Post by The Ultimate Nullifier on Nov 19, 2015 10:04:24 GMT -6
TNA Impact Wrestling will be going to POP TV ( formerly the TV Guide Channel) on Tuesday, January 5,2015.This was just announced on the www.impactwrestling.com website. This is more than likely a PAID Programming deal where TNA is paying for the time and to make money, they will sell ad time.
Full Details On TNA Moving To Tuesday Nights With POP TV, Dixie Carter Comments
As noted, TNA Impact Wrestling will be moving to POP TV, the former TV Guide Channel, beginning Tuesday, January 5th at 9pm EST. Below is the full announcement:
FANDOM LIKE NO OTHER… POP AND IMPACT WRESTLING PARTNER TO BRING FANS RINGSIDE FOR WEEKLY EVENT BROADCAST PREMIERING ON TUESDAY, JAN. 5, 2016
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. – Nov. 19, 2015 – Get ready for #ImpactOnPop. Pop, a network that celebrates the excitement of being a fan, will soon become the exclusive U.S. television home of IMPACT WRESTLING, the hard-hitting, high-flying global sports sensation enjoyed by millions of fans around the world.
Pop will premiere IMPACT WRESTLING with a live two-hour, action-packed broadcast on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, and the show will continue to air every Tuesday night at 9:00 PM, ET/PT. The show features some of the biggest stars in professional wrestling, including Jeff and Matt Hardy, EC3, Kurt Angle, Bobby Lashley, The Wolves, Eric Young, Tigre Uno and Gail Kim.
"Wrestling has been a fan-fueled staple since the '50s, and continues to be some of the most-watched appointment television today. The die-hard fandom and extraordinary passion surrounding IMPACT WRESTLING captures the spirit of Pop as a network that celebrates fan-driven entertainment and excitement," said Brad Schwartz, President of Pop. "We're committed to this new partnership and psyched to bring the show's loyal fans a dedicated night to watch their favorite show on Pop every week."
IMPACT WRESTLING is a strong global brand seen on networks in more than 120 countries around the world and broadcast in 17 languages. Its fans are some of the most devoted and socially active in sports, with more than 15 million aggregated social media followers and nearly 700 million video views on YouTube, making it the seventh-most-viewed sports channel, ahead of MLB®, NHL®, MLS® and FIFATV®.
"Pop's enthusiasm for our partnership and the network's fan focus is a perfect fit for our company," said TNA President Dixie Carter. "Wresting has always been at the forefront of pop culture with the most passionate, loyal fan base. We're thrilled to be in business with Pop and to bring IMPACT WRESTLING to more than 80 million homes."
To find IMPACT WRESTLING on Pop, go to poptv.com.
Pop on the Web: poptv.com Pop Facebook: facebook.com/PopTelevision Pop Twitter: twitter.com/PopTV Pop Instagram: @poptv
Pop Gets Into Ring With Impact Wrestling To Become New TV Home
Pop, the joint venture of CBS Corp and Lionsgate, has pacted with TNA Impact Wrestling in a deal that will make the network the exclusive U.S. TV home of the wrestling series. The deal kicks off with a live two-hour broadcast Tuesday, January 5 after which it will settle into its regular weekly 9 PM Tuesday time slot.
Impact Wrestling had been airing on Discovery’s Destination America channel at 9 PM Wednesdays as part of a one-year deal. TNA programming ran on Spike from 2005-14. Pop reaches 80 million homes in the U.S.
This is a move in a new direction for Pop, the former TV Guide Channel that rebranded at the beginning of the year as a destination for fans. So far, Pop’s slate of more than 400 hours of original programming had been built mostly on unscripted series, including Rock This Boat: New Kids On The Block, which was just renewed for Season 2. On the scripted side, the network has Canadian import Schitt’s Creek co-created by and starring Eugene Levy.
“Wrestling has been a fan-fueled staple since the ’50s and continues to be some of the most watched, appointment-tune content in all of television today,” said Pop president Brad Schwartz. “The die-hard fandom and extraordinary passion surrounding Impact Wrestling captures the spirit of Pop as a network that celebrates fan driven entertainment and excitement.”
TNA MOVES TO POP TV IN JANUARY BY DAVE MELTZER | @davemeltzerwon | NOV 19, 2015 9:38 AM
TNA announced this morning that it has signed a deal with POP TV for Impact, which will start on the station on January 5th, 2015.
The show will air in a Tuesday from 9-11 p.m. time slot.
Dixie Carter announced the move on Twitter stating that they are now on a station that reaches 85 million homes.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter had reported that POP TV, which has been airing Paragon Pro Wrestling weekly as a time buy, along with WGN America, were in negotiations for TNA. Of the two, the POP TV deal was considered the weaker station overall even though both stations were in similar amounts of homes.
It is an upgrade as far as reach is concerned, although POP TV is in closer to 75 million homes right now as compared to 57 million for Destination America. Finances were not disclosed which is the key when it comes to TNA, because there is little revenue coming in with the exception of selling the television show, since they almost never do live events that tickets are sold to, and PPV numbers are weak.
TNA remains on Destination America through the end of 2015.