Sportsman Channel

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Sportsman Channel
Sportsman Channel.png
Launched April 2003 (2003-04)
Owned by InterMedia Outdoor Holdings
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Slogan Red, Wild + Blue
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area Nationwide
Headquarters New Berlin, Wisconsin
Website www.thesportsmanchannel.com
Availability
Satellite
Dish Network 285 and 395 (HD/SD)
DirecTV 605 (SD only)
1605 (VOD)
Cable
Verizon FiOS 308 (SD)
Available on many other U.S. cable systems Consult your local cable provider for channel availability
IPTV
Sky Angel 326 (SD)
AT&T U-verse 1642 (HD)
642 (SD)

Sportsman Channel is an American sports-oriented digital cable and satellite television network that is owned by the InterMedia Outdoor Holdings subsidiary of private equity firm InterMedia Partners. The channel is dedicated to programming about outdoor sports, including hunting, shooting and fishing.

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

History[edit]

The channel was launched in April 2003, and was founded by Muskego, Wisconsin businessmen C. Michael Cooley and Todd D. Hansen. 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 used from 2009 to 2011.

In March 2009, Sportsman Channel appointed InterMedia Outdoors executive vice president Willy Burkhardt as the channel's president.[4] The appointment brings the company's full range of television content resources under the direction of one person, further integrating InterMedia Outdoors and Sportsman Channel.

Programming[edit]

Programming on Sportsman Channel as of 2014 includes various shows pertaining to hunting (both by archery and through firearms), fishing and firearms. An hour-long condensed version of Cam & Co., a news magazine/talk radio program produced by the National Rifle Association for SiriusXM Patriot, airs each weeknight. Most other shows on the channel air in half-hour timeslots. Sportsman Channel also airs infomercials during the overnight hours.

In September 2009, the channel announced it would carry up to 100 original programs on its schedule starting in the fourth quarter of 2009.[5] In March 2014, the channel premiered Amazing America with Sarah Palin, an outdoor program hosted by the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate; the program was renewed for a second season slated to air in early 2015.

Sportsman Channel HD[edit]

Sportsman Channel HD is a high definition simulcast feed of Sportsman Channel, that broadcasts in the 1080i resolution format. On January 19, 2010, the channel announced it would launch an HD simulcast feed the following week on January 25 of that year.[6] In February 2010, Dish Network became the first provider to carry the channel's HD feed.[7] The HD feed is now available on various providers including AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast and Time Warner Cable.

Carriage[edit]

Satellite provider DirecTV began carrying the channel on January 21, 2009.[8] Dish Network started carrying Sportsman Channel on February 10, 2010.[7] It is also available on other cable and IPTV providers including Verizon FiOS, AT&T U-verse and Sky Angel.

Affiliates[edit]

Former broadcast television affiliates[edit]

Call-sign Channel (analog/digital) City of license/Market Owner Current affiliation Notes
WLLZ-LP 12/none Traverse City, Michigan P & P Cable Holdings MyNetworkTV (primary) / America One (secondary) TSC programming formerly aired during the overnight hours, was replaced with Retro Television Network
WMKG-CA 38/none Muskegon, Michigan Kelley Enterprises FamilyNet (primary) / Pursuit Channel (secondary) 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 carried as a secondary affiliation
KDCG-LP none/22.1 Opelousas, Louisiana Acadiana Cable Advertising Retro Television Network Removed, formerly maintained a dual affiliation with America One; also operates as a Class A digital signal
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 CBS (primary) / NBC (secondary) Removed, formerly aired during the overnight hours
KXII-DT2 none/12.2 Sherman, Texas Gray Television MyNetworkTV Formerly carried as a secondary affiliation, removed
KXPX-CA 14/none Corpus Christi, Texas GH Broadcasting Retro Television Network Former affiliate, replaced with Retro Television Network
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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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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