WSBK Online Video Pass & beIN Sport TV for the USA

01/28/2014 @ 10:45 am, by David Emmett15 COMMENTS


World Superbikes will be easier to watch for fans around the world this year. The World Superbike series has announced that it is to make an online video pass available to fans this season, making it possible to watch WSBK races live on the website, or rewatch them at leisure.

The update comes as part of revamping of the series website, bringing it closer inline to the website, now that the series is firmly in Dorna’s hands.

The influence of Dorna is clear in the redesign. The layout has been adapted to echo the structure of the website, and the video player is now identical to the one used on the website.

Using a single player, and Dorna’s existing video infrastructue is what has made it possible for the World Superbike series to offer the online video streaming of races and archive of past videos.

Though the announcement on the website is light on details, it promises live coverage of every weekend, including streaming of races, interviews with riders and ‘exclusive video content’. It will likely feature a similar service to that of video subscribers, which includes an extremely comprehensive archive.

Two questions remain unanswered: what will the video pass cost, and where will it be available? The answer to the first question is completely unknown at the moment, though will have to make an announcement fairly shortly.

It seems unlikely that it will be set at the same level as the video pass (€99.95 for the standard pass), given that the level of interest in WSBK is not the same as MotoGP. However, Dorna’s past record on streaming video suggests that it will not be cheap.

Availability is also uncertain. The website only mentions that the service will not be available in all countries.

Previously, World Superbikes representatives have explained that online streaming video was made complicated due to existing contracts with TV broadcasters, many of whom have also secured the rights to stream the video live on their websites.

With Dorna’s streaming infrastructure in place, streaming video is being handled differently as contracts come up for renewal. Such existing contracts mean that streaming video is unlikely to be available inside Europe, as Eurosport has its own online streaming package showing World Superbikes via the Eurosport Player.

However, enquiries made by us into the matter indicate that the pass will be available for fans in the US and Canada. More details will surely be announced soon, via the World Superbikes website.

US World Superbike fans will also be able to watch the series on TV. At least, they will if they have access to the oddly-capitalized beIN SPORTS channel in their cable package.

Just as it did last year, the channel will be showing every World Superbike race live, both on TV and via their beIN SPORTS PLAY mobile app. Whether the races will be streamed on the beIN SPORTS website is as yet unclear.

Source: beIN SPORTS

This article was originally published on MotoMatters, and is republished here on Asphalt & Rubber with permission by the author.

  • Halifie30

    Watched every single race on YouTube last year. Hope I can do the same this year, but I doubt it with these new contracts and online streaming. Paying to watch races just doesn’t appeal to me.

  • Norm G.

    re: “Paying to watch races just doesn’t appeal to me.”

    and there it is.

  • talonz

    Id have no problem paying if it was reasonable, considering it would only be for a race series, or put on a decent channel here in canada.

    Beinsports just emailed me to let me know that their video pass will be $20 a month…thats far too much to watch a couple races every other month. Thats more than my entire movie package ffs.

  • Rad Rage

    @Hailfie3o: Hate to burst your bubble, but you won’t be able to resort to Youtube anymore. I know every channel that posted the WSBK, WSS and STK races. All of them have been closed up.

    I subscribe to beIN, and sometimes I would watch the races on TV, sometimes the laptop (Youtube). Dorna is obviously capitalizing on the plethora of changes that have been made to both competitions (riders, manufacturers, regulations etc.) so they will no doubt offer an expensive product.

    FYI, beIN is basically rebranded Aljazeera Sports.

  • Seth

    “Just as it did last year, the channel will be showing every World Superbike race live…”

    until about the last 3-4 rounds and they stop showing supersport entirely and stop having live brodcast of superbike.

  • Norm G.

    re: “their video pass will be $20 a month…thats far too much to watch a couple races”

    and again… there it is.

  • philly phil

    I agree…if the pass is $20/mo, that is too much.

    It wouldn’t cost that much to go on and get the sports package that would include beIn sports added to my cable.

    you don’t have to pay anything to watch to MotoGP on foxSports1…. that’s what I want. I want wsbk on regular tv or cable. I’ll watch all the commercials they want if it comes on regular cable. They should put on the practice and qualifying sessions as well…I’ve no problem with that. Just get it on regular tv/cable.

  • Bruce

    beIN provided good coverage last season. Check with your satellite or cable carrier. I had beIN added for no additonal expense.

  • Norm G.

    re: “you don’t have to pay anything to watch to MotoGP on foxSports1.”

    oh no…? wait awhile.

    re: “that’s what I want. I want wsbk on regular tv or cable.”

    you’re a bike world beggar who wants the world with a side helping of free lunch.

