July 14, 2007 at 15:31 #4639
With the news that Totesport will not be renewing their sponsorship with Channel 4 and the BBC showing less and less racing every year are we nearing a time when all racing will only be available to those who can afford it?July 14, 2007 at 15:37 #107872MikkyMo73Member
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With the news that Totesport will not be renewing their sponsorship with Channel 4 and the BBC showing less and less racing every year are we nearing a time when all racing will only be available to those who can afford it?
At The Races is free to air, though you need a Sky Subcription which you can get for as little as Ã‚Â£15 per month. Not sure if ATR is available on ‘freeview’, maybe someone could answer.
I am very surprised at the BBC, they have also just lost 4 big golf tournaments to Sky also – they don’t seem to be putting up much fight in keep their flagship sports coverage.
All I can say is that if you don’t have Sky or something similar, then you better start getting interested in betting on things like Big Brother, X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing
MikeJuly 14, 2007 at 15:42 #107873
I myself have a subscription for Sky and RUK but I know many people, particular elederly who love racing and couldn’t afford these services. Personally I think it’s a sad state of affairs. Especially from the BBC.July 14, 2007 at 15:45 #107875MikkyMo73Member
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I myself have a subscription for Sky and RUK but I know many people, particular elederly who love racing and couldn’t afford these services. Personally I think it’s a sad state of affairs. Especially from the BBC.
I totally agree, but hopefully they can salvage something in the near future.
MikeJuly 14, 2007 at 15:51 #107876sberryMember
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i don’t wish to sound out of place but a sky or cable subscription which includes atr costs less than half the price of a cup of tea per day and to add on the setanta racing uk pack costs the equivalent of another half a cup of tea per day
on top of the racing you get a plethora of digital tv and radio stations, enough to keep a whole family of chip-munching square-eyes happy
if you go racing, drink, smoke, gamble, do the lottery, buy magazines, or spend money on anything, surely if you are interested in racing you can find the cost of a cup of tea per day to have all of the racing on your telly ?
it’s jolly cheap and awfully good value, imo
sorry if you feel i am generalising here but a cup of tea per day ?July 14, 2007 at 15:59 #107877
A very fair point. My point wasn’t really about the cost although I realise it may have sounded so, but more the principle.
Everyone, not just hardcore racing fans, looks forward to the Derby, Goodwood, Ascot, The National, Cheltenham etc, and I just feel it would be a sad day if these were taken from our screens.
I know many people who aren’t racing fans but enjoy watching the big events on TV.July 14, 2007 at 17:30 #107883Pegwell BayMember
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I’d be surprised if the high st bookmakers/exchanges allowed terrestial coverage of the major meetings to be lost.
They would find the money from somehwere to keep them on our screens. Those meetings are surely worth too much to them not to.July 14, 2007 at 20:27 #107902Andrew HughesMember
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But if you can only afford one cup of tea a day, what will this leave you with? Half a cup of tea per day? Presumably you would have to have the tea leaves and some of the water on one day and then the milk sugar and the rest of the water on the other. Alternatively, you could go without tea on alternate days. But this latter suggestion is frankly the end of civilisation as we know it.
I would say carry on drinking the tea and do without ATR.July 15, 2007 at 10:42 #107962insomniacParticipant
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Setanta is great value at the moment too – Ã‚Â£9.99 per month and this will include RUK plus 46 (I think) Premier League games in the forethcoming season. Okay – if you’re not a football fan that’s not an incentive..
Sadly, the days when the BBC and C4 televised the bigger meetings seems to be ending; we’ve just got to accept that.
If you really want to watch the sport you love, well, you’ve now got to pay for it – just like cricket lovers have had to. If you don’t love it enough to fork out the dough then stop moaning. The sums involved are hardly extortionate.July 15, 2007 at 21:10 #108031steveh31Participant
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Why ATR dont go freeview is beyond me an extra eight million viewers the increase in audience would send up advertising revenue and make some of the Racing UK courses think twice about extending their deal with the channel. ATR need to sort themselves out Exeter is now run by the company behind Racing UK so ATR will no doubt lose that. Ascot have signed to Turf TV so ATR could eventually lose Ascot if Turf TV worm there way around.
As a virgin media customer I lose out with ATR because they are part owned by Sky they never mention Virgin at all its always Sky channel 415 and we dont have the red button facility so miss out on clashing races) Ive emailed them numerous times but they do not respond.July 16, 2007 at 13:20 #108111Small BearMember
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at least if bbc and channel 4 do drop out of sight we won’t have to listen to you all grip about how c*ap (is that swearing and am I allowed to pretend it’s not by blanking bits out?!) their coverage is!!July 16, 2007 at 13:32 #108114davidbradyMember
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I don’t want to have to pay for Racing UK so I can have wall-to-wall racing on my TV. They have already shafted me once and I don’t really want to give them the chance to do it again. I also have a wife and child and want to spend time with them never mind the fact that they want to watch TV too.
I don’t bet every day (Or even look at the results every day) and only really follow racing at the top level (Saturdays and big meetings during the week (Royal Ascot / Cheltenham / etc)). If it weren’t for Channel 4 and BBC and RTE I would never see a horse race if the sport leaves terrestrial TV. And I won’t be the only one – the casual racing fan will be shafted and will switch off completely and this will result in less betting turnover which results in the sport becoming even more of a minority than it is now.
I would like to see a channel give subscribers the option of paying for access to Festival Meetings rather than all-day every-day racing. A Racing UK Lite as a member called it a good while ago.July 16, 2007 at 14:35 #108126bigwormMember
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just go to the pub and watch the racing….problem solved. and if ur anything like me get half sozzled when ur there.July 16, 2007 at 14:45 #108130Small BearMember
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but what if your local shut down because all the old men can’t smoke in there any more?! Also…day time pub goers now seem to be women with prams and screaming children…not the best company for watching the races…even worse than thise silly types who get dressed up for the big events…July 16, 2007 at 14:51 #108131HimselfParticipant
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It is no coincidence that most bookmakers situate their shops next to, or close to a pub.
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