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Interesting facts about Challenge channel
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    TV channel Challenge is a free-to-air (no subscription required) channel that provides a huge variety of the best gaming and comedy shows produced in Britain or in other countries for all categories and generations of viewers.

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    Launched in 1993 as a spin-off of the US-based “The Family Channel”, the British franchise initially broadcasted mostly the American content from the archives and current productions but quickly developed its own uniquely British shows and games.

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    The launch name of the channel was “The Family Channel”, yet as the programming shifted from family TV to gaming and entertainment, the name was changed to Challenge TV.

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    Viewers appreciate Challenge TV because it’s the spot where the old favorites like Bullseye, Blockbusters, Catchphrase, Blankety Blank and newly trending shows like The Chase and Family Fortunes are aired regularly and uninterruptedly.

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    The most popular shows of Challenge TV channel that gather viewers around the globe are The Crystal Maze, Countdown, The Chase, Catchphrase, and Family Fortunes, while live events like The National Lottery Big Ticket let people literally win a fortune in real time.

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    It’s easy to watch Challenge TV online or in an app because the channel has a strong digital presence, its own website, a gaming app, social media profiles, etc., which makes the access super-fast.

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    The specialty of Challenge TV is broadcasting exceptionally varied entertaining content, from physically challenging games like American Ninja Warrior to mind-boggling and hilarious Japanese shows like Takeshi’s Castle.

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    The channel strives to educate the viewers, and in 2019 it ran the series The Game Show Story that documented and highlighted the history of TV gaming entertainment in the UK.

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    Currently, the channel is owned by the Sky Media Company (UK), and in 2023 the separate Irish feed of Challenge was launched on Saorview (with the same content but Irish ads).

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    Challenge TV takes an active part in charity initiatives and allocates air time to fundraising and awareness-raising events and telethons.