Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Online NASCAR TV Channel Now A Reality


Turner Sports on Wednesday announced a strategic partnership with SPEED that will result in an online innovation aimed directly at NASCAR fans.

The two companies will team up to pool their resources and offer a new broadband video channel called "NASCAR on SPEED" that will be available free of charge at both NASCAR.com and on the NASCAR page over at Yahoo! Sports.

Here is a portion of the official release on the project:

The broadband channel will launch on Wednesday, Sept. 9 and give fans all-access to premium video content from two of the top brands in NASCAR, including three original Webisode series, event coverage and shoulder programming from SPEED. The original content includes:

Victory Lane Fan Finish: Kenny Wallace, Jimmie Spencer & John Roberts answer comments submitted by viewers online right after the race and give their opinion and perspective on what happened and why.
SPEED’s Race & Chase Preview: Michael Waltrip, Greg Biffle, Chad Knaus and Steve Byrnes will break down what to look for at the next race, drivers to watch and how it could affect the Chase.
SPEED’s Rutledge at Large!: Join Rutledge Wood behind the scenes with drivers and fans, at the track, hamming it up in the in-field and at special NASCAR events.
•Signature SPEED "shoulder" programming: NASCAR RaceDay Built by the Home Depot, NASCAR Victory Lane, Trackside, NASCAR Performance, NASCAR Live!, This Week in NASCAR and NASCAR Smarts.

“The partnership between NASCAR.COM and SPEED is a natural, yet groundbreaking collaboration between two of the top brands in the sport, matching the official league Web site with the definite television network for motor sports to offer an even richer online video experience to NASCAR fans,” said Matthew Hong, Vice President and General Manager of Sports Digital for Turner Sports. “NASCAR.COM prides itself on offering the most exclusive, comprehensive and innovative coverage and the celebrated ‘NASCAR on SPEED’ content is an excellent addition to our industry-leading suite of video offerings.”

“This media partnership between the official league Web site and the only network to program from the track all season long proves that serving the NASCAR fan is simply good business,” said Kevin Annison, SPEED VP of Digital & Interactive Media. “NASCAR.COM gets access to popular NASCAR on SPEED video programming, SPEED secures distribution on the No. 1 online outlet for its NASCAR on SPEED programming and NASCAR fans get another way to view some new original programming as well as content from their favorite SPEED programs.”

Turner Sports acquired all of NASCAR’s interactive rights in October 2000 and became the exclusive producer of NASCAR.COM in January 2001. The official online destination of NASCAR, the site consistently ranks among the top three sport league sites on the Internet. In 2008, NASCAR.COM was awarded a Global Media Award by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) for RaceBuddy as the outstanding interactive platform of the year. The site has also earned an Emmy® for its TrackPass with PitCommand application in 2003.


After the amazing success of TNT's summer NASCAR offerings, it was only natural that Turner would turn its attention to the NASCAR.com website. SPEED has been flirting with additional online programming after TV shows like Wind Tunnel, but making a commitment right now to partner with Turner and use NASCAR.com as a delivery platform is a smart move.

Turner gets the original TV programming that it has struggled to create for NASCAR.com over the years while SPEED gets a level of distribution for its NASCAR programming that is unmatched. As we watch this online offering grow, it should be interesting to see if this can become the platform for a fulltime NASCAR TV network in the future. Right now, it is simply a giant step in the right direction.

Check the NASCAR.com site for this online video offering. Once things get up and running, TDP will revisit this topic and ask for your reviews of the "NASCAR on SPEED" broadband channel.

In the meantime, please feel free to offer your comments on this topic. To add your opinion, just click on the comments button. This is a family-friendly website, please keep that in mind when posting. Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

35 comments:

darbar said...

Finally !!!! They're waking up to the ONE technology that they've refused to acknowledge for far too long. The only thing I, personally, can do without is Rutledge. I still cannot understand what his purpose is other than to irritate everyone. His antics are just too silly and rarely has anything to do with the business of racing. Just a comedic pause.

David said...

neat.

word ver: brick

Bruce Simmons (NBaP) said...

It's free of charge... for now. I presume once they realize how popular it could be, if it becomes such, and I suspect it will, (At least with ESPN's treatment of the telecasts pushing people in this direction) it will probably somehow slide into a pay service.
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Just an FYI: Many networks do not have a great monetization (sp?) package for online content, and advertisers get more bang for their buck on the tube still. That's why we don't see this happening as often as we'd like. They're still trying to figure out how to make it profitable.
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-Bruce
Bits and Pieces

Lou said...

I am left wo/words. where did this all come from? how was it kept such a secret form all and TDP? just more questions.

Yes JD, i am glad to see this become a reality.

taken out of context "The two companies will team up to pool their resources and offer a new broadband video channel called "NASCAR on SPEED" that will be available free of charge at both NASCAR.com and on the NASCAR page over at Yahoo! Sports".

am i reading this correct? FREE. wow. who was sleeping at the wheel may have finally woke up. nascar needs this to support/help/keep the sport front and center.

i am sure there will be much to tweek both good and bad, and hope comment and suggestions are taken for what they are worth.

as darbar said "Finally!!!

btw, if not on twitter, i would not have known of this post so soon,just a plug for twitter. JD,i am enjoying twitter, thanks to you. and i was a doubtful thomas in the begining. thanks.

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Daly Planet Editor said...

Bruce, no plans for pay I am told. Think the urgency of getting more NASCAR video out there is the key on this one.

Lou, remember that NASCAR.com tried all kinds of offerings from post-race shows to weird interview shows with RR? SPEED has been trying to put more of their shows online.

The solution is to let SPEED produce the content and Turner handle the distribution through the NASCAR.com site. I like it.

JD

Charlie said...

