Outdoor Channel is an American pay television channel focused on the outdoors, offering programming that includes hunting, fishing, Western lifestyle, off-road motorsports and adventure. The network can be viewed on multiple platforms including high definition, video on demand as well as on its own website. In 2013, Outdoor Channel was acquired by Kroenke Sports Enterprises.
As of February 2015, Outdoor Channel is available to approximately 35.8 million pay television households (30.8% of households with television) in the United States. In December 2013, the Outdoor Channel was planned to relocate to Colorado from its current location of Temecula, California, supported by Colorado Economic Development Commission.
|Launched||April 1, 1994|
|Owned by||Outdoor Sportsman Group|
(Kroenke Sports & Entertainment)
AMC Networks International
(EMEA region distributor)
|Picture format||1080i HDTV|
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
|Slogan||America's leader in outdoor TV|
The world leader in outdoor entertainment
|Formerly called||The Outdoor Channel (1994–2007)|
|Sister channel(s)||Sportsman Channel|
World Fishing Network
|Digital terrestrial television (United States)||Channel 6.7 (Alexandria, Minnesota)|
|Digital terrestrial television (Philippines)||Channel 22.08 (Manila)|
|EasyTV Home (Philippines)||Channel 7|
|DirecTV||Channel 606 (SD/HD)|
Channel 1606 (VOD)
|Dish Network||Channel 396 (SD/HD)|
|Cignal (Philippines)||Channel 144 (SD)|
|Channel 113 (HD)|
(Middle East and North Africa)
|Channel 115 (HD)|
|Channel 21 (HD 800/77/99)|
Channel 3 (C01/C02)
|Dialog TV (Sri Lanka)||Channel 72|
|TrueVisions (Thailand)||Channel 673 (HD)|
|SkyCable (Philippines)||Channel 216 (SD) |
Channel 179 (HD)
|Destiny Cable (Philippines)||Channel 59 (Analog) |
Channel 216 (Digital)
|Cablelink (Philippines)||Channel 321 (HD)|
|VTVCab (Vietnam)||Channel 137 (HD)|
|AT&T U-verse||Channel 1680 (HD) |
Channel 680 (SD)
|Channel 17/121 (HD)|
|CHT MOD (Taiwan)||Channel 203 (HD)|
|PEO TV (Sri Lanka)||Channel 170 (SD)|
Channel 210 (HD)
|Orange TV (Spain)||Channel 107|
|Sling TV||Internet Protocol television|
|DirecTV Now||Internet Protocol television|
|Fubo TV||Internet Protocol television|
|7plus||Internet Protocol television|
Billing itself as "America's Leader in Outdoor TV", Outdoor Channel provides thematic primetime programming “blocks,” allowing viewers to watch one of many categories (fishing, hunting, outdoor adventure) of shows like Trev Gowdy's Monster Fish, Field & Stream's The Gun Nuts Presented by Smith & Wesson or Savage Wild on a designated night. The channel added movies to its lineup on Friday nights in 2016.
An HD feed of the channel was launched in 2004, with the name of Outdoor Channel 2 HD; it used to broadcast different programming in contrast with the SD channel, until it turned into a simulcast feed and rebranded simply to "Outdoor Channel HD". It currently broadcasts at 1080i and it is carried by most subscription providers. It was the first outdoor pay-TV network in June 2010 to offer a schedule solely made up of HD-filmed content.
Outdoor Channel mobilized 2,500 volunteers in September 2010 as part of its Conservation Tour of Duty for its Outdoor Channel Corps initiative. It is a philanthropic program that aims to improve public lands and spaces in order to ensure that the outdoor lifestyle thrives in America. Timed around National Public Lands Day, Outdoor Channel Corps deployed volunteers to a total of eight sites, where the network worked on restoration and improvement projects with partners and affiliates like Comcast, Time Warner, Boys Scouts of America and the National Park Service.
Bill Dance is an angler and host of Bill Dance Outdoors, a fishing television series on the Outdoor Channel, and Bill Dance Saltwater on the Sportsman Channel.Duck Commander
Duck Commander is both the brand of a duck call and the name of the company in West Monroe, Louisiana, United States. The company manufactures these calls and other duck-hunting merchandise, as well as deer-hunting merchandise under the Buck Commander brand.
