Outside Television

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Outside Television
Outside Television Logo.jpg
Launched 1994
Website www.outsidetelevision.com

Outside Television (formerly RSN Television) is a Direct-broadcast satellite network based on Outside Magazine that creates and distributes outdoor lifestyle and resort-based sports programs to a network of stations across the United States. Outside Television is the only national programming network dedicated to the active outside lifestyle. Based on Outside Magazine and its critically acclaimed brand, Outside Television embraces running, biking, skiing, hiking, sailing, surfing, kayaking, and any other adventures involving wind, water, snow and terrain; as well as the full spectrum of the people’s lives who engage in them. Offering exclusively high-definition programs, Outside Television is fast becoming a fixture among leading cable, satellite, telco and broadband providers’ sports and entertainment offerings. OutsideTelevision.com is the newly redesigned network website that showcases clips from the shows and also curates outdoor sports content and news from around the web.


Outside Television was the result of a complete rebranding of the existing Resort Sports Network, the national television network that specialized in creating and distributing outdoor-lifestyle content to premier vacation destinations throughout the country.

As of June 2010 Outside Television was in 110 resort markets representing 61 million potential viewers.[1]

Outside Television has a corporate office in Westport, CT and a main office in Portland, ME. Its sales office is in the Graybar Building at 420 Lexington in New York City.[2]

Outside Television was founded by publisher Lawrence Burke and founding executive producer and executive vice president Les Guthman in 1994. Over the next ten years, it produced the long-running Outside Television Presents TV series, whose production Farther Than the Eye Can See,[3] the first high-definition film to summit Mt. Everest, by director and cameraman Michael Brown, earned two Emmy Nominations in 2004,[4] the Emmys for Best Sports Documentary and Best Sports Cinematography. Into the Tsangpo Gorge,[5] by director and expedition leader Scott Lindgren, achieved the epic first whitewater descent of the “Everest of rivers," through the 18,000-ft.-deep Tsangpo Gorge (Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon) in Tibet and was recognized by the Explorers Club as one of the most accomplished expeditions of modern times.[6] Into the Tsangpo Gorge aired on NBC Sports in May 2002 and was Outside Magazine's cover story in July 2002.[7] In addition to airing on television, Outside Television's documentaries produced between 1995 and 2004 appeared in 177 international film festivals and won 29 film festival awards.

In July 2013, Outside Television entered into a new multi-year distribution agreement with the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC), representing more than 950 different cable providers and thousands of local systems nationwide. The addition of NCTC to Outside Television’s other core distribution partners such as Comcast Xfinity makes the two-year-old independent network available to more than 40 million homes.[8]

OutsideTelevision.com is a digital portal that enables the entire community – from athletes and adventurists to top filmmakers – to interact directly with one another and also be able to share across the entire group. The newly designed portal showcases thousands of diverse adventure videos with an easy-to-navigate mosaic interface. The site’s goal isto curate visual adventure experiences and provide one convenient place to experience them.[9]



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