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DirecTV thinks very of horseracing

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by 6tv's, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. Red Dog

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    I've requested HRTV several times. They don't care. But I also think horse racing does itself a disservice by splitting up its premier tracks into 2 channels. If I ever end up bolting for FIOS, the lack of HRTV would be 1 reason for it.
     
  2. bixler

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    Comcast in south central PA carries both channels as part of the Sports Package.
     
  3. SPACEMAKER

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    Dozens of people share your outrage.
     
  4. Newshawk

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    Broken...
    Anime Network went dark over four years ago, on January 1, 2008. DirecTV does carry Anime Network On Demand in a 30 hour Free version but you have to have an internet connected HD DVR to get it.

    Don't be surprised if Funimation finally pulls the plug on its linear channel. They just lost Time Warner Cable, their biggest distributor.
     
  5. fleckrj

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    I think the blame for that goes to Churchill Downs Inc and their contract dispute with TVG. In 2007, Churchill Downs Inc could not come to an agreement with TVG, so Churchill Downs Inc pulled the races from the tracks they either owned outright or owned the broadcast rights to (Churchill Downs, Arlington, Calder, Fair Grounds, Ellis, Hoosier, and Hollywood) and teamed up with Stronach (the owner of Santa Anita, Gulfstream, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Pimlico, and Laurel) to form HRTV as a direct competitor to TVG.

    I agree it was a bad move on the part of horse racing, but it goes to show that these disputes are not limited to content providers and DirecTV:nono2:

    BTW, I grew up in Louisville and spent 8 years in Lexington - the center of the Thoroughbred industry - so I, too, would like to have HRTV. Unfortunately, living where I do now, I would have to give up my access to a lot of the University of Kentucky basketball coverage to pick up HRTV. I like horse racing, but I can not do without DirecTV for the UK basketball coverage I get from the out-of-market RSNs.
     
  6. n3ntj

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    The thread title just makes no sense. I had no idea what I was going to find when I clicked on it. ;)
     
  7. RACJ2

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    Its kind of the opposite of what it says. Although, do you think he might have forgot a word? ;)

    DirecTV thinks "exceedingly" of horseracing
     
  8. Richierich

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    I thought he meant to state "Directv thinks Very Little of Horseracing" and just left out Little. :)
     
  9. Redbullsnation

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    Back where I come from, theres a Public Access channel that shows racing from anywhere, they also used to have an overflow until they cut that too :x

    Yes, DirecTV thinks little of horse racing, but that's because they can't get every channel in the world, they need channels that will get the most eyeballs among viewers (Why do you think they don't have the Longhorn Network) and HRTV will not do that...
     
  10. kikkenit2

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    My best friend is a horse racing fanatic. He refuses to switch from Dish because of this one channel. Now there is no comparison between tvg and hrtv. Why? You can do live betting on hrtv. That is pretty cool.
     
  11. Red Dog

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    You mean with your remote control? Both offer online wagering.
     
  12. kikkenit2

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    Shows how much I watch it. At the time don't think they allowed it through the tv.
    Wikipedia says only some states allow it? All I know is he prefers hrtv big time.
     
  13. RACJ2

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    And that's probably why they can get subscribers to pay $50 a month for it. To a gambler, that's probably chump change.
     
  14. fleckrj

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    Whether one can place bets on either channel depends on in which state one lives. Betting is not allowed, for example, in NC. That probably violates the interstate commerce clause of the US constitution, but no one has taken the states that do not allow on-line betting to court.

    The probable reason for prefering HRTV is that TVG no longer has the rights to some of the biggest tracks in the country - Churchill Downs, Santa Anita, Arlington . . . TVG does an excellent job covering the tracks that they do have, but to get all of the tracks requires both channels.
     
  15. Rtm

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    I didn't realize anyone was saying DirecTV hates horses....but 6tv's contract would have been up since his 2009 thread and he should have just switched to cable or dish to get the channels.
     
  16. Paul Secic

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    Pss! It's in SD.
     

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