Action Sport Networks

Action Sports Networks is a network of three specialty sports video-on-demand channels.

Action Sport Networks
FounderSteve Bellamy
Key people
Steve Bellamy (chair)


About 1997, Steve Bellamy had the idea of cable channel for skiing and started work on the concept. He switch to working on a tennis channel concept given the broader audience for tennis.[1] In 2005, Bellamy and the rest of the Tennis Channel's management was swept out by the owners.[2]


In 2006, Bellamy became Chief Executive Officer of Action Sport Networks.[3] In April 2007, Bellamy announced the formation of The Ski Channel television Video on demand channel that would focus on mountain oriented sports, activity and lifestyle initial under the banner of his Atonal Sports and Entertainment company.[4] In August 2012, Bellamy announced that he's launching a second Action Sports Networks outlet, the Surf Channel in mid-September.[5] By 2015, Bellamy was made chairman of Action Sport Networks.[6]

The Surf Channel

The Surf Channel
LaunchedSeptember 2012
Streaming media

The Surf Channel is a sports, travel and lifestyle video on demand channel. Programs are also available on YouTube. The channel is expected to be available in 20 million homes via the video on demand services of cable and satellite companies like DirecTV, Dish Network, Comcast and Cox Communications.[7] The channel is expected to generate its revenue primarily from advertising instead of user fees.[8]

In February 2011, the channel began filming its original programs.[8] During the August 2012 US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, Steve Bellamy announced that he's launching a third outlet, the Surf Channel, that will devote itself to beach, water and board sports, lifestyle and travel, in mid-September.[5] At the open, the channel made the Association of Surfing Professionals board aware that it was interest in re-airing contest and highlights.[8] From the open, the channel had already posted in August some content on YouTube[8] on which the channel had a preferred partnership agreement for surf content.[9] The initial program was The Endless Summer.[7]

Most of the programs consist of movies and originals.[1] On YouTube the channel has as separate programming slate.[9] Manulele Incorporated is a producer of programming for the channel under its executive producer Mike Latronic. Original films included “Winter”, "The Story” and a Shane McConkey documentary.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Bradstreet, Kailee (September 5, 2012). "Behind The Surf Channel: Founder Steve Bellamy". Transworld Business. The Enthusiast Network. Retrieved January 30, 2016.
  2. ^ Lattman, Peter (September 9, 2010). "P.E. in 5th Set With Tennis Channel". New York Times. Retrieved January 29, 2016.
  3. ^ "Executive Profile: Steve Bellamy". Bloomberg Business. Bloomberg. Retrieved February 2, 2016.
  4. ^ Schneider, Michael (April 29, 2007). "Ski channel snowballing". Variety. Retrieved January 31, 2016.
  5. ^ a b Kenneally, Tim (August 3, 2012). "Tennis/Ski Channel Founder Now Launches a Surf Channel". The Wrap. Retrieved February 2, 2016.
  6. ^ Lafayette, Jon (October 7, 2015). "Bellamy Named President of Kodak Entertainment Arm". Broadcasting & Cable. NewBay Media, LLC. Retrieved February 2, 2016.
  7. ^ a b Schneider, Michael (August 3, 2012). "New Surf Channel Set to Launch Next Month on Cable". TV Guide. CBS Interactive Inc. Retrieved August 25, 2016.
  8. ^ a b c d Dinunzio, Jeff (August 13, 2012). "Surf Channel hopes to make waves". ESPN. Retrieved August 25, 2016.
  9. ^ a b Nordyke, Kimberly (August 3, 2012). "Tennis and Ski Channel Founder Steve Bellamy Launching Surf-Themed Network". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 25, 2016.

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Steve Bellamy

Steve Bellamy is an entrepreneur in sports and entertainment best known for the founding of niche cable television networks, including the Tennis Channel, The Surf Channel, The Skate Channel and The Ski Channel. He is also a writer/director/producer of six feature films, including Winter and The Story. Bellamy was named Kodak president of motion picture and entertainment in October 2015.

The Ski Channel

The Ski Channel is a Video On Demand Cable, Satellite and Telco television channel distributed on Comcast, Time Warner Cable, DirecTV, Verizon FiOS, Brighthouse Networks, Cablevision, RCN, AT&T U-Verse and Cox Communications. The technical term for a channel of this type is VODnet. It features mountain oriented sports, activity and lifestyle content and is devoted to year-round mountain activities such as skiing, snowboarding, hiking, biking, backpacking, climbing and other mountain sports. The channel launched on December 25, 2008. Tennis doubles team Bob and Mike Bryan are investors in the channel. It was founded by Steve Bellamy who also founded Tennis Channel.

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