TVG Network

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TVG Network
TVG logo.svg
Launched July 14, 1999 (1999-07-14)
Owned by FanDuel Group
Picture format 720p (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Slogan A Betting Evolution
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area Nationwide
Headquarters Hillsboro, Oregon
Sister channel(s) TVG2
Website www.tvg.com
Availability
Satellite
DirecTV 602 (SD only)
Dish Network 399 (SD only)
Cable
Verizon FiOS 315 (SD)
Available on certain other U.S. cable systems Consult your local cable provider for channel availability
IPTV
AT&T U-verse
  • 671 (SD)
  • 1671 (HD)

TVG Network ("TVG" being an initialism for its official name Television Games Network) is an online horse and greyhound racing betting business and American sports-oriented digital cable and satellite television network that is owned by FanDuel Group, the U.S. division of Paddy Power Betfair.[1]

Dedicated to horse racing and greyhound racing, in New Jersey it operates the 4NJBets platform on behalf of the state of New Jersey and its racing industry.[2]

History[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 (now Pop) 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 places microphones on select jockeys, owners, trainers, and the starting crew.

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 the end of 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 the end of 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.[3] In February 2015, Betfair acquired TVG's sole competitor, HRTV, and began to consolidate it into TVG's facilities. The network was re branded as a sister network, TVG2, in October 2015.[4][5][6]

Wagering services[edit]

TVG offers wagering services to residents of Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, Minnesota, 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 one hundred 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]

  • The Barstool Sports Advisors - A Sunday-morning program featuring personalities from the website Barstool Sports, including David Portnoy, the hosts of its podcast Pardon My Take, and Stu Feiner.[7]
  • Drive Time – A harness racing program, featuring action from Meadowlands, home of the Hambletonian, harness racing's biggest event.
  • Horseracing All Access – A program providing a 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 conversations with horseracing personalities.
  • More Ways to Win - A Sunday-morning program dealing with sports coverage from a betting perspective, hosted by Lisa Kerney.[7]
  • Pick 6 Central – A program providing analysis for major Pick 6 Carryovers.
  • Race Night – Live race telecasts, airing Monday through Thursday evenings.
  • Racing Coast to Coast – Live racing from some of the 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 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 contests, all live from Los Alamitos racetrack.
  • The Works – A look at the final preparations of contenders in major stakes races.
  • Trackside Live – 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.
  • Television Games - Racing coverage on Mondays and Tuesdays during the day with one host who analyzes the races as well as answers emails and tweets. Usually hosted by Rich Perloff and Caleb Keller, although Peter Lurie and Nick Hines have filled in on occasion.

In July 2018, with the removal of restrictions on U.S. states' ability to offer sports betting, the network announced that it was developing studio programs dedicated to the subject. Paddy Power Betfair had recently acquired daily fantasy sports service FanDuel with an intent to use it as its main U.S. brand for sports betting. The new programs, The Barstool Sports Advisors and More Ways to Win, would air on Sunday mornings beginning September 9, 2018.[7][8]

On air staff[edit]

Current on air staff[edit]

Camera Personnel
  • Anna James
Commentators

High definition[edit]

TVG HD is a high definition simulcast feed of TVG, that broadcasts in the 720p resolution format. The HD feed was launched on April 4, 2014.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Betfair US/TVG's Levin Sees 'Positive Early Indicators' In Exchange Wagering Launch In New Jersey - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report". www.paulickreport.com. Retrieved 2017-06-28.
  2. ^ "4NJBets Rolls Out New Website March 1 - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report". www.paulickreport.com. Retrieved 2017-06-28.
  3. ^ "All Articles - BloodHorse.com". bloodhorse.com. Archived from the original on 12 February 2009. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  4. ^ "TVG Makes Changes, Rebrands HRTV as TVG2". Blood-Horse. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  5. ^ "TVG re-brands HRTV, promises more live racing". Courier-Journal. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  6. ^ Mitchell, Ron (February 18, 2015). "TVG Acquiring HRTV; Operations to Merge". Blood-Horse. Retrieved February 18, 2015.
  7. ^ a b c "TVG/FanDuel launch two new gambling shows, More Ways to Win and The Barstool Sports Advisors". Awful Announcing. 2018-09-07. Retrieved 2018-09-08.
  8. ^ "FanDuel Plans Sports-Gambling TV Shows as Betting Parlors Open". Bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  9. ^ http://community.tvg.com/t5/News-Announcements/TVG-TEAMS-WITH-KEENELAND-AND-DEL-MAR-TO-DRIVE-OPPORTUNITIES-FOR/ba-p/610192