Extreme Sports Channel
The Extreme Sports Channel is a European pay television channel that was launched from Amsterdam on 1 May 1999. 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, mountain biking, FMX, music, gaming and fashion.
|Extreme Sports Channel|
|Launched||1 May 1999|
|Owned by||Extreme International (brand)|
AMC Networks International (channel)
|Picture format||1080i HDTV|
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
0.01% (September 2015 , BARB)
|Sky (Italy)||Channel 218 (HD)|
|PAS 10||12.682 GHz H|
|Digiturk (Turkey)||Channel 83|
|Dolce (Romania)||Channel 305|
|TV Vlaanderen Digitaal (Flanders)||Channel 31|
|OTE TV (Greece)||Channel 308|
(Middle East & North Africa)
|UPC (Romania)||Digital with DVR|
|RCS&RDS (Romania)||Channel 49|
|Ziggo (Netherlands)||Channel 412|
|Kabel Noord (Netherlands)||Channel 305|
|UPC (Austria)||Channel 306|
|UPC Switzerland (Switzerland)||Channel 120 (SD)|
|naxoo (Switzerland)||Channel 234|
|UPC (Poland)||Channel 571|
|Caiway (Netherlands)||Channel 109|
|DELTA (Netherlands)||Channel 152|
|Movistar TV (Spain)||Channel 102|
|Ziggo GO (Netherlands)||ZiggoGO.tv (Europe only)|
The vision and idea for the Extreme brand franchise and TV channel came from Alistair Gosling, an ambassador for action and adventure sports, founder of Extreme International, international advisory board member of Qidiyya the world's largest tourism project, and investor in Medshr and Sustainable Seaweed.
In 1998 Alistair Gosling, founder of Extreme, started approaching potential investors to back the plan for a new brand and TV network dedicated to extreme and adventure sports. UPCtv, the programming arm of the Dutch-based cable television operator UPC, was looking for new channels to offer its subscribers and in April 1998 Ben Barrett approached by Stephen Cohen, UPCtv's Chief Operating Officer, at the MIP programming market in Cannes, France, with a proposal for a joint venture between the two companies. Extreme partnered with UPC and the Extreme Sports Channel was launched from the Netherlands on 1 May 1999, and in the UK in 2000.The channel was designed by Cohen, alongside five other new channels for the European market, and its content was supplied by Gosling.
In late 1999, Extreme launched its United States operations, and charged veteran producer, Lloyd Bryan Adams with the task of heading up the North American presence. They launched EXtreme TV, a branded block on Fox Sports Net in March 2012.
In 2005, after launching the channel in over sixty countries, Extreme acquired the brand and sold its 50% 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 management of Chellomedia. Since the transaction and as adventure and extreme sports have rapidly expanded and moved into the mainstream Extreme have gone onto develop the business across sports parks, resorts, hotels and destinations  production studios, digital media network, sports marketing services, events and experiences. As part of its central brand activities Extreme supports and sponsors 128 grass roots and profesional athelets, activates 84 events each year and runs a digital media network that delivers over 100 million video views each month.
The channel launched in Poland in January 2006, followed by France in that same year.
On 28 September 2011 the channel began broadcasting in widescreen (16:9) format.
On 31 December 2015, the channel was removed from the Sky EPG.
- Official website (TV channel)
- Official website (corporate)
- "TV sport goes to extremes for teens". TheGuardian.com. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
- "Meet the Team". ExtremeSportsCompany.com. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
- Chalaby, Jean K. (2009). Transnational Television in Europe: Reconfiguring Global Communications Networks. I.B.Tauris. pp. 148–149. ISBN 9780857717474.
- "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.
- "Developer announced for derelict Sheffield Ski Village". BBC. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
- "Extreme Sports Channel enters the Italian market". realscreen.com. 26 January 2012.
- BroadbandTVNews.com: Chellomedia to become AMC Networks International