The TNA Situation

This is a bit of a public information post for British pro-wrestling fans. Information always seems to come in dribs and drabs, so hopefully if you’re wondering, “what the hell is going on with TNA at the moment?” I might be able to help.

Firstly, the issue with Bravo shutting down. In the short-term, that means iMPACT! Is going to be off TV for a while. But despair not! For TNA themselves have stepped in and provided a free service for UK users to keep up while a new channel is found. This is the URL for the TNA On Demand Player service: http://tnaondemand.com/ Just click “launch player” and choose “IMPACT UK” from the menu on the left. It’s only available to UK users and it is free. Nota Bene, however, that they seem to be putting episodes up at 9 p.m. Saturdays, so you don’t get your TNA fix any earlier.

For those of you who don’t know, this situation has come about because BSkyB bought the Living network (including Bravo) from Virgin Media. Sky have made the decision to shut down some Living channels, including Bravo, and have not announced plans for the popular programmes from these channels. An announcement is expected regarding TNA iMPACT! and others later this month, and that’s all anyone can say for certain right now, so far as I’m aware.

As for the pay-per-views, this has been a source of confusion since Bravo stopped carrying them early last year. Previously, TNA Xplosion and the pay-per-views were carried by the Extreme Sports Channel on Fridays. However, I’ve noticed that on Christmas and New Years Eve, Extreme Sports has rounded off with a load of TNA Epics episodes and that there’s no TNA Xplosion or Genesis due to be broadcast on the 14th. The upshot of this appears to be that the only way to get Genesis in the UK this year is to buy access to the stream through the aforementioned TNA On Demand. The price, according to the main TNA website is $34.95. That’s £22.49 plus card charges if they don’t have a separate option to pay in sterling.

That’s all the information taken care of, so you can stop reading now if you don’t really want my personal opinions on this.

I’m disappointed with BSkyB. They bought these channels months ago and iMPACT! Isn’t the only effected show. If it was just iMPACT!, I’d be tempted to think that the situation had arisen because of exclusivity clauses in their WWE contracts. Instead, it appears that they have just failed to make scheduling decisions despite having a time-frame of several months in which to do so. And we were told that BSkyB being allowed to buy these channels was good for us as consumers…

As regards the pay-per-view situation, I’m just plain not happy. If you asked me this time last year if I’d pay for these shows, I’d have said, “Yes. I’ll get some mates round and we’ll all chip in.” This time last year, though, TNA’s pay-per-view shows were high-quality event television where the major plotlines of the last month got resolved and the matches were great matches. However, Final Resolution 2010 was as big a mess of interferences and grudge continuations as any episode of iMPACT!. In fact, most of the plot-resolving matches took place in the following week’s iMPACT!. Add to that the fact that there isn’t an option to get Genesis through my cable TV on demand package, so I have to watch it on my computer and suddenly it just isn’t worth in excess of £20. I might pay £10, but unless such a price drop happens I won’t be watching TNA’s pay-per-views until another broadcaster starts buying them.

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~ by Scary Rob on 9 January, 2011.

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