The Landscape Channel

The Landscape Channel
Launched 1988
Country United Kingdom
Sister channel(s) Landscape HD

The Landscape Channel, is a British television channel which was set up by Nick Austin, co-founder of the Beggars Banquet record label, to showcase the classical and instrumental music genres.[1] The channel began airing as an overnight programming block on Sky Channel in 1988 and ran until 1989.[2] In 1990 Landscape provided Channel 4 with 200 hours of morning programming as The Art of Landscape.[3] This resulted with Landscape going into the UK cable market as a dedicated cable channel in 1991 on Windsor Television before expanding into Europe in 1993.[2]

On 1 January 2001, it moved to Internet connected server distribution allowing cable television providers to broadcast from local Landscape servers refreshed via the Internet, rather than via traditional, more expensive, satellite distribution.[4] Due to a lack of funding the channel's management was reconstructed between 2003 and 2007, although it continued to broadcast on the Dutch CAI Westland service.[2]

The channel returned to Sky as a programming block on Friendly TV on 20 October 2003[5] and the Information TV range of channels in August 2010.[6] The channel features pictures and videos of landscapes with classical background music.[7]

Landscape HD

Landscape HD logo

In 2005, The Landscape Channel began to offer high-definition programming on Landscape HD via their internet distribution service, which was upgraded in 2011 to offer 1080p video.[8]


  1. "First 1080p Cloud delivered television channel to be taken into USA". The Landscape Channel. 8 June 2011.
  2. 1 2 3 "Landscape History". The Landscape Channel. Retrieved 20 April 2011.
  3. "The Landscape Channel". TVARK. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
  4. "Landscape Channel rebranded". Digital Spy. 12 January 2001.
  5. "Landscape TV to timeshare with Friendly TV". Sky Digi Online. 12 October 2003.
  6. "Landscape Channel returns to Sky". Digital Spy. 17 August 2010.
  7. "Subscribers to Sky's digital TV channels can now unwind to The Landscape Channel". 19 August 2010. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
  8. "The Landscape Channel looks to the cloud for quality at Cannes". The Landscape Channel. 28 March 2011.
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