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In the latest interactive monthly data report, SportBusiness Media analyses the media-rights landscape of motorsport.

OTT streaming service DAZN’s acquisition of rights to World Rally Championship, MotoGP and IndyCar in Germany, Austria and Switzerland is part of its plan to avoid customer churn and bolster content in the summer months when its football coverage breaks.

In the latest interactive monthly data report, SportBusiness Media analyses the media-rights landscape of motorsport.

DAZN’s willingness to pay an increased rights fee – and its low price point for consumers – were the crucial factors in its successful bid for MotoGP rights in Spain this month. DAZN

Streaming platform DAZN’s impending launch in Spain helped the English Premier League to another great result for its media rights in the country. DAZN will pay about €23m ($27.2m)

UK digital channel Quest has acquired exclusive rights for free-to-air highlights of the MotoGP motorcycle-racing world championship

The Saran Media agency has extended a rights deal in Turkey for the MotoGP World Championship. The exclusive deal covers the 2019, 2020 and 2021 seasons of the motorcycle-racing series

Streaming platform DAZN launched its service in Spain on Wednesday, making it the company’s eighth confirmed market.

Mediaset has acquired free-to-air rights in Spain for two MotoGP motorcycling championship races in 2019 in a sublicensing deal with OTT operator DAZN, according to reports

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Sports broadcaster Eurosport has had its grip on MotoGP rights across Europe weakened in recent times, despite its renewal of rights in the Netherlands.

Pay-television platform Sky Italia and Perform Group’s OTT service DAZN will probably both be happy with the outcome of an intense period of rights negotiations in Italy.

Telco BT will pay an increase of about 140 per cent to keep hold of exclusive MotoGP media rights in the UK and Ireland.

Dorna Sports has prevented a decline in the value of MotoGP rights in Greece, renewing its deal earlier this month with Cosmote for about the same fee.

OSN’s acquisitions of rights to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, MotoGP and the Superbike World Championship represent a more aggressive strategy from the pay-television operator, but doesn’t herald the beginning of fierce competition for top-tier rights with beIN Media Group.

MotoGP will be shown live in Finland again this season after a one-year hiatus, although it will be earning about 60 per cent less than from its last live rights deal in the country.

Hungarian broadcaster TV2 has made aggressive moves into the sports-rights market in recent weeks, acquiring English Premier League, National Hockey League and MotoGP rights.

MotoGP’s deals in the Americas with beIN Media Group and ESPN have significantly increased the value of the motorcycling series in the region.

Servus TV’s acquisition of rights to motorcycling series MotoGP last month has come at a high cost as the commercial broadcaster will share coverage in Austria with Eurosport.

Pay-television broadcaster SuperSport has renewed its deal for MotoGP rights across sub-Saharan Africa, paying a significant increase to beat competition from rival StarTimes.

Cypriot pay-television broadcaster CyTAvision has expanded its motorsport portfolio over the past month, striking two new deals.

Pay-television network Ten Sports’s desire for exclusivity pushed up the value of MotoGP rights in the Indian subcontinent in last month’s deal.

Dorna Sports, the commercial rights-holder of the MotoGP racing championship, secured a decent increase in its rights fee from the German market in a deal with Eurosport late last month.

Greek pay-television broadcaster OTE paid an increased fee in last week’s renewal for rights to the MotoGP motorcycling series.

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