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BoxNation New Frequency on Astra 2G 28.2° East

BoxNation New Frequency on Astra 2G 28.2° East

BoxNation is a British dedicated boxing subscription television channel, operated by Viaplay. The brand is licensed from George Warren’s Queensbury Commercial.BoxNation was launched by Frank Warren Promotions as a free-to-air channel on Sky. It was soft launched on 14 July 2011, airing two hours of classic boxing fights. The channel fully launched on 30 September 2011, broadcasting live fights, magazine programmes and footage of classic fights from boxing legends including Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard and Mike Tyson.

The channel screened its first live fight on 30 September 2011 as Liam Walsh stopped Paul Appleby in the tenth round at York Hall in Bethnal Green.

BoxNation was later launched on Virgin Media on 1 December 2011.[5] It also became a monthly subscription channel on this day.[6]

In 2012 BoxNation launched an iOS app for iPhone and iPad users as well as launching an online service via LiveSport.tv, In 2013 BoxNation made the app available to Android phone users. App users are charged £10 a month to view the full BoxNation coverage regardless if they are already subscribed via Sky or Virgin Media.

In January 2013, The Independent reported that BT was likely to acquire the channel and incorporate its content into their planned sports channels. Simon Green, the head of BT Sport, was a former Chief Executive at BoxNation and remains a non-executive director at the station.

In 2017, BT TV customers gained access to BoxNation as part of the BT Sport package. This ended in November 2022.

In April 2018, BoxNation extended their exclusive output deal with Bob Arum’s Top Rank, meaning that the channel would broadcast the likes of Vasyl Lomachenko and Terence Crawford to British fight fans.

In December 2019, Boxing Channel Media which had operated the channel from launch was liquidated at the request of its creditors.  Premier Sports acquired the brand licence and channels space.

In July 2022, Viaplay announced the acquisition of Premier Sports and signalled its intention to rebrand the channels. This is likely to see the end of the BoxNation brand.

BoxNation will no longer be available to BT Sport subscribers from 17th November 2022 with the channel reported to be closing completely in mid-December 2022. In a letter received by Virgin Media customers, it states BoxNation will close on all platforms on 14th December 2022.
Coverage
Presenters and commentators

BoxNation’s programming is presented by experienced broadcasters Richard Keys, Jim Rosenthal, Paul Dempsey, John Rawling and Steve Bunce.

On 15 January 2016 two new hosts, well known English presenter and sports personality Charlie Webster and Olympic Boxing Bronze medallist and Strictly Come Dancing star Anthony Ogogo launched a new weekly programme called Charlie’s Web,looking at the world of social media in boxing.
Programming

BoxNation features live cards with domestic and international fights, classic match footage, magazine shows and interviews with current and former fighters. The channel has already broadcast over 70 live world title fights featuring Floyd Mayweather Jnr, Vitali Klitschko, Nathan Cleverly, Amir Khan, Miguel Cotto, Dereck Chisora, and Bernard Hopkins amongst many others

Steve Bunce also hosts the weekly show “Boxing Hour” every Monday night. Bunce had formerly hosted a show with the same name and format on Setanta Sports where it gained popularity and acclaim amongst boxing fans leading to the launch of the “Bring Back Bunce” campaign after the collapse of Setanta Sports in Great Britain.

In October 2013, BoxNation announced that they would show the entire Golden Boy on Fox Sports 1 series on a tape delay every Wednesday night at 7pm.

BoxNation
Astra 2G 28.2° East
11567 – Vertical – 22000 5/6

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