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bpickering wrote: Josh Mathews announced during the Homecoming PPV that starting this Friday, they will live stream every Impact Wrestling episode on Fridays on their Twitch.TV channel starting at 10 PM, simulcasting the episodes as they debut on their new TV home The Pursuit Channe
That's some good news for them as I don't know anyone that has Pursuit in their basic cable package. They will get more views on Twitch than Pursuit, but this essentially makes them a company with only a streaming presence.  They are virtually off of TV for all intents and purposes.  With ROH, MLW, NJPW, and most likely soon AEW all winding up with better TV presences, that really shows you where Impact is in the pecking order at this point.    



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Press Release:

TORONTO – IMPACT Wrestling, a subsidiary of Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp., announced today an significant expansion of its digital presence, launching a live stream of the weekly two-hour IMPACT! flagship show on Twitch  Fridays at 10:00 p.m. ET when it also premieres on Pursuit Channel across the U.S. 

The premiere episode of IMPACT! on Twitch debuts Friday, Jan. 11 at 10:00 p.m. ET on IMPACT Wrestling’s official Twitch channel – http://www.twitch.tv/impactwrestling. The show will feature the immediate aftermath from Homecoming in Nashville, IMPACT Wrestling’s first major pay-per-view event of the year.

“IMPACT Wrestling’s new broadcast arrangement on Pursuit Channel has given us the flexibility to develop distribution channels to bring our show to the cord cutters in our fan base,” said Ed Nordholm, president of IMPACT Wrestling. “We saw double digit growth in our digital audience in 2018, consistently setting and then breaking new records for engagement across our various digital and social media assets. Since initially partnering with Twitch last year with our own channel, we have been committed to expanding our presence and creating a dedicated community on the platform and fans have responded, leading to our decision to bring our flagship show to Twitch.”

IMPACT! showcases top professional wrestling stars such as IMPACT World Champion Johnny Impact, who starred in the most recent season of the hit CBS show Survivor, plus Brian Cage, Eli Drake, Moose, Eddie Edwards, Sami Callihan, Pentagon Jr., Fenix, Rich Swann, the high-flying X-Division and the Knockouts, including Champion Tessa Blanchard, Taya Valkyrie, Rosemary, Allie and Su Yung. Since its inception in 2002, IMPACT! has been a leading destination for professional wrestling fans, televised globally in 120 countries, while growing its popularity and reach on YouTube, Twitch, Pluto and social media platforms.

For more information, visit http://www.impactwrestling.com and http://www.pursuitchannel.com.



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I watched the final Impact on POP and the new network announcement was nothing short of a disaster.  The show was recorded 16 years ago so at 3 points in the show they inserted a brief voice-over saying that next week they would be on Pursuit.  That was in.  They didn't provide a website to check for channel availability in your area or anything.  They never explained what "Pursuit" even was.  They didn't have the Twitch deal ironed out yet so there was no mention of a streaming alternative.  If your primary means of watching Impact is on TV and you're not on wrestling websites, you have no idea how to watch the show going forward, and some likely will just give it up when they see that it doesn't record on their DVR as usual.  If I was Impact, I would've been busting the budget to re-do that taped episode and get some real information out there given that this is the entire future of the company we're talking about here and they have to know it's going to get ugly.   



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PWInsider with notes from the first Impact TV tapings of the Pursuit era:

Scott Steiner, Bram, Crazzy Steve, Crimson and Jax Dane all worked last night's Impact Wrestling taping.  Steiner will return to Impact Wrestling TV this week. 

Steve worked what was going to be an Xplosion match but instead ended up as a dark match that was sent to the ring when there were power issues at the taping to kill time while Impact was getting back-up generators going.  No word what caused the power issue but the emergency lights in the Nashville Fairgrounds Arena came up during the problem.  The general consensus was that the company was lucky that didn't happen during the Homecoming PPV the night before.

Bram, Crimson and Dane worked a match taped for a future episode of Xplosion with Bram teaming with Caleb Konley against the War Kings.

For those of you (like myself) who have Verizon Fios, their cable guide listing does not list Impact Wrestling as airing on The Pursuit Channel this Friday.  Until that is resolved, you'll have to manually record the series yourself by recording that block of time.  The series is not listed for next week, either, as of this writing.

Andy Douglas, who wrestled for the company as one half of the Naturals, was backstage.  He's now retired as a pro wrestler and is working full-time as a chiropractor and was working on some of the talents.

Chris Harris was backstage again.

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I guess Crazy Steve didn't make the cut at the WWE developmental camp several months ago



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Ed Nordholm, the President of Impact Wrestling parent company Anthem Wrestling Exhibitions, LLC gave a speech to the Impact Wrestling roster backstage before last night's Impact Wrestling taping in Nashville, TN.

According to several sources we spoke to, it was very much a positive speech with Nordholm noting the company accomplished what they wanted to set out to do in 2018. Nordholm told the roster 2017 was a "learning year" after Anthem took over the company and that 2018 was about getting them in position for the future. He said that everyone is optimistic and enthusiastic for what is to come in 2019.

During his address to the roster, Nordholm put over there has been growth of the Fight Network (which Anthem owns) internationally and that Impact has and will continue to be a big part of that.

Nordholm also addressed the company’s move to The Pursuit Channel, noting that one of the reasons Anthem took over the company was so that they could have it for their own assets and Pursuit is one of those assets. With the deal at Pop ending, Impact now has the digital rights to the Impact Wrestling series again, which is why they can also simulcast it on Twitch on Fridays.

During the meeting, Nordholm took questions from the roster and specifically addressed that there were some rumblings last year that Anthem was looking to sell the company, assuring everyone that is not the case and that they shouldn’t be worried about anything along those lines.

The next planned Impact PPV will be in April, although the exact date has not been locked in. Traditionally, that has been Lockdown, but we are told that is not 100% set in stone.



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Can you watch Impact on Twitch on-demand or you have to watch it “live” on Friday at 10? Because for the life of me I can’t figure out how to watch this even though I’m on Impact’s channel.  I gave up and found a bootleg online. 

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srossi wrote: Can you watch Impact on Twitch on-demand or you have to watch it “live” on Friday at 10? Because for the life of me I can’t figure out how to watch this even though I’m on Impact’s channel.  I gave up and found a bootleg online. 
I think you can only watch it on Twitch for 24 hrs then it is taken off. 

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