Extreme Sports Channel
Extreme Sports Channel.svg
Broadcast areaWorldwide
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
OwnerExtreme International (brand)
AMC Networks International (channel)
Launched1 May 1999; 23 years ago (1999-05-01)
WebsiteExtreme.com extremeinternational.com

The Extreme Sports Channel is a pay television channel that was launched from Amsterdam on 1 May 1999.[1] The channel broadcasts in over 60 countries and 12 languages, and covers extreme sport and adventure sports which include surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, wakeboarding, motocross, BMX, mountain biking, FMX, music, gaming and fashion.

The vision and idea for the Extreme brand franchise and TV channel came from Alistair Gosling, founder of Extreme International, an ambassador for action and adventure sports, supporter of several global marine conservation projects, international advisory board member of Qiddiya, ة القدية للاستثمار the 334-square-km sports, entertainment and cultural destination being developed in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and is a supporter of Medshr.net the award winning medical network that is helping save lives through peer to peer learning between doctors.


In 1997 Alistair Gosling, founder of Extreme, started approaching potential investors to back the plan for a new brand and TV network dedicated to extreme and adventure sports.[2] UPCtv, the programming arm of Europe's largest cable television operator UPC, was looking for new channels to offer its subscribers and in April 1998 Ben Barrett was approached by Stephen Cohen, UPCtv's Chief Operating Officer, at the MIP programming market in Cannes, France, with a proposal for a joint venture between the two companies. Extreme partnered with UPC and the Extreme Sports Channel was launched from the Netherlands on 1 May 1999, and in the UK in 2000.[3][4] The channel was designed by Gosling and Cohen, management and content was delivered by Extreme International, technical play out and uplink were supplied by UPC.

In late 1999, Extreme launched its United States operations, and charged veteran producer, Lloyd Bryan Adams with the task of heading up the North American presence. They launched EXtreme TV, a branded block on Fox Sports Net in March 2012.

In 2005,[3] after launching the channel in over sixty countries, and seeing the growth in digital coming Extreme International acquired the Extreme brand and sold its 50% stake in Extreme Sports Channel to John Malone's Liberty Global Inc. which had by then become owner of UPC. The channel was put under the management of Chellomedia.[3] Since the transaction and as the sector and the sports have rapidly grown and moved into the mainstream Extreme has expanded globally. Driven by the Vision to Drive positive change through extreme and adventure sports, Extreme has gone onto grow its community to over 20 million and through an integrated approach that encompasses the sustainable design, development and management of destinations, events, media and mobile services have develop the brand and business across adventure sports parks and resorts [5] Events and experiences, digital media network and production studios, sports marketing services and licensing. As part of its central brand marketing activities Extreme supports and sponsors 128 grass roots and professional athletes, activates 84 events each year and delivers over 200 million video views each month through its digital media network.

The channel launched in Poland in January 2006, followed by France in that same year.[3]

The UK version of the channel was free-to-air from launch until the summer of 2006, when a deal with BSkyB meant that it became encrypted.

On 28 September 2011 the channel began broadcasting in widescreen (16:9) format.

On 1 February 2012 the high-definition version of the channel began broadcasting in Italy.[6]

AMC Networks acquired Chellomedia on 2 February 2014. Chellomedia was rebranded by AMC Networks International on 8 July 2014.[7]

On 31 December 2015, the channel was removed from the Sky EPG.

As of 27 October 2021 Extreme is available on Channelbox on Freeview channel 271 in the UK. Channelbox is a free IPTV service available to any Freeview compatible device that can connect to both an aerial and internet.[8]


  1. ^ "TV sport goes to extremes for teens". TheGuardian.com. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Meet the Team". ExtremeSportsCompany.com. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d Chalaby, Jean K. (2009). Transnational Television in Europe: Reconfiguring Global Communications Networks. I.B.Tauris. pp. 148–149. ISBN 9780857717474.
  4. ^ "UPC, de grootste private kabelmaatschappij van Europa, begint volgende maand met twee nieuwe televisiekanalen, Extreme Sports Channel en Film1" (in Dutch). Trouw. 14 April 1999.
  5. ^ "Developer announced for derelict Sheffield Ski Village". BBC. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Extreme Sports Channel enters the Italian market". realscreen.com. 26 January 2012.
  7. ^ "Chellomedia to become AMC Networks International". Broadband TV News. 2014-07-08. Retrieved 7 February 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ "Channelbox website". Channelbox. 2021-10-27. Retrieved 27 October 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)