Australia’s Tabcorp has launched the Sky Racing Active app allowing live streaming of race fixtures in HD, as well as VOD replays, the ability to create “playlists” and to receive alerts.
Free and in beta until October, the Sky Racing Active is compatible with Apple iPhone, iPad running iOS 9.x or later, and Android operating system version 6.x or above.
The Sky Racing Active app will give users access to Sky Racing’s live and on demand racing content across Thoroughbreds, Greyhounds and Harness, including coverage from New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, Tasmania and International racing. It also includes TV programming, as well as race replays and historical archives on-demand.
Due to rights restrictions, Victoria and South Australian Thoroughbred racing is not included in Sky Racing Active. The app and its content is also geo-blocked and restricted to Australian access only due to underlying rights restrictions.
Beta Access is currently free for 60 days until 7th October 2019, from activation date. Tabcorp says it will announce details of arrangements beyond the trial date closer to the end of the beta period. The company says it may offer subscription or additional account tier access.
App features include:
- Favourites – allowing users to follow their favourite racing events
- Playlist – shows fixtures users are following for next 48hrs
- Users can swipe between different live racing channels
- There is also a “Sky Active Channel” featuring a curated “best of” the day’s racing across scheduled content, codes and markets.
In between live scheduled races, users will see information for the upcoming race on each channel, the top right corner of the screen will show the number of minutes until the next race start. Below the screen (in portrait mode) to the right of ‘Up Next’, users can also click on ‘View Schedule’ to see all races scheduled for the day. Each race event also shows the time to the race start.
As Sky Racing Active uses a scheduling automation system based on industry triggers, audio may be muted during race mounting yard and gate loading until race caller audio is available (approximately 20-30 seconds from race jump depending on race event).
The Sky Racing Active app will send users an in-app alert based on their Playlist items, four minutes out from scheduled race start time. They can join the stream in progress at this time or come back later to enjoy the race action. Race Replays will be available approx. 10 minutes after the completion of a race event and will be available in the Playlist section.