The Ski Channel

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The Ski Channel
The Ski Channel.svg
Launched December 25, 2008
Owned by Atonal Sports and Entertainment
Picture format 1080i
Country United States
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Pacific Palisades, California
Sister channel(s) Tennis Channel
Website theskichannel.com
Availability
Satellite
DirecTV Channel 1860 (VOD)
Dish Network Dish Online (VOD)
Cable
Available on some providers Check local listings for VOD information

The Ski Channel is a Video On Demand Cable, Satellite and Telco television network distributed on Comcast, Time Warner Cable, DirecTV, Verizon FiOS, Brighthouse Networks, Cablevision, RCN, AT&T U-Verse and Cox Communications. The technical term for a channel of this type is VODnet. It features mountain oriented sports, activity and lifestyle content and is devoted to year round mountain activities such as skiing, snowboarding, hiking, biking, backpacking, climbing and other mountain sports. The network launched on December 25, 2008. Tennis doubles team Bob and Mike Bryan are investors in the channel. It was founded by Steve Bellamy who also founded Tennis Channel television network.

Programs[edit]

The network broadcasts events, movies, destination travel, news, equipment, instructional, real estate and all the different sports and activities that take place in the mountains in both the summer and winter. The channel has announced event rights that include the World Heli Championships that takes place in New Zealand and is the billed as the most extreme sporting event in the world, World Freeski Championships, the Subaru US Freeskiing Tour, The North Face Snowboard Tour and the Teva Mountain Games. Olympic Gold Medalist, Jonny Moseley has his own show called “Air It Out With Jonny Moseley.” [1]

Partial list of programs shown:

  • Warren Miller Films
  • Warren Miller Television Series Spills and Thrills
  • Teva Mountain Games
  • Air It Out With Jonny Moseley
  • Ride Guide
  • Storm Hunter
  • Destination…
  • Ski Channel Academy
  • World Heli Championships
  • Ski Channel News
  • Rage Films Library
  • Gearheads
  • Ski Bloopers
  • The Best of…
  • AK The Hard Way
  • The Sublimation Experiment

Cable and Satellite Distribution[edit]

Currently, The Ski Channel is available on 7 of the largest television distribution companies Time Warner Cable, DirecTV, Cox Communications, Verizon FiOS, Brighthouse Networks, AT&T U-Verse and Dish Network. Comcast reached a carriage agreement on July 19, 2010. [2]

Film festival[edit]

The network announced it will hold an annual Ski Channel Film Festival devoted to mountain sports starting in 2011 and that legendary filmmaker Warren Miller is involved. According to Ski Channel Executives there is a large amount of these types of film produced every year providing the need for this type of a festival.[3]

Initial Launch Programming[edit]

The initial launch programming lineup included 30-minute episodic programs and feature films. Warren Miller had his film Steep and Deep as well as his Thrills and Spills television series. There were two episodes of Ride Guide. One episode was shot in Golmar, India and the other in Canada. There were two episodes of Skiers World that were shot in Europe. A film called AK The Hard Way featured 3 adventurers traveling in Alaska with their dog. And there was a film by the clothing company Marmot that featured paragliders in the Hymalayas. The entire block of programming was commercial free.

Film and Film Tour[edit]

In the fall of 2010, The Ski Channel will have a National film tour for three original films. "The Story" stars Bode Miller, Lindsey Vonn, Mike Douglas, Bobby Brown and various other famous and non-famous skiers. There is a documentary on Bill Johnson and another documentary on Shane McConkey. To date "The Story" has won 11 film festivals and had a sold out premiere at the Manns Chinese Theatre in Hollywood that was nearly shut down by the fire marshall on 3 separate occasions during the screening because of over capacity. Although the films main stars were Lindsey Vonn and Bode Miller, many people say that adaptive skier Stephani Victor was the bright light in the film.

Website[edit]

Even though the channel's website is one of the largest ski websites on the web, the company has yet to accept any advertising. CEO Steve Bellamy has stated that the site may start to accept advertising in 2011.[citation needed]

Adventure Racing[edit]

Broadcasting and Cable Magazine reported on 3/29/09 that The Ski Channel was becoming the official broadcast partner of Adventure Racing and would also be broadcasting Primal Quest the most grueling endurance competition in the world. Primal Quest was previously on CBS television.[4]

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