Outdoor Channel launches in HD in Europe


Michelle Clancy

| 10 September 2015

European cross-regional pay-TV providers Zone and M7 Group will launch an HD feed of the Outdoor Channel in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Belgium and the Netherlands on 15 September.

The deal marks the debut of a new, second pay-TV Outdoor Channel feed which will initially be offered in the Familie package via CanalDigitaal in the Netherlands, in the Basic tier of TVVlaanderen in Belgium and Skylink's Kombi package in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The channel will be available on ASTRA 23.5° East.

"This expansion of Outdoor Channel in the region reflects the growing popularity of the channel and our dedication to reaching more audiences across EMEA," said Mike Moriarty, managing director at AMC Networks International for Zone, Central Europe and DMC. "Partnering with M7 allows us to bring the great outdoors into the homes of even more fans of outdoor pursuits so they can experience spectacular adventures through the eyes of our world-renowned experts, passionate enthusiasts and celebrities."

Outdoor Channel's feed will air a selection of programming from the Outdoor Channel library including Bottom Feeders – a reality series following the fortunes of commercial fishermen on the Mississippi; Offroad Overhaul, where deserving drivers get their 4x4 vehicle transformed into the ultimate off-road ride; and The Gunfather, which features the larger-than-life New Yorkers of the Tumoinaro family and their rural Montana gun shop. Further premieres include Elite Tactical Unit, Buccaneer & Bones and Rapid Fire.

"We are very pleased with the further extension of our long-standing business cooperation with AMC Networks International and welcome Outdoor Channel on board of our satellite platform," said Bill Wijdeveld, VP of business development at M7 Group. "While the addition of Outdoor Channel is great news for our Benelux and CEE satellite TV subscribers, M7 Platform Services is pleased to provide AMC Networks International with the possibility to use the same satellite signal for the secure third-party channel delivery within Europe, including encryption, 24/7 quality monitoring and help desk support."