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By Adrian Dunn From: The Daily Telegraph August 17, 2009 12:00AM Increase Text SizeDecrease Text SizePrintEmail Share
Add to DiggAdd to del.icio.usAdd to FacebookAdd to KwoffAdd to MyspaceAdd to NewsvineWhat are these?RACING'S television wars - simmering for the past nine months - are about to boil over with Sky Channel set to announce its own premium thoroughbred channel.

Sky's thoroughbred station, which will operate 24/7, will cover the best three meetings in Australia as well as New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore during a time slot from either 9am or 10am to 9pm or 10pm.

The coverage would then swing to At The Races for the next 12 hours, including events from UK, Ireland, Europe, United Arab Emirates and the US.

Sky remained coy on a launch date, but The Daily Telegraph understands the premium racing channel, Sky 1, as it will be known, will operate from February or March next year.

The introduction of Sky 1 will ease the logjam of races, dogs and trots on the current schedule.

Sky will cover the minnow racing codes on a channel to be known as Sky 2, which will also increase coverage and the ability to showcase their major meetings. Sky 1 and Sky 2 would be covered on Foxtel and AUSTAR.

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TVN last month rejected Sky's offer for a 50/50 partnership that embraced Australian and international racing.

While Tabcorp, which owns Sky Channel, says the merger deal is still on the table, its move to launch its own premium channel will pro- gress regardless.

Tabcorp will also make further entry into the media world with a major newspaper poised to become its official form guide from October 1.

Last Thursday's Victorian Supreme Court decision in favour of Tabcorp against Racing Victoria over its racefields legislation is now likely to have ramifications for interstate racing and codes who followed the RVL model.
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« 2009-Aug-17, 01:16 PM Reply #1 »
c/ News Ltd

Racing's television wars - simmering for the past nine months - are about to boil over with Sky Channel set to announce its own premium thoroughbred channel.

Sky's thoroughbred station, which will operate 24/7, will cover the best three meetings in Australia as well as New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore during a time slot from either 9am or 10am to 9pm or 10pm.

The coverage would then swing to At The Races for the next 12 hours, including events from UK, Ireland, Europe, United Arab Emirates and the US.

Sky remained coy on a launch date, but The Daily Telegraph understands the premium racing channel, Sky 1, as it will be known, will operate from February or March next year.

The introduction of Sky 1 will ease the logjam of races, dogs and trots on the current schedule.

Sky will cover the minnow racing codes on a channel to be known as Sky 2, which will also increase coverage and the ability to showcase their major meetings. Sky 1 and Sky 2 would be covered on Foxtel and AUSTAR.

TVN last month rejected Sky's offer for a 50/50 partnership that embraced Australian and international racing.

While Tabcorp, which owns Sky Channel, says the merger deal is still on the table, its move to launch its own premium channel will pro- gress regardless.

Tabcorp will also make further entry into the media world with a major newspaper poised to become its official form guide from October 1.

Last Thursday's Victorian Supreme Court decision in favour of Tabcorp against Racing Victoria over its racefields legislation is now likely to have ramifications for interstate racing and codes who followed the RVL model.

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« 2009-Aug-17, 01:27 PM Reply #2 »
excellent news

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« 2009-Aug-17, 01:37 PM Reply #3 »
The coverage would then swing to At The Races for the next 12 hours, including events from UK, Ireland, Europe, United Arab Emirates and the US.

 :clap2: :clap2: :clap2: :clap2: :clap2: :clap2: :clap2: :clap2:
Now I definitely won't get any sleep   :lol:   :lol:  :sleep: :sleep:

Would there still be the SKY racing channel to watch all codes like we currently have?

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« 2009-Aug-17, 01:40 PM Reply #4 »
:clap2: :clap2: :clap2: :clap2: :clap2: :clap2: :clap2: :clap2:
Now I definitely won't get any sleep    :lol:     :lol:   :sleep: :sleep:

Would there still be the SKY racing channel to watch all codes like we currently have?


sky2,read the  :censored: ing thread would you

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« 2009-Aug-17, 01:51 PM Reply #5 »

sky2,read the  :censored: ing thread would you

It says SKY 2 is for the minnow codes, i'm asking if there's still a channel that covers the whole lot without changing channels ya  :censored:  wit   :lol:   :lol:   :lol:

Sky will cover the minnow racing codes on a channel to be known as Sky 2, which will also increase coverage and the ability to showcase their major meetings.

