What’s The Cheapest Way To Watch Mountain Biking Now GCN+ Is Closing?

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If you got the email announcing the end of GCN+ and understood it first time, perhaps you should consider applying your brain to understanding politicians, or solving the Riemann Hypothesis. It’s taken us a bit of figuring out, but we think we’ve got the answer: you now need Discovery+. At least, you do if you’re in the UK. In some European countries you’ll need Eurosport. Outside of Europe and the UK the picture is much less clear, with Warner Bros Discovery yet to say what the arrangements will be. So, for the benefit of our readers in the UK, what’s the cheapest way to get Discovery+?

A broad strategy to consolidate our blue sky thinking and put it all inside the box?

You can subscribe to Discovery+ alone, and watch on their app. There are three different subscription levels, and it’s not completely clear to us where live UCI mountain biking will fall, but we think it’s in the ‘Standard’ package which is £6.99 a month. The ‘Basic’ package doesn’t currently include things like Cycling Grand Tours or the Olympics, so it seems a fair assumption that the UCI World Cup won’t be in there either. However, I’ve just added the free app via my cheapo Roku TV stick and it has got mountain biking coverage from 2023 there – so maybe there will be some free after the event stuff so be viewed?

At least we’re on the list

There’s no Annual plan for Discovery+ above Basic level – so it’s a monthly deal only for Standard or above. £6.99 for each month with a MTB World Cup event in is April to October, 7 months. £48.93 to cover the whole season. Skip April and start in May if you’re only interested in DH, makes £41.94. Which is only a touch more than the £39 that the GCN+ annual membership probably cost you.

You can get Discovery+ Standard for free with most Sky TV packages.You need to be either a Sky Q, Sky Glass or Sky Stream customer, and then you can add Discovery+ to your channels for free. We think you need to add and/or activate it, it might not appear automatically.

The cheapest Sky package we can find is the ‘Sky Stream, Sky TV & Netflix’ package, which usually costs £26 a month – although there is a £19 a month Black Friday offer.

If you have a BT TV Entertainment, Big Entertainment, BT TV Sport, Big Sport or VIP BT TV package, we think you can also add Discovery+ to your package for free. Again, you need to push some extra buttons and activate your account to make this appear. Or, it might cost you £20. We really can’t figure it out. Perhaps it depends if you’re a new customer or an existing one. There’s a Black Friday deal where it’ll cost you £1 a month for the first 3 months, and then £50.99 a month after that – this covers Broadband and TV, and includes Discovery+. (We think that includes the Standard package you need for live cycling).

Or, you could ignore the kabillion hours of live coverage and air-time filling small talk, and pay £29 a year for a Digital Subscription to Singletrack. Here on our Forum you’ll be able to chat, ad free, about the racing during and after the event. Forumites will share their favourite clips and social media posts from riders and around the web. Distilled down to the highlights, and the key moments. If you must watch it live, blow by blow and run by run, there’s probably a local bike shop or bar showing it. Though, that might cost you more in pints or coffees than any of the subscriptions here.

If you’ve solved the Riemann Hypothesis or have figured out a cheaper way to get next year’s cycling coverage than we’ve covered above, head to the comments!

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  • BruceWee
    Full Member

    I’m just going to wait until the end of the season and watch the Earthed DVD.

    johnnystorm
    Full Member

    I’ll stick with the ST sub and whatever I find on Redbull TV.

    MrSparkle
    Full Member

    What’s The Cheapest Way To Watch Mountain Biking Now GCN+ Is Closing?

    Hang about at Rivington?

    weeksy
    Full Member

    I’ll pay whatever it costs for the full DH coverage. I also watch the Tours, the CX, indoors, etc, so don’t feel i’ll be over-paying. If it comes down to money, there’s many many things i’d give up before the ability to watch cycling.

    joemgh
    Full Member

    I have BT broadband (£30 per month), and no other BT products. I was able to create a Discovery+ account and access all of the live 2023 DH racing for free through linking it to my BT broadband account. Everything works fine.

    chakaping
    Free Member

    Don’t suppose there’s any word on whether D+ will continue to be bundled with Sky Q?

    Hang about at Rivington?

    However this does carry the risk of witnessing me slithering down muddy ruts.

    fossy
    Full Member

    Already have Discovery Plus via BT – thought it was phone app only, but looks like I can use the web page to view stuff when logged in.

    scc999
    Full Member

    I have BT broadband (£30 per month), and no other BT products. I was able to create a Discovery+ account and access all of the live 2023 DH racing for free through linking it to my BT broadband account. Everything works fine.

    Any hints on how to link the BT account?
    I have Broadband only and cant see anywhere on their site to link or get code or anything?
    Thanks in advance…

    chaos
    Full Member

    There is some streaming on the UCI Youtube channel including CX and XC going by the following link:

    https://www.youtube.com/@ucichannel/videos?view=2&sort=dd&live_view=502&shelf_id=0

    There is a warning though that it’s subject to geo-blocking so I’ll have to see this weekend if I can watch the CX in Troyes.

    chaos
    Full Member

    My post about UCI streaming seems to have disappeared but here’s the link:

    https://www.youtube.com/@ucichannel/videos?view=2&sort=dd&live_view=502&shelf_id=0

    Remains to be seen what it’s like and which countries are ‘geo-blocked’.

    BillOddie
    Full Member

    I had Discovery+ for “free” when I had BT/TNT sport, when I cancelled that I lost all access to D+ even though I’m still a BT Broadband Customer.

    robertajobb
    Full Member

    Wonder what the options are using a VPN and pretending to be somewhere less rip-off-esque than Blightly ?

    Much call for live cycling in Uzbekistan?

     

    frogstomp
    Full Member

    Wonder what the options are using a VPN and pretending to be somewhere less rip-off-esque than Blightly ?

    Eurosport sign up via a German VPN redirects you to Discovery+ with a 40 Euro per year sign up option. I haven’t checked that it will let you complete the process though.. will save that for next year.

    robertajobb
    Full Member

    Cheers, frogstomp

    robertajobb
    Full Member

    Screenshot_20231116_221338_discovery+Screenshot_20231116_221326_discovery+Screenshot_20231116_221348_discovery+

    As Hannah said, Seems its the gonna be  £6.99 for cycling, inc.  grand tours and loads of stuff I’m uninterested in like tennis etc 

    (I downloaded the app, signed up on free, and then nd went part way trying to watch some cycling. Which got me to the 3x screen shots for the 3 packages.  Cycling of any kind greyed out as unavailable on the £3.99/m option

    Kamakazie
    Full Member

    Glad they are offering a cheaper plan with just Eurosport stuff rather than all the BT SPort stuff.

    That said, the cheaper way I found was an EE Mobile plan that comes with a ‘free’ extra, which can be TNT sports. Since the move from BT to TNT it’s actually cheaper as there is no £5 surcharge for ‘big screen’ apps.

    jasonabudd
    Full Member

    What happens when shareholders aren’t happy with their return on investment and Warner Bros Discovery pull the plug on DH and Enduro.

    Cancelling GCN+ seems to me to be the first step in killing off the goose that laid the golden egg.

    Already looking forward to the RedBull Hardline series taking over from the World Cup

    DickBarton
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    I don’t think there is a golden egg, which is why it is being shut down…
    If it was working, I suspect they’d be keeping it going, but given there is a finite number of people interested in watching (and I’m guessing most are already subscribed) then it appears it isn’t working for the fat cats.

    joemgh
    Full Member

    I can’t remember just now but will try to find out for you what I did.

    jimmy
    Full Member
    joemgh
    Full Member

    Ideal, thanks.

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