Sportsman Channel

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Sportsman Channel
Sportsman Channel.png
Launched April 2003
Owned by InterMedia Outdoor Holdings
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Slogan We Are Sportsman
Country United States
Broadcast area Nationwide
Headquarters New Berlin, Wisconsin
Website TheSportsmanChannel.com
Availability
Satellite
Dish Network 285 (HD/SD), 395
DirecTV 605 (SD only)
1605 On Demand
Cable
Verizon FiOS 308 (SD only)
Available on many cable systems Check local listings
IPTV
Sky Angel 326
AT&T U-verse 1642 (HD)
642 (SD)

Sportsman Channel is a television speciality channel dedicated to hunting, shooting and fishing programming. It launched in 2003.

As of August 2013, Sportsman Channel is available to approximately 31,822,000 pay television households (27.87% of households with television) in the United States.1

History

Sportsman Channel was started in 2003 by C. Michael Cooley and Todd D. Hansen of Muskego, Wisconsin. In June 2007, the channel was purchased by the InterMedia Outdoors Holdings group, a division of private equity group InterMedia Partners.2

In August 2008, InterMedia Outdoors acquired Barrett Productions, one of the preeminent producers of outdoors, adventure and sports television programming, which extended the company's depth and breadth of programming assets targeted toward American sportsmen.3

Sportsman Channel logo 2009-2011

In March 2009, Sportsman Channel brought on board InterMedia Outdoors Executive Vice President, Willy Burkhardt, as the new President for the network.4 The appointment brings the company's full range of television content resources under the direction of one person, further integrating IMO and Sportsman Channel.

Programming

The channel has announced it will have up to 100 original shows starting in the fourth quarter of 2009.5

As of 2013, programming on Sportsman Channel includes various programming pertaining to hunting (both by archery and through firearms), fishing, and firearms. A one-hour condensed version of Cam & Co., a news magazine/talk radio program produced by the National Rifle Association for SiriusXM Patriot, airs each weekday evening. Most other shows air in half-hour time slots. Infomercials air only during the overnight graveyard slots.

Sportsman Channel HD

On January 19, 2010, the Channel announced it would launch a 1080i high definition feed in the first quarter of 2010.6 In February 2010, Dish Network became the first provider to launch the channel in HD.7 The HD feed is now available on various providers including Cablevision, Comcast, and Time Warner Cable.

Carriage

DirecTV added the channel on January 21, 2009.8 Dish Network added it on February 10, 2010.7 It is also available on Verizon FiOS, AT&T U-verse, Sky Angel, and many other cable systems.

List of former affiliates

Call-sign Channel (analog/digital) City of license/Market Owner Current affiliation Notes
WLLZ-LP 12/none Traverse City, MI P & P Cable Holdings Dual-affiliation of My Network TV and America One (TSC formerly overnight) TSC replaced with Retro TV
WMKG-CA 38/none Muskegon, Michigan Kelley Enterprises Dual-affiliation of FamilyNet and Pursuit Channel Now affiliate of My Family TV
WHSV-DT2 and -DT4 none/3.2 and 3.4 Harrisonburg, Virginia Gray Television Fox Removed, formerly aired overnight
KJLR-LP 28/none Little Rock, Arkansas Cowsert Family, LLC AMGTV Removed, formerly secondary affiliation
KDCG-LP none/22.1 Opelousas, Louisiana Acadiana Cable Advertising Retro Television Network Removed, former dual-affiliation with America One. Also a Class-A Digital station
KSDI-LP 33/none Fresno, California Cocola Broadcasting Pursuit Channel/AMGTV Removed, replaced with Pursuit Channel
KXGN-TV none/5 Glendive, Montana Marks Radio Group Dual-affiliation of MTN (CBS) and NBC Removed, formerly aired overnight
KXII-DT2 none/12.2 Sherman, Texas Gray Television My Network Television Former secondary affiliation, removed
KXPX-CA 14/none Corpus Christi, Texas GH Broadcasting Retro TV Former affiliate, replaced with Retro Television
WONS-LP 25/none Olean, New York Choice Television America One Primary affiliation after 2006. The station became WVTT-CA in 2012.
W43BR 43/none Baraboo, Wisconsin Baraboo Broadcasting America One Former TSC/America One dual-affiliate, now full-time America One affiliate

Competitors

Channels/Networks with content similar to "The Sportsman Channel" include Pursuit Channel, NBC Sports Network, (formerly "Versus" channel, and previously "Outdoor Life Network" (OLN) network - associated with "Outdoor Life" magazine), and the Outdoor Channel.

References

  1. ^ Seidman, Robert (August 23, 2013). "List of How Many Homes Each Cable Networks Is In - Cable Network Coverage Estimates As Of August 2013". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it. Retrieved September 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ "New Berlin's Sportsman Channel sold - Founders will keep posts at cable TV company". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. June 5, 2007. Retrieved February 11, 2010. 
  3. ^ "InterMedia Outdoors Acquires Barrett Productions". InterMedia Outdoors Press Release. August 21, 2008. Retrieved February 11, 2010. 
  4. ^ Gelman, Vlada. "Willy Burkhardt Named President of Sportsman Channel". TVWeek.com. Retrieved February 11, 2010. 
  5. ^ Reynolds, Mike (September 28, 2009). "Sportsman Channel Casts 100 Shows In Q4". Multichannel News. Retrieved February 11, 2010. 
  6. ^ Reynolds, Mike (January 19, 2010). "Sportsman Channel Goes HD On Jan. 25 - Expects To Name Initial Affiliates Later This Quarter". Multichannel News. Retrieved February 11, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Reynolds, Mike (February 11, 2010). "Sportsman Channel Rolls Out On Dish Network On America's Top 250 Package - DBS Provider Is Charter Affiliate For Sportsman Channel HD". Multichannel News. Retrieved February 11, 2010. 
  8. ^ Barrett, Larry (January 15, 2009). "DirecTV Picks Up Sportsman Channel - Can Be Found on DirecTV Channel 605 on Jan. 21". Multichannel News. Retrieved February 11, 2010. 

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