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  • #4678
    stolenhorse
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    In follow to the post regarding which channel is the best for racing coverage, let’s hope there will be terrestrial coverage of some description in the future! My blog entry discusses this in more detail, comments always welcome!

    http://racingrecord.blogspot.com/

    #108432
    steveh31
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    Why sign to Turf TV anyway the ones that sign to SIS get the ATR tracks and the best from Saturday from Channel 4 and/or BBC1. Those that sign to Turf TV lose 4 of the 5 All weather tracks (if we get them all up and running)
    and in the middle of January will have very blank screens there was one week this January when out of the 21 meetings shown that week only 3 (Kempton) were on Racing Uk & potentially Turf TV. So will Paddy Power, Boyles etc still think theyve done the right thing thenwhen they have virtual blank screens in the depths of January. Why did Ascot sign to Turf Tv when they have a deal with SIS/ATR.

    #108433
    stolenhorse
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    They should subscribe to both, to ensure the best all round coverage.

    #108434
    steveh31
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    But what if two races clash who decides which has the volume turned up. Why have we got to this position Ive never really understood the Racing UK/ATR feud as they dont show the same tracks if they did I could understand the rivalry but they dont nothing to argue about. What happened with the report that C4 racing presenters who also worked for ATR were having contract difficulties as their ATR contracts state they cant work or promote Racing UK and C4 has to promtoe Racing UK as part of the sponsorship

    #108436
    Artemis
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    I’ve just(this morning) taken out a subscription for Setanta which covers 9 sports channels including Racing UK. This costs £9.99 a month and you don’t have to commit yourself to a 12 months contract. This year, Setanta are showing quite a few Premiership games and they have exclusive coverage of US golf.

    I already subscribe to the full Sky+ package (which includes Attheraces). This costs £43.50 a month and £10 for an extra Sky+ box.

    We don’t go out much – can’t afford to!

    I hope Channel 4 are able to keep their coverage of racing going after their sponsorship by the Tote ends next year. They seem to get plenty of criticism on here, but people forget that they are trying to cover racing in a way that appeals to a broad range of viewers, not just the racing fans. I believe that they do a good job and that racing as a whole would be dimished if they dropped out of the sport. If that happened, it might be necessary for the major bookmaking firms to act together and sponsor RUK and ATR so that they were available for a nominal charge. The Racing Post might also get involved with perhaps a small charge for accessing their website and the RUK/ATR live feeds online.

    #108437
    steveh31
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    Willima Hill Ladbrokes & One other which i cant remember someone will say own shares in SIS so they wont sponsor Racing UK. They are angry enough about Turf TV. I though Blue Sq sponsored Racing UK

    #108462
    Pompete
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    I’m in agreement with Artemis on C4 covering racing in a broad manner.

    With regard to the Tote ending their sponsorship the reasoning behind this decision stems from changes to be introduced on the 1st September, whereby Boomakers will be able to advertise on the telly. The Tote have taken the commercial decision that their product will simply (in their words) ‘bookend’ their competetors adverts and therefore does not give them the exculsivity they current enjoy.

    Personally, I’m fairly certain that the increased revenues C4 attract from Bookmakers advert will more than compenstate for the loss of the current
    Tote sponsorship.

    #108477
    clivex
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    the response from the c4 producers certainly indicated continued coverage

    i agree that although it has its horrible moments, it more or less fulfils its brief

    #108485
    steveh31
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    I dont think C4 racing will continue when the analogue signal is switched off if it does I think it will go to More4

    #108700
    Mr Frisk
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    Anyone with a cable running past their house may be interested in today’s announcement that the full Setanta package will be free to Virgin Media’s XL package subscribers from next Thursday.

    The press release:

    Racing UK to extend audience by 1,400,000 with Virgin Media tie up

    Racing UK, Britain’s leading horse racing television channel, adds 1.4m to its audience via a deal with subscribers of Virgin Media’s XL package.

    Simon Bazalgette, Racing UK’s Executive Chairman, commented: “Racing UK’s availability to such an increased audience is a win-win for everybody from commercial sponsors to the viewers themselves. Racing UK quickly outstripped industry predications and it is now time to take the channel on to a new level and this deal goes a long way to doing just that.â€Â

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