Phil Robertson, a football quarterback at Louisiana Tech University, founded the company. He began his business in a dilapidated boat, where he spent 25 years making duck calls from Louisiana cedar trees.Robertson's third son, Willie Robertson, currently serves as the company's chief executive officer and has expanded it into a multimillion-dollar enterprise.The Robertson family and business are the subjects of Duck Dynasty, a reality television series on A&E. Before that, they were featured in the Duck Commander television show on the Outdoor Channel.Duck Dynasty
Duck Dynasty is an American reality television series on A&E that portrayed the lives of the Robertson family, who became successful from their family-operated business, Duck Commander. The West Monroe, Louisiana business makes products for duck hunters, primarily a duck call called Duck Commander. The Robertson men—brothers Phil and Si, and Phil's sons Jase, Willie, and Jep—are known for their long beards and their conservative Protestant Christian views. The family was previously featured on the series Benelli Presents Duck Commander and its spin-off, Buck Commander, on the Outdoor Channel; Outdoor Channel acquired rerun rights to Duck Dynasty in 2016.The show has broken several ratings records on A&E and cable television as a whole. The fourth-season premiere drew 11.8 million viewers; the most-watched nonfiction cable series in history. In mid-December 2013, controversy from an interview Phil Robertson gave to GQ magazine resulted in an indefinite suspension by A&E, due to remarks he made which were being widely viewed as anti-gay. Following public pressure on A&E to lift the suspension, he was reinstated nine days later.The show earned $80 million in advertising sales for the first nine months of 2013, and merchandise has generated another $400 million in revenue. The series ended on March 29, 2017, with the hour-long finale "End of an Era".Internet Movie Firearms Database
The Internet Movie Firearms Database (IMFDb) is an online database of firearms used or featured in films, television shows, video games, and anime. A wiki running the MediaWiki software, it is similar in function (although unaffiliated) to the Internet Movie Database for the entertainment industry. It includes articles relating to actors, and some characters, such as James Bond, listing the particular firearms they have been associated with in their movies. Integrated into the website is an image hosting section similar to Wikimedia Commons that includes firearm photos, manufacturer logos, screenshots and related art. The site has been cited in magazines such as the NRA's American Rifleman and True West Magazine and magazine format television shows such as Shooting USA on the Outdoor Channel.Jim Shockey
Jim Shockey (born 1957) is a Canadian outdoor writer, a professional big game outfitter and television producer and host for many hunting shows. Shockey is the producer and host of Jim Shockey's Hunting Adventures and Jim Shockey's Uncharted on Outdoor Channel and Jim Shockey's The Professionals on Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel. He is an active member of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), serving the rank Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel (HLCol) of the 4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group. His hunting adventures have spanned six continents and 50 countries. Shockey has been called by Outdoor Life magazine "the most accomplished big-game hunter of the modern era, having taken arguably the most free-range big game species by any living hunter." They also noted that he is "the most influential celebrity in big-game hunting."Joe Mantegna
Joseph Anthony Mantegna (, Italian pronunciation: [manˈteɲɲa]; born November 13, 1947) is an American actor, producer, writer, and director.
Mantegna began his career on stage in 1969 with the musical Hair. He earned a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for portraying Richard Roma in the first American production of David Mamet's play Glengarry Glen Ross, the first of many collaborations with Mamet. Mantegna was awarded the Tony and Joseph Jefferson Awards for his role in David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize–winning play Glengarry Glen Ross. His long-standing association with Mamet includes the premieres of A Life in the Theatre, The Disappearance of the Jews and Speed-the-Plow on Broadway.
Mantegna has also directed a highly lauded production of Mamet's Lakeboat, which enjoyed a successful theatrical run in Los Angeles, and he later directed the film version. In addition to theatrical appearances directed by Mamet, Mantegna appeared in Mamet's films House of Games (1987), Things Change (1988), and Homicide (1991)
Expanding to film and television, Mantegna is best known for his roles in box office hits including Three Amigos (1986), The Godfather Part III (1990), Forget Paris (1995), and Up Close and Personal (1996). Since 2007, he has starred in the CBS television series Criminal Minds as FBI Supervisory Special Agent David Rossi. Beginning with the 1991 episode "Bart the Murderer", Mantegna has voiced the recurring role of mob boss Fat Tony on the animated series The Simpsons, as well as The Simpsons Movie (2007).
Mantegna has starred in the television series First Monday (2002) and Joan of Arcadia (2003–2005). He earned Emmy Award nominations for his roles in three different miniseries: The Last Don (1997), The Rat Pack (1998), and The Starter Wife (2007). He has also served as executive producer for various movies and television movies, including Corduroy (1984), Hoods (1998), and Lakeboat (2000), which he also directed. Additionally, he played Robert B. Parker's fictional detective Spenser in three made-for-TV movies between 1999 and 2001, and has narrated a number of audiobook readings of the Spenser novels.
An avid firearms enthusiast, he is the host of MidwayUSA's Gun Stories on the cable television Outdoor Channel.John Dietsch
John Dietsch is the author of the book Shadowcasting: An Introduction to the Art of Flyfishing.
