HPItv

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HPItv
Hpitv2.png
HPItv logo
Launched September 2001
Owned by Woodbine Entertainment Group
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Slogan Because Every Race is a Big Race.
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario
Formerly called The Racing Network Canada (2001-2005)
Website HPItv
Availability
Satellite
Bell TV Channel(s) 475-479
Cable
Cogeco Cable Channel(s) 457 & 458
EastLink Channel(s) 420-424 (Ontario only)
Ezlink Channel(s) 409 & 410
Rogers Cable Channel(s) 420-424
Shaw Hamilton Channel(s) 138 & 139
Source Cable Channel(s) 161 & 162
Seaside Communications Channel(s) 107 & 108

HPItv (Horseplayer Interactive Television) is a Canadian English language Category B specialty network owned by Woodbine Entertainment Group. HPItv broadcasts thoroughbred, standardbred, and harness racing events and related programming.

Channels and content[edit]

HPItv consists of five multiplex channels:

  • HPItv is the network's flagship feed. It features thoroughbred, standardbred, and harness races from up to five tracks at a time across North America.
  • HPItv Odds displays live Canadian pool odds for all tracks carried on HPItv.
  • HPItv Canada provides daily live coverage of primarily Canadian racetracks.
  • HPItv International provides daily live coverage from primarily U.S. racetracks.
  • HPItv West provides daily live coverage from primarily Western racetracks in Canada and the United States.

History[edit]

In November 2000, a joint venture between The Ontario Jockey Club (90%) and BCE Media (10%) called the Ontario Jockey Club (Partnership),[1] was granted approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch a television channel called The Racing Network Canada, described as "a national English-language Category 2 specialty television service dedicated to Canadian and international horse racing and horse racing related programming, including live races, related commentary, odds, replays, and results."[2]

Prior to the channel's launch, in September 2001, the Ontario Jockey Club changed its name to Woodbine Entertainment Group and purchased BCE Media's shares in the service.[1]

Later that same month, the channel was launched as The Racing Network Canada (TRN) with four multiplex channels— three devoted to live matches (Live Horse Racing Channel, Full Card Favourites - 1, and Full Card Favourites - 2) and one displaying pool odds, probables and results (Live Canadian Odds Channel). In 2004, TRN launched a fifth channel, TRN West.

In March 2005, TRN was rebranded HPItv to align it with Woodbine's online and telephone wagering service, HorsePlayer Interactive (HPI).

Logos[edit]

Trn logo.png HPI TV.PNG Hpitv2.png
2001 - 2005 2005 - 2008 2008 - Present

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Decision CRTC 2001-565 CRTC 2001-09-04
  2. ^ Decision CRTC 2000-713 2000-12-14

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