SOURCE: Blackout Media Corp.

February 16, 2006 09:00 ET

Blackout Media's The Fight Network and Viewers Choice Canada Partner to Offer Special Events on Pay-Per-View

TORONTO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 16, 2006 -- Blackout Media Corp (OTC: BKMP) announces that The Fight Network and Astral Media's Viewers Choice concluded a deal in which exclusive Fight Network special events will be presented on pay-per-view (PPV) through Viewers Choice Canada.

These special events will be available across Canada and will be branded "Fight Network Fight Nights" through Viewers Choice Canada. Available monthly, the events will range from boxing, pro-wrestling and mixed martial arts to exclusive, one-of-a-kind offerings.

"Viewers Choice Canada is the premiere pay-per-view service in Canada and has a long and storied history of delivering some of the most memorable events within the fight game," said Mike Garrow President of The Fight Network. "By securing this deal with Viewers Choice Canada, we will be able to provide additional uncut 'special events' from around the globe each month under The Fight Network brand."

"We're very pleased to be working with The Fight Network on this initiative," said Bill Custers, Director of Programming and Marketing, Viewers Choice Canada. "Our customers have come to expect the biggest and best boxing, wrestling and mixed martial arts events in the world on Viewers Choice and we're thrilled to be able to expand our offering with Fight Network Fight Nights on Viewers Choice."

As part of this agreement, Viewers Choice and The Fight Network will leverage each of their properties to cross-promote Fight Network Fight Nights and each of the services respectively.

Viewers Choice is a pay-per-view service available to all cable providers and Star Choice Direct-to-Home satellite service across Canada.

The Fight Network is a cross-platform media brand with interest in television, radio, print and online content offerings. The Fight Network is the first and only all combatant sports and entertainment channel that delivers the very best in boxing, pro wrestling, mixed martial arts, and other combatant styles, along with top-notch "fight theme" movies documentaries and news 24 hours a day. For more details on The Fight Network please visit: www.thefightnetwork.com

Viewers Choice offers convenient, commercial-free, in home viewing of hit movies, live championship sporting events, concerts and many other special events on an à la carte basis across Eastern Canada. Viewers Choice Pay Per View offers 46 channels of near video-on-demand programming available 24 hours a day. Viewers Choice Canada Inc. is an Astral Media Pay Per View network (50.1%); Rogers Pay Per View Inc. (24.95%); and CTV Specialty Television Enterprises Inc. (24.95%). Visit www.viewerschoice.ca.

Astral Media is one of Canada's leading media companies, active in specialty, pay and pay-per-view television, radio and outdoor advertising. Astral Media's solid and dynamic presence in the country's major markets rests on its commitment to offer a unique combination of high-quality, targeted media for all its audiences. www.astralmedia.com

About Blackout Media Corp.:

Blackout Media Corp. is a holding company with an interest in Blackout Communications who is a diversified media and entertainment company conducting operations in digital television, VOD, PPV, radio the Internet and print under the brand name "The Fight Network." The activities of Blackout Media Corp. are conducted principally in Canada and the United States. www.blackoutmedia.com (coming soon).

Safe Harbor

Certain statements in this news release may contain forward-looking information within the meaning of Rule 175 under the Securities Act of 1933 and Rule 3b-6 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and are subject to the safe harbor created by those rules. All statements, other than statements of fact, included in this release, including, without limitation, statements regarding potential future plans and objectives of the company, are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Technical complications that may arise could prevent the prompt implementation of any strategically significant plan(s) outlined above. The company cautions that these forward-looking statements are further qualified by other factors. The company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any statements in this release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

URL: www.blackoutmedia.com / www.thefightnetwork.com / www.liveaudiowrestling.com

Contact Information

  • Investor Relations:
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    Media Contacts:

    Stephen Murdoch
    OEB International
    Public Relations/Public Affairs
    Tel: (905) 682-7203 extension 22
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    Roopa Shah
    Communications Manager
    Viewers Choice Canada
    Tel: (416) 956-8584
    Fax: (416) 956-5415
    E-mail: rshah@tv.astral.com