By Zach Arnold | December 27, 2010
It’s a curious move. ION is an over-the-air channel in the states but not available in all American markets.
(People confuse free-to-air with over-the-air. Free-to-air is using a satellite dish to legally pick up unencrypted channels. See Sathint for examples.)
To see if your area has the ION channel on cable or antenna, use Antenna Web or TV Fool or Rabbit Ears. On Rabbit Ears, when you get a list of TV networks on your search, the blue links can be clicked on and you’ll get a listing of main channels and sub channels.
The ION network will air three preliminary fights for this Saturday’s UFC 125 event from Las Vegas. (ION airs in 720p resolution for over-the-air. If you have a free-to-air set-up with a satellite dish, you can pick up all ION channel feeds including an HD version on bird AMC 1 at 103W. However, the frequency is C band, not Ku band.)
For a complete listing of ION affiliates in the States, click here.
Josh Gross brings up the obvious angle, which is contract negotiations between UFC and Spike TV.
Here’s the PR launch on Youtube for promoting the 125 event. It needs all the help it can get with the Frankie Edgar/Gray Maynard main event. If you’re interested in watching the show at a bar locally, use this Joe Hand Promotions link to find the nearest location.