The Jaguar Simola Hillclimb will continue setting trends for local motorsport as all three action-packed days of the 10th edition, taking place from 3 to 5 May 2019, will once again be live streamed and accessible to enthusiasts around the world.
An exciting new development is that the live stream will expand its international footprint this year thanks to a broadcast tie-up with Motorsport.TV, the world’s leading motorsport Over the Top (OTT*) platform.
Motorsport.TV regularly features over 100 racing series, producing more than 1 000 live stream events per year and has the largest motorsport catalogue on earth with 2 500+ hours of on-demand video available for viewing.
In addition to the more than 17 000 spectators expected to attend this year’s event, the live stream allows fans across the globe to be part of the action. With a total crew of 20 people involved in the live feed, operating 12 manned and unmanned cameras as well as a dedicated stream from the start line, fans will have unprecedented coverage of the 2019 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb.
The live stream will be hosted by renowned sports presenter Arnold Geerdts and features an impressive line-up of highly experienced and well-known commentators, including Roger McCleery, Greg Maloney, Colin Hastie, Jacob Moshokoa, Dawie Olivier and Graham Duxbury.
The Jaguar Simola Hillclimb eclipsed its own record viewership figures in 2018 with viewers in 121 countries contributing to 73 811 total views – an increase of more than 170 percent over 2017. Of these, 31 206 (51.41% increase) were unique views with the minutes watched adding up to 402 492 (a 149.62% increase).
The schedule for the planned 2019 live stream, which can be watched on the event website (www.jaguarsimolahillclimb.com) or on www.Motorsport.TV, is:
Friday 3 May: 08h15 – 16h15 South African time (GMT+2) (racing ends at 15h05 – stream includes prizegiving)
Saturday 4 May: 08h45 – 17h00 South African time (GMT+2)
Sunday 5 May: 08h45 – 16h15 South African time (GMT+2) (racing ends at 15h10 – stream includes prizegiving)
Motorsport.TV will also stream a highlights package after the event in both English and French.
For the full event schedule visit:www.jaguarsimolahillclimb.com.
“I am really excited to be partnering with Motorsport.TV to broadcast the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb to its regular viewers and subscribers,” says Ian Shrosbree, managing director of Knysna Speed Festival, the owner of the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb. “I have followed Motorsport.com and Motorsport.TV for many years and believe that our event will find appeal amongst its audience and help us to build the international profile of our event.
“A simple example of the strength of the Motorsport.TV brand is the reaction of our three American competitors who were very excited to hear that Motorsport.TV is carrying the race as it will not only boost the return for their sponsors, but their friends and family are familiar with the platform, making it so much easier for them to easily find and then follow the event online.”
Motorsport.TV is part of the Motorsport Network which includes Motorsport.com, Autosport.com, Motor1.com, Insideev.com, Deep Verticals and Motorsport Images. The group publishes to 85 countries in 17 languages, delivering 250 million page views to 31 million unique users per month. Yearly video views surpass 10 million.
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Note *: Over the Top (OTT) is a term used to refer to content providers that distribute streaming media as a standalone product directly to viewers over the Internet, bypassing telecommunications, multichannel television, and broadcast television platforms that traditionally act as a controller or distributor of such content (courtesy: Wikipedia).