Sportsman Channel is an American sports-oriented digital cable
and satellite television network
owned by the Outdoor Sportsman Group
subsidiary of Kroenke Sports & Entertainment
. The channel is dedicated to programming about outdoor sports, including hunting
As of February 2015, Sportsman Channel is available to approximately 34.1 million pay television households (29.3% of households with at least one television set) in the United States.
The channel was launched on April 1, 2003, and was founded by Muskego
businessmen C. Michael Cooley and Todd D. Hansen. In June 2007, the channel was purchased by the InterMedia Outdoor Holdings
group, a division of private equity group InterMedia Partners
In March 2009, Sportsman Channel appointed InterMedia Outdoor Executive Vice President Willy Burkhardt as the channel's president.
Then, in 2014, Sportsman Channel & its parent company, InterMedia Outdoor Holdings, were acquired by Kroenke Sports & Entertainment
, resulting in the company's rename to Outdoor Sportsman Group
Programming on Sportsman Channel 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 infomercial
s 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. 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
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.
In February 2010, Dish Network
became the first provider to carry the channel's HD feed.
The HD feed is now available on various providers including AT&T
, and Comcast
began carrying the channel on January 21, 2009.
added it on April 8, 2009. Dish Network started carrying Sportsman Channel on February 10, 2010.
On September 1, 2015, Verizon FiOS removed the channel from the lineup. Spectrum removed the channel from their lineup nationwide on October 30, 2017.
Former broadcast television affiliates
The Sportsman Channel was once available on some broadcast stations. However, when it reached a carriage agreement deal with DirecTV in January 2009, giving it national coverage, it became a cable and satellite only channel.
* Sportsman Channel (Canadian TV channel)
* Pursuit Channel
* NBCSN - general sports network that originated as the Outdoor Life Network (OLN), in association with ''Outdoor Life'' magazine
* Outdoor Channel
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