Long-time friends of DSC, Motors TV is to be marketed to TV service providers in North, Central and South America from later this month with both English and Spanish language services to be provided.
Two new programming feeds, a Spanish-language version for Latin America and English language platform for the US via Eutelsat America’s EUT 113 satellite will potentially provide millions of racing fans with a diverse range of motorsport coverage only previously available to European audiences.
The new offering was announced at the NATPE Market & Conference by Motors TV founder and CEO Jean-Luc Roy, in collaboration with Aymeric Genty, CEO of Alterna’TV, a subsidiary of Eutelsat Americas based in Miami, and Francois Thiellet, CEO of independent channel distribution agency THEMA.
The channel will be introduced to Latin America through Alterna’TV while THEMA represents it to media platforms in the US.
Both Alterna’TV and THEMA will launch their distribution efforts at NATPE, the only American programme market serving the worldwide television community, and will be meeting with carriage partners this week in Miami.
If the TV service providers bite it will mean that Pan-American audiences can look forward to an eclectic range of motorsport comprising two and four-wheel world, international and national championships on a live, delayed and highlights basis. Boats, planes, scale-model and regular magazine programmes will also feature heavily amongst content produced at the channel’s Miami outpost.
Launch week will feature live action from the world’s greatest motorcycle beach race, Enduropale du Touquet, while the season-long schedule includes live FIA World Endurance Championship and Avon Tyres British GT Championship coverage, as well as same-day FIA World Rally Championship highlights.
In making the announcement, Motors TV founder and CEO Jean-Luc Roy said: “Over the past 15 years Motors TV has proven to be the destination of choice for passionate motorsports fans throughout Europe and the UK and now, thanks to Alterna’TV and THEMA, we can extend our programming feeds into the ideal US and Latin American markets. We’re very excited to be expanding into the Americas where European and international motorsport fans are underserved and eager to collaborate with Alterna’TV and THEMA on garnering carriage agreements to remedy that situation.”
Alterna’TV CEO Aymeric Genty commented: “Motors TV is the world’s only 24/7 dedicated motorsport programming service and serves as the ideal addition for any sports programming package. We’re making the feed available immediately and believe operators will recognise the myriad benefits of rounding out their sports programming offer with a channel dedicated to all forms of motorsport; cars, motorcycles, boats, planes, you name it.”
Added THEMA CEO Francois Thiellet, “Motorsport fans are passionate, persistent and incredibly loyal, which also places them in the top tier of targeted subscribers. Motors TV can deliver this coveted consumer group with its adrenaline-fuelled coverage of international and European car and motorcycle races, not to mention the boat and airplane competitions that are the icing on the cake. Motors TV programming is fast-paced, all action, all the time and Americans are going to run to sign on.”
Motors TV, the world’s only 24/7 television channel dedicated to motorsport, was first launched in France and across Europe in 2000 before establishing a dedicated UK channel in March 2001. Today, the High Speed Television Channel’s three digital feeds (France, International and UK) reach some 30million subscribers across 42 countries, figures that could now greatly expand with the launch across Pan-America.