Mixture of television and streaming options for international viewing.
Information surrounding the broadcast schedule has been uncovered ahead of this weekend’s 2022 World Supercross Championship (WSX) opener in Cardiff, split between television and streaming packages on an international scale.
A new WSX.tv streaming platform has been launched by SX Global, however, live action will only be active in select regions in addition to a series of free feature-type content.
Viewing of the FIM-sanctioned WSX Championship within the Australian market will be led by live – and exclusive – coverage on 7plus, which is operated by the Seven Network. Full events won’t be available on the WSX.tv platform locally.
WSX.tv will include a ‘Freemium’ package for general content, while live ‘Pay-Per-View’ races start from $6.99 (USD) and a 22/23 Pass (full season) is $49.99 (USD) in applicable regions. Complete details are available now at the new-look WSX Championship website.
The Seven Network agreement spans over multiple years, beginning with the WSX British Grand Prix this Saturday, 8 October. Three-hour coverage of WSX events will air live and free on the 7plus platform, with a combination of live and as-live coverage on 7mate, along with regular replays on both platforms.
“We are very pleased to add WSX events to the unbeatable line-up of sport at Seven, Australia’s number network,” said James Warburton, managing director and CEO of Seven West Media. “Seven is the home of the best sport, including the AFL, cricket, thoroughbred racing, Supercars, the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, the NFL and much more. Supercross is a great addition to that line-up and we can’t wait to work with SX Global to bring all the action and excitement to viewers.”
This weekend’s broadcast from Principality Stadium in Wales will begin on Sunday, 9 October at 3:30am AEDT, before the second round – the WSX Australian Grand Prix from Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia – will include a Friday night curtain-raiser featuring the Australian Supercross Championship opener and opening WSX timed practice.
Coverage on Friday, 21 October, begins at 6:30pm AEDT, while coverage on Saturday, 22 October, starts from 7:00pm AEDT on 7plus and as-live on 7mate. Seven Network’s 7mate and 7plus Australian broadcasts will continue for the 2023 FIM WSX Championship season, as the schedule expands into new markets across the globe between July and November.
“Having The Seven Network as our broadcaster in Australia is terrific,” explained SX Global president Tony Cochrane. “The number of free subscribers they have on their 7plus platform alongside their broadcast channels is exciting for this emerging sport. I know how strong a sport can be on Seven, having witnessed extraordinary growth during my V8 Supercars days – they are a tremendous partner.”
SX Global will be integrating a variety of innovations into its production of WSX events. For the first time ever, broadcasts will include behind the scenes team radio communications, live on-board cameras and extreme super-slow-motion cameras.
Leading the broadcast team will be legendary commentator, Ralph Sheheen, who will be joined by Jeff Emig and Kristen Beat as the trackside reporter.
“This is a great day for supercross fans around the world,” said Ryan Sanderson, managing director – commercial at SX Global. “Through our broadcast innovations, Seven’s supercross fans will be riding with the superstars of the sport like never before. Our team will bring fans a whole new way to watch supercross.”