Blackbelt TV, The World's Martial Arts Television Network, Signs With CANALSAT To Launch In 52 Countries

Top Quote Blackbelt TV will bring its unique mix of dynamic league combat, beautiful girls and kick-ass films to the international marketplace with a new distribution pact with CANALSAT. End Quote
  • Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA (1888PressRelease) July 18, 2012 - Blackbelt TV, the world's martial arts television network, will bring its unique mix of dynamic league combat, beautiful girls and kick-ass films to the international marketplace with a new distribution pact with CANALSAT, which serves more than 50 countries and territories.

    The agreement will begin with a phased roll-out beginning Sept. 18 in France.

    International film star and businessman, Christopher Lambert (best known for his role in The Highlander film series as well as Tarzan in Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan and as the thunder god Raiden in the first Mortal Kombat film) is a partner in Blackbelt TV and was instrumental in securing the distribution agreement with CANALSAT.

    The expansion will bring Blackbelt TV's expansive mix of martial arts styles to the CANALSAT audience, but with a French sensibility. All telecasts will be delivered in French.

    "Every country has its own fight sport, and we are bringing them from the world, to the world. At Blackbelt TV, we recognize that martial arts is more than just sports, but also entertainment which appeals to a wide audience. We have the single largest international mix of live and archived bouts, along with original programming and films," said Larry Kasanoff, Blackbelt TV's CEO and founder, who also serves as one of Hollywood's top film producers.

    "We have pretty girls who hang out with the audience and help explain what goes on behind the matches, some of the best martial arts movies ever made, as well as live ring side coverage of fight leagues from all over the world, and eye-popping anime," he added. "Now we'll have a blast bringing the network to the international marketplace."

    Kasanoff recognized the huge potential of the martial arts marketplace while producing the Mortal Kombat film franchise.

    "The French have a long, proud and honorable history of being one of the world's leaders in martial arts. We'll be bringing CANALSAT viewers lots of martial arts from France and other parts of Europe, but will also show international disciplines like Tae Kwon Do, Kung Fu and MMA," added Adrian Schmotolocha, the network's COO and head of worldwide sales.

    CANALSAT, a subscription satellite and IPTV service, 100% owned by Vivendi, serves France, Switzerland and Monaco, plus countries throughout Africa, nation islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans as well as the Caribbean.

    Blackbelt TV, an independent cable TV network, has distribution deals in the U.S. with Verizon Communications Inc.'s FiOS TV; Frontier Communications, Comcast Corp. and Charter Communications Inc. It has licensed a library of hundreds of hours of martial arts movies; has rights to telecast fights from leagues such as MMA from Las Vegas, Ultimate Challenge MMA from the United Kingdom and World Championship Muy Thai from Thailand.

    The network delivers great fights 24/7 from all over the world, martial arts movies, TV series, anime and lifestyle programming. It is hosted by vivacious girls called Fight Jocks.

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