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V8 Supercars CEO James Warburton and Fox Sports CEO Patrick Delany shake hands to the new broadcast deal.

V8 Supercars CEO James Warburton and Fox Sports CEO Patrick Delany shake hands to the new broadcast deal.

Fans of the V8 Supercar Championship will be left feeling disappointed in 2015, that is unless they are paid Foxtel Sport subscribers.

Under a new 6 year deal signed this week, in 2015 the V8 Supercars will move from their current home on Seven to a new broadcast partnership on Ten and Foxtel. However this website has learned only a handful of races will be shown live on Free To Air TV.

Under the terms of the new deal Foxtel will broadcast every championship race event including practice, qualifying and support categories live in HD on Fox Sports. Only key races including the Bathurst 1000, Clipsal 500, Gold Coast 600 and Sydney 500 will be simulcast on Ten.

Fans of the V8 series will be forced to pay a minimum of $50 per month if they wish to watch the entire championship series via Fox Sports.

While no one is talking publicly about the details of the new deal. Several sources have confirmed to this website that the majority of the V8 Championship will be exclusive to Foxtel. Foxtel has also gained Digital rights to series as part of the 241 Million dollar deal.

Speaking at the announcement of the deal Foxtel CEO Richard Freudenstein, said

“Hundreds of thousands of Australians love motorsports and I know that dedicated fans will be delighted that Foxtel and FOX SPORTS will be able to deliver a breadth and depth of coverage of the V8 Supercars Series that they’ve never seen before.

“Not only will the series be available in amazing High Definition on the Foxtel cable and satellite service, fans will also be able to enjoy all the action on the move with Foxtel Go or with the convenience of Foxtel Play.”

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