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Horse & Country TV

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Horse & Country TV
Horse & Country TV logo
CountryUnited Kingdom
Broadcast areaUnited Kingdom
Republic of Ireland
The Netherlands
Sweden
Australia
Germany
USA
Canada
Philippines
Programming
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
Ownership
OwnerH&C TV Ltd.
History
Launched7 July 2007; 14 years ago (2007-07-07)
Links
WebsiteWebsite
Availability
Cable
Ziggo NetherlandsChannel 136 (HD)
Caiway NetherlandsChannel 136
DELTA NetherlandsChannel 121
Kabel Noord NetherlandsChannel 259
Kabeltex NetherlandsChannel 204
Stichting CAI Harderwijk NetherlandsChannel 143
Satellite
Canal Digital SverigeChannel 29
Thor 5 (0.8°W)11247 V 24500 7/8
IPTV
T-Mobile NetherlandsChannel 292
Streaming media
Ziggo GO NetherlandsZiggoGO.tv (Europe only)

Horse & Country (H&C) is an equestrian sports digital media company.

Distribution

H&C was on satellite television on Sky channel 184 in the United Kingdom (UK) and is also available on Amazon Prime Video in UK & Germany and on Roku, as well as via web and mobile apps. It launched on Virgin Media channel 298 on 21 July 2018.[citation needed] H&C launched to cable TV viewers in the Netherlands in June 2012.[citation needed] In June 2013 H&C launched in Sweden.[citation needed] In February 2015, H&C launched in Australia on Fetch TV.[1] H&C launched in the US and Canada in May 2018 on Roku.[2] H&C formed a partnership with Digital Cornucopia to enter Spain, Portugal, and Latin America in 2018.[3]

Removal from Sky

In December 2019, H&C announced they would be closing on Sky channel 184. The move means that as of 31 January 2020, H&C will be available to view through H&C's online services, apps and other 3rd party distributors.[4]

Partnering with EQ Sports Net

In January 2020, H&C announced its acquisition of the dominant US equestrian streaming provider, EQ Sports Net (EQSN). In addition to live sports programming, EQSN subscribers will now also have access to H&C TV's library. H&C TV covers the Rolex Grand Slam of Showjumping, the Longines Lumühlen Horse Trials, and the London International Horse Show from Olympia.[5]

Programming & production

In 2012, H&C commissioned the series Getting to Greenwich, an 8-part series profiling rider contenders for London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. H&C also commissioned Dean Dibsdall: Model Farrier, a single film about the winner of E4's Playing It Straight 2012. H&C produced in-house "Carl and Charlotte: Dressage Superstars" a 2-part series about top British Dressage riders, Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin. In 2016, H&C acquired the syndicated series Walks Around Britain, featuring seasons one & two. Season three was released on the platform just one year later, back in May 2017.[6]

2010 restructuring

In October 2010, Horse & Country TV was placed into administration by Chairman Heather Killen, who called in a £400,000 preferential loan on her own company, the day before a dismissal claim by former Managing Director Nick Ludlow was due to be heard in court. Mr. Ludlow had been fired by Ms. Killen just seven days after she finalized a successful takeover deal for the television channel, and had claimed that his 47% stake was watered down to just 16% in a share issue in November 2009. The move forced Mr. Ludlow to drop his legal action and caused investors in the channel to write off £200,000 following the collapse. Within months Ms. Killen had relaunched the company as H&C TV. The new firm secured a global rights deal to highlights from the Badminton trials, ending a 50-year exclusive arrangement with the BBC to cover the event.[7][8][9]

Citations

  1. ^ Knox, David. "Horse & Country TV to Launch in Australia". Horse Yard. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  2. ^ Clarke, Stewart (2018-04-26). "Equestrian Channel H&C Gallops into the U.S. (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2019-10-24.
  3. ^ "H&C and Digital Cornucopia announce partnership". Broadband TV News. 2018-10-02. Retrieved 2019-10-24.
  4. ^ Thomson, Stuart (2020-01-20). "Horse & Country acquires US streamer, will come of Sky at end of month". Digital TV Europe. Retrieved 2020-11-04.
  5. ^ "Horse & Country and EQ Sports Net Join Forces to Raise the Bar on Equestrian Sports Streaming". The Plaid Horse. 21 January 2020. Retrieved 22 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Walks Around Britain on Television". Walks Around Britain. 22 January 2017. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Equestrian sports hit by collapse of Horse & Country TV". The Telegraph. 18 October 2010. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  8. ^ "City Spy: Heather's woes in Horse & Country". Evening Standard. 4 January 2010. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  9. ^ "The millionairess, the horse trials and the almighty legal row". The Daily Telegraph. 4 March 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2018.

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