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2013 World SBK Televised on beIN SPORT

Friday, February 22, 2013

World Superbike has found a new broadcast home for 2013 on the beIN SPORT network. The SBK races will be televised live on the station, which is available on DIRECTV and DISH network. World SBK fans will also be able to view the races via live stream on www.beinsport.tv.

SPEED had been the long-time home of SBK, where it offered delayed coverage. The entire 2013 series will be televised live on beIN SPORT, starting with the Phillip Island opener – Saturday, February 23 at 7:30 to 12:45 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

American fans will benefit most from the live streaming at www.beinsport.tv. MotoGP live streaming has been available for years at MotoGP.com, but video content has been barred from WorldSBK.com because of broadcast rights. beIN SPORT promises online live streaming for the World Supersport series as well.

The beIN SPORT network is jointly owned by Time Warner Cable and Al Jazeera. A press release confirming the broadcast deal lists the following providers as carriers of the beIN SPORT channel:

  • DIRECTV channels 620 (English-language) and 426 (Spanish)
  • DISH channels 408 (English) and 871 (Spanish)
  • Comcast Xfinity
  • Time Warner Cable
  • Bright House Network
  • Advanced Cable Communications
  • Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico
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charlie toast   February 23, 2013 08:29 AM
the beIN channel is not part of the same satellite or cable package that has SpeedTV round here, so this means all my MotoGP and SBK will have to come from Eurosport downloads. The Speed coverage was only watered down Eurosport coverage anyway - less racing, with more ads, what Speed referred to as "enhanced" coverage. Like Rucuss54, my internet connection is slow and expensive, since in the US, a country that supposedly believes in competition and market forces, there are just telcom monopolies with pathetically slow and expensive service - so no chance of streaming for me. As it is, I no longer bother with Speed F1 coverage, the SkyTV broadcasts, usually available as downloads, are far better.
Superbikemike   February 23, 2013 08:21 AM
cannot believe it has come to this... really... the WHOLE world has gone @ss backwards, and upside down.... grrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!
MotoFreak   February 22, 2013 09:43 PM
So I'm seriously not going to be able to watch motogp and world superbikes ??? This is unreal.
Rucuss54   February 22, 2013 04:43 PM
No WSBK for me, we don't get BeIn sport TV up here in Canuckland. If MotoGP heads the same way I'll be depressed, watching MotoGP on the internet is crap with my ISP. My cable internet has bipolar performance and runs me $800+ a year.
cggunnersmate   February 22, 2013 02:14 PM
No WSBK on Speed. Possibly no GP or AMA on Speed as well, this is due to FOX killing Speed sometime this year and turning it into FOX Sports1. A channel to rival ESPN in overall sports coverage and is supposed to have the most comprehensive MLB coverage on TV. So it's bad news for us motorsports lovers. Not the Speed was great unless you love NASCAR and lame reality shows. MotoGP.com subscrptions run around $120 a year but you have EVERYTHING GP. No word on AMA but this is not good news. Coverage was pathetic at best on Speed. No coverage isn't going to help an already struggling series.
AnthonyD   February 22, 2013 11:18 AM
So far NASCAR TV....errr Speed Channel, has no deal to show motorcycle racing be it GP, WSBK or even AMA road racing.
MotoFreak   February 22, 2013 09:15 AM
Are Motogp and world superbike still going to be on Speed Channel as well as this new channel?