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The New Zealand Racing Board's Trackside television broadcasts will switch to a fully digital service from August 1.

The board said the switch would bring better broadcast quality and reliability for all viewers. "We've opted to switch off our ageing UHF service on July 31.

In the meantime we'll work to get those customers still on the analogue service set up using digital," said board head of broadcasting Glen Broomhall.

From August 1, Trackside will be available only on Freeview (channel 11) or Sky Digital (channel 36).

TAB TV will continue on Sky Digital (channel 35).