Over 95% of 2017 fixtures will be in stunning high definition
Racing UK is now broadcasting in stunning 1080i high-definition.
In 2016 over 82% of our racing fixtures were in HD (599 fixtures) and in 2017 this will go up to over 95% with 693 fixtures currently scheduled.
So whether it is that final fence at Cheltenham or the field hurtling around Tattenham Corner on Derby Day, you can watch it in crystal-clear high definition!
Note - You do not need to pay for Sky HD services to receive Racing UK in HD
What this means for you if you are a Racing UK member
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What's more, Racing UK is scheduled to broadcast more live racing than ever before, with over 770 live fixtures from our British racecourses. They include 65 of the 76 major racedays, and over 90% of all Group and Graded races. There are also international highlights to enjoy, with live action from over a dozen countries, including France, Hong Kong and the UAE.
PLUS there is a host of additional member benefits including the ever-popular Winter Season Ticket, exclusive racecourse offers and member Club Days. You can enjoy all this for just £24.98 / €31 a month. Click here to join now.
Racing UK in HD Q&A:
What do I have to do to watch Racing UK HD on Sky?
Nothing, if you already have HD-ready equipment. Sky 426 is now automatically broacasting in HD.
Do I need to have enabled HD on Sky?
No, you don’t have to be paying extra to receive HD channels on Sky to watch Racing UK in HD. Racing UK is an independent channel, so as long as you’re a Sky customer with HD-ready equipment the channel will automatically be broadcast in HD.
What if I do not have HD-ready equipment?
Not to worry, the channel will continue as normal on Sky 426. When you upgrade to HD equipment our channel will automatically upgrade to high-definition.
Can I still watch Racing UK in SD if I have HD equipment?
Yes, there is an additional SD channel available on Sky 874.
Will the HD pictures be delayed compared to the current SD pictures?
There is no or negligible latency difference on Racing UK HD from the standard definition channel.
Will every race be broadcast in HD?
Nearly! The channel will be broadcast in 1080i HD at all times. Over 95% of Racing UK’s fixtures (from our racecourses) will be filmed and produced in native HD in 2017. There will be some UK fixtures and international races which will still have to be filmed in SD and up-converted to HD, depending on fixture volumes, timings and geography, but these will still have a sharper picture on an HDTV than the standard SD broadcast.
Why not charge more for HD?
We have elected not to charge an additional premium cost for members wanting to watch our channel in high-definition. We understand through analysis undertaken last year that approximately 80% of our viewers are now ready to receive HD pictures and as a premium sports channel we want to provide the best quality broadcast possible to all our viewers. However, it is also important that we continue to run a standard-definition channel in tandem with the new HD service, to service our viewers who don’t have HD equipment, and there are considerable costs associated with running the two services in parallel.
Is Racing UK going to be available in HD on Virgin Media?
Unfortunately not, at least not at the moment. Racing UK has launched HD on Sky only, but we will be looking to extend this to Virgin Media in the future at some point. Virgin Media customers can now watch Racing UK on multiple devices through the Virgin TV Anywhere service. Sky will offer Racing UK HD to their Pubs and Clubs customers for no added premium, too. It will be automatically available on Channel 426.