Extreme Sports Channel
|Extreme Sports Channel|
|Launched||1 May 1999|
UPC/Extreme International (1999-2005)|
AMC Networks International (2014-present)
576i (SDTV 16:9)|
0.01% (September 2015 , BARB)
|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)
Digital with DVR|
|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. 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. 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.
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.
On 28 September 2011 the channel began broadcasting in widescreen (16:9) format.
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.
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- "Extreme Sports Channel enters the Italian market". http://realscreen.com. 26 January 2012. External link in
- BroadbandTVNews.com: Chellomedia to become AMC Networks International