LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FUEL, the 24-hour extreme sports network launched July 1, 2003 by Fox Cable Networks, had its official launch in Australia this week as one of the digital networks featured on the new FOXTEL Digital platform, it was announced by FUEL General Manager David Sternberg.

With more than 130 channels and unique services at launch, FOXTEL Digital will include FOXTEL’s current suite of subscription channels and a carefully selected range of compelling new channels, including an international version of FUEL, together with time-shifted channels that enable greater choice and convenience for viewers to enjoy their favorite programs. FOXTEL Digital’s new channel line-up will give subscribers greater choice and value by allowing them to tailor their packages to better suit their viewing habits. FUEL on FOXTEL Digital will include about 80% of the original domestic programming and all the same unique branding that clearly identifies FUEL in the United States.

Since the network’s launch in July, FUEL is now seen in nearly 6 million domestic homes. In the past two months, FUEL has launched on additional systems in 25 cities across California, Texas, Kansas, Utah, Indiana and Maine. The network has launched a combined total of 25 original series, specials and interstitials along with over 90 licensed series, events and action sports films in the last eight months adding more than 450 hours of fresh content to the small screen.

FUEL just completed one of its largest production endeavors to date: a one-hour special devoted to the history, athletes and filmmakers of the X-Dance Film Festival which took place in Park City, Utah during the renowned Sundance Film Festival this past January. The award ceremony footage, coupled with interviews with big-wave surfing legend Laird Hamilton, Dogtown and Riding Giants producer/director Stacy Peralta, Lifetime Achievement Award-winner Bruce Brown (Endless Summer, On Any Sunday) and record-breaking skateboarder Danny Way, aired on Sunday, March 14, following an all-day extreme sports movie marathon.

Fuel is the first 24-hour US cable network dedicated to the world of extreme sports. Fuel programming includes competitive and non-competitive action from skateboarding, surfing, BMX, freestyle motocross, snowboarding and wakeboarding, through coverage of major extreme sports events and industry trips with renowned action sports athletes. Launched on July 1, 2003, Fuel is a division of Fox Cable Networks.

Fox Cable Networks provides the nation’s broadband operators access to numerous national and regional programming networks, including: FX, Fox Sports Net and its 11 owned-and-operated Fox Sports Net regional sports networks, plus Sunshine Network, National Geographic Channel, Speed Channel, Fuel, Fox Movie Channel, Fox Sports World, Fox Sports en Español, Fox Sports Digital Networks and related interactive television and broadband services. Together, Fox Cable Networks are distributed to over 275 million subscribers and represent one of the television industry’s most diverse portfolios of global, national, regional, local and personal programming services.