TVG Available on Baltimore Cable

The TV Games Network expanded onto its first cable television service outside Kentucky on Friday.

The 24-hour interactive horse racing network can now be seen on the televisions of 40,000 Comcast digital cable subscribers in the Baltimore metropolitan area and is available to about 300,000 Comcast customers.

The network is not available as part of Comcast's basic package, as it is Louisville and Lexington. Instead, TVG is only available to subscribers of Comcast Digital Plus, an enhanced package that costs $14.95 per month and requires a special set-top box. The digital service offers a higher quality picture and more than 270 channels including 45 premium movie channels. TVG is on channel 260.

"It's especially gratifying for TVG to launch in Maryland, an area with such a rich tradition in horseracing," said Mark Wilson, president and chief executive officer of TVG. "We look forward to delivering to Baltimore area racing fans the innovative quality programming that racing fans across the country have come to expect from TVG. We also look forward to helping Maryland racetracks and horsemen improve the sport in the state by growing the market for their racing product through television distribution."

Joe De Francis, chairman of the Maryland Jockey Club and the Laurel Racing Association, said he excited about the prospects of TVG improving interest in and wagering on Maryland races.

"Through TVG, we can substantially increase the exposure and accessibility of racing from Laurel Park and Pimlico to our fans, which can improve the economic conditions for all facets of horseracing in Maryland," De Francis said.

TVG is now available to approximately seven million cable and satellite television subscribers via basic programming packages on select cable systems, EchoStar's Dish Network, the Superstar/Netlink/Turnervision group of c-band satellite services. TVG is a subsidiary of Gemstar-TV Guide International, Inc.