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Extreme sports making EpicTV journey to Samsung smart screens

If you’re one of those sun-kissed outdoorsy types who watches TV at work to kill time until your next radical adventure – you’ll like EpicTV.

Snowboarding by Zach DischnerYou might even like it enough to get a Samsung smart TV, which is where you’ll soon be able to watch it on a big screen instead of your laptop or work monitor.

EpicTV is one of the growing band of specialist subscription TV channels finding their way onto TV screens via your internet connection.

For around £5.50/month, you can pick from more than 400 feature-length films on skiing, snowboarding, surfing, climbing, mountain biking, BASE jumping and more.

Subscriptions cover PCs, tablets and smart phones as well as smart TVs, and it’s a freemium channel, so there’s plenty of short-form films to whet your appetite.

The channel also features a series of adventure sports video podcasts, starting with EpicTV’s Week in Adventure, which provides the latest news in adventure sports and an in-depth look at ‘the most mind-blowing adventures of the past week’.

Epic TV’s blogged: “For about the price you’d pay to buy The Art of Flight on iTunes you can subscribe for a month of unlimited access to our library of over 500 of the world’s best skiing, snowboarding, surfing, climbing, mountain biking, paddling and BASE jumping films from all the hottest adventure filmmakers.”

Producers featured on EpicTV include Red Bull Media, Teton Gravity Research, Big Up Productions, Sender Films, Taylor Steele, New World Disorder, Stance Films, Kranked, and Absinthe Films.

EpicTV is also encouraging adventure sportists to become their own film-makers with the EpicTV Grants Programme.

The online audience will be able to choose winners from three-minute video clips uploaded by entrants, describing their project and how much money they need to make it happen.

EpicTV will follow the winners as they prepare and produce their films before giving them an exclusive premiere on the channel.

The EpicTV venture is owned by Finnish telecommunications company Elisa, using the Tvinci broadband pay-TV service to reach iPad, Android, PC and connected TV viewers, and Accedo to push onto smart TV.

It’s expecting to arrive on lots more mobile devices and smart TV’s over the next six months after its debut on Samsung TVs this summer. 

Image: Zach Dischner/Flickr