HorseRacing TV Cracks Distribution Whip


HorseRacing TV is out of the gate with new distribution moves.

The fledgling network, owned by Magna Entertainment Corp., has reached a new
multiyear agreement with Cox Communications Inc., giving the network a presence
in San Diego and Orange County, Calif.

Under the agreement, terms of which were not disclosed, HRTV will be
available to subscribers of Cox's "Sports and Information" digital tier as part
of its Cox Digital Cable service.

Network officials said they also plans to pursue carriage with other Cox
systems nationwide.

Rival TV Games Network -- which last week scored its biggest carriage
commitment yet on DirecTV Inc.'s "Sports Pack" -- also recently secured a
multiyear deal with Cox in San Diego.

Elsewhere, HRTV has secured its first three launches under its agreement with
the National Cable Television Cooperative.

The network is adding more than 12,000 digital-basic subscribers in
Pennsylvania on Blue Ridge Communications systems in Stroudsburg, Lehighton,
Ephrata and Hawley. It is also now available on the Video Internet Broadcasting
system in Ephrata, Wash., and the Trinity Communications system in South
Pittsburg, Tenn.

HRTV also has a post position on Time Warner Cable's digital tier in San
Diego, and it has 900,000 analog homes in western Pennsylvania, where it
replaced Meadows Racing Network.

With the Cox carriage arrangements, HRTV raced past the 1 million-subscriber
mark less than four months after its debut.