Racing Victoria bringing its own channel to regions
IF you turned on your TV last night and saw this picture, well, this is what's going on.
Racing.com is Racing Victoria's own television channel. It goes live today across metropolitan areas.
They are trying to break into regional areas too.
That's good news for punters who don't want to pay a premium for the Sky Racing channels.
It follows a blackout of all Victorian racing on Sky Racing channels from June 16 after Tabcorp Holdings chose not renew an agreement.
Tabcorp made an offer the Victorian thoroughbred racing industry on June 1 that, they say offered "significant monetary benefits" and the chance to air up to 44 meetings a year on Channel Seven and other free-to-air television.
Racing Victoria says its offer was to continue supplying Sky Racing with vision "for a fair and reasonable commercial fee".
No agreement was reached.
Once negotiations broke down between Victorian Racing and Tabcorp Holdings it refused to televise races on Sky Racing channels.
Racing Victorian has negotiated with Seven West media to broadcast races until the new Racing.com network launches in late August.
Those talks include bringing the channel to regional areas which could be just a fortnight away.
Racing Victoria chief executive Bernard Saundry said the industry was working hard to make racing accessible to everyone as soon as possible.
"I would hope within the next two weeks that would become a reality," Mr Saundry said.
When the channel does go live, eager punters with older televisions will have to buy a set-top box or similiar equipment to watch Channel 78.