I am sure the title of this piece resonates with you. That is if you follow me on Twitter. I can’t help but count the times, and trust me there were many times, when I shouted at the television and yelled at the Indian sports channels on Sundays.
I would surf trying to find a live telecast of SBK and would fail. Instead, I would get channel upon channel of cricket, football, even golf once, for crying out loud. But no SBK.
I would grind my teeth, again and again (I ground them so much, I feared my mom would think I had worms), but there was no SBK.
There would be a ray of light…sometimes. But Race 1 would end and there would be no Race 2. There would be no WSS. I would grind my teeth and yell. We have an Indian team, for crying out loud! Where was the patriotic spirit?
Keeping this in mind, I can be forgiven, I guess, for my unfettered vitriol against Cricket. Oh if only you could hear my tone when I say that word.
Oh well. That’s not the point.
So, when Dorna and SBK became one for all, and all for one… a part of me kept my fingers crossed. I love the way Dorna has made MotoGP so accessible.
The MotoGP VideoPass is expensive (My credit card groaned as I swiped it for €99.95 last year and then again this year). But it is money well spent. To be able to kick back and watch a race, streaming, HD quality, without ads at the most crucial stage? And then to be able to revisit it again, and again? Priceless.
I was sort of hoping Dorna would do the same for WSBK.
It is bad enough that SBK cancelled its India round last year. It was worse that I literally had to trawl the internet to try and find ways to watch a race.
Well, I let out a halleluiah last evening and once again today when SBK issued a press release announcing the launch of the SBK VideoPass. The press release states, and I quote, “The 2014 season comes with a whole new set of possibilities – for fans, motorcycle racing enthusiasts and media worldwide – to follow all the action of the the eni FIM Superbike World Championship. The SBK VideoPass brings you full coverage of Saturday’s Tissot-Superpole and Sunday’s races for every round of the season, Live and OnDemand.”
Now before you scramble to swipe your card (like I did), take a deep breath. The Live bit is the confusing part. It comes with a little asterisk that says “if available in your country”.
And my guess is, it isn’t available in India. Well, because I did swipe my card. I have access to OnDemand, but unfortunately, not Live racing.
Not that I am complaining. The SBK OnDemand VideoPass is a fan’s dream. It’s reasonably priced at €24.90 and allows you access to the video archive dating back to 2006, as well as all season reviews starting from 1993. Stop salivating now. Plus, there is behind-the-scenes videos, interviews, featured videos and SBK Live Timing.
I did a little digging to understand TV rights and will update this post as and when I get more information. Meanwhile, do visit this post by the motorsports guru David Emmett as he explains how VideoPasses work.
Meanwhile, just under a week to go for the madness. Till then, I am doing some streaming of my own. I am going to kick back and enjoy my OnDemand.
For more details, visit the SBK website