Watching prime time boxing has, until now, been the preserve of those with Sky Sports subscriptions or those willing to shell out a one-off payment for some pay-per-view action.
This weekend however some viewers with TVonics Freeview HD boxes will get to see a world title fight completely free of charge. The Nathan Cleverly vs Tony Bellew WBO World Light-Heavyweight title fight will be streamed live on Channel 112 this Saturday, 15 October.
TVonics is able to do this thanks to a little known feature of TVonics’ latest digital TV recorders, such as the HV250, Z500 and HD500, which have a port that allows the box to be connected to the customer’s home Internet service.
That port has recently been enabled to provide access to catch-up services on the big screen but it can also be used by other Internet broadcasters to deliver content direct to Freeview viewers.
The fight is being broadcast by the new dedicated boxing station, BoxNation, which is also available on Sky channel 456. Through a collaboration with Connect TV and Vision21, the live fight on Saturday night will also be available on the free-to-air channel Sports Tonight, launched recently by Kelvin McKenzie.
"Freeview users have been missing out on BoxNation, but that is set to change,” said TVonics CTO, Andy Carr. “Our latest generation of digital TV recorders give viewers the very best of traditional broadcast television and now they can also access high quality, on-demand content via the Internet port. It’s the best of both worlds without having to shell out for pay per view."
In order to ensure your TVonics box is able to receive the live streaming, they need to check if they have the latest software upgrade which is available on its website.