Arena Racing Company And Vermantia Launch The European Racing Channel
Vermantia, a leader in omni-channel content solutions worldwide, and Arena Racing Company (“ARC”), the largest racecourse group in the UK, are proud to announce the official launch of the European Racing Channel, the most complete offering of its kind worldwide.
The European Racing Channel, now available both via satellite and streaming, includes a rich daily schedule of top quality thoroughbred and greyhound races, broadcast live from the best racecourses in the UK, Australia, South Africa and the USA comprising of at least 40,000 live races per year.
The Channel is produced and distributed from Vermantia’s Content Hub in Athens and includes 15 hours or more of live racing, covering the retail operating hours of betting operators across Europe.
The service is coupled with a rich and fully documented race data feed, powered by Vermantia’s unique CONNECT platform, and is delivered through Vermantia’s market-leading broadcasting and ultra-low latency streaming solutions. Bespoke versions of the Channel, with custom scheduling and content mix, are also available.
Vermantia’s Chief Product Officer, Yiannis Gangas, said, “The European Racing Channel is a unique product in the international markets due to its unbeatable combination of top quality content from ARC, extended time-coverage, cutting-edge design and single data feed integration. As such, we are very happy that the service has already been adopted by operators in Europe in line with a growing demand from the market for our quality and fastpaced live racing channels.”
ARC’s Director of International Markets, Antony Hopkins said, “We are delighted to be able to provide betting operators with the most comprehensive live racing service based on Vermantia’s operational strengths and international reach. The launch of the European Racing Channel enables operators to receive a service with live racing from Tier 1 jurisdictions with a heritage of quality and integrity. This compelling proposition will work for the bookmaker and maximize the return to racing”
About Vermantia: (www.vermantia.com)
Vermantia is a leader in omni-channel content solutions for lotteries, gaming & betting operators worldwide. Established in 2007, headquartered in Athens with a regional office in Italy and representatives in the UK, Romania and Nigeria, the company operates across 31 countries, reaching 22 operators internationally.
With a proven track record, multi-jurisdictional presence & long-term customer relationships with the largest players in the market (e.g. IGT, OPAP, SNAI, INTRALOT GROUP, SCIENTIFIC GAMES, EUROFOOTBALL, SUPERBET, CSLA), Vermantia constitutes a onestop-shop for gaming content aggregation and delivery, providing 25+ high quality virtual games, the best International live sports and racing events as well as 85+ instant win games, eSports and DFS. The company has installed more than 40,000 Vermantia POINTs (company’s set top boxes) in retail shops internationally and is operating 32 live & virtual sports retail channels across the globe.
Vermantia is an Associate Member of the World Lottery Association (WLA), the Asian Pacific Lottery Association (APLA) and the European Lotteries Association (EL). Vermantia was awarded the SBC Best Retail Betting Product in 2017, and has received various awards for Extroversion and National Business Champion from Greek and European Conferences.
About ARC – Arena Racing Company www.arenaracingcompany.co.uk
Arena Racing Company (“ARC”) is the largest racecourse operator in the UK. In 2018 ARC Group racecourses will host 552 fixtures with 1.2 million people attending racing at one of ARC’s racecourses each year.
ARC is made up of the following sixteen racecourses: Bath, Brighton, Chepstow, Doncaster, Ffos Las, Fontwell Park, Great Yarmouth, Hereford, Lingfield Park, Newcastle, Royal Windsor, Sedgefield, Southwell, Uttoxeter, Wolverhampton and Worcester.
ARC runs four of the six all-weather racecourses in the UK offering three different types of surface for horses to run on: Polytrack at Lingfield Park, fibresand at Southwell Racecourse and tapeta at Newcastle and Wolverhampton Racecourses – the only tapeta racing surfaces in Europe.
In 2013 ARC pioneered the All-Weather Championships which see horses compete throughout the winter for the chance of qualifying for a £1 million Finals Day on Good Friday at Lingfield Park. This initiative is helping raise the profile and prestige of all-weather racing in Great Britain.
ARC hosts racing at all levels of the sport from Class 7 through to Group 1s. Doncaster Racecourse is home to the world’s oldest Classic, the St Leger, run each year in September as part of the four-day St Leger Festival. Feature jumps races include the Grade 1 Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle Racecourse, the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow Racecourse and Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter Racecourse.
As well as racing, ARC also operates a hotel at Wolverhampton Racecourse, a hotel, spa resort and golf course at Lingfield Park and The Border Minstrel public house at Newcastle Racecourse in the grounds of Gosforth Park. A new hotel at Doncaster Racecourse is under construction and will open in the summer of 2018.
ARC is a significant shareholder in the horseracing TV channel At The Races which is broadcast on the Sky platform to c.14 million homes, and a JV partner with Racing UK in GBI Racing which sells UK and Irish Racing to betting shop operators around the world.
ARC plays a pivotal role in British Racing. It is a shareholder in British Champions Series and Racecourse Data Company; a signatory to a British Horseracing Authority’s and Horsemen’s Group Prize Money Agreement; and on the boards of the Racecourse Association (“RCA”), Great British Racing (“GBR”) and British Champion Series (“BCS”).
In 2015 ARC set up The Racing Partnership. This limited company represents the media rights of the 15 ARC owned-racecourses and the 7 independent racecourses Fakenham, Ffos Las, Hexham, Newton Abbot, Plumpton, Ripon and Towcester.
In addition to racecourses ARC owns Newcastle and Sunderland Greyhound Stadia and looks after the media interests of the Greyhound Media Group (“GMG”) who represent Kinsley, Sheffield, Nottingham, Peterborough, Yarmouth, Belle Vue, Perry Barr, Swindon and Poole
greyhound racecourses. Together with greyhound meetings from Towcester, the racing from these twelve course are part of the highly regarded and long established BAGS fixture list.
ARC employs 650 permanent staff and engages with 3,500 casual staff for racing and events across its racecourses.
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