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Racing TV in HD

Racing TV is now broadcasting in stunning 1080i high-definition.

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 TV in HD


What this means for you if you are a Racing TV member

HD ready

  • Sky 426 has automatically switched to 1080i high-definition for Sky customers with HD equipment
  • There is no additional charge for receiving the HD channel on Sky 426

Not HD ready

  • Sky 874 has remained in standard-definition for customers with SD equipment

Not a Racing TV member?

Join Racing TV now and experience unrivalled coverage from the 61 racecourses in Britain and Ireland in dramatic HD!

What's more, Racing TV is scheduled to broadcast more live racing than ever before, with over 7000 live races from our British and Irish racecourses in 2019, including 88% of all Group and Graded races.

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 TV in HD Q&A:

What do I have to do to watch Racing TV 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 TV in HD. Racing TV 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 TV 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 TV 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. 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 TV going to be available in HD on Virgin Media?

Virgin Media viewers in the UK have been enjoying HD pictures since October 2018. We're hopeful of bringing HD pictures to Virgin customers in Ireland in the future.

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