World Fishing Network
World Fishing Network is North America’s only television network, online and mobile platform dedicated exclusively to fishing. The network’s programming covers instruction, tips, tournaments, travel, food, boating, outdoor lifestyle and more. Hosted by some of the world’s top anglers, WFN is available to cable, satellite and telco subscribers throughout the United States and the Caribbean. WFN’s lineup also includes a selection of the best and most diverse species coverage of any programming on television.
|World Fishing Network|
|Owned by||Altitude WFN ULC|
(Kroenke Sports & Entertainment)
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Slogan||We Are Fishing|
|Country||United States and Caribbean|
|Sister channel(s)||Outdoor Channel|
|Dish Network||Channel 394 (SD)|
|Available on several American cable systems||Check local listings, channels may vary|
|Sling TV||Internet Protocol television|
|Fubo TV||Internet Protocol television|
The channel's roots began in Canada on December 2, 2005, when it was launched under the ownership of Insight Sports. The company expanded the channel in the United States in November 2007 with its launch on Verizon FiOS as a standard definition channel. A few months later, in May 2008, WFN launched a high definition (HD) channel on Dish Network, called "World Fishing Network HD", a channel with a separate schedule from its standard definition counterpart. The HD channel was added to Verizon FiOS that year. Since WFN's launch on Verizon and Dish Network, it has been added to several other television providers such as Charter Communications, and television providers in the Caribbean, including Flow Cable in Jamaica.
On January 10, 2011, WFN announced that it had sold a 50% stake in its U.S. operations to Altitude Sports and Entertainment. Also, in 2011, Altitude Sports and Entertainment purchased a 19.9% interest in the Canadian channel through its division Altitude WFN ULC. Altitude would later purchase the remaining 50% interest in the channel is did not already own.
On January 14, 2019, World Fishing Network in Canada officially relaunched as Sportsman Channel.
- 'WFN: World Fishing Network' and Verizon Award 'Deprived Angler' a New Boat; NewsCenter.Verizon.com; 2008-11-06.
- World Fishing Network HD Secures Carriage Agreement with DISH Network; ChannelCanada.com; 2008-05-14
- WFN: World Fishing Network HD Launches on Verizon FiOS in the New York City Metro Market; Reuters.com; 2008-08-19.
- AllCoastMedia.com, 2009-03-29.
- Altitude Sports Hooks Partnership In World Fishing Network Multichannel News, 2011-01-10
- CRTC ownership chart CRTC