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Spanish TV station Telecinco will show every MotoGP World Championship race this year, including nine grands prix and 10 delayed broadcasts in Spain. Movistar TV, which is owned by telecom company Telefonica, will broadcast the entire MotoGP World Championship in Spain and will offer up to six additional cameras during races. Movistar TV will offer its race coverage, including practice and qualifying sessions, on a new dedicated channel. The joint broadcast rights agreement combines the strategies of delivering mass interest events to audiences on a free-to-air platform with broadcasting exclusive events on subscription-based channels (MotoGP). In Madrid, Raúl Romojaro wrote the agreement is a "cataclysm for MotoGP TV rights." It will be "the first time in history that Spanish fans will have to pay a subscription for a TV channel carrying the MotoGP World Championship" (AS, 2/5).
German multimedia sports network Sport1 has secured the broadcast rights for two of this year's biggest field hockey events, the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 and the Champions Trophy. The men's and women's Hockey World Cup will take place in The Hague, Netherlands from May 31-June 15. The Int'l Hockey Federation (FIH) Champions Trophy is scheduled for Dec. 13-21. Sport1 will air selected games of both tournaments on its free-to-air TV channel. All other games will be available on its pay-TV channel Sport1+ (Sport1).