2015 DTM on TV: All the races covered live by ARD
N-TV AND SPORT1 TO EXTEND THEIR COVERAGE
SECOND SCREEN OFFERINGS AT SPORTSCHAU.DE AND DTM.COM
Just a few more days to go to the DTM season kick-off at Hockenheim. From 30th April to 03rd May, the Hockenheimring will stage am outstanding motor-sport festival. And the ARD TV audience traditionally has got front-row seats when the station covers DTM. Since the DTM revival back in 2000, ‘Das Erste’ has been covering the most popular international touring-car series and since 2005, it has been DTM’s exclusive live-coverage partner in Germany. In addition, the race action once again also can be followed on n-tv and Sport1 – and their coverage will be far more extensive than in the past.
“ARD has been an extremely important DTM partner for many years, now, and has been standing for quality and continuity in equal measure,” says Hans Werner Aufrecht, Chairman of DTM rights holder and promoter ITR e.V. ARD sports coordinator Axel Balkausky regards DTM as an important constant of the ARD summer-sports range. ”With DTM, we can provide our audience with motor-racing affinity a premium product featuring a mix of prominent drivers and great, thrilling motor-sport in front of fascinating backdrops.”
All the 18 races will be covered live and thanks to the most sophisticated HD technology, the action can be witnessed at close range. And the qualifying sessions for the respective races are streamed live for the spectators at sportschau.de.
Another innovation: some of the Saturday races will be held in the evening hours, thus enabling ‘Das Erste’ to reach far more viewers, with its DTM coverage. This will be the case on the race weekends at the Lausitzring, Norisring, Zandvoort and Spielberg.
On the race weekends, the ARD team around presenter Claus Lufen once again will be supported by ARD motor-sport expert Norbert Haug who confidently looks ahead to the coming season: “18 races on nine race weekends instead of the 10 rounds contested in the past in 10 race meetings clearly underline that DTM wants to provide the spectators significantly more race action than in the past – both those on site and those watching the ARD live coverage on Saturday and Sunday.” Meanwhile, Philipp Sohmer will be the ARD live commentator.
Thanks to high-quality transmission technology, the ARD reporters are in direct contact with the drivers and are able to capture first emotions as soon as the race is over. By dint of inboard cameras, the TV viewers can watch the race action from the respective driver’s perspective, thus having the chance of enjoying the entire fascination of a DTM race. In addition, interviews and stories featuring all those involved as well as guests provide the spectators the opportunity to take an interesting glance behind the curtains of DTM – that even is enhanced by several second-screen features.
To get even closer to the drivers, teams and manufacturers, sportschau.de and DTM.com cooperate to make for a very special web live experience, this year: in addition to viewing the live stream, the visitors also will have the chance of connecting to several on-board cameras or the radio channel of a car to listen to the communication between team and driver. Furthermore, the visitors can access a data screen that features detailed information on data such as the speed and the revs of a car as well as the live timing. The four live views will be completed by the ‘DTM Driver’s Seat’ that will accompany former Formula 1 ace Timo Glock around the race, this Sunday, and will provide live pictures from the circuit as well as interviews and background reports.
In addition to watching the ARD live coverage, the DTM enthusiasts also can once again follow the DTM action on n-tv and Sport1 – and on a clearly more extensive level than in the past. On every race weekend at 18:20hrs CEST (17:20hrs BST), news channel n-tv will bring the programme ‘PS – DTM Spezial’. On Saturday, the programme will cover the DTM race action in compact style, on Sunday more extensively, over 30 minutes. Furthermore, DTM also will be part of the channel’s sports news on Saturday and Sunday.
Meanwhile, Sport1 will bring its compact and clear ‘DTM News’ on the Fridays and Saturdays of every DTM weekend to get its audience into the right mood for DTM. And on the Saturdays following a DTM weekend, the 30-minute ‘DTM Magazin’ will recap the races.
Beyond the German borders, DTM TV pictures can be viewed in more than 200 territories and more than 40 TV stations will cover the races of the forthcoming season live.
Meanwhile, the production partner – _wige MEDIA AG – also remains a constant. For many years, now, the Cologne based company has been producing the DTM events in the technical and media areas. And just recently, the cooperation was extended in a new agreement that runs up to and including 2017.