New Berlin, WI – November 3, 2011 – Sportsman Channel, the leader in outdoor TV for the American Sportsman, announced today that it has reached an agreement with ESPN International to supply the global sports programming leader with original content for its outdoor programming block beginning in November.
Under terms of this agreement, the network will provide 52 hours (104 episodes) of original programming to ESPN International. The agreement makes Sportsman Channel ESPN International’s only network supplier of outdoors programming.
Sportsman Channel will showcase some of its premier talent and content to ESPN International’s audience. Sportsman Channel series to air on ESPN International include Dropped: Project Alaska, Beau Knows Outdoors, Fly Fishing the World with Conway Bowman, Breaking the Surface, Florida Sportsman, and others.
“This agreement with ESPN International dramatically expands Sportsman’s brand, content, and reach to outdoor enthusiasts throughout the world,” said Gavin Harvey, CEO of Sportsman Channel. “We are looking forward to sharing our content with viewers of ESPN International’s top-quality family of networks.”
ESPN International will air the Sportsman Channel programming to more than 7.4 million households in 78 countries and territories, including Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, and the Middle East.
About ESPN International:
ESPN International has grown to include ownership — in whole or in part — of 46 television networks outside of the United States, as well as a variety of brand extension businesses, which allow ESPN to reach fans in 200 countries and territories.
In the UK, ESPN now includes a portfolio of television and digital brands including ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Classic, ESPN America and ESPN America HD, ESPN.co.uk, ESPNCricinfo.com, ESPNSoccernet.com, ESPNScrum.com, ESPNF1.com, ESPN Goals and ESPN Player (broadband).
ESPN and ESPN HD feature exclusive live coverage of the Barclays Premier League, the FA Cup, Aviva Premiership Rugby, Clydesdale Bank Premier League, UEFA Europa League, Italian Serie A, German Bundesliga, UFC, French Top 14 Rugby, NBA, NFL and much more.
ESPN Classic now has five networks (UK, French, Italian, pan-European and Middle Eastern feeds) available in more than 40 countries.
ESPN America and ESPN America HD, the only European networks devoted exclusively to the best in North American sport, features coverage of the NFL, NHL, MLB and NCAA Football and Basketball across Europe, available to 19 million homes in more than 40 countries.
About Sportsman Channel:
Launched in 2003, Sportsman Channel is the only television and digital media company fully devoted to the more than 82 million sportsmen in the United States, delivering entertaining and educational programming focused exclusively on hunting, shooting and fishing activities. Sportsman Channel is now available in HD, check with your local cable or satellite provider. Acquired by InterMedia Outdoors Holdings in 2006, Sportsman Channel reaches 27 million U.S. television households and is a part of the nation’s largest multimedia company targeted exclusively to serving the information and entertainment needs of outdoors enthusiasts. Visit www.thesportsmanchannel.com, follow on Twitter, @SPORTSMANchnl (www.twitter.com/SPORTSMANchnl), become a Fan on Facebook, www.facebook.com/sportsmanchannel and download Sportsman App at www.itunes.com/appstore.