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So BT have announced who they're having to present coverage for the forthcoming season, for those outside the UK British Telecom bought the rights to MotoGP and so this season it will be on a subscription based service for the first time which has angered fans some what.

Melanie Sykes, Neil Hodgson and James Toseland in the studio on race day, race commentary from Julian Ryder, Keith Huewen and Matt Birt and Gavin Emmett will act as BTSports MotoGP reporter.

A picture released of the presenters also showed Craig Doyle and Ewan Thomas, but i've no idea what their doing?

Thoughts on the above line up?

I don't really have much of an opinion as i'm not prepared to pay the subscription to the channel just for MotoGP and i'm not interested in Rugby, Tennis or the odd premier league footy match, which seems to be about the only other thing they show. But i'm not much of a fan of the whole studio presentation pre and post race, I usually skip through that junk?

I'll miss it on Eurosport thats for sure, really liked the coverage of Ryder, Moody and Spalding on there :(
 

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Sykes nice eye candy, Hodgson and Doyle have seemed OK as "pundits" on other channels, not sure about Huewen, but I'm afraid I find Moodie & Ryder boring ...... the kind of person(s) Clarkson would adopt his nasal tone to impersonate .....

I know many disagree, but i actually enjoyed Stavros & Cox - Cox being very much the "Murray Walker" to Stavros' Hunt part ......

Doyle & Thomas are supposed to be doing a mid-week chat & behind the scenes type show, I beleive?
 

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All I remember Huewen doing when he commented on WSBK on SKY was shouting "FOGGGYYYYY" every couple of minutes :laughing: Funnily enough I think his co-comentator back then was Ryder.
Hodson's been ok on WSBK as has Doyle on the TT, never heard of Matt Birt?

Stavros and Cox were great for someone who turned over and happened upon MotoGP having never seen it before, and I get that they had to do that but I found it all a bit repetitive, I don't need to be told every race that they don't have rider to pit (or ship to shore as Stavros liked to call it) radio contact. Eurosport was more for you race fan type audience rather than you BBC first time followers?

I hear Matt Roberts has gone to Eurosport to present their BSB and WSBK coverage which is good as I didn't think much of the guy they had before, Whitham's commentating is always legendary :laughing:
 

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My two pence worth, Dorna have sold out, going subscription only will kill interest in the UK because with Sky, Virgin, ESPN and now BT are all looking for your cash the UK is saturated with pay to view. I for one am not going to pay and I suspect many others will make the same choice.

So I will be following WSB and WSS now on Eurosport.

As for the BT team, yee gods Huewen is annoying, the whole studio build up and wittering on afterwards is boring made even more so by the endless repeat repeat repeat.

If the MotoGP season builds into a great one which I doubt it will, I shall pop down my local bikers pub and watch it there over a pint or two on the 50inch plasma. BT are getting nowt from me.

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I agree Jimbo, it would be interesting to see the viewing figures?

My mum will be pleased though, as a BT Broadband customer she currently gets it free so she'll see a lot more of her No.1 son this summer :laughing: although seeing as BT paid nigh on a billion for Champions League football rights from next year I can't see it being free for much longer?

There is one silver lining though, they have poached some of the most annoying people from the Beeb to present it, Jake Humphey and Clare Balding for starters so its not all bad :laughing:
 

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For me it depends on how good the racing is gonna be.....my son in law has 'Virgin' and he'll record it for me.
I agree there's nothing else on that (BT sport) channel I'm interested in.,so I'm very reluctant to pay JUST for the motogp.
I have to admit I was never much 'into' Moody/Ryder and found their portrayals of supposed conversation 'scenario's that various riders 'might' be having while racing and especially Toby Moody's voice alternating from a 'soprano' to a 'growl' during his commentary really grating.
Not to mention the 'Ad breaks' mid race!!!!...........Each to their own I guess.
'Spalders' was great though!

Anyway the pre season 'Sepang' test looks very positive for Rossi...http://www.motogp.com/en/news/2014/Yamaha+Complete+First+MotoGP+Test+of+2014
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I already have bt broadband although to view direct to tv had to take out a £5pm subscription. Only plus for me was that I told the wife I had subscribed so she can watch the odd man city game (big fan). So I get to watch gp and got brownie points to boot. Unfortunately not in high def though you need btfinity for that and being out in the sticks no chance. Its all wrong though under the illusion of choice. What choice!
 

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I think you guys know my feelings on this BT coup d'état of Moto GP..

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I'd rather lick piss off a stinging nettle than watch boring stuuuuuttttterrrrring Toseland and Sykes on the TV waffling on for hours about endless drivel..

Sykes... Really:wtf:... Come on BT, what was you think?



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I checked out my options today and I could switch all my services from virgin to BT to get BTSports for a little less than I'm paying now, sure there's less channels but it has all the ones I actually watch, it just depends on whether you actually get the net speed they advertise with BT Infinity? Either that or I could phone Virgin and tell them I'm leaving unless they give me BT sports :laughing: I'd like to watch motogp but I'm not paying more for it.


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Guys,

If you know someone who is willing to add you on to their on the go accounts you can watch it for free.

My old man has virgin media and got BT sport for free. I am big sport fan and can stream all the skysports channels, eurosport, BT and ESPN for free. The only catch is to buy my Dad's beers when I go up and see him, very cheap as he is a 2 pint wonder.

There are plenty of people who don't utilise their on the go option. My dad struggles with a PC, so a tablet would terrify him.
 

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Guys,

If you know someone who is willing to add you on to their on the go accounts you can watch it for free.

My old man has virgin media and got BT sport for free. I am big sport fan and can stream all the skysports channels, eurosport, BT and ESPN for free. The only catch is to buy my Dad's beers when I go up and see him, very cheap as he is a 2 pint wonder.

There are plenty of people who don't utilise their on the go option. My dad struggles with a PC, so a tablet would terrify him.


very cheap as he is a 2 pint wonder.

Ha ha Dan..Only when your'e there :naughty:
 

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Guys,



If you know someone who is willing to add you on to their on the go accounts you can watch it for free.



My old man has virgin media and got BT sport for free. I am big sport fan and can stream all the skysports channels, eurosport, BT and ESPN for free. The only catch is to buy my Dad's beers when I go up and see him, very cheap as he is a 2 pint wonder.



There are plenty of people who don't utilise their on the go option. My dad struggles with a PC, so a tablet would terrify him.

Got my mums bt login in so can watch on my iPad, just need a £5 cable now to hook it up to the tv, role on Melanie Sykes and Motogp :laughing:


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Glad to be of service Ackers.

Joe, my old man has never been able to handle his drink.

I think I have my mothers genes with regards to alcohol.
 

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UK MCN are reporting that BT and ITV are about to sign a deal for ITV to show MotoGP delayed coverage, this is good news as ITV is a free terrestrial broadcaster.

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UK MCN are reporting that BT and ITV are about to sign a deal for ITV to show MotoGP delayed coverage, this is good news as ITV is a free terrestrial broadcaster.

JIMBOf4

That'll be good for UK viewers :)
It looks like it's only highlights but to be honest I dropped off to sleep during a few of last years races.
 
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