GCN+ and its associated app will shut down on December 19, affecting the best way many individuals watch skilled racing in 2024, together with the Tour de France, the Classics and plenty of different races.
GCN+, which is owned by Warner Bros. Discovery, introduced the closure in an e mail to subscribers and on the GCN web site and app. The globalcyclingnetwork.com web site and the GCN YouTube channels will proceed.
Warner Bros. Discovery has been making a sequence of cuts and financial savings throughout its many firms.
“It is the information we by no means wished to announce, however immediately we’re asserting the closure of GCN+ and the GCN app,” a message mentioned. “Our large because of everybody who subscribed, commented and contributed to creating it such an excellent product.
“This determination comes from our father or mother firm Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) and is pushed by its world technique to consolidate its streaming companies, and to supply content material in fewer locations, making it simpler for purchasers to entry and uncover extra content material,” a extra detailed message defined.
“Given the information, we actually need to specific our thanks, to you, and the a whole lot of 1000’s of biking followers who’ve supported us and subscribed to GCN+.
“We additionally need to say thanks to the proficient and hard-working individuals at GCN+ and on the GCN App who’ve poured their hearts and souls into creating such wonderful content material.
“The fact is that the media business panorama has modified, and this is the reason WBD’s streaming companies are being consolidated to supply content material in a single place.”
A message within the app confirms GCN+ will shut on December 19 “in all nations and areas” whereas the corporate additionally confirmed that “GCN+ subscribers will obtain a refund for the time remaining on their subscriptions.”
GCN+ mentioned viewers ought to verify their native sports activities channels and sports activities broadcasters to search out out the place to observe biking occasions, giving totally different choices for various nations.
“In Europe, GCN+ subscribers will now have the choice to subscribe to entry Discovery+, Eurosport or Eurosport Additional, the place you’ll be able to proceed to observe dwell biking. In markets outdoors of Europe, WBD is reviewing how content material is delivered to its followers.
Data for viewers within the USA and different territories all over the world served by GCN+ was not but accessible.