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Old 09-01-2019, 19:17   #91
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Coming back to your original post Trev here is the list of British Racecourses and there are quite a few independent racecourses on that list and l would say most of these in time in regard to their TV media rights will sign up with Sky.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...sh_racecourses
Yeah, as an avid racing fan, I know the courses on both channels. It was disappointing that Chelmsford (Origianally known as Great Leighs) jumped ship to RacingTV after all the support from ATR through the dark days before it re-opened as Chelmsford.

I have no doubt some of the tracks that are able to switch to Sky Sports Racing will do in time. SkySportsRacing just need to entice higher profile courses with Grade 1 races, both Flat and NH, and who knows, the gates will open. I should add, i have no angst with RacingTV. As far as I am concerned, it is healthy competition.
If there was only one Racing Channel as there was in the past, with the amount of race meetings on some days, they just wouldn't cope with just one channel, it would have to be across at least 2 channels, just like Australia.They have Sky Thoroughbred Central along with Sky Racing 1 and Sky Racing 2, which covers most of the racing across Australia. There is also Racing.Com which covers racing run by the Victoria Racing Club

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Old 09-01-2019, 21:10   #92
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The usual Sky policy is to eliminate any competition as well as offering things cheap or free until you're used to having the channels. It wouldn't surprise me if they tried to get more and more races to make Racing TV unviable. This would then pave the way for Sky Sports Racing 2...and then take it out of the basic channels and put it into the Sky Sports pack (with an opening special offer).
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The usual Sky policy is to eliminate any competition as well as offering things cheap or free until you're used to having the channels. It wouldn't surprise me if they tried to get more and more races to make Racing TV unviable. This would then pave the way for Sky Sports Racing 2...and then take it out of the basic channels and put it into the Sky Sports pack (with an opening special offer).
That would make sound business sense - something Sky are good at
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Going back to the rebrand of ATR to SkySportsRacing, do we know if/when Virgin are getting the HD variant. All the lead up since the announcement was made early last year about this, it was alluded that Virgin would be getting it in HD and there was even a sponsored race at Newcastle early January with a title of Watch SKySportsRacing HD on Virgin ....'(Channel No was wrong, saying 435 instead of 535).

I've seen a date of 8th January mentioned elsewhere, but now see 25th as a date.

As regards to it becoming part of SkySports premium package, personally do not see that happening..yet. It really is being used as a vehicle to plug the premium Sky Sports / Sky Cinema channels.

If/when Sky manage to secure rights to more channels from more of the top courses from RacingTV, then it may be that they include it as part of the main SkySports package. They have already got the rights back for Ascot from March 2019 and Chester. (Bangor as well). But although I am an avid horse racing follower, it really doesn't have as much mainstream appeal as some racing fans seem to think it has, so Sky have to factor that in, if they are thinking about making it a 'premium' channel

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Sky's deal with Virgin Media UK is set to be up in May 2019 so we may not see Sky Sports Racing HD until after April 2019.
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That's a strange place to put it! I was looking for it under 'Apps and Games'.
Here is some more info here.


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Yeah, as an avid racing fan, I know the courses on both channels. It was disappointing that Chelmsford (Origianally known as Great Leighs) jumped ship to RacingTV after all the support from ATR through the dark days before it re-opened as Chelmsford.
Yes l am surprised that Fred Done came to the decision to move to Racing TV.

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I have no doubt some of the tracks that are able to switch to Sky Sports Racing will do in time. SkySportsRacing just need to entice higher profile courses with Grade 1 races, both Flat and NH, and who knows, the gates will open. I should add, i have no angst with RacingTV. As far as I am concerned, it is healthy competition.
No l certainly don't have anything against Racing TV but a 80lb gorilla has now entered the race and they don't like finishing second to no one so l expect some big courses in time to cross the divide.

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If there was only one Racing Channel as there was in the past, with the amount of race meetings on some days, they just wouldn't cope with just one channel, it would have to be across at least 2 channels, just like Australia.They have Sky Thoroughbred Central along with Sky Racing 1 and Sky Racing 2, which covers most of the racing across Australia. There is also Racing.Com which covers racing run by the Victoria Racing Club

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Funny such is my increasing old age l remember the old Racing channel before there was Attheraces and Racing UK.

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If there was only one Racing Channel as there was in the past, with the amount of race meetings on some days, they just wouldn't cope with just one channel, it would have to be across at least 2 channels, just like Australia.They have Sky Thoroughbred Central along with Sky Racing 1 and Sky Racing 2, which covers most of the racing across Australia. There is also Racing.Com which covers racing run by the Victoria Racing Club

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Yes it is certainly hard to fit all the meetings onto one channel especially when there is also Irish , French , USA , Australian as well as some other racing jurisdictions.
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What happened to The Racing Channel Den, I remember that too?
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What happened to The Racing Channel Den, I remember that too?
There was a breakaway group of racecourses, that became RacingUK, and the remainder of the courses eventually became AtTheRaces, (perhaps after initially retaining the RacingChannel name I believe).

RacingUK,now known as RacingTV runs on a subscription model, supposedly with all 'profits' staying within racing

AtTheRaces, now SkySportsRacing, still operates essentially as a non subscription channel, as part of other packages that are available from Sky and Virgin

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What happened to The Racing Channel Den, I remember that too?
That was the one l was talking about Richard as sorry but l should have been more descriptive.
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iTunes app would be nice to see on Tivo.

The app is now coming to a few tvs this year.
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iTunes app would be nice to see on Tivo.

The app is now coming to a few tvs this year.
Personally l cannot see that happening anytime soon.
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Personally l cannot see that happening anytime soon.
I would have agreed with you until this happened.


https://edition.cnn.com/2019/01/07/t...tvs/index.html

Up until recently, Apple have been dogmatic about this and kept all their products to their own devices, but the sands are shifting, it seems. How far Apple takes this remains to be seen, but I think a process has begun.
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I would have agreed with you until this happened.


https://edition.cnn.com/2019/01/07/t...tvs/index.html

Up until recently, Apple have been dogmatic about this and kept all their products to their own devices, but the sands are shifting, it seems. How far Apple takes this remains to be seen, but I think a process has begun.
l still can't see it ever coming to a Virgin STB despite your optimism OB but l have been wrong before.
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iTunes app would be nice to see on Tivo.

The app is now coming to a few tvs this year.
I think the iTunes app itself is going 2018 and 2019 Samsung TVs only for now (along with Airplay 2 and Homekit)

The others are only getting AirPlay 2 and Homekit support.
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l still can't see it ever coming to a Virgin STB despite your optimism OB but l have been wrong before.
Since virgin have given up on apps these days (after all the talk about the v6 and its fantastic app potential!) i think you're probably correct den!
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