Launched 14 January 2008
Owned by Setanta Sports, Arsenal FC, Input Media
Picture format 16:9 SDTV
Timeshift service Arsenal Replay
Sky Digital Channel 435
Channel 448 (Replay)
Channel 454 (AH TV)
Virgin Media Channel 542
Arsenal TV is a sports television channel devoted to coverage of the English football club Arsenal. It is part of the Setanta Sports package and is similar to existing Setanta channels such as Celtic TV, Rangers TV and the latest channel from Setanta LFC TV.
Arsenal TV officially launched on 14 January 2008 on Sky Channel 423, however the channel was being tested on Sky for several days beforehand. Arsenal TV is available as part of the Setanta Sports package on Sky and joined Virgin Media on March 18 after a successful campaign by the club to get the channel on the service; it is available as part of the Setanta Sports package or TV Size XL.
On 17 March a timeshift channel called Arsenal Replay was added to Sky Channel 424 and airs from 1.30am to 7.45am. On 12 May a second timeshift channel called AH TV was added to Sky Channel 454, and airs the same times as Arsenal Replay, however they broadcast on different days from each other, but still show the same programming from earlier in the day from channel 423.
The TV channel currently screens on Monday to Fridays: 4.30pm - 2am and Sunday: 6pm - 2am.
Arsenal TV has a studio at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium. Starting with the 2008/09 season, Arsenal will allow the Setanta Sports boxing production team to use the Emirates Stadium studio for boxing coverage where there is a studio clash between that and the live golf shown on Setanta Golf. Both require a studio but Input Media only has one. The first Setanta boxing event to use Arsenal's studio was Wladimir Klitschko vs. Tony Thompson on 12 July 2008.
The channel features:
Replays of every Arsenal FC match in all competitions, including post match coverage & analysis
Exclusive interviews with staff and players
Live coverage of Arsenal Reserves and first-team friendly matches
Highlights of Arsenal Academy and Arsenal Ladies matches
Highlights of classic matches
Documentaries based on the club's history
Regular presenters include Dan Roebuck and actor and avid Arsenal fan Tom Watt. Regular pundits include former player Stewart Robson and musician Shovell.
(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)