TNA Wrestling, the world’s fastest growing producer of televised wrestling programming, has signed an extended PAY television agreement with Virgin Media Television’s Bravo channel, and a VOD agreement with BT Vision, BT’s recently launched VOD service. Both of these agreements, negotiated by RDA TV, TNA’s exclusive worldwide media rights agency, will commence from 1st July 2008 through to December 2009.
TNA’s agreement with Bravo will see TNA’s flagship weekly programme, TNA iMPACT, air in the UK on Saturday nights, just 48 hours after its premiere transmission on Spike in the United States. Ratings for TNA iMPACT have climbed significantly since October 2007 when the show migrated to its current two hour format. Bravo has also acquired first run PAY TV rights to TNA’s monthly PPV special events, which will continue to air on Bravo2 on Wednesday nights.
BT Vision has acquired the UK VOD rights to TNA Xplosion, TNA’s weekly magazine programme, as well as TNA’s PPV events, which will be available on a 14 day delay after the premiere transmission on Bravo. Viewers can access these programmes either on a subscription or a la carte basis.
Dixie Carter, President, TNA Wrestling, commented, “TNA is delighted to have reached agreement with two of the world’s largest media companies. TNA programming on Bravo gives our brand a strong presence in the UK and good accessibility to viewers on PAY TV. Our relationship with BT Vision will provide wrestling fans an alternative media to watch our programming, as well as the first launch of TNA Xplosion in the UK.”