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A UK first, a live sporting event is being streamed, free to air, directly to viewer’s televisions

LIVE boxing title fights rarely come to Freeview, but this weekend some lucky viewers will be watching Nathan Cleverly defend his WBO World Light-Heavyweight crown on Freeview this Saturday, 15th October.

Welshman Cleverly will be facing his bitter rival and Commonwealth Champion, Tony Bellew at the Liverpool Echo Arena and both men will be putting their unbeaten records on the line. Also on the same bill, James DeGale will fight for the European Super-Middleweight title against Pole Piotr Wilczewski.

Viewers with the latest generation of Freeview HD televisions and set-top boxes Can watch the fights live as they will be streamed on Freeview Channel 112 at 7pm this Saturday night

The Live broadcast is the first live sports event on the new Sports Tonight Live channel on Freeview HD. The channel was recently set up to stream on PC and TV, and is growing a loyal audience for its informed and outspoken views on all aspects of UK sport

The Cleverly vs. Bellew bout is free-to-view and comes direct from BoxNation, the new and dedicated LIVE boxing channel, which can also be seen on channel 456 on the Sky platform. And now thanks to technology partners Connect TV and Vision21 this Saturday’s LIVE action can be seen on Freeview.

The winner of the Cleverly Bellew bout could face legendary Bernard Hopkins in a unification fight. Hopkins defends his WBC crown against Chad Dawson in Los Angeles, which will also be screened LIVE on BoxNation on Sky platform channel
456 and Freeview channel 112 on the same night.

“I’m in discussions with Hopkins’s promoter Richard Schaefer about a potential fight with the winner,” said promoter Frank Warren. “So it’s a massive incentive for both guys.”

“This is a dramatic development for Freeview HD”, said Phil Walder of Connect TV.

“For the first time in the UK, a live sporting event is being streamed, free to air, directly to viewers’ televisions. This is the start of a revolution in live TV that will give promoters and sports rights owners a direct route to their audience.”

The two World Light-Heavyweight fights will be available on channel 112 on Freeview HD televisions and set top boxes that are connected to the TV and have the latest compliant software.

For further information regarding the technology please visit our website www.vision21.tv or contact Simon Burgess on [email protected]

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