What does "shoulder" programming mean.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Charlie, it means the redistribution of shows SPEED is already producing for TV.

All those mentioned will either be simulcast or available online after their air on SPEED.

Basically, it is a way to get more shows online without having to pay a full fee to produce them over again.

Good question.

JD

TexasRaceLady said...

That's fantastic news ---

IF you have broadband access.


Oh, well.

Charlie said...

Thanks JD for the information.
It would be nice to be able to go to a site that has programs I may have missed and see them.
I hope this works out for Nascar.
I also hope their web site is an easy to view and use site.

GinaV24 said...

Great news! It's about time they came to an agreement to let the fans get access to the information they want. Heck, I can just avoid the stuff I don't want, just like I usually do on whatever media outlet.

Anonymous said...

it sounded so good until you typed in rutledge

Delenn said...

Sorry to be dumb, but how do I access it?

saltsburgtrojanfan said...

At least it will be better than ESPN....well we hope.

slander said...

Any bets as to how long it's gonna take them to start pushing their really awesome reality programming?


(Caution: this post contains sarcasm. Those who are under a doctor's care and/or taking medication for a thin-skin condition should ignore the above.)

Paul said...

Wonder how much bandwidth it'll take up. Hughes Sat internet puts you in a 'penalty box' if you over download.

David said...

JD, now if they would just stream SIRIUS off NASCAR.com for the people already with the content in our cars, i could then just shut up completely for awhile.

David said...

OT: JD get ready for more ExtendZe commercials, Conway signed by R3 motorsports.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Delenn,

NASCAR.com and click on the video button, it is still being set up but is labeled "NASCAR on SPEED."

This is a great first step toward getting Sirius streamed online. Unfortunately, it does not look like Sirius will be available this year.

That is a major problem.

Anonymous said...

WHY does it have to be broadband? I don't have that, so therefore won't be able to access this. Not everyone has broadband, but only high speed like Roadrunner. By putting it on broadband only, they're greatly limiting their coverage. Kind of like that ESPN 360 that not many people have.

David said...

My question now is with SPEED (owned by FOX) and the folks at Turner cooperating with this NASCAR on SPEED feature at NASCAR.com, is this the openings to a potential appearance of RaceBuddy during the FOX races as well as the TNT races now?

Anonymous said...

Not everyone has broadband, but only high speed like Roadrunner...

They are the same thing. The term broadband is generically used for anything faster than dial up or ISDN. It can also include 3G wireless so potential market penetration will be quite high.

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Gymmie said...

Great news! This is going to be great!

@Paul or anyone--how does bandwith work? I often have 3-4 Justin TV sites all race weekend because we never know when JTV will have issues and lose the broadcast. Plus since I work from home I'm sure my connection is doing something in accessing accounts and such.

Anonymous said...

so nascar orders speed to let nascar.com (which turner produces) run speed productions - wow jd - earth shattering - your really need to get a life

Daly Planet Editor said...

Anon 8:18PM,

When the black helicopters fly low over your house, can you actually see my face?

Turner pays NASCAR a ton for the online rights to the sport. SPEED is owned by Fox.

Striking a deal so that a Fox-owned TV network will create original content strictly for a Turner-owned website is a pretty big deal.

If this concept takes off down the stretch, it should be interesting to see how far it could expand. As one reader suggested, streaming the Sirius call of the races on NASCAR.com is a very logical next step.

JD

PammH said...

So I checked YET again if I can get the AT&T $19.95 a mth high speed at my house....for the 30th time, yet again NO!!! But we'd be glad to set ya up w/Wild Blue or Hughes for $40 more a mth than I pay now for the web. And no guarantee that I could load the shows anyway. I just LOVE living in the country, don't get me wrong, but as the Hughes comml shows, it does have it's downfalls. In MI, w/my job teetering on the ledge, I just can't justify it. But....I can go to the library just across the street & catch up on my lunch hr. So that's what I do! But thumbs up to the comin' to the 21st century for Nascar!!

Richard in N.C. said...

JD, thank you. I sure do wish SPEED on its site or N.com would make replays of Windy Tunnel Extra available. I have not checked MRN, but if I miss a PRN radio show I can go to PRN site and replay show, after its normal broadcast time.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Richard,

I think SPEED is coming of age on those issues. The network's website is a mess and needs to be changed during the off-season.

Video offerings need to be the emphasis with the type of simplified site format we have seen from everyone from ESPN to the NY Times.

Wind Tunnel extra is a hit, and allowing SPEED to concentrate on non-NASCAR shows is going to let them get a handle on their internal issues.

All of this is good news for fans, no matter how you look at it.

JD

Farfel said...

This is great news. Except for Rutledge.

goat said...

I'm not understanding something, I think. I went to the site, and it just seems to be the same short video clips that speedtv.com has always had. No full shows that I can find. I was hoping for a replay of TWIN, since I missed it.

Dannyboy said...

Right, just clips, and mostly of old shows. But it's a step in the right direction, even if it's stuff we've always known how to access. Now it's going out to far more viewers if I understand right.

I saw most of Victory Lane, but haven't watched TWIN yet. I recorded it myself but been busy. Something I hadn't done before last week was "Wind Tunnel Extra" with TK and PT talking about NASCAR in the rain and other stuff. They got to stretch-out like you used to see on TV, but not anymore when commercials bring megabucks/minute. That was superior TV.

Rutledge is about as important to me as a 1-hour pre-race show. All fluff, little/no substance.

rich said...

Thanks for the heads up JD. Now lets hope this embryo grows.

MRM4 said...

Shouldn't Speed add more programming to their airwaves instead of online content?

David said...

Still wondering about the answer to my earlier question regarding RB.

BTW gymmie, over there I am zerodos, thought i saw your name pop up yesterday when i was watching something lol.