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Coming Soon: The Ski Channel

post #1 of 14
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This could be interesting: a video on-demand channel from Time Warner devoted to skiing is going to launch first quarter '08. It'll focus on mountain activities: skiing (of course), boarding, climbing, orienteering, hiking, biking, camping, kayaking, caving, and the always indeterminate "and more."

Should be interesting to see how it pans out...though I probably won't get it since I don't have digital cable.
post #2 of 14
Woo-hoo!

Start calling your cable provider
post #3 of 14
The concept is neat, lets hope it doesnt turn out like Vs. where theres one ski race/month and the rest is fishing and bullriding.
post #4 of 14
Well, if we don't want it to turn into bullriding, hunting and survivor, we better make a point of using it. I sure hope it works!
post #5 of 14
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Well, if we don't want it to turn into bullriding, hunting and survivor, we better make a point of using it. I sure hope it works!
Ditto.
post #6 of 14
Let me know how it works out. I doubt that the mainstream media is capable of putting on anything significant.

Lame ski tips by some "talking head" & Tanner Hall ... as they orienteer their way through the spas & shops of Aspen?

Sorry, I am a skeptic.

I'll degrade into some reality show "Bullshizz" production .... breaking light bulbs with your poles as you ski bye or stopping before you go through a pane of sugar glass.
post #7 of 14
Turns out its from the same guy who started the Tennis Channel. (Not that that means anything - I never even heard of it until now.)

An article discussing it:
http://www.tennis-x.com/story/2007-05-11/q.php
post #8 of 14
what happened to Outdoor Life Network? they used to show ski related shows in previous seasons, now nothing.....I think they show hockey.

occasionally on Fox Sport Network, we get the North East Report which profiles the smaller, New England montains.
post #9 of 14
problem with any ski type channel is you need to constantly travel to expensive places in exotic mountainous lands searching for fresh powder, night life, luxurious hotels - the good times. But it gets expensive.

Anyway, anyone wanna start a Ski Channel so they can sponsor me?
post #10 of 14
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problem with any ski type channel is you need to constantly travel to expensive places in exotic mountainous lands searching for fresh powder, night life, luxurious hotels - the good times. But it gets expensive.

Anyway, anyone wanna start a Ski Channel so they can sponsor me?
With your editing ability, you might be able to work there.
post #11 of 14
Given the the income demographics of many of those who particip[ate in snow sports and the niche markets that cable TV is suited to serve, it could succeed-at least I hope so.
post #12 of 14
The gold season is 12 months in this country, where skiing has a disadvantage is that it is (at most) a 6 mo season and thats for the die hards, most TV watchers look at is as being a 2-3 mo season at that. I think if they make it a "mountains activity" channel and tap into RSN they might have a chance, but it will be tough.
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what happened to Outdoor Life Network? they used to show ski related shows in previous seasons, now nothing.....I think they show hockey.
I guess they couldn't make enough money as a traditional cable channel showing just outdoor activities, so they changed themselves to "Versus" and now show a more generalize sports lineup.
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I think if they make it a "mountains activity" channel...
The articles I have read say that it'll be more than skiing - it'll include biking, hiking and other mountain activities.
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