Two or three years ago HPI TV up here in the north went to a rotating racing format with no anchors. On chat boards and at the track I often heard horseplayers opine that this was a good idea. I saw that point and it does make sense; horseplaying is a relatively solitary game, and talking heads (especially if they are not up to snuff) are not welcomed by the hard core.
I noticed this phenomenon as well from our US friends who have HRTV and TVG. If I had a nickel every time I read "be quiet and show the races" on chat boards I would be a very rich dude.
I did something a little different the past week or so: I signed up for HRTV, am paying cash for it, because I actually want to watch some commentating.
Being a hard-core player I am often so into my game, and the racing day, that I barely watch races. But when I am kicking back, working and wanting a break, I find myself wanting to listen and watch others watch the races. If I want no sound, and no commentating, I will log into the track feeds and away I go, which are now very prevalent. Before they were not (that is a whole other crazy racing story we have talked about here).
What say? Does anyone miss Greg Unger up here in the North? Does Gary Seibel or Jeff Siegal provide you with some entertainment? Or do we want the internet feed - no talking heads; just racing.