TVG Network

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Not to be confused with TVGN.
TVG Network
TVG logo.svg
Launched July 14, 1999 (1999-07-14)
Owned by Betfair Group plc
Picture format 720p (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Slogan A Betting Evolution
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area Nationwide
Headquarters Los Angeles, California
Website www.tvg.com
Availability
Satellite
DirecTV 602 (HD/SD)
Dish Network 399 (HD/SD)
Cable
Verizon FiOS 315 (SD)
Available on certain other U.S. cable systems Consult your local cable provider for channel availability

TVG Network ("TVG" being an initialism for its official name Television Games Network) is an American sports-oriented digital cable and satellite television network that is owned by Betfair Group plc. Dedicated to horse racing, the channel broadcasts live races as well as race analysis, interviews, handicapping tips, feature stories on the horses and legends of racing, and programs such as "The Works," featuring daily training and workouts of horses leading up to the Breeders' Cup.

TVG Network is an interactive channel that combines live televised coverage from over 100 premier racetracks around the world, and allows viewers to make wagers online, by phone and (where available) through a set-top remote control. When TVG launched in 1999, it was the first and only television network in the United States to be devoted to horse racing. It is currently the largest interactive horse racing network,[citation needed] and is available in more than 30 million pay television households nationwide.

Background[edit]

The channel was launched on July 14, 1999, and was founded by the United Video Satellite Group, the then-owners of the TV Guide Network and TV Guide magazine (from which the "TVG" initials were partially taken). On October 5, 1999, Gemstar International Group Ltd. purchased United Video Satellite Group. In May 2006, TVG introduced several new programs to its schedule including Morning Line, Fandicapping, :58 Flat, Lady Luck (an all-female panel discussion program focusing on the day's races) and Drive Time (which covered exclusive racing from the Meadowlands). TVG also provides "all access" coverage on select weekends. TVG places microphones on select jockeys, owners, trainers, and the starting crew to give viewers an inside look at racing.

The channel formerly operated a fictional betting site, TVGfree.net, which allowed it to have a presence in the fifteen states which prohibit televised and off-track betting, operating similarly to poker sites which use the .net domain to differentiate their fictional betting sites from the .com sites which allow real gambling. The site was discontinued at the start of 2012 due to a site upgrade, and currently redirects to TVG.com.

In late February 2007, TVG ended its longtime affiliation with Churchill Downs Incorporated. On May 2, 2008, Gemstar-TV Guide was acquired by Macrovision (now Rovi Corporation) for $2.8 billion. Macrovision, which purchased Gemstar-TV Guide mostly to boost the value of its lucrative VCR Plus+ and electronic program guide patents, later stated that it was considering a sale of TVG, TV Guide Network and the TV Guide print edition's namesake to other parties. In late 2008, Macrovision sold TVG to Betfair for $50 million in cash consideration. The deal was consummated on January 27, 2009, separating the channel from the company which acquired its founding owner in 2007.[1]

Wagering services[edit]

TVG offers wagering services to residents of Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming. TVG account holders are able to wager online at TVG.com, or by landline or mobile phone.

List of participating tracks[edit]

EX Indicates a racetrack that TVG maintains an agreement to be the exclusive horse racing broadcaster of that track's races.

The following tracks are available for wagering at TVG.com (listed alphabetically):

TVG also shows races from international tracks in Australia, Dubai, Great Britain, Ireland and Japan.

Programming[edit]

TVG covers over 100 tracks, with exclusive coverage of several tracks, including North American tracks such as Woodbine Race Course, Keeneland Race Course, Del Mar Racetrack, Meadowlands, Suffolk Downs and Monmouth Park. The network also broadcasts races from various tracks in Australia, United Kingdom, Ireland and Japan. TVG coverage includes events such as the Travers Stakes, Haskell Invitational, Pacific Classic, Hollywood Gold Cup, Blue Grass Stakes, Wood Memorial, Melbourne Cup, Japan Cup and the All American Futurity.

Current programming[edit]

  • 58 Flat – A daily racing program hosted by Matt Carothers, offering value picks, analysis and opinions.
  • Blinkers Off – Hosted by Matt Carothers, this half-hour weekly debate show tackles topical discussion, industry issues, handicapping angles and stakes previews.
  • Drive Time – A harness racing program, featuring action from Meadowlands, home of the Hambletonian, harness racing's biggest event.
  • Fandicapping – An interactive show where TVG analysts field e-mails and phone calls initiating discussions on industry issues, general handicapping questions and historical debates.
  • Horseracing All Access – A program providing a behind the scenes look at horse racing from an insider's perspective.
  • Horseracing Today – A Saturday morning preview show highlighting the weekend's stakes action, with emphasis on handicapping angle, exotic and multi-race wagers and interviews with trainers and jockeys live from the tracks.
  • International Racing – A program with the same format as Horseracing Today, focusing on races at tracks outside the United States.
  • Legends – A program featuring in-depth conversations with the legends of horseracing.
  • March To The Mile – A weekly program that focuses on the horses pointed for the TVG Breeders' Cup Mile.
  • Pick 6 Central – A program providing analysis for major Pick 6 Carryovers.
  • Race Night – Live race telecasts, airing Monday through Wednesday evenings.
  • Racing Coast to Coast – Live racing from some of the top tracks across the United States.
  • Starting Gate – A live race telecast program from East Coast tracks, with analysis and handicapping angles for all featured races.
  • The Late Double – A showcase of young talent, covering the late double, live from Hollywood Park, Del Mar and Los Alamitos.
  • The Morning Line – Morning talk show, featuring weather reports from tracks around the country and timely updates detailing the morning line and any significant scratches for the day's most important races.
  • The Quarters – A late-night quarter horse racing program featuring racing, interviews, analysis, and special contests, all live from Los Alamitos racetrack.
  • The Works – A look at the final preparations of contenders in major stakes races.
  • Trackside Live – Expert analysis and information provided by TVG's team of hosts and analysts, live from featured tracks and the Los Angeles studios.
  • TVG Classic – Highlights of TVG coverage of past major races and events.

On-air staff[edit]

Current on-air staff[edit]

Commentators
  • Tom Amoss
  • Donna Barton Brothers
  • Simon Bray
  • Ed Burgart
  • Gino Buccola
  • Matt Carothers
  • Tom Cassidy
  • Graham Cunningham
  • Britney Eurton
  • Nick Hines
  • Joaquin Jaime
  • Mike Joyce
  • Caleb Keller
  • Paul Lo Duca
  • Les Onaka
  • Rich Perloff
  • Jessica Rosales
  • Todd Schrupp
  • Dave Weaver
  • Greg Wolf

High definition[edit]

TVG HD is a high definition simulcast feed of TVG, that broadcasts in the 1080i resolution format. The HD feed was launched on April 4, 2014.[2]

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