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Virgin Media customers to get free BT Sport MotoGP coverage

MotoGP fans with Virgin Media's XL package will be able to watch the sport for free.
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Virgin Media has reached an agreement with BT Sport, which now makes it available on the company's TV service, meaning customers can watch next year's MotoGP for free.

BT Sport originally bought the rights earlier this year to show the MotoGP races from next season onwards.

The deal meant that MotoGP fans would have to be a BT Vision customer in order to watch the sport, whereas it's currently available to all TV licence payers for free on the BBC.

The BBC did submit a bid to try and retain the broadcasting rights for MotoGP, but the bid was unsuccessful and BT Sport eventually landed the deal, much to the disappointment of many motosport fans.

The deal with Virgin Media means that some frustrated fans will now have access to all of the MotoGP races next season as part of Virgin's XL TV package.

However, Virgin customers who don't have the channels because of a cheaper TV deal, can still include them by paying around £15 a month.

This agreement will be a big boost for BT Sport, allowing it to broadcast to a much wider audience.

However this is unlikely to placate the MotoGP fans who have set up an online petition to try and keep live coverage of the races on Eurosport.

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