David Lagana passed along this press release.
GFL SETS HISTORICAL LANDMARK IN COMBAT SPORTS BROADCASTING WITH LIVE iPPV ON ROKU
Combat Sports fans can experience live Combat Sports (MMA, Wrestling, and Boxing) on their favorite TV sets now that GFL is launching live programming on the GFL Roku Channel. The first event is on April 1th & 2nd, 2011 at 8:00pm EST when Ring of Honor’s “Honor Takes Center Stage” broadcast’s live from Atlanta, Georgia. In case you’re not familiar with the Roku Box (initially developed by Netflix); they are market leader in entertainment streaming devices for the TV. It’s a little box that allows you to instantly stream video on your TV set so you can watch wherever and whenever you want.
To watch GFL fights on Roku go to http://www.gfl.tv/Rokuinfo and follow the 5 easy steps.
“This is a historical occasion for Combat Sports and for GFL. The demand for the wide variety of local and regional Combat Sporting events GFL is known for has grown enormously in recent years. We’ve been getting request from event promoters and fans to get our content into the living room…And here it is. This is just the beginning, look for GFL to expand across all new media’s. GFL’s proven brand of highly desirable Combat Sports content can now better meet the demands of a growing global audience ” says, Keith Evans, VP of Operations for GFL.
As a broadcast partner, GFL offers a sophisticated internet delivery system in over 190 countries. GFL has set its course to be the leader in Combat Sports content delivery and in February made tech news by introducing their proprietary ant-piracy software. GFL will continue to expand its internal technology to safely delivery and monetize Combat Sports content via IPTV, HDTV and Wireless.
– The UFC offered an enhanced pay-per-view broadcast at UFC.tv, and White believes the format is the wave of the future. “It is (the future), I’m telling you,” White told MMAjunkie.com. “I’ve been saying it for 10 years. Everything is going Internet. I believe that everybody is going to be watching TV and be on the Internet.” (Source: MMAJUNKIE.com UFC President, Dana White)
– “The inexpensive little box (Roku) is currently one of the simplest, most effective ways to get Internet video onto an HDTV, and I’ve never met anyone who owned one who wasn’t a fan” (Source: PC WORLD, By Harry McCracken)
– GFL is especially proud to have served greater than 1.8 million public viewers last year with more than 200 broadcasts. GFL combat sports genres currently include Boxing, MMA and Professional Wrestling with plans to add more fight categories in 2011. GFL has expanded its programming to include: Daily News & Radio Shows with feature interviews and industry updates along with Great Fight Photos, Fighter Videos and a robust Calendar of Upcoming Fight Events.
If Combat Sports is your game…Go Fight – Every Night with GFL Combat Sports Network