Anthem Sports Inks Impact Wrestling Distribution Deal With DAZN

Anthem Sports & Entertainment, a global multi-platform media company, and DAZN, a global sports entertainment platform, have entered into an international partnership that will deliver Anthem’s Impact Wrestling to more than 170 countries worldwide beginning Nov. 29.

The multi-year agreement will give DAZN viewers in 170-plus countries — including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Switzerland, Austria, France, Poland, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Japan and Brazil — access to Impact Wrestling’s weekly “Impact!” flagship series.

Additionally, DAZN viewers will have access to Impact’s PPV events and premium Impact Plus live specials, as well as select titles from Impact Wrestling’s archives, directly through the DAZN platform.

DAZN can be accessed on Smart TVs, games consoles, Amazon Fire TV/Fire TV Stick, Google Chromecast and Apple TV, as well via the DAZN app on iPhone, iPad, android and other tablet and mobile devices.

“DAZN is a global leader in premier sports programming, and we are proud to partner with them as we expand Impact Wrestling’s international reach even further,” said Scott D’Amore, EVP, Anthem Sports Media Group, in a statement. “From the beginning, Impact Wrestling has enjoyed a worldwide audience of passionate and knowledgeable fans who crave high-quality professional wrestling content.  With this announcement, we hope to make it even more convenient for them to enjoy our flagship series, premium specials and pay-per-view events, while also introducing the Impact Wrestling brand to even more sports enthusiasts across the globe.”

“We are incredibly excited to sign this multi-year partnership with Impact,” said Veronica Diquattro, CEO of DAZN Global Markets, in a statement. “This deal will see the promotion’s world-class professional wrestling content arrive on the DAZN platform in more than 170 countries worldwide, reinforcing our growing position as the global home of combat sports.”

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Since its inception in 2002, Impact Wrestling has established itself as one of the largest professional wrestling organizations in the world. Its extensive programming library includes more than 5,000 hours of content, featuring performers such as Ric Flair, Sting, Kurt Angle, Kevin Nash and AJ Styles.  Impact’s current roster includes Impact World Champion Josh Alexander, Knockouts World Champion Jordynne Grace, World Tag Team Champions Heath & Rhino, and Knockouts World Tag Team Champions Death Dollz, X Division Champion Trey Miguel, and Digital Media Champion Joe Hendry. Other Impact stars include Bully Ray, Moose, Steve Maclin, Chris Bey, Rich Swann, Matt Cardona, Brian Myers, Sami Callihan, Tommy Dreamer and PCO, and the Knockouts Division, featuring Deonna Purrazzo, Mickie James, Killer Kelly, Masha Slamovich and Rosemary.

In addition to the aforementioned countries, IMPACT Wrestling programming is televised globally in 120 countries including on Anthem properties AXS TV in the United States and Fight Network in Canada, as well as the Commonwealth of Independent States, Latin America, Mexico, the United Kingdom, India and its subcontinent, and Africa.

‘Impact Wrestling’ Gets Euro Expansion on Pluto TV

WWE competitor Impact Wrestling is getting expanded distribution in Europe through a new AVOD deal with Pluto TV.

A subsidiary of Anthem Sports & Entertainment Inc., Impact aims to expand its brand of professional wrestling content across the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, Switzerland and Austria. The move comes as a continuation of Impact’s partnership with Pluto TV, which kicked off in April 2018 with the U.S. launch on the Fox Entertainment ad-supported streaming television service.

Pro wrestling has always had a niche following. The sport upped its profile after NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service became the official SVD/AVOD home for WWE events.

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Pluto TV users throughout Europe will have access to almost two decades of new and classic content, including sport icons such as Ric Flair, Sting, Kurt Angle, Kevin Nash and AJ Styles; as well as Impact’s current roster of grapplers, which includes Rich Swann, The Good Brothers, former NFL player Moose, Deonna Purrazzo, Sami Callihan, Eddie Edwards, Jordynne Grace, Eric Young and Chris Bey.

“The global demand for quality professional wrestling programming has, arguably, never been higher, and we are excited for the opportunity to provide millions of pro wrestling fans both old and new with the ultimate ringside seats to all the epic matchups, original series,” said Jaime Pollack, chief revenue officer, sports media group, which includes Impact Wrestling.

Impact programming is televised globally in 120 countries including AXS TV in the U.S., as well as on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social media platforms.

Samsung TV Plus Adds Impact Wrestling

Professional wrestling organization Impact Wrestling, a subsidiary of Anthem Sports & Entertainment, has inked an agreement with Samsung TV Plus, giving viewers access to its library of wrestling content through both a dedicated Impact Wrestling Channel and on VOD.

Samsung TV Plus is a free ad-supported streaming (FAST) service, offering viewers instant access to more than 160 channels. Samsung TV Plus comes pre-installed on 2016-21 Samsung Smart TVs and is available on select Samsung Galaxy devices. Impact’s dedicated channel is on channel 1,164 on Samsung TV Plus.

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“This new partnership presents an invaluable opportunity for us to bring Impact Wrestling’s exclusive premium content to even more viewers across the country,” Jaime Pollack, Anthem’s chief revenue officer for its sports media group, said in a statement. “We are excited to share our deep, generation-spanning library with Samsung TV Plus’ audience — giving wrestling fans both old and new a chance to enjoy all of the larger-than-life personas, legendary matches, and gripping story-telling that Impact Wrestling is known for.”

Impact Wrestling includes almost two decades of new and classic original content, with classic stars, including Ric Flair, Sting, Kurt Angle, Kevin Nash and AJ Styles, as well as a current roster of athletes, including Rich Swann, The Good Brothers, former NFL player Moose, Deonna Purrazzo, Sami Callihan, Eddie Edwards, Jordynne Grace, Eric Young and Chris Bey.

Impact programming is televised globally in 120 countries including AXS TV in the United States.