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Anthem announces plans for the Global Wrestling Network and new TV deals

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Anthem Sports & Entertainment announced last night the plans to launch the Global Wrestling Network, a multi-platform digital service designed to give fans around the world instant 24-hour access to the extensive GFW and Impact libraries. The new network will hold over 3,000 hours of footage.

The company also announced the launch of the Impact Wrestling Channel on Pluto TV, a 24-hour live feed of content on the leading free over-the-top television service in the U.S as well as a distribution deal with 7Sports, the sport business unit of the ProSiebenSat.1 Group, to bring Impact back to screens in Germany, Austria and Switzerland via ran FIGHTING.

“These digital initiatives and broadcast agreements are a significant step forward for the Global Force Wrestling organization as we continue to expand the brand globally, making it available on more platforms and in more countries,” said Ed Nordholm, president of Global Force Wrestling. “Anthem is committed to broadening Global Force Wrestling’s footprint, as we work alongside international broadcast partners, digital platforms and professional wrestling promotions to bring our passionate fans a high-quality product that not only stands out in today’s media landscape, but continues to thrive into the future.”

Additional details about the launch of the Global Wrestling Network and Impact Wrestling Channel on Pluto TV will be revealed in the near future.

Impact will be available as part of the ran FIGHTING BLACK PASS for €3.99 per month at ranFIGHTING.de across Germany, Austria and Switzerland starting on September 8, which includes a simulcast of Impact on ran FIGHTING’s 24/7 web channel, plus VOD access to Impact episodes and One Night Only specials. The service also gives customers the opportunity to purchase GFW’s premium annual pay-per-view events, including Bound for Glory and Slammiversary.

“The deal with ProSieben marks the second major European broadcaster to license Impact, including Spike UK earlier this year,” Nordholm added. “Coupled with the Pop renewal, our digital launches and significant increase in YouTube views, this reflects the increasing excitement and demand for GFW’s content.”

Colin Vassallo has been editor of Wrestling-Online since 1996. He is born and raised in Malta, follows professional wrestling and MMA, loves to travel, and is a big Apple fan!

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