Satellite television provider Freesat has added a new channel to its subscription-free service in the UK that focusses on motorsport.
Motorsport.tv will show ‘the best in motoring entertainment’ 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including 24 Hours of Le Mans: The Great History, coverage of the 2018/2019 FIA World Endurance Championship and behind-the-scenes news from The Flying Lap.
The launch of the channel is said to be part of a move to provide its customers as much free sporting content as possible. Freesat viewers will be able to find Motorsport.tv on channel 253.
“Motorsport.tv is a very welcome addition to Freesat’s roster, providing 24/7 motoring action to our viewers while bolstering our sports offering,” said Alistair Thom, director of Freesat.
“With an impressive depth and breadth of programming, Motorsport.tv’s arrival represents Freesat’s continued commitment to offering high-quality subscription-free TV,” he added.
Freesat vice president of distribution, Roberto Perez, commented: “Freesat viewers in the UK will enjoy access to numerous live championships, including the FIA World Endurance Championship, Australian Supercars Championship, European Le Mans Series and TCR Europe Series, as well as two-wheeled action including the FIM World Motocross Championship.
“For 2018, we are also the exclusive home of the entire film archives for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which will be added to our regular shows alongside The Flying Lap and Auto Mundial.”
Freesat and its 200-channel strong service is said to have a reach of more than 27-million households worldwide. It was first launched as Motors TV in France back in 2000 and was rebranded to Motorsport.tv in March, 2017. It now broadcasts in several languages across Europe.
The move represents Motorsport.tv’s first move into subscription-free television in the UK, although some of you may remember Motors.tv was available (albeit briefly) on Freeview for a short time.
There is no need to subscribe to Freesat and incur monthly payments, as you do when going direct with Sky, but a television box is required and prices start from £94. Televisions with Freesat in-built will also provide access.
Freesat was established by the BBC and ITV in 2007. Better known channels include BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All4, YouTube and Netflix.