Racing channel’s official launch this Saturday


Seven’s channel, which partners with Racing Victoria, will officially launch on Saturday hosted by Bruce McAvaney.

The 78 channel which replaced Fresh Ideas branded content channel, will broadcast race meetings from across Victoria 363 days a year. will also feature three magazine programs as part of its initial content offering. Launching in early September will be the Thursday night preview show Get On and Sunday morning review show Correct Weight, plus The Carnival, looking at Victoria’s Spring Carnival.

Channel presenters will include Jason Richardson, Shane Anderson, David Gately, Warren Huntly, Campbell Brown and Clint Hutchison.

CEO Tim Worner, said: “This is an important new partnership for our company. We are the home of horse racing on broadcast television and we are committing our company to building an increasing presence for horse racing in Victoria across our expanding presence in all forms of content delivery. Our partnership joins our portfolio of major sports and we are looking forward to working with Racing Victoria in ensuring the future growth and success of horse racing in this state.”

David Moodie, Chairman of Racing Victoria added, “The launch of the free-to-air channel achieves the goal of the Victorian thoroughbred racing industry to make our sport available to more people in more places than ever before. It is the start of a new era for Victorian thoroughbred racing and one that provides us with a foundation for growth in engagement, participation, ownership, wagering and attendance. will showcase Victorian racing 363-days-a-year to well over 90 per cent of the Australian population. The industry’s partnership with Seven is a great result for racing fans, punters and participants and I would like to take this opportunity to thank our three Metropolitan Clubs and Country Racing Victoria for their support in achieving this.”

The first official day of will be this Saturday with coverage of the Group 1 Memsie Stakes Day from Caulfield.


  1. AFAIK our digital TV transmission system uses MPEG2 for the video streams and MPEG or AAC for the audio streams. This applies to all channels including datacasting. The MP4 compression system is usually found in AVI files where a smaller file size is important.

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