X-Treme Sports logo
|Launched||September 7, 2001|
|Closed||October 9, 2008|
|Owned by||Canwest Media Inc. (Canwest)|
|Slogan||TV with Attitude|
X-Treme Sports was a Canadian English language category 2 digital cable specialty channel owned by Canwest Media Inc., a division of Canwest Global Communications. X-Treme Sports aired a variety of programming primarily related to extreme sports including live and taped-delayed sports events, extreme sports lifestyle and culture series, and more.
On November 24, 2000 Global Television Network Inc., a subsidiary of Canwest, was granted approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch a national English-language Category 2 specialty television service called Extreme Sports, described as "featuring the best of "off-beat" sports programming that will give Canadians the opportunity to live vicariously through the ultimate high associated with such extreme pastimes as high altitude sky diving, cliff diving, white water rafting, and mountain climbing."
In September 2008, Canwest announced the closure of X-Treme Sports set for October 9 of that year. Canwest cited low growth potential, lack of any profitability and the requirement for a larger subsequent investment for there to be any realistic possibility of the channel ever becoming profitable, an investment which was unlikely to prove to be fruitful for Canwest's owners, for its reasons to discontinue the service.
- Decision CRTC 2000-566 CRTC 2000-12-14
- Global ready to launch two sports specialty channels ; International soccer, rugby and cricket part of Fox lineup Toronto Star 2001-08-15
- X-Treme Sports is Shutting Down Archived May 16, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Channel Canada 2008-09-06