Horse & Country TV
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|Horse & Country TV|
|Launched||7 July 2007.|
|Owned by||H&C TV Ltd.|
|Picture format||16:9, 576i (SDTV)|
~0.0% (November 2017 , BARB)
Republic of Ireland
The Republic of Ireland
|Astra 2G||11568 V 22000 5/6|
|Ziggo Netherlands||Channel 136|
|Caiway Netherlands||Channel 136|
|Glashart Media Netherlands||Channel 292|
|DELTA Netherlands||Channel 121|
|Kabelnoord Netherlands||Channel 259|
|Kabeltex Netherlands||Channel 204|
|Stichting CAI Harderwijk Netherlands||Channel 143|
|Virgin Media UK||Channel 298|
|Com Hem – Kanal Sweden||.|
|Ziggo GO||ZiggoGO.tv (Netherlands only)|
Horse & Country TV is an international multi-screen network about equestrianism and country lifestyle. H&C is broadcast in the UK and Ireland on satellite television on Sky channel 184 and is also available on Amazon Prime Video and on Roku, as well as via web and mobile apps. H&C launched to cable TV viewers in the Netherlands in June 2012, and is widely available on cable and broadband platforms, as well as over the top ("OTT"). In June 2013 H&C launched in Sweden, and is now available on multiple pay-TV platforms including Com Hem, Boxer and Canal Digital, as well as OTT. In February 2015, H&C launched in Australia on Fetch TV. In Germany, H&C is available on Amazon Prime Video and OTT. In April 2018, H&C launched a new channel for the US which is available on Roku and OTT.
In 2012, H&C commissioned the series "Getting to Greenwich", an 8-part series profiling rider contenders for London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. H&C also commissioned "Dean Dibsdall: Model Farrier", a single film about the winner of E4's "Playing It Straight" 2012. H&C produced in-house "Carl and Charlotte: Dressage Superstars" a 2-part series about top British Dressage riders, Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin. In 2016, H&C acquired the syndicated series Walks Around Britain and has since shown both seasons one & two - with season three starting in May 2017.
The channel launched on Virgin Media channel 298 on 21 July 2018. However, the launch was tarnished by the news that Virgin Media had also dropped the UKTV channels, leading to protest from customers who were unhappy at the changes. The channels were restored to the platform on 11 August 2018.
Awards and nominations
H&C TV has been nominated for seven years running for Best Specialist Channel in the Broadcast Digital Awards from 2010 to 2016. H&C won the award in 2011 against other nominees: the Food Network UK and the Horror Channel. H&C's website was also shortlisted in 2012 for the Best Website category with other nominees being Channel 4, E4 and CBeebies' sites. In 2013 to 2016, H&C TV was shortlisted for Best Factual Channel with other nominees being BBC Four, Discovery Channel and History.
In October 2010, Horse & Country TV was controversially placed into administration by Chairman Heather Killen, who called in a £400,000 preferential loan on her own company, the day before an unfair dismissal claim by former Managing Director Nick Ludlow was due to be heard in court. Mr. Ludlow had been fired by Ms. Killen just seven days after she finalised a successful takeover deal for the television channel and had claimed that his 47pc stake was watered down to just 16pc in a share issue in November 2009. The move forced Mr. Ludlow to drop his legal action and cost a number of governing bodies who had invested in the channel to write off £200,000 following the collapse. Within months Ms. Killen had relaunched the company as H&C TV. The new firm secured a global rights deal to highlights from the Badminton trials, ending a 50-year exclusive arrangement with the BBC to cover the event.
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