Chicago -- Outdoor Channel continues its expansion, netting more launches with Comcast, while surpassing the 10 million mark with high-definition subscribers.
With rollouts on Charter Communications' system in the Reno market as part of its Sports Tier and Cox Communications' systems in Las Vegas and Omaha as part of the Digital Plus Pak, Outdoor Channel HD now reaches more than 10 million U.S. homes. Debuting three years ago, the service, in addition to Charter and Cox, has launched on 198 new cable systems since January, including those owned by Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS, Suddenlink Communications, Knology and Comcast.
Relative to the latter, Outdoor Channel HD launched June 8 in Michigan on Comcast's Digital Preferred HD tier on Channel 709. The network's linear channel is also available on Channel 730 throughout the region.
Next up: Outdoor Channel will be added to Comcast's Digital Preferred tier in the Chicagoland area, beginning in August. Viewers on Comcast systems in Greater Chicago, as well as those in Champaign/Springfield/Decatur; Peoria/Bloomington; Quincy/Hannibal/Keokuk; Rockford; and South Bend/Elkhart, Indiana will now have greater access to Outdoor Channel's popular, high quality hunting, fishing, shooting and adventure programming.
"We strive to make Outdoor Channel and our leading outdoor programming available to as many viewers and outdoor enthusiasts as possible. Our move on Comcast systems in Chicago, the third largest television DMA in the country, now gives local hunters, anglers, archers and outdoor enthusiasts greater access to America's leader in Outdoor TV," said Outdoor COO Tom Hornish in a statement. "We look forward to growing our relationship with Comcast as we continue to expand our accessibility throughout the U.S."
Noted LeAnn Talbot, senior vice president of operations, Comcast Greater Chicago: "Comcast is pleased to add Outdoor Channel to our Digital Preferred tier to provide local outdoor enthusiasts with an opportunity to experience some of the most popular and best outdoor adventure programming on television. Residents of the Greater Chicago region have access to some of the country's most beautiful and picturesque national parks, lakes and rivers, and now, they'll be able to take their love for the great outdoors, indoors, thanks to Outdoor Channel's best-in-industry programming."