Dietsch founded Castle Creek Productions in 1988, and founded a video community called Hook.tv. On the film A River Runs Through It Dietsch supervised the fly fishing production, was instrumental in teaching the cast how to fly fish, and doubled for actor Brad Pitt.He currently hosts a TV series called Adventure Guides on Outdoor Channel.Major League Fishing
Major League Fishing (MLF) is a professional bass fishing league and television show that airs on Outdoor Channel, World Fishing Network and Discovery Channel. The league was established in partnership between the Professional Bass Tour Anglers' Association (PBTAA) and Outdoor Channel as an answer to other professional fishing tournaments that the anglers compete in. The show focuses on personalities and struggles of anglers in competition rather than purely on results.Major League Fishing was the top-rated show on Outdoor Channel and is different from other professional fishing tournaments in that the events are catch and release and fisherman have a constant update on how fellow competitors are doing through iPads on their boats. Additionally, anglers do not know where they are going before the day of the competition. The new style of tournament fishing was designed with conservation in mind, which is why fish are weighed and instantly released, anglers are not allowed to land fish or cradle them to their body and fish are never kept in the boat's live well. The shows are fished without revealing results instantly, as the results are shown when the television program airs.Major League Fishing headquarters are located in Tulsa, Oklahoma.Michigan Talk Network
Michigan Talk Network (often abbreviated MTN) is a satellite-distributed, syndicated talk radio service that has a variety of programs airing on 23 radio affiliates in the U.S. state of Michigan. It operates from its flagship station WJIM in Lansing, Michigan and is under ownership of Townsquare Media.
The Steve Gruber Show is MTN's morning program and its flagship product. Steve Gruber is a veteran American broadcaster whose career began in the mid 1980s. Steve Gruber's career has included television journalism as an investigative reporter with NBC affiliate WCMH Columbus, Ohio and nationally syndicated TV adventure programming as host of Excalibur's Outdoor America on Outdoor Channel. Gruber's run as host is the longest in the history of Outdoor Channel. The Steve Gruber Show airs live weekdays 6–9 a.m. from their flagship station WJIM in Lansing, MI. Ivey Ramos Gruber is the programs Executive Producer and is also a frequent on air contributor. Other guests include: President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, Steve Forbes, Dana Perino, Ted Nugent, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Senator Rand Paul, Dr. John Lott and more. Some or all of the show also airs on 15 affiliate radio stations including: WJRW, WKMI, WLBY, WBCH, WMKT-AM, WMKT-FM, WATT, WMIQ, WDMJ, WIAN, WKLQ, WFNT, WYPV, WMMI & WLCO.
The HUGE Show, with Bill "HUGE" Simonson, airs live weekdays 3–6 p.m. on 11 radio stations: WVFN, WQLR, WTRX, WTKA, WLUN, WHTC, WSJM-FM, WSJM-AM, WMBN, WKAD & WFYC.Mike Pawlawski
Mike Pawlawski (born July 18, 1969) is a former professional football player, a quarterback in the National Football League, Arena Football League, and XFL.
Born in Los Angeles, Pawlawski played college football at the University of California and led the Golden Bears to a 10–2 record and a #8 national ranking in 1991. He was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the eighth round of the 1992 NFL Draft, playing one season for the team.
After spending 1993 and 1994 out of football, Pawlawski signed with the Arena Football League, playing his inaugural season with the Miami Hooters then the next five with the Albany Firebirds, where he established several league records. Pawlawski finished his career with the San Francisco Demons of the XFL, where he led his team to an appearance in the league championship. He was one of only three quarterbacks (Tommy Maddox and Jim Druckenmiller being the other two) to last the whole XFL season without being injured or losing their job. It was later revealed, however, that Pawlawski had played the season with a fractured vertebrae in his neck. It ended his football career.
He is currently the host of Gridiron Outdoors on Outdoor Channel and a color commentator for Cal football on Comcast SportsNet and Fox Sports Net.MyOutdoorTV.com
MyOutdoorTV.com is an internet television channel that provides streaming TV shows and product demonstrations to hunters, shooting sports enthusiasts, anglers, campers, boaters, and hikers. It is the largest online video network catering to outdoor programming.
MyOutdoorTV.com carries many outdoor-related cable shows that air on Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel via the online video channel.
