The 2016 FIA World Rally Championship will be screened in more than 150 TV markets following the confirmation of a series of major global broadcast agreements.
According WRC.com, the championships worldwide audience has risen by 27% since 2013 and a renewal of existing partnerships and new deals will streghten fan engagement to WRC this season.
Broadcasters can choose from comprehensive suite of HD programmes, featuring a magazine-style event preview, daily action highlights, an hour-long post-event report and live stages from all 14 rounds showcased by the crucial Sunday lunchtime Power Stage which closes every rally.
WRC free-to-air cover in UK
For the first time free-to-air network Channel 5 will air WRC, with subsidiary Spike airing pre-event magazine programmes. BT Sport continues to show WRC’s full package of shows on pay TV with S4C returning in Wales. It adds up to the most comprehensive UK coverage in recent years.
For satellite TV users Channel 5 UK is available as a FTA broadcaster via SES’s Astra 28.2°E satellite position. Channel 5 HD is only available in Sky TV package.
Astra 19.2°E is a great World Rally Champioship FTA source
Sport 1 and Sport 1 + cover all races this season starting on 21.1.2016 with Rally in Monte Carlo. For satellite TV users Sport1 is available FTA via Astra 19.2°E satellite position.
“There is “no greater challenge” in this sport”, said VW Motorsport Director Jost Capito in his statement for sport1.de: “The Monte Carlo Rally is often exactly what Monaco is anyway:. A gamble” A Doppelpass presenter, Thomas Helmer, will also present WRC next season.
WRC 2016 are different than in the past three years. China will be added as a new location. The Germany Rally takes place in August again place around Trier.
L’Equipe 21 covers WRC in France
Agreement with free-to-air L’Equipe 21 delivers strong audiences in the home country of three-time champion Sébastien Ogier. For satellite TV users L’Equipe 21 is available via different satellite positions, but only as a FTA via Eutelsat 5°W.
The World Rally Championship (WRC) is a rallying series organised by the FIA, culminating with a champion driver and manufacturer. The driver’s world championship and manufacturer’s world championship are separate championships, but based on the same point system.
The series currently consists of 13 three-day events driven on surfaces ranging from gravel and tarmac to snow and ice. Each rally is split into 15–25 special stages which are run against the clock on closed roads.
The WRC was formed from well-known and popular international rallies, most of which had previously been part of the European Rally Championship and/or the International Championship for Manufacturers, and the series was first contested in 1973.