i prefer WSBK waaaaay over MotoGP.

  11. Mariano says:

    To all the whinning free-loaders, why don’t you ( paraphrasing JFK’s famous quote) ask your self not what the sport you love can do for you, but what can you do for the sport you love.

    How about supporting your sport? Sorry for stating the obvious, but it takes a lot of money and effort yo bring a quality product.

    I’ve been a subscriber of MotoGP for years, best 130 bucks I spend in the whole year. A whole year of coverage, live races, or TIVO, reports, interviews, press conferences, and access to 20 years of Grand Prix Races, and no commercials.

    And in top of that I’m supporting the sport I love.

    How is that for a deal?
    Good for Dorna!

  12. SBPilot says:

    @Mariano, I agree. We can easily spend $130 in a day on the silliest things that will never be used or be used and put in the bin within a matter of minutes. So $130 for an entire year with so much media all in extremely good resolution, it’s a no brainer.

    @Norm G. – yes, I am one of those who use to watch all the SBK races on youtube. Sometimes forced to watch in Russian or French commentary, both being unbearable. Also, watching races LIVE is much different than a replay. It’s so much more exciting live. The footage and content Dorna provides is second to none.

    Everyone that puts the videos together, all those camera angles/camera operators, interviews, website updates, news updates etc. These people need to eat and get paid too. So if you’re too bloody cheap to pay a hundred bucks for a years worth of top notch footage, you’re welcome to watch baseball for free.

  13. jet says:

    And pigs will fly,lets just see…

  14. Chris Blair says:

    @Clive – Yes we have complete coverage now thru the BeIN network on DirecTV. Excellent coverage, minus the horrid soccer news in between races. I just use a little eye bleach for that though.

  15. If WSBK doesn’t get streaming in Japan, I’ll be disappointed. I don’t think WSBK gets any coverage on any of the cable stations here, though, so there’s hope. Fingers are crossed. Assuming Dorna’s WSBK coverage will be at least in the same ballpark of quality of MotoGP, it should be worth the coin.

  16. Norm G. says:

    re: “If the SBK coverage is similar to MotoGP coverage, I’ll HAPPILY pay for it. I’ve done the YouTube thing and it’s dodgy at best finding good SBK coverage; a few times being forced to watch in either italian or spanish. Last year BeIN had decent coverage, but I’d love to be able to sign on and have the coverage streaming all weekend long. The same way I watch GP races. ¡Esta Fantastico!”

    brian whoa whoa, settled down. i demand you report to quarantine post haste. you and that fancy “valuing mentality” might be contagious…? god forbid it spreads to the next motorcyclist, and then where would we be…?

  17. Dan says:

    Kevin: You’re paying too much for your VPN service, look up ‘Unblock Us’, with the money you save you can buy yourself a beer to drink while watching the racing ;)

  18. elfuque says:

    “Yes, AMA Pro Road Racing, I’m talking about you here…just so we’re clear here”

    Agree 100% – how do they not see the extent to which this would be a huge boon for them. I think fans of motorcycle road racing have proven that they are very willing to pay for good streaming content.

  19. kostritzer says:

    So when are they going to announce pricing and availability? Round one is in a couple of weeks!!!