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Sky Channel launches into new era

24 / 03 / 2010 Article by: Editor

THE first of Sky Racing’s new channels, Sky Racing2, will go live on Tuesday 30 March as the first stage in Sky’s racing vision revolution.

Sky Racing2 will feature more than 80 thoroughbred, harness and greyhound meetings each week. Of these, 35 will be new race meetings and more than half of those will be Australian.

The Tasmanian Turf Club is a part of the new era expansion with its first night meeting to be held at The TOTE Racing Centre on April 15.

Sky Racing’s intention is to create a new world of racing vision in 2010 with the introduction of two new channels, to complement the existing Sky Racing channel. The three channels are:

Sky Racing1 (Channel 519, FOXTEL and AUSTAR): Existing Sky Racing channel, which will continue to give viewers comprehensive Australian thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing coverage.
Sky Racing2 (Channel 520, FOXTEL and AUSTAR): Will offer viewers expanded coverage and choice of national and international thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing. Along with Sky Racing1, it will provide vision of all TAB races.
Sky Racing World (Channel 521, FOXTEL and AUSTAR): A superior thoroughbred racing channel, capturing the best racing action from Australia and around the world.
The launch of Sky Racing World will take place in early May, as part of the second stage in the rollout of the new Sky Racing channels.

Sky Racing Chief Operating Officer Brendan Parnell said: “It’s the start of a new era in race broadcasting in Australia.”

“The launch of Sky Racing2 will give Australian punters watching racing more choice than ever before.”

“As expected, we have had significant interest from race clubs wanting to be part of Sky Racing’s channel expansion,” he said.

AUSTAR is expected to announce its pricing for the additional Sky Channels later this month but it is expected to cost an additional $5 per month for both new Sky channels, provided subscribers already are committed to the Sports extra package which costs subscribers $16 per month.

Sky Racing1 will remain a part of the base starter package.

About Sky Racing
Sky Racing is Australia’s number 1 racing network and a world leader in multi-venue race broadcasting, telecasting more than 65,000 races each year.

Sky is currently broadcast to 2.2 million Australian homes, more than 5,000 commercial venues, as well as around the globe.

Sky Racing is the most watched channel on the Subscription TV platform for Men 40 and over (Saturday/Sunday midday-3pm) and is consistently in the three most watched channels on Subscription TV on Saturdays (12 to 5.30pm) for Men 25 and over.

Channel 520 FOXTEL and AUSTAR

More than 80 race meetings per week, including:

Additional Australian racing

o New thoroughbred meetings from New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, Tasmania and South Australia
o Three new Australian harness meetings each week
o Ten new Australian greyhound meetings each week

Complete international racing coverage

o All Hong Kong thoroughbred races on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
o All New Zealand thoroughbred races on Wednesday to Sunday.
o Seven new New Zealand harness and greyhound meetings each week
o All Singapore thoroughbred races on Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Feature Race Coverage

o Extended coverage of selected Australian thoroughbred, greyhound and harness feature race meetings, including interviews, parade yard and expert commentary

The full Sky Racing2 schedule will be outlined closer to launch date.