TVN (Australia)

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TVN Australia logo.png
Launched 2008
Owned by Racing Victoria
Picture format 576i (SDTV 16:9)
Country Australia
Language English
Foxtel Channel 522
Austar Channel 522
Foxtel Channel 522
Austar Channel 522
Optus TV Channel 522
[2] Channel 984
Streaming media
[Web TV] [3]

TVN (Thoroughbred Vision) is an Australian thoroughbred horse-racing channel. It is available on Foxtel, Austar and Optus TV as a premium channel option. Content is also available online via Telstra's BigPond Web Portal. It is also available for free on the Telstra T Box via Bigpond TV. The channel was set up by the Victorian thoroughbred racing industry and Sydney metropolitan racing clubs as an alternative to Sky Racing and as an attempt by the racing clubs concerned "to capture the valuable assets of racing media rights and leverage them to the benefit of racing".[1]

TVN is 50% owned by Victorian racings organisations Melbourne Racing Club, Victoria Racing Club, Moonee Valley Racing Club and Country Racing Victoria; and 50% by the Sydney based, Australian Turf Club. It was launched in May 2005[1] and holds the broadcast rights to these race meetings.


Prior to the launch of TVN, Sky Channel purchased the rights to broadcast race meetings from almost all racing clubs across the country and then resold the rights to pubs and clubs, back to the racing venues and also to DTH subscribers.

TVN was formed after TabCorp, the owner of Sky Racing, pulled out of plans it was developing with Racing Victoria Limited in February 2005 to launch a dedicated thoroughbred racing channel apart from Sky Channel's other broadcasts, which included harness racing and greyhound racing, with Sky Channel chief executive Peter Caillard stating that "the fledgling TVN model is a risky proposition to all the racing codes and is not in a position to showcase thoroughbred racing to its full potential".[2] Victorian racing clubs planned to continue launching the service and won the support of the Australian Jockey Club and Sydney Turf Club when they announced their intention not to re-sign with Sky Channel when their contracts came up for renewal in March 2005. Both the AJC and STC supported TVN and a partnership was formed with Racing Victoria Limited. In May 2005 existing contracts between Victorian raceclubs and Sky Channel ended and these were then signed over to TVN.[3]

The service was initially only available on the Foxtel platform, but Sky Channel had exclusivity agreements with some race meetings through Sky Racing. In August 2005 Sky successfully obtained an injunction against TVN and pay TV carrier Austar, stopping Austar from broadcasting TVN.[4] However, broadcast agreements were eventually extended to Austar and Optus.[3]


Main programs are Raceday Live and RaceNight Live. Raceday Live provides extensive coverage of the 3 main gallops meetings of the day mostly from Victoria and New South Wales sometimes coming from Queensland. Racenight Live provides coverage of Singapore and Hong Kong and also coverage of Canterbury (Sydney) and Moonee Valley (Melbourne) night meetings in the spring and summer. It also provides coverage of the Royal Ascot Meeting in June.


  1. ^ a b [1] Sydney Turf Club. Retrieved 15 July 2007.
  2. ^ Bourke, Tony (18 February 2005). "Clubs body thwarts TV racing deal". The Age (Melbourne: Fairfax Media). p. 11. Retrieved 26 February 2010.  |chapter= ignored (help)
  3. ^ a b 'TVN under the microscope' Tony Bourke, The Age Online, Melbourne, 8 June 2005. Retrieved 15 July 2007.
  4. ^ 'Sky Channel successful in NSW Supreme Court against TVN and AUSTAR' Sky Channel Media Release, 12 August 2005. Retrieved 15 July 2007.

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