SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ustream Inc., the leader in live, interactive, streaming video, today announced a partnership with BSI Speedway, an IMG company, rights holder of the FIM Speedway World Championships, for exclusive live coverage of the entire 2012 season of the 2012 FIM Speedway Grand Prix (SGP). The next European live coverage event to stream on Ustream will take place on Saturday, May 12 in Prague, Czech Republic, and will feature no less than four world champions, including current title holder Greg Hancock from the United States. To view the full schedule of 2012 races, please visit www.speedwaygp.com/calendar.
“We are thrilled to bring our action-packed speedway racing to viewers around the world through our online streaming partner Ustream,” said Paul Bellamy, managing director, BSI Speedway. “Ustream’s platform, combined with their professional expertise in streaming live sport events, will ensure motorsport fans outside our core markets have the chance to follow every round of the world championship directly via Ustream’s Website or our own portal at speedwaygp.com.”
The world championship FIM Speedway Grand Prix series is a global world championship. The top 15 speedway riders in the world compete over 12 thrilling rounds astride 500cc single-geared machines with no brakes. Each round consists of 23 heats, culminating in a winner takes all Final.
“Considering Ustream’s reach of 54 million monthly viewers, as well as our deep history in distributing motor sports content, we are excited to partner with IMG Media and BSI Speedway to provide exclusive Speedway GP programming to audiences worldwide,” said Wayne Sieve, vice president of content partnerships at Ustream. “We look forward to collaborating with IMG Media to offer viewers more unique and exclusive programming for 2012 and beyond.”
The schedule for the remainder of the season includes:
May 12, 2012
FIM Mitas Czech Republic Speedway Grand Prix
Prague, Czech Republic
May 26, 2012
FIM Swedish Speedway GP
June 9, 2012
FIM Dansk Metal Danish Speedway GP
June 23, 2012
FIM Gorzow Speedway Grand Prix of Poland
July 28, 2012
FIM Croatian Speedway Grand Prix
August 11, 2012
FIM Italian Speedway GP
August 25, 2012
FIM British Speedway GP
September 8, 2012
FIM Scandinavian Speedway GP
September 22, 2012
FIM Dansk Metal Nordic Speedway GP
October 6, 2012
FIM Torun Speedway Grand Prix of Poland
BSI Speedway (www.speedwaygp.com)
BSI Speedway is an IMG company and rights holders of the FIM Speedway World Championships; FIM Speedway Grand Prix (SGP) and FIM Speedway World Cup (SWC).
About IMG (www.imgworld.com)
IMG Worldwide is a global sports, entertainment and media business, with nearly 3,000 employees operating in 30 countries around the globe. IMG’s areas of expertise are diverse and wide ranging: IMG College; IMG’s Joint Ventures in China, Brazil and India; IMG Media; IMG Events and Federations; IMG Fashion; IMG Models; IMG Art+Commerce; IMG Clients; IMG Academies; IMG Consulting and IMG Licensing. More information is available at www.imgworld.com.
About Ustream (www.ustream.com)
Ustream Inc. is the leader in live and interactive video streaming. The interactive platform connects broadcasters and viewers of unlimited size through innovative technology including co-hosting video features, IRC chat, Facebook, and Twitter. Ustream's free and premium solutions allow any broadcaster to create their own customizable channel with robust social and notification features to enhance visibility and virility across multiple platforms. In addition to activating the embeddable features on external websites, users are able to broadcast and view content while interacting in real-time directly from mobile phone devices, tablets, streaming players, smart TVs, and more. The company attracts millions of users ranging from music artists, celebrities, politicians, athletes, corporate executives, animal enthusiasts and gamers, all which have contributed to Ustream's Guinness World Record for the “Most Content Ingested by An Online Video Service.” For more information, visit www.ustream.com and follow Ustream’s socials: Twitter (@Ustream); Facebook (facebook.com/Ustream).