HorseRacing TV has launched on Comcast Media
Center's HITS Quantum
service, officials said Tuesday.
HRTV, a joint venture owned by racing-industry leaders Magna
Entertainment and Churchill Downs, is now seen in more than 16.5 million homes
throughout the United States.
The network is dedicated to the sport of horseracing,
offering in-depth coverage from more than 70 racetracks throughout North America and the world. Premier racetracks
featured on HRTV include Santa Anita, Churchill Downs, Saratoga
Racecourse, Fair Grounds, Belmont Park, Gulfstream
Park and Arlington Park.
HITS Quantum offers more than 280 digital video and audio
television programming services in HD and standard definition to more than 400
cable affiliates who operate more than 2,000 local cable operation sites across
Quantum affiliates may acquire the linear video channels, as well as on-demand
programming, using a triple-feed satellite antenna.
"Increasing the availability of HRTV to cable operators
through the HITS Quantum platform is good news for HRTV, good news for
distributors and best of all, great news for sports fans throughout the
country," Chris Swan, HRTV's senior vice president of business and
development, said in a prepared statement. "Horseracing is a popular
American sport full of compelling stories and non-stop action. Through
CMC's HITS Quantum platform we look forward to better serving our
distributors and ultimately our fans."
HRTV offers studio shows, comprehensive surrounding coverage
of major horse races, and original programming, headlined by Inside Information, a popular
newsmagazine show. HRTV was voted "Best Horse Racing Channel" in
a 2008 Readers Choice Survey conducted by The Thoroughbred Times.