Access is $9.99 per month to all programming. The channel has been described as the Netflix of the hunting world.NASCAR Outdoors
NASCAR Outdoors is an outdoors television series sponsored by the National Association of Stock Car Racing (NASCAR) first broadcast on the Outdoor Life Network on April 4, 2004. Outdoor Channel began to broadcast the series in 2011, under the title Realtree's NASCAR Outdoors.Nick Hoffman
Nick Hoffman is an American singer, songwriter, fiddle player, producer, and television personality. He is also the host of the Outdoor Channel television series “Nick’s Wild Ride”, which airs on Outdoor Channel. He is also co-founder of the Elektra Records/Warner Music Nashville Recording Artists The Farm.Outdoor Sportsman Group
Outdoor Sportsman Group, Inc. (a.k.a. Outdoor Sportsman), a subsidiary of Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, is an outdoors media group in the United States. They publish 19 hunting, fishing and shooting magazines, and own the Sportsman, Outdoor Channel, and World Fishing Network specialty channels, as well as the MyOutdoorTV.com internet TV network, and 19.9% of the Canadian Sportsman Channel having purchased the Sportsman Channel from its founders in June 2007. In 2014, KSE acquired Outdoor Sportsman Group (then known as InterMedia Outdoor Holdings) from InterMedia Partners. InterMedia had acquired the magazines from Primedia in 2006.In addition to traditional magazine publishing, Outdoor Sportsman Group is also involved with 11 top-rated TV series, syndicated radio, consumer events, and brand-driven merchandising businesses.R. Lee Ermey
Ronald Lee Ermey (March 24, 1944 – April 15, 2018) was an American actor, voice actor and Marine corps drill instructor. He achieved fame when he played Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in the 1987 film Full Metal Jacket, which earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Ermey was also a United States Marine Corps staff sergeant and an honorary gunnery sergeant.
Ermey was often typecast in authority figure roles, such as Mayor Tilman in the film Mississippi Burning, Bill Bowerman in Prefontaine, Sheriff Hoyt in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake, Jimmy Lee Farnsworth in Fletch Lives, a police captain in Se7en, plastic army men leader Sarge in the Toy Story films, Lt. "Tice" Ryan in Rocket Power, and a prison warden in an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants.
Ermey hosted two programs on the History Channel: Mail Call, in which he answered viewers' questions about various military issues both modern and historic; and Lock n' Load with R. Lee Ermey, which concerned the development of different types of weapons. He also hosted GunnyTime on the Outdoor Channel.Skycam
Skycam is a computer-controlled, stabilized, cable-suspended camera system. The system is maneuvered through three dimensions in the open space over a playing area of a stadium or arena by computer-controlled cable-drive system. It is responsible for bringing video game–like camera angles to television sports coverage. The camera package weighs less than 14 kg (30.86 lbs) and can travel at 13 m/s (29.08 mph).
Invented by Garrett Brown (also the inventor of the Steadicam), Skycam was acquired by Winnercomm, Inc. in 2004. On January 12, 2009, Winnercomm was acquired by Outdoor Channel Holdings, Inc. (now a subsidiary of Kroenke Sports & Entertainment), parent company of the Outdoor Channel. On February 27, 2015, a Federal lawsuit was filed by Nic Salomon, the former President of Skycam, involving the 2013 acquisition by Kroenke Sports & Entertainment. Case #3:15-cv-00666 (initially case #4:15-cv-00151) was allowed to proceed by the court in the Northern District of Texas on August 31, 2017.TV4ME Philippines
TV4ME Philippines is the first and only lifestyle multi-channel network (MCN) in the Philippines. It has 12 channels with original, short-form content around food, health, travel, fashion, celebrity, and home style. It also provides programs from the Outdoor Channel and History Channel.
TV4ME is run by Brand New Media Philippines, which is a joint venture between Brand New Media and MediaQuest Holdings. TV5 and Brand New Media signed the joint venture in October 2014. This service is currently inactive due to budget cuts by TV5.The Farm (U.S. band)
The Farm, also known as The Farm Inc., is an American country music trio consisting of Nick Hoffman (vocals, fiddle), Damien Horne (vocals, keyboard, guitar) and Krista Marie (vocals, guitar). Signed to All In Records in association with Warner Music Nashville and Elektra Records and New Revolution, the trio has released the singles "Home Sweet Home" and "Be Grateful" , which have charted on Hot Country Songs. Horne is a former member of John Rich's songwriting group MuzikMafia, while Marie is a former solo artist for Broken Bow Records. Hoffman is the host and producer of the award-winning TV show "Nick's Wild Ride" that airs on Outdoor Channel and played fiddle in Kenny Chesney's road band. The three met during a songwriting session which included former Western Flyer member Danny Myrick, who also became the group's producer.Their self-titled debut album, released in 2012, produced two top 40 hits on Country Airplay: "Home Sweet Home" and "Be Grateful". In 2014, they announced a third single, "Mud".Theresa Vail
Theresa Marie Vail (born October 1, 1990) is Miss Kansas 2013. She subsequently placed in the top ten of the Miss America 2014 pageant, where she became the first contestant to openly display tattoos (during the swimsuit competition) and won the "America's Choice" award. Vail later hosted programs for the Outdoor Channel.
Founded in 1999
|Digital TV (DTV)|
Pay-TV channels and networks based in the Philippines
|Blue Ant Media|
|A&E Networks Philippines|
|Celestial Tiger Entertainment Philippines|
(Plus Media Networks)
|beIN Media Group|
(First United Broadcasting Corporation)