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Dream Loses One TV Deal, But Gains Another

(You haven’t really experienced the tights until you’ve seen them in High Definition)

Japan’s Dream organization seemed to be in trouble when news came that they’d been dropped from their primetime TV deal with the Tokyo Broadcasting System, but just like your overly optimistic aunt always says, God never closes a door without opening a window.

For Dream, that window is HDNet, which has reached an agreement to broadcast the forthcoming April 29 show on an edited tape delay basis.

Sherdog reports that the show will be broken into one-hour chunks to be aired in afternoon and late-night time slots. HDNet would have us believe that they’re counting on Dream sticking around at least through the summer. From the HDNet website:

As part of this exclusive broadcast agreement, HDNet will air DREAM 1 and DREAM 2 on May 2 and May 3 respectively, truly making the first weekend in May a ‘DREAM Weekend’ for MMA fans. Both broadcasts will begin at 10:30 ET.

HDNet and HDNet Fights will also bring the next four DREAM events – DREAM 3 on May 11, DREAM 4 on June 15, DREAM 5 on July 21 and DREAM 6 on September 23 – to American and Canadian audiences.

You have to give it to HDNet. They’re scooping up MMA coverage every chance they get, and have mostly resisted the urge to sink a lot of cash into starting their own promotion, which seems to be every company’s favorite way of burning money these days.

Not to mention, this promo almost makes you believe that Pride has risen from the dead. Almost.


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goo- April 26, 2008 at 1:12 pm
No way being on HDNET in American in any way makes up for being dropped from telly in Japan.
Its going to be interesting to see the numbers they do on Pay Per View. Saku's fighting, like. I've no idea what's good or bad over there, and I have no idea what the population of Japan is haha.