  • Norm G.

    re: “I had beIN added for no additonal expense.”

    I got charged $8 additional bucks/month.

    and guess what, I was so happy to hear they even offered it, you know what I did…? I said lets see, 8 x 12 = 96 (finger math) right then, here’s a $100 spot for the year and keep the tip, now turn the damn channel on.

  • philly phil

    Nobody’s begging for shit Norm. nothing is free. I already pay for cable. and I don’ t have pay anything extra to see crappy MototGP, and Moto2.

    it’s simple math. If the cost of the video pass is $20/ month, and cost to get the sports package for cable that includes beIn for $10/month…..why would u pay for the pass genius?

  • KSW

    It’s not that people don’t want to pay, I think. It’s that everyone is now inundated with fees or subscriptions and it’s growing. In my lifetime we’ve gone from free tv and a few dollars for a phone like to pay for TV, pay hundreds for a phone and now everything you want according to analytics is hit with an additional fee. When the cost to participate as a “normal” citizen in this technology age is more than you’re making something is wrong.

    The Dorna example: You’re a photographer or media like Motto Matters/Asphalt & Rubber not a print publication who does full time MotoGP coverage. That’s a $500 fee to cover the event, plus the insurance to be on the track before you start. Magazines pay $500 to cover the event for the weekend. Now you’ve got to find other clients at the track because you’ve not yet paid for your fees or have a room or the trip to the race or eaten or….. But wait, my camera bag is $20K worth of pro gear and a camera needs repair or replacement which costs money. Oh, can you do a video for us and all the editing/audio/ color matching plus deliver it as soon as you give us photos……

    Personally I don’t know how any “Fan” is supposed to pay to see all this Dorna coverage. I suggest, get together with some friends, pool your money, plug the computer HDMI cable into the TV and do a Dorna viewing party.

  • talonz

    Norm, I would happily pay $5 to get bein on my dvr/50″ tv. I can’t even get the channel up here in canada because the crtc rules it competes with crappy sportsnetworld because of all the soccer they both carry. Guess who doesnt watch soccer?

    We used to get ama, gp, and wsbk all on speed. Now that speed has dropped the ball the only way to watch 2 of those 3 is on youtube (until recently). Or I can pay $20 a month for some streaming videos of wsbk on my computer? @!#% that.

    I am stuck in limbo with these !@#%ing providers and the crtc that just perpetuates a bloody monopoly up here. Its frustrating as hell, and your sanctimonious drivel? You know what you can do with that.

  • Norm G.

    re: “It’s not that people don’t want to pay, I think. It’s that everyone is now inundated with fees or subscriptions and it’s growing. ”

    no argument there. hey, I don’t like it either, but I think there might be a generational difference in the way the GenY/Millennial’s and the rest of the world perceive things.

    see in my generation, there was no such thing as “FREE”. free…? what…? arrest that man. to the stockades so we may pelt him with our stones and rotten vegetables…!

    now contrast that here with the late 20th/early 21st Century where we’re absolutely INUNDATED with the “notion” of it. in fact, I feel bad for you guys.

    see, there’s a problem. observe I said “notion”. why…? cause truth be told, there’s nothing any more FREE now…? than it was 30, 40, 50 years ago…? never has been. the Greeks figured the equations back in like 400 B.C. they had nothing else to do.

    like the Oracle, Madison avenue and Silicon Valley (home of not just the Raiders but the Internet) has simply told you what you wanted to hear. Normstradamus contends the root cause of this problem can be directly traced to a continued clash between this fantasy…? and reality. reality for the WIN.

  • Kevin White

    Certainly interesting, but I’ve yet to really be impressed with streaming internet video. It always seems to feature more compression artifacts, a lower frame rate in the 20 to 30 range instead of the perfect 60 you get on television (for sporting events I mean), dropouts and freezes and delays, inferior sound, a lack of the easy pause, skip, slo-mo, and rewind functionality of the DVR, and I have to move the PC into the den to hook it up to the television or watch solo hunched over my desk.

    I quite missed WSBK last year. I don’t have beIN in my TV package, and to add it would mean another tier that costs about as much as this online pass thing ($20 / month when I don’t care about any of the other stuff that comes with that new tier). So if I wasn’t willing to pull the trigger on $20 / month last year for all around superior TV coverage, I probably won’t be willing to shell out $20 / month for inferior PC streaming with all of its downfalls listed above.

    I guess I’ll probably miss WSBK again. Or maybe I won’t exactly miss it since I’ve already had a year to get used to not seeing it…