Dish Network will offer horse-racing
fans up to 80 channels of track action as part of the satellite service's new
Racetrack Television Network pay-per-view subscription service set to launch in
The service, created as part of a long-term deal with
Racetrack Television Network and HorseRacingTV, will cost $49.99 per month and
provide subscribers with as many a 700 live thoroughbred, quarterhorse, harness
and greyhound races daily from racetracks from around the country, according to
Each track in the package will have its own dedicated
channel, allowing viewers to watch the same live, uninterrupted simulcast feed
as is shown in commercial wagering establishments. The simulcast feed will also
include full wagering information, paddock shots, and post parades, although
consumers will not be able to place actual bets through the package.
In addition to the 80 channel package, Dish Network viewers
will have the opportunity to subscribe to a $29.99 "Best of RTN"
package consisting of the live simulcast feeds of 12 of the top RTN
racetracks running at any given time.
"With the recent running of the Kentucky Derby and the
Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes around the corner, we are all reminded of
the popularity of horse racing," said Michael Kelly, Executive Vice President
of Dish Network in a statement. "We are pleased to be able to offer Dish
Network subscribers the most complete package of racing content available in
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