OSN, the region’s leading pay-TV network, has partnered with Fight Network to launch OSN Fight Network HD, the region’s first dedicated combat sports channel, covering martial arts, boxing, kickboxing and professional wrestling.
The new 24x7, high-definition channel which is now live on OSN, will fuel the adrenaline of fight fans across the MENA region. OSN Fight Network HD will be a one-stop-shop for the thousands of fans of combat sports, a genre that is rapidly gaining popularity across the region.
Fight Network, an undisputed leader in combat sports TV with over three million international subscribers, will showcase live coverage as well as regular news updates and fight analysis in addition to fight-themed drama series, documentaries, feature films and classic fight reruns. The network will also feature fights unique to the MENA region.
David Butorac, Chief Executive Officer, OSN, said: “We are setting a new trend in sports TV entertainment in the MENA region with the launch of OSN Fight Network HD. We constantly monitor customer preferences and identified a credible opportunity to launch a channel dedicated to combat sports.
“While youth audiences love the adrenaline-rush of this exciting genre of diverse sporting activities, many combat sports are also gaining popularity as a fitness regimen. By partnering with Fight Network, OSN is once again proving that when it comes to bringing world-class and exclusive content, we lead the industry.”
“With our focus on international expansion, we are thrilled about partnering with OSN to reach its broad range of territories,” said Leonard Asper, CEO of Fight Network’s parent company Anthem Media Group. “OSN subscribers across the Middle East and North Africa will now have access to the world’s premier combat sports content, including fights unique to those regions.”
OSN Fight Network HD is a strong addition to the existing portfolio of major international sporting events currently offered by OSN including Rugby Union, Rugby League, WWE, cricket, golf and Aussie rules football.
OSN Fight Network HD's international programming will feature the world’s top events and anchor shows, including Europe’s leading mixed martial arts such as Cage Warriors Fighting Championship and Ultimate Challenge MM; the leading Japanese promotions DEEP and Pancrase; world-class international kickboxing from It's Showtime! and Enfusion; international world championship boxing events and an extensive classic fights catalogue.
The new channel brings original productions by Fight Network such as 5 Rounds and Fight News Now, as well as talk and interview programmes Toe 2 Toe and MMA Meltdown with Gabriel Morency.
OSN Fight Network HD is also the home of premier traditional martial arts, including the famed Abu Dhabi Combat Club and is the official broadcaster of the SportAccord World Combat Games. OSN subscribers can enjoy OSN Fight Network HD anytime, anywhere via OSN Play, the region’s first online TV viewing platform.