Impact Wrestling sent us the following today:
IMPACT Wrestling Channel to Launch on Twitch
– New channel to feature legacy and exclusive content, including premiere of Barbed Wire Massacre III –
TORONTO | SAN FRANCISCO – Impact Wrestling, a subsidiary of Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp., today announced the launch of a new channel on Twitch, the world's leading social video service. IMPACT Wrestling's channel (www.twitch.tv/impactwrestling) will feature a 24-hour live stream and exclusive weekly programming.
The IMPACT Wrestling Channel will launch on Wednesday, Jan. 17 with a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week stream of content that leads up to the debut of Barbed Wire Massacre III on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 10:00 p.m. ET immediately following the weekly premiere of IMPACT! on Pop.
The IMPACT Wrestling Channel on Twitch will feature exclusive content, including monthly live events and house shows featuring top stars in professional wrestling. The channel will also feature lifestyle programming showcasing IMPACT Wrestling stars outside of the ring – from diets and workouts to relationships and travel. Twitch will also air IMPACT Wrestling's live event at WrestleCon in New Orleans, La. on Friday, April 6 at 9:00 p.m. CT. Other exclusive shows on the channel include:
* Monday nights: Live Audio Wrestling (The LAW) returns with a new weekly video podcast. Produced and hosted by longtime IMPACT Wrestling announcer Jeremy Borash, The LAW will cover all of the latest news in professional wrestling and feature special guest interviews, live calls, chat interaction, contests with prizes, and much more.
* Wednesday nights: Returning IMPACT Wrestling star Tyrus will host Nuff Said, as the Fox News contributor offers his unique take on professional wrestling, politics, sports and popular culture.
* Thursday nights: At 8:00 p.m. ET, Josh Mathews will host Mathews' Megacast with his irreverent second screen perspective on the flagship IMPACT! show Thursdays on Pop.
Programming for the channel will also include past and present episodes of the flagship IMPACT! show, the original weekly show Xplosion, pay-per-view events on a second window, plus over 1,000 hours of original programming showcasing classic content featuring household industry names like Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Sting, Kurt Angle, Kevin Nash, Jeff Jarrett, AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, Bobby Roode and many more.
"Our expansion on Twitch marks another important milestone in our digital expansion," said Ed Nordholm, president of IMPACT Wrestling. "The interactive content and larger-than-life personalities of IMPACT Wrestling are a perfect fit for the platform, whose passionate communities have demonstrated an increased appetite for professional wrestling and live events. As we adapt to new content consumption methods, our partnership with Twitch gives us an opportunity to interact directly with our audience, while engaging and growing our fan base across the world."
For more information, visit www.impactwrestling.com.
About IMPACT Wrestling
IMPACT Wrestling is one of the world's largest wrestling entertainment properties, creating more than 200 hours of original content annually across television and other digital platforms. IMPACT Wrestling specializes in events, products, merchandise and music, as well as the management and promotion of professional wrestlers. The roster features such greats as Johnny Impact, Austin Aries, Eli Drake, Bobby Lashley, EC3 and Eddie Edwards, the high-flying X-Division, plus the lovely and lethal Knockouts, including Rosemary, Laurel van Ness and Taya Valkyrie, as well as talent from international partner promotions such as Naomichi Marufuji, Taiji Ishimori and El Hijo del Fantasma. Its highly successful flagship, IMPACT!, broadcasts in more than 120 countries around the world, including Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Pop (a joint venture of CBS Corporation and Lionsgate) in the United States, Fight Network and GameTV in Canada, Sony ESPN in India, Spike UK in the United Kingdom, SuperSport in Africa and ranFIGHTING in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
About Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp.
Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp. is a global sports media company with offices and studios in New York, Toronto, Los Angeles and Nashville. Anthem's portfolio includes Fight Network, the world's premier combat sports channel now broadcasting in the U.S., Canada and over 20 other countries, IMPACT Wrestling, a professional wrestling promotion seen in 120 countries specializing in television programs, events, products, merchandise, music, as well as the management and promotion of professional wrestlers,GameTV, featuring game shows, reality series, movies and sports available in over 9 million homes, andEdge Sport, an extreme and action sports network recently launched in Canada in partnership with IMG. Anthem has a significant ownership interest in Pursuit Channel, one of the top outdoor channels in the U.S. available in 45 million homes.
Anthem's portfolio also includes SportsGrid, comprising of Fantasy Sports Network (FNTSY), the world's first and only channel dedicated to fantasy sports, FNTSY Sports Radio Network, a 24/7 audio channel,RotoExperts.com, a leader in season-long fantasy sports news and analysis, DailyRoto.com, the most comprehensive and far-reaching daily fantasy sports website, and SportsGrid.com, a leader in general sports entertainment commentary.
Twitch is the world's leading social video service and community for gamers. Each day, millions of community members gather to watch, talk, and chat about shared interests. Twitch's video service is the backbone of both live and on-demand distribution for all types of content, including the entire video game ecosystem, the creative arts, vlogging (IRL), and more. Twitch also runs TwitchCon, the annual convention for celebrating the Twitch community. For more information about Twitch, visit our Press Center, Twitter feed (#Twitch), andBlog.