How Do We Get The Ski Channel?

Posted By: Steve Bellamy on August 21, 2009 10:33 pm

Nearly everyday, we at The Ski Channel get emails, calls, faxes and even letters (no one has sent smoke signals yet) complaining about not being able to get The Ski Channel.  So we thought we would put together some info on the subject matter. 

First of all The Ski Channel is a free to consumer video on demand television network and can be found in approximately 20 million of the 100 million US television households.  Video on Demand (VOD) means that The Ski Channel is not like traditional television viewing like The Golf Channel or The Tennis Channel.  Viewers go to a menu of shows and then click on what they want to watch when they want to watch it. 

The channel is distributed on:

  • Time Warner Cable
  • DirecTV
  • Cox Communications
  • AT&T U-Verse
  • Verizon FiOS
  • Brighthouse Networks

And shortly, we will be announcing another major distribution deal on another television platform.

There is no charge for The Ski Channel, however you have to have digital cable to get it.  Many consumers actually have the channel, but have trouble finding it on their system.  Usually, you can hit “VOD” on your remote control.  Then click on “sports.”  Then click on “The Ski Channel.”  And, then click on the show you want to watch.

If we don’t say so ourselves, the channel is amazing.  One minute you are hearing Shane McConkey captivatingly speak about wingsuit flying, the next you are jumping into a big spine in Alaska and the next you are Speed Flying in Norway.  The channel is awesome!

For DirecTV customers, you have to have an HD box that is hooked up to broadband and then you can find The Ski Channel on channel 1860. 

Currently the channel is not available on Comcast which is obviously an overwhelming amount of ski areas.  It isn’t available on Charter and it isn’t available on Cablevision.  There are also a lot of small cable companies who don’t carry the channel. 

We have been in extensive discussions with Comcast, Charter and Cablevision and hope to be on those systems soon.  It is absolutely appropriate for you to write or call those companies and tell them that you want them to carry the channel.  There are lots of channels for them to choose from and they need the feedback to help them make decisions.  It does not usually help to get irate or agressive with these companies.  The customer service reps have nothing to do with programming decisions. 

We are trying to get the channel universally distributed as quickly as possible.  If your television provider doesn’t carry the channel, you can simply switch to one of the others who does and see it on the same day.  Every home in the US can get the channel on DirecTV and it is a wonderful viewing experience.

Hopes this helps and thanks for your patience.