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Outside TV (formerly RSN Television) is a sports-oriented cable and satellite television network based on Outside magazine and the critically acclaimed brand. Outside TV is the only national programming network dedicated to the active adventure lifestyle. Outside TV 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 TV is fast becoming a fixture among leading cable, satellite, telco and broadband providers’ sports and entertainment offerings.
Outside TV was the result of a complete re-branding 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 TV was in 110 resort markets representing 61 million potential viewers.
Outside TV 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, the first high-definition film to summit Mt. Everest, by director and cameraman Michael Brown, earned two Emmy Nominations in 2004, the Emmys for Best Sports Documentary and Best Sports Cinematography. Into the Tsangpo Gorge, 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. Into the Tsangpo Gorge aired on NBC Sports in May 2002 and was Outside Magazine's cover story in July 2002. In addition to airing on television, Outside TV's documentaries produced between 1995 and 2004 appeared in 177 international film festivals and won 29 film festival awards.
In July 2013, Outside TV 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.
Outsidetv.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 is to curate visual adventure experiences and provide one convenient place to experience them.
- Outside Today (co-hosted by David LaHuta, Julia Dimon and Ethan Zohn)
- Dispatches (formerly known as The Buzz)
- Season Pass
- The Final Cut
- Image Quest
- EpicQuest (Premieres Fall 2013)
- Jeremy Jones' Further
- Reel Rock
- Surfing 28 States
- Facing Waves
- Outside Film Festival: Mountainfilm in Telluride (co-hosted by David LaHuta and Lynsey Dyer)
- Epic Conditions (originally produced by Weather Channel)
- Around the World for Free
- Ride Guide
- North Face Expeditions
- Primal Quest
- Perfect Days
- Outside Television Presents
- "25th Annual Sports Emmy Awards Nominations - PART B". Emmyonline.org. Retrieved 2010-11-25.