Landscape History


In 1988 Landscape concluded an agreement with SKY Television to provide them with programming through the night on the Eutelsat 13 degrees East satellite. The Channel was started by Nick Austin, the co-founder of Beggars Banquet, the recording and music group of companies. Nick remains Chairman to this day .

In early 1989 Landscape joined the exclusive band of broadcasters operating on the new ASTRA 1A satellite continuing to supply SKY until the middle of that year when due to lack of funds operations ceased.  The Landscape Channel idea looked at the time as if it would like so many other ideals fade. However fate was to intervene in the form of the UK terrestrial channel - Channel Four - who had heard of the good audience response to the programming. This resulted in Landscape being reconstructed with new investment to supply the terrestrial television market in a new format known as Art of Landscape.

In 1990 Landscape provided Channel Four with 200 hours of national morning television between 9.30am and 11am. This produced high critical acclaim resulting in 1991 with Landscape going into the cable market as a dedicated cable channel

In January 1991 Landscape signed it's first cable operator at Windsor Television with a view to creating a dedicated cable channel. At the end of 1991 this had grown to approximately 150,000 homes growing to 75% of all UK cable by the end of 1992.

In April 1993 Landscape took the first step into the European cable distribution business delivering it's programming to cable operators by the Intelsat 27.5 degrees West satellite. In 1994 Landscape moved to the Eutelsat 13 degrees East satellite and at the end of January 1997 Landscape was connected to 1,130,000 homes in the UK, representing approximately 60% of all  UK cable homes.

The Channel launched across Europe on the Orion digital satellite stationed at 37.5degrees West on 1st June 1997. In 1999, Landscape signed a carriage agreement with Spanish satellite operator Via Digital. However following its merger with D+, carriage was later lost.

Digital services started in Germany after a number of false starts and the response from the German public was good. Mediakabel in the Netherlands also started digital operations resulting in Landscape's long awaited debut on the Dutch cable networks, controlled by one of the most important cable operators in the Netherlands.

This broadcast continued in Holland with CAI Westland until 2007 aswell as Regular broadcast in Greece and on Branded Networks around Europe. Due to the inability of Landscape management to raise funds from its shareholders to continue on satellite distribution in 2001 it was necessary to reconstruct the management of the business.

Upon completion of that reconstruction Landscape Channel became LandscapeHD Limited with a view to providing the Landscape Channel service in a true High Definition format to the cable and international television market. In 2004 Benjamin Gough joined the company as Managing Director with a vision to take LandscapeHD back into the global television business as a 1080p offering. This new channel would utilise a new form of global advertising with no langauge which will use red button technology and internet click through to deliver 'direct response' for advertisers and also music downloads and videos to the mobile/connected TV market.
In 2013 Landscape relaunched as LandscapeHD a languageless, 1080p, global television channel using multiple options to deliver it's 24/7 playout to cable, satellite and IPTV head-ends. The channel is available as a live feed globally, from a Playbox 1080p broadcast server or more recently a mini 1080p broadcast server which is the reputedly the most cost effective form of television distribution in the world. For further information contact Landscape sales.