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Monday, May 14, 2007



DISTRIBUTION DEAL ALLOWS AT THE RACES TO REACH 26 MILLION US HOMES




In a move that will broaden the reach of ATR's programming to nearly 26 million homes in the United States, TVG, America's Horseracing Network, recently announced that it has amended its distribution agreement with DIRECTV to expand the reach and duration of its coverage.

The long-term amended agreement will deliver the network's programming to over eight million DIRECTV subscribers and TVG remains the only horseracing network available to DIRECTV's customers. TVG is now more than double the size of any US network dedicated to horseracing.


TVG has been carrying live ATR content for an average of between three and fours hours a day, seven days a week since January as part of a long-term reciprocal agreement that also sees ATR screen top quality American racing from tracks such as Aqueduct, Belmont Park and Saratoga on the revamped ATR Stateside.


David Nathanson, TVG's General Manager: "The expanded distribution we achieve through DIRECTV will expose the thrill of horseracing to a broader audience. This is a defining milestone for our organization and underscores our commitment to providing our domestic and international racetrack partners, and ultimately, racing fans, the best the sport has to offer."

Matthew Imi, Chief Executive of ATR, said: "Our partnership with TVG has helped At The Races to showcase the quality of British and Irish horseracing to a vast audience in the United States. TVG's agreement with DIRECTV emphasises how TVG's ambition can work hand in hand with our own goal of popularising UK and Irish racing around the world."


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