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HPItv

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Launched  September 2001
Country  Canada
Picture format  480i (SDTV)
Broadcast area  National
Closed  April 11, 2017 (Planned)
Owned by  Woodbine Entertainment Group

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.

Contents

Channels and content

HPItv consists of five multiplex channels:

  • HPItv is the network's flagship feed. It features thoroughbred and harness racing from up to six tracks at a time across North America, Also featuring Great Britain & Ireland in the morning and Australia, Japan & Hong Kong in the evening.
  • HPItv Odds displays live Canadian pools and current 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. International also features Great Britain & Ireland in the mornings and Australia & Hong Kong in the evening and some overnight.
  • HPItv West provides daily live coverage from primarily Western racetracks in Canada and the United States.
  • History

    In November 2000, a joint venture between The Ontario Jockey Club (90%) and BCE Media (10%) called the Ontario Jockey Club (Partnership), 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."

    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.

    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).

    On January 11, 2017, Woodbine Entertainment Group announced that it will shutter the service on April 11, 2017 due to diminishing subscribers and rising production costs. The main channel will continue to operate with a lighter track load until the scheduled closing date, and on minimal staff. Despite the closure of the channel, the HPItv Canada, HPItv International, and HPItv West feeds, which operate under a pay-per-view licence agreement, will continue to be offered to television service providers.

    References

    HPItv Wikipedia


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