When operators place their bets on emerging networks competing in the horse race for distribution, it’s a natural to think about the two 24/7 channels dedicated to the ponies. Ops have a choice between two feisty fillies running on this track: HorseRacing TV, a service of Magna Entertainment Corp., which owns and operates prestigious racetracks such as Santa Anita Park near Los Angeles; and TVG Network, a subsidiary of Gemstar-TV Guide International.
Both networks offer operators a free service with a split of revenue generated. HRTV, which launched on Jan. 1 of this year with under 1 million subs, has grown to about 1.5 million cable subscribers in 10 states since then. In addition to signed carriage deals with Cox Communications, Time Warner Cable and the NCTC, the network has received carriage on systems belonging to Comcast, Charter and Adelphia outside of any signed affiliation agreements. HRTV president Bill Bridgen says another “significant national agreement is on the horizon,” and that Cox Santa Barbara and Bakersfield are also launching the network Dec. 15. HRTV also started producing hi-def horseracing programming for HDNet in June. TVG is hitting the Western Show with its own good news. It added more than 3 million subscribers in 2003—a 43% increase in subs over ’02—including recent launches on Cox systems in Las Vegas and Lafayette, La., and RCN systems in Washington, D.C., New York and San Francisco. Now available in nearly 12 million homes, it’s featured on all Cox digital sports tiers throughout California. TVG’s first affiliate promotion, a sweepstakes that ran from Sept. 1 through Oct. 3 and was pegged to the 2003 annual Breeders’ Cup, reached nearly 23 million cable and satellite subscribers. Its 17 participating cable systems included Comcast Baltimore, Cox San Diego, Adelphia Los Angeles and Insight Louisville.

The Daily

Subscribe

Sinclair Snags NHL Deal

With Sinclair on a mission to shore up a DTC streaming service, the company said it has reached a multi-year renewal with the NHL that includes the right for Bally Sports RSNs to stream live games on an

Read the Full Issue
The Skinny is delivered on Tuesday and focuses on the cable profession. You'll stay in the know on the headlines, topics and special issues you value most. Sign Up

Calendar

Dec 7
Most Powerful Women Celebration Register to Join Us in NYC to Celebrate!
Full Calendar

Jobs

Seeking an INDUSTRY JOB?
VIEW JOBS

Hiring? In conjunction with our sister brand, Cynopsis, we are offering hiring managers a deep pool of media-savvy, skilled candidates at a range of experience levels and sectors, The result will be an even more robust industry job board, to help both employers and job seekers.

Contact John@cynopsis.com for more information.