More live WRC coverage with new OTT offering
Motor racing’s World Rally Championship will receive more live coverage than ever before this season after the series’ rights-holder, WRC Promoter, announced the launch of a new live-streaming service, WRC All Live.
The new over-the-top offering will provide audiences live footage from every special stage of each round of a FIA World Rally Championship for the first time.
Additional live coverage will include the opening and podium ceremonies, press conferences and driver autograph sessions.
Over 25 hours of live coverage will available from each rally as a continuous live stream.
The footage will be available in English and accessible via WRC All Live on WRC+, the series’ existing OTT platform.
WRC All Live will cost €8.99 ($10.73) per month or €89.99 for the year. The subscription package also includes live maps, exclusive on-board videos, and on-demand highlights.
WRC+ costs €4.99 per month or €49.99 for a 12-month subscription. A one-month free trial is also offered.
WRC All Live will begin with a live steam of the season-opening Rallye Monte-Carlo on 25 January.
Oliver Ciesla, managing director of WRC Promoter, said: “WRC fans now have the choice and flexibility to join the live action at any time during a rally weekend. Fans can choose to watch the stages they like best and enjoy unprecedented live access to the service areas, whenever they want and from wherever they are.
“With WRC+, All Live can be watched anywhere, anytime and on any device – computer, laptop, smart TV, smartphone or tablet. Fans won’t have to miss a thing as all stages can be watched live or on demand and an interactive programme guide will provide information to steers fans easily through each day.”
He added: “WRC All Live is the logical development of WRC+. A continuous live stream is the appropriate format for an endurance sport that runs for two-and-a-half days.
“It will also become an important new tool for journalists, teams, rally organisers and safety delegates working in the WRC.”
Meanwhile, WRC has been boosted by the news that WRC+ will now be available in Germany, after the KEK, the country’s independent broadcast regulatory body, gave the green light for Germany-based WRC Promoter to expand its platform.
WRC+ will be available in Germany via https://plus.wrc.com/de/ and as an app on various mobile and tablet platforms.