Extreme Sports Channel
The Extreme Sports Channel is a European pay television channel that was 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, gaming and fashion.
|Extreme Sports Channel|
|Launched||1 May 1999|
|Owned by||AMC Networks International|
|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|
|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)
|UPC (Romania)||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|
In 1998 Alistair Gosling, founder of Extreme International, started approaching potential investors to back the vision and plan for a new brand and TV network dedicated to extreme and adventure sports. After a meeting at MIP TV Extreme partnered with the European cable operator UPC and launched Extreme Sports Channel from the Netherlands on 1 May 1999, and in the UK in 2000.
In late 1999, Extreme launched its United States operations, and charged veteran producer, Lloyd Bryan Adams with the task 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 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 this transaction Extreme has gone onto develop and activate the brand franchise across sports parks, resorts, hotels and destinations  marketing services and event activations, licensed products and experiences. As part ongoing brand investment Extreme currently sponsors and supports over 125 ambassadors, activates over 80 events each year and with an average reach of 100 million video views and 30 million likes, shares and comments each month, their digital media network entertains a highly engaged fan base and delivers target and far reaching campaigns for brands.
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.
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- "Meet the Team". ExtremeSportsCompany.com. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
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- "Extreme Sports Channel enters the Italian market". realscreen.com. 26 January 2012.
- BroadbandTVNews.com: Chellomedia to become AMC Networks International