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Frustration grows over bush blackout

Country folk have been left out in the cold with the latest vision dispute. Picture: Gett

Country folk have been left out in the cold with the latest vision dispute. Picture: Getty Images

COUNTRY racing fans have not seen a televised Victorian race in more than a month and are fed up with the ongoing vision blackout.

Regional areas and city residents with older TVs are growing increasingly frustrated that they cannot access Channel 78 pictures.

Tabcorp has not shown Victorian racing on Sky Channel in pubs and homes since its contract expired on June 15.

Traralgon resident Peter Mitchell said Racing Victoria deserved a “kick up the backside” for a lack of information and consideration for country people.

Semi-retired Chadstone racing fan David Wyeth called the industry’s decision making “diabolical”.

He said he had not bet on Victorian racing for a month because his 2008 Samsung TV could not pick up Channel 78.

Wyeth, who is in his 60s, said streaming footage on his laptop was too “stop-start” and delayed by up to 30 seconds.

Close-up vision: The field in the first goes past the punters at Moonee Valley last month

Close-up vision: The field in the first goes past the punters at Moonee Valley last month. Picture: Hamish Blair

“It’s frustrating. They need to get the vision back on Sky Channel immediately for the benefit of thousands of people who like to watch horse racing at home,” he said.

Racing Victoria and its new free-to-air media partner, the Seven Network, are continuing negotiations to beam vision into rural areas via Foxtel.

RV executives are also having ongoing discussions with Sky/TAB.

Country Racing Victoria chief executive Scott Whiteman said the current situation was not ideal, but indicated it was an interim measure.

“We are extremely concerned about the lack of vision available in regional areas, as country racing participants have been most affected by the current situation,” Whiteman said.

“We appreciate that Racing Victoria is working hard to resolve this issue with both Channel Seven and with Sky Racing.

“We look forward to a swift resolution on both fronts, and also to seeing our business grow as a result of having Victorian thoroughbred racing on free-to-air television and Sky Racing throughout Australia.”

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Posted July 17, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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