Movistar makes late move to win exclusive IndyCar rights

Spanish broadcaster overtakes DAZN to keep races on Deportes channel.

Movistar makes late move to win exclusive IndyCar rights

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Movistar+, the Telefónica-owned Spanish pay-TV platform, has secured exclusive media rights to the 2019 IndyCar Series in Spain.

The subscription-based network will broadcast all 17 races from the upcoming championship on Movistar’s Deportes channel, and will also feature the season’s iconic Indianapolis 500 via Movistar’s dedicated sports channel Vamos on 26th May.

The deal is considered a coup for the Spanish broadcaster, as reports in recent weeks suggested that DAZN, the dedicated over-the-top (OTT) sports service, was favourite to win rights for the IndyCar season.

According to a report by Sportcal, Movistar made a bid at the eleventh hour to retain the motorsports rights, and represents a strong response after losing rights to the MotorGP World Championship to DAZN.

Similar to Sky Sports’ IndyCar rights deal in the UK and Ireland, Movistar’s coverage from the motorsport will complement its own Formula One programming, which runs until the end of the 2020 season.

The deal also ensures that Movistar+ subscribers will be able to watch former Formula One champion Fernando Alonso as he bids to become only the second driver ever to secure world motorsport's unofficial Triple Crown, which includes victories at the Monaco Grand Prix, the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance sports car race and the Indy 500.