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« 2009-Aug-17, 02:07 PM Reply #6 »
It says SKY 2 is for the minnow codes, i'm asking if there's still a channel that covers the whole lot without changing channels ya  :censored:  wit    :lol:     :lol:     :lol:  


of course there is you imbo   :lol:   :lol:


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« 2009-Aug-17, 02:09 PM Reply #7 »
of course there is you imbo   :lol:   :lol:



Well where does it sat it?

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« 2009-Aug-17, 02:16 PM Reply #8 »
Well where does it sat it?


common  :censored: ing sense says it,somethings don't have to be written,like you're an imbo,doesn't have to be written,but i wanted to anyway   :lol:   :lol:

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« 2009-Aug-17, 02:30 PM Reply #9 »
I think you will find there will not be a channel to cover all as is. Sky 1 will cover 3 metro as stated and Internationals plus At the races overnight. Sky 2 will show the other cap city races and provincials plus dogs and trots. So not sure who the imbo is here.

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« 2009-Aug-17, 02:36 PM Reply #10 »
I think you will find there will not be a channel to cover all as is. Sky 1 will cover 3 metro as stated and Internationals plus At the races overnight. Sky 2 will show the other cap city races and provincials plus dogs and trots. So not sure who the imbo is here.

Thanks SW, that's the way I read it   emthup

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« 2009-Aug-17, 02:44 PM Reply #11 »
I think you will find there will not be a channel to cover all as is. Sky 1 will cover 3 metro as stated and Internationals plus At the races overnight. Sky 2 will show the other cap city races and provincials plus dogs and trots. So not sure who the imbo is here.


now there are 2,you have just joined OL SW,and if anyone would care to have a wager on it,i will be only to happy to oblige

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« 2009-Aug-17, 03:56 PM Reply #12 »
Wonder what the funding arrangements will be. :chin:  Will we pay more as viewers?  Will the industry get more for the product?

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« 2009-Aug-17, 03:58 PM Reply #13 »
:clap2: :clap2: :clap2: :clap2: :clap2: :clap2: :clap2: :clap2:
Now I definitely won't get any sleep    :lol:     :lol:   :sleep: :sleep:

Would there still be the SKY racing channel to watch all codes like we currently have?

No wonder that birds moving out mate....  :lol:   :lol:   :lol:

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« 2009-Aug-17, 04:01 PM Reply #14 »
Wonder what the funding arrangements will be. :chin:  Will we pay more as viewers?  Will the industry get more for the product?

no extra charges DD

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« 2009-Aug-17, 04:03 PM Reply #15 »
OK, but for how long?

We're getting the service dirt-cheap, IMO.  Would happily pay $100 a month if the product was right.   emthup  

The racing channels should be separated from the other rubbish, and sold only to those who want it.

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« 2009-Aug-17, 04:08 PM Reply #16 »
OK, but for how long?


that i can't answer,but would be surprised if there was a fee,as tvn would also have to charge

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« 2009-Aug-17, 04:10 PM Reply #17 »
I reckon we should brace ourselves for a fee hike.

Race clubs everywhere are copping a financial hit from diminished attendances.  We know there are a multitude of reasons, but a major one is the availability of TV coverage costing a few cents per race meeting.

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« 2009-Aug-17, 04:19 PM Reply #18 »
Wonder how many would pay more?

I wouldn't as the same ones win on the radio.

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« 2009-Aug-17, 04:22 PM Reply #19 »
Yes, that they do.  emthup  

I think most serious punters would happily pay more, but only a test of the market would show that.

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« 2009-Aug-17, 04:25 PM Reply #20 »
I'd just reduce my Platinum package to a basic with the Sports, i'm thinking of doing that anyway.
I pay $126 atm that's with 2 boxes in the house, will be down to $102 when the sheila leaves on Saturday.

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« 2009-Aug-17, 04:27 PM Reply #21 »
most serious punters

Yes, that rules me out   :biggrin:

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« 2009-Aug-17, 04:31 PM Reply #22 »
Wonder how many would pay more?

I wouldn't as the same ones win on the radio.

That would be a wonderful way of doing the form, listening on the radio

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« 2009-Aug-17, 04:36 PM Reply #23 »
Served us well for years.

Not trying to be rude, but how old are you Dragon?

I'm in my 60's so haven't had Sky for most of my punting life.

Just off the track for a moment, but with digital radio just starting up things will change a little there as well.

Wayne Wilson was saying they will have one channel that will cross to the next race straight away, and another chanel that will allow him and other callers to do a review of the race for the main centres. 

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« 2009-Aug-17, 04:40 PM Reply #24 »
Served us well? I am 59.
Thats why there were 100 bookies at a meeting because of all the mugs there who were guessing and now there are limited numbers because everyone can see everything!


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