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Press Release: DISH Network to Carry Racetrack Television Network Subscription Pac

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by phrelin, May 13, 2009.

  1. phrelin

    phrelin Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jan 18, 2007
    I'm sure someone is interested in this: :sure:
  2. nmetro

    nmetro Godfather

    Jul 11, 2006
    80 Channels for Horse Racing? Considering a number of markets do not have PBS in HD this is a huge chunk of bandwidth which has been removed for future expansion. I guess with full MPEG4 this may not take up as much transponder space as MPEG2, but it does sound like a major reduction in future resource availability. I also suspect that these 8- channels are being beamed from one of their lesser used satellites (other than 61.5, 77, 110, 119, 129 or 148).

    As fro horse racing, a number of tracks are already having a hard time attracting spectators and gamblers. Even New York City eliminated Off Track Betting and special Long Island Railroad trains to Belmont Park, for example. Are people willing to pay $60 a month to watch and bet on horse races in the comfort of their own home? I am not going to get into the Gambler Anonynous issue sthat this may raise as well.
  3. Steve Mehs

    Steve Mehs Hall Of Fame

    Mar 21, 2002
    Looks to me like 'ole Charlie likes the ponies. Let's see, Dish used to offer TrackPower, a series of 4 premium horse racing channels until it folded, there was another set of channels dedicated to horse racing whose name escapes me, they were one of the first MSOs to offer TVGames, they have HRTV and now this. Someone give Chuck an 800 number to one of those gambling addiction hotlines.
  4. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    Charlie would uplink a 24/7 poker network if it were for his own pleasure. Not sure he likes ponies.

    It will be interesting to see where these channels land. I expect they will be MPEG4 on Eastern Arc and 129 or 148 ... and sold commercially to the sites that rely on these feeds for "off track" gambling. Those places usually have a small dish farm out back to get the feeds they need to run their business. With DISH's carriage smaller "off track" locations could open up with a single dish or one dish aimed each way for redundant feeds.

    It is money to keep the company running ...
  5. jclewter79

    jclewter79 Hall Of Fame

    Jan 8, 2008
    Sounds kinda cool but, we are not allowed to wager on horses by wire in Texas. So, kinda sucks for me. If I were to wager on these channels I think that the two we have provide enough races to bet on in a days time.
  6. MSoper72

    MSoper72 Godfather

    Jun 18, 2004
    Just another channel to block. Come on Charlie. Give us something that we want, not this garbage. :rolleyes: :lol:
  7. 6tv's

    6tv's Mentor

    Mar 1, 2008
    This recent news really ticks me off !! What is it going to take to get HRTV on DirecTV? Can someone truthfully explain why we still don't have this channel, but Dish now has all these. TVG is not the only horseracing channel available. Is it too much to ask DirecTV to add this one channel? C'mon now year after year DirecTV refuses to give us this channel. Anyone want to help, maybe when NBA channel moves from 601 to 216, DirecTV can put HRTV in its old spot.
  8. Kheldar

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    Sep 5, 2004
    RTN currently broadcasts from Galaxy 3C at 95 degrees.
    This is the same satellite that DirecTV uses for International programming.

    They use DISH Network receivers, although they require a bigger dish.


    I wonder if this means they are shutting down their own stand-alone service and switching all their subscribers to DishNet?
  9. brant

    brant Icon

    Jul 6, 2008
    They already lease out Ka band on ciel 2 for internet broadband.

    Its not like Charlie's just going to sit on empty space. Who could blame him? It costs a lot of money to float that thing up there.
  10. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    The amazing thing is that RTN is charging $99.99 per month for 40 channels, the new rate will be $49.99 for 80 channels (or $29.99 for "the best 12" at any time).

    It won't be available until September on DISH ... I wonder if it will be on 118 (completely out of the way of Eastern Arc and Western Arc service)?
  11. projectorguru

    projectorguru Godfather

    Mar 5, 2007
    Awesome I'm there
  12. bones boy

    bones boy Godfather

    Aug 25, 2007
    You are allowed to use any of the legal horse racing websites based in the United States - there are 4 major ADW (advance deposit wagering) sites - and you will not have to succumb to the grainy video that the web sites offer on your PC.

    If I was on Dish I would be there.
  13. Aransay

    Aransay Icon

    Jun 19, 2006
    tehy shoudl put them on 121 or 105 tehs lot of spae

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  14. Paul Secic

    Paul Secic Hall Of Fame

    Dec 16, 2003
    This seems like a waste of bandwith because many states don't allow betting. I wonder how much $$$$$$$$$$$S Dish is getting.
  15. Nonno

    Nonno Cool Member

    Feb 9, 2009
    What bothers me is we will probably lose the regualar HRTV, which covers enough simulcast already the way it is. And what is going to happen to TVG, will they eliminate the free competition?
  16. Paul Secic

    Paul Secic Hall Of Fame

    Dec 16, 2003
    I think HRTV will stay on Dish because they pay.
  17. kenglish

    kenglish Icon

    Oct 2, 2004
    Salt Lake...
    If we live in a state where gambling is illegal, will Charlie let us "move" to get this service?
    (Sorry, I just couldn't resist!)
  18. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    Watching the races isn't gambling ... this package will provide people with the ability to watch races ... twice as many channels as they can see with the current package for half of the current price.

    Gambling is something else ... those who want to gamble would have to deal with whomever is offering a gambling service.

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