SOURCE: Blackout Media Corp.

September 07, 2007 10:30 ET

PlayTV UK Lands Global Broadcast Rights for the Fight Network

LONDON and TORONTO--(Marketwire - September 7, 2007) - Blackout Media Corp.'s (PINKSHEETS: BKMP) Blackout wishes to announce that British broadcaster, PlayTV UK, has signed a contract for the distribution rights to the world's biggest, the world's only and the world's best, 24 hour, combat sports channel, The Fight Network of Canada.

This deal utilises UK-based Global Digital Broadcast's (GDB) IPTV management platform and advanced engineering, making it possible to stream the popular The Fight Network content out of Toronto, Canada and to a global audience of 'fight fans.'

The eight new PlayTV/The Fight Network channels include one 24/7 live stream and seven specialist channels, featuring mixed martial arts from the USA, the UK, Canada and Japan. Content is available as live, scheduled, video-on-demand (VoD) and pay-per-view (PPV).

"We are very excited to be carried on this cutting-edge platform developed by PlayTV," said George Burger, President & CEO of The Fight Network. "Our strategic priority is to expand The Fight Network brand around the world on all platforms to reach every fight fan, everywhere, at anytime. The technology that PlayTV and its partners have developed enable specialty services like ours that have a unique sports content package and huge fan appeal to reach them in ways that were not available just a couple of years ago. Broadband delivery is the future, and the future is here with PlayTV."

The Fight Network is already hugely popular across the Canada, delivering the best of mixed martial arts(MMA) the fastest growing combatant sports in the world (featuring brands such as Montreal's TKO, the UK's own Cage Rage and Rumble on the Rock from Hawaii), boxing (including specialist 'Ballroom Boxing' and 'Guilty Boxing'); wrestling (featuring 'Ring of Honour' and 'Memphis Wrestling'); and other combat styles; along with fight theme films (with underground material from 'Tough-Guy Cinema'); documentaries, television series and breaking news.

Launched in September 2005, The Fight Network is available on virtually every cable and satellite carrier across Canada. In addition, its weekly radio show The LAW (Live Audio Wrestling) is heard on terrestrial stations in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver, while its daily show Fight Network Radio is heard on Sirius channel 186 across North America hosted by Mauro Ranallo. Its news content and exclusive merchandise is also marketed on its website,

Mr. James Thompson, director of PlayTV UK, says: "We knew GDB could take PlayTV global and our imminent launch is made all the more exciting with deals of this stature. It is certainly a great accolade for a British platform to be hosting eight channels from the world's leading MMA and combatant sports network."

Mr. David Wray, GDB co-founder and CTO, comments: "The GDB platform is a perfect fit for these guys and I can see The Fight Network becoming a leading sports multi-channel on PlayTV, especially with the ever-growing number of fight fans in the UK."

Mr. Jim Deans, co-founder and managing director of GDB, adds: "Seeing this deal come to fruition days before heading out to Amsterdam to demonstrate the portal at IBC2007, means that we can include The Fight Network in our trade launch at one of the most prestigious technology conventions in the world."

Global Digital Broadcast is demonstrating PlayTV UK at the CIMA Technology (HK) Ltd stand (4.281), at the IBC2007, RAI Exhibition and Congress Centre, Amsterdam, 7 - 11 September 2007. For further information, please visit:

Notes to editors:

About The Fight Network

The Fight Network is a multi-platform sports and entertainment company, providing its content to fight fans on digital television, pay-per-view, VOD, radio, mobile and online.

The Fight Network is the global leader in coverage of all combatant sports, including Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Boxing, Wrestling and Kickboxing and theme-related entertainment, through its 24/7 dedication to the sports. The Fight Network enjoys the support, insights and star-power of leading MMA, Boxing and Wrestling personalities, including two of MMA's personalities such as; world renown official, "Big" John McCarthy and the current UFC heavyweight Champion Randy "The Natural" Couture, the brands ambassador to the world, who provide on-air analysis for the network. An unmatched mix of combatant action, fight news and riveting entertainment, The Fight Network will be Canada's first non-music specialty channel to export its brand. The Fight Network Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of TFN Global Inc. (formerly Blackout Communications Inc.), whose corporate headquarters are located in Toronto, Canada. The Fight Network can be found online at

About Global Digital Broadcast:

Global Digital Broadcast is headquartered in Brighton, with technical/editing studios in Hove (both in East Sussex, UK). It specialises in internet protocol television (IPTV) channel creation and delivery to television sets via IP set-top boxes (in addition to PCs and other compatible media) and operates one of the world's largest networks of independent content owners and community channels for IPTV. For further information about GDB, channel listings and also to view channels, please visit

About PlayTV UK:

PlayTV UK is a British broadcast network, based in Sussex, UK and incorporating VeHDa, the leading independent manufacturer of high-definition and digital technologies in the UK. It has recently amalgamated with Global Digital Broadcast in order to provide a triple-play package including IPTV, telephone and broadband services.

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.

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Contact Information

  • Investor Relations:
    Blackout Media Corp.
    Fax 416 348.9418

    For further information, please contact:
    Mr. David Wray
    co-founder and CTO
    Global Digital Broadcast
    Telephone: +44 (0) 1273 747734

    Media Contacts:
    Stephen Murdoch
    OEB International c/o The Fight Network Inc.
    Public Relations/Public Affairs
    Tel: (905) 682-7203 extension 22
    Fax: (905) 682-7481