Toronto – Fight Network, the world’s premier 24/7 television channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports, has signed an agreement to launch by April 2013 in Turkey on D-Smart, a leading digital broadcasting platform in Turkey.
Fight Network HD will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on D-Smart - Channel 87.
Fight Network airs programs focused on mixed martial arts, boxing, kickboxing, judo, professional wrestling and other traditional martial arts, in addition to fight-themed drama series, documentaries and feature films.
“Fight Network is excited about the opportunity to penetrate the European and MENA markets with our launch in Turkey,” said Leonard Asper, CEO of Fight Network. “Our launch in Turkey is the just one of many major strategic moves to reach our goal of rapidly transforming Fight Network into a global brand. Fight Network-Turkey with its vast potential in the marketplace marks a significant step in our international expansion strategy.”
“We’re thrilled to announce this new partnership with D-Smart which is the leading digital platform in the region, to expand the brand in the territory,” said Gultekin Uckun, CEO and Vice Chairman of The Board of Fight Network’s Turkish Operations. “We have participated hundreds of meetings with executives in advertising, in the territory. We are looking forward to working with our strategic advertising partners, which will only help increase not only Fight Network’s brand but theirs as well as they reach their target consumers more effectively through our network.”
“The brilliant and exciting content of Fight Network has huge appeal with sports fans in Turkey and will add more value to D-Smart’s rich array of content,” said Ali Güven, D-Smart CEO. Başar Başarır, CCO of D-Smart said: “It’s show time in Turkey for sport fans and we are proud to bring the first and best fight channel to the Turkish viewers.”
For More Information Contact:
Chad Midgley - VP Programming & Production
Fight Network - Turkey
Gultekin Uckun +90 212 265 0504
+90 544 590 93 77
About Fight Network:
Fight Network (http://www.fightnetwork.com) is the world’s premier 24/7 TV channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports, including fights, fighters, fight news and fight lifestyle. The channel is carried in Canada nationally on all major cable, satellite and telco systems in Canada and internationally via YouTube. Fight Network is available on multiple global platforms, including its website, YouTube page, mobile phone apps and radio program ‘Live Audio Wrestling.’
About D-Smart: Operating under Doğan TV Holding Turkey umbrella since 2007, D-Smart is a leading digital broadcasting platform in Turkey. Consistently developing its service packages in line with market dynamics, D-Smart provides HD-broadcast channels and platform-specific thematic networks, in addition to all national public networks, hundreds of local and international channels that are broadcasted via the Turksat satellite, as well as digital content, to over 1.7 million D-Smart users.
D-Smart continues to grow with investments towards the convergence of Internet and digital broadcasting technologies. In this regard, it has completed its union with Smile, a Doğan Telekom ADSL service provider with a solid infrastructure and a purpose of being the best alternative for quality as an A-Type service provider license holder. This move and its synergy enable consumers to acquire TV and Internet services from a single provider; and presents a smart way to reach information and entertainment content at favorable prices. D-Smart brings a different scenery to digital platform services with its wide-spectrum, extensive broadcast services and attractive internet offerings; while driving the industry’s development with continuous investments on HD and 3D channels. Furthermore, D-Smart also holds the rights to broadcast various major sports events including the Champions League, NBA, UEFA Europa League and many more.