IndyCar reveals international TV broadcast deal

David Malsher

Over the next three seasons, beginning with this week's 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season-opener, the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, IMS Productions will transmit all IndyCar races to international rights holders in approximately 80 countries around the globe, and MX1 will provide both operational support and distribution services.

The partnership comes following the announcement in January that IndyCar has created IndyCar Media, an in-house global distribution arm to negotiate international media rights.

"We are excited for the opportunity to work with IMS Productions and distribute content for IndyCar, the world's fastest and most diverse racing series," said Susanna Mandell Montello, MX1’s VP of global sports. "MX1's satellite distribution business is used by many big-name broadcasters in the sports environment and has gained a stellar reputation for reliability and worldwide coverage."

According to a press release, IMS Productions will provide technical and engineering expertise and facilities for the creation of IndyCar content and “utilize its C- and Ku-band uplinks for the first mile of distribution, at which point MX1 will seamlessly receive the feed and distribute it to the world.”

IMS Productions broadcasts sporting events such as the NTT IndyCar Series and Professional Bull Riders events. MX1 is a leading media services provider with a global network that covers downlink/uplink and turnaround services from over 150 satellite platforms, with media centers located on three continents.

Kevin Sublette, president of IMS Productions stated: "We pride ourselves on providing customers with a complete production solution, including mobile units, content services, and transmission services. By collaborating with MX1, an expert in delivering flexible services that cut through transmission complexities, we can help IndyCar distribute its racing content with the ultimate reliability and global reach that is imperative for live sports."

INDYCAR International Broadcasters for 2019

Territories, Channel(s) - Check local listings for channel information:

Africa - Sub Saharan (French language), Canal+

Africa - South Africa/Sub Saharan (English language), SuperSport

Asia - Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Hong Kong, Guam, Indonesia, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, North Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and Mainland China (English language), Fox Sports/Star Sports

Australia, Fox Sports (one-hour version)

Austria, DAZN

Brazil, Bandeirantes/Band Sports/DAZN

Canada, Sportsnet World and SN NOW+

Denmark, Viasat

Finland, Viasat

France, Canal+

Germany, DAZN

Ireland, Sky Sports F1

Italy, DAZN

Japan, Gaora

Japan, NHK (Indianapolis 500 only)

Myanmar, Canal+

Netherlands, Ziggo

New Zealand, Sky Sport

Norway, Viasat

Portugal, Sport TV

Russia, Match TV/TV4 (one-hour version)

Russia, Viasat Sport East

Spain, Movistar

Sweden, Viasat/TV3, TV10 (one-hour version)

Switzerland, DAZN (German language)/Canal+ (French language)

United Kingdom, Sky Sports F1

Vietnam, VSTV

Worldwide, Mobil 1: The Grid (featured in the weekly motorsports program)