The channel will deliver 700 hours of live, local sports a year, with an additional 2000 hours of replays greatly expanding the amount of local sports available in the country. It will also provide coverage of up to 56 hours a week of Malaysians competing at international level or the best in world sports of particular interest to a Malaysian audience. All of this commentated in Bahasa Malaysia.
ONE FC has its first Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia event scheduled on May 26th. While ONE FC stated this show is to accommodate Arena's broadcast schedule, the promoter has confirmed that it is still in the planning process of what this will entail. If viewers in Malaysia can watch the event live and commentated in Bahasa, it will be a fantastic regional breakthrough for MMA. With Raymond Tiew and Peter Davis representing Malaysia in ONE FC, and BJJ pioneer in Malaysia Marcos Escobar set to make his professional MMA debut with the organization, ONE FC has already begun to establish a local fan base to fuel future viewership of Arena broadcasts. The country has a burgeoning MMA scene as developed by Ultimate MMA Academy's "Ultimate Beatdown" events, and MuayFit's sponsored "Malaysian Fighting Championships", held six and five times respectively.
Astro subscribers total half of the viewing population at 3 million, as Henry Tan, Chief Operating Officer of Astro confirmed, “We would like to thank all Malaysians for their support in helping Astro achieve over 50 percent penetration of Malaysian TV homes." In February, Astro announced the launch of Njoi, a subscription-free satellite TV service that will make Astro available to all consumers nationwide:
Soon, Astro will also be available on-the-go through companion devices of choice. With Njoi, we are taking that one step further by making available to all in Malaysia, the fundamental core content in lifelong learning, information and entertainment including key sporting events for free.
Some 50,000 low-income earners listed under the Government's e-Kasih programme will be the first to receive the decoders and satellite dishes donated by Astro under its corporate social responsibility programme (CSR).
Along with the media release of the Malaysia Astro broadcast deal and Kuala Lumpur event, ONE FC also announced two future event dates and locations: September 1st in the Philippines and October 6th in Singapore. The following is the text of the release: