Extreme Sports Channel

Extreme Sports Channel
Launched 1 May 1999 (1999-05-01)
Owned by UPC/Extreme International (1999-2005)
Chellomedia (2005-2014)
AMC Networks International (2014-present)
Picture format 576i (SDTV 16:9)
1080i (HDTV)
Audience share UK:
0.01% (September 2015 (2015-09), BARB)
Language English
Sister channel(s) AMC
CBS Action
CBS Europa
CBS Drama
CBS Reality
Horror Channel
Outdoor Channel
Website extreme.com
Sky (Italy) Channel 218 (HD)
PAS 10 12.682 GHz H
Digiturk (Turkey) Channel 83
CanalDigitaal (Netherlands) Channel 36
Dolce (Romania) Channel 305
Focus Sat (Romania) Channel ?
Akta TV (Romania) Channel ?
TV Vlaanderen Digitaal (Flanders) Channel 31
OTE TV (Greece) Channel 308
(Middle East & North Africa)
Channel 116
UPC (Romania) Digital with DVR
Channel 208
Standard Digital
Channel 78
RCS&RDS (Romania) Channel 49
Ziggo (Netherlands) Channel 412
MC Cable (Monaco) Channel ???
UPC (Austria) Channel 306
UPC Switzerland (Switzerland) Channel 120 (SD)
naxoo (Switzerland) Channel 234
UPC (Poland) Channel 571
Movistar TV (Spain) Channel 102
KPN (Netherlands) Channel 204

The Extreme Sports Channel is a sports and lifestyle pay TV channel that launched from Amsterdam on 1 May 1999.[1] The idea and vision for the brand franchise and channel came from Alistair Gosling an ambassador for action and adventure sports and founder of Extreme International. The channel broadcasts in over 60 countries and 12 languages and covers extreme sport and adventure sports which include surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, wakeboarding, motocross, BMX, FMX, music, art and fashion.


In 1998 Alistair Gosling, founder of the Extreme group started approaching potential investors to back the vision and plan for a new brand and tv network dedicated to extreme and adventure sports.[2] The Extreme Group teamed up with the European cable operator UPC and launched Extreme Sports Channel in the Netherlands on 1 May 1999, followed by the UK in 2000.[3][4]

In 1999, Extreme launched its United States operations, and charged veteran producer, Lloyd Bryan Adams with the task of launching the channel in the USA and heading up the North American presence. They launched EX TV, a branded block on Fox Sports Net in March 2012.

In 2005, after launching the channel in over sixty countries, Extreme sold its stake in Extreme Sports Channel to John Malone's Liberty Global Inc. which had by then become owner of UPC. The channel was put under the wings of Chellomedia.[3]

The channel launched in Poland in January 2006, followed by France in that same year.[3]

The UK version of the channel was free-to-air from launch until Summer 2006, when a deal with BSkyB meant that it became encrypted.

On 28 September 2011 the channel began broadcasting in widescreen (16:9) format.

On 1 February 2012 the high-definition version of the channel began broadcasting in Italy.[5]

AMC Networks acquired Chellomedia on 2 February 2014. Chellomedia was rebranded by AMC Networks International on 8 July 2014.[6]

On 31 December 2015, the channel was abruptly removed from the Sky EPG.


Extreme Sports Channel broadcasts to over 60 countries with 12 different language soundtracks, and is generally available on digital cable as well as on many digital satellite packages, including UPC Direct in the Czech Republic, Cyfra+ and Cyfrowy Polsat in Poland, HOT in Israel (previously on yes as well), Kabel Deutschland, Unitymedia and Telekom Entertain in Germany and beIN in the Arab World. Content from the channel is also narrowcast on Cabvision installed in London Black cabs.

Extreme Sports Channel's on-air broadcast transmissions are handled by the playout and post-production facility (the Digital Media centre) in Amsterdam.


  1. "TV sport goes to extremes for teens". TheGuardian.com. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  2. "Meet the Team". ExtremeSportsCompany.com. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  3. 1 2 3 Chalaby, Jean K. (2009). Transnational Television in Europe: Reconfiguring Global Communications Networks. I.B.Tauris. p. 148-149. ISBN 9780857717474.
  4. "UPC, de grootste private kabelmaatschappij van Europa, begint volgende maand met twee nieuwe televisiekanalen, Extreme Sports Channel en Film1" (in Dutch). Trouw. 14 April 1999.
  5. "Extreme Sports Channel enters the Italian market". http://realscreen.com. 26 January 2012. External link in |publisher= (help)
  6. BroadbandTVNews.com: Chellomedia to become AMC Networks International
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