Jeff Jarrett hat sich mit seinem Projekt "Global Force Wrestling" die internationalen Übertragungsrechte für "Wrestle Kingdom 9" gesichert. Die größte Show im Kalender von New Japan Pro-Wrestling findet traditionell am 4. Januar im Tokyo Dome statt.
In Deutschland kann die Veranstaltung über den Streaming-Dienst "Flipps" live gesehen werden. Die App bringt den Live-Stream auf Tablets, Smart-Phones und Smart-TVs.
Wrestle Kingdom 9 findet am Sonntag, 4. Januar um 8 Uhr morgens deutscher Zeit statt. Anschließend bleibt die Veranstaltung für 30 Tage on Demand verfügbar. Der Pay-Per-View kostet 34,95 US-Dollar - also umgerechnet ca. 28 Euro.
WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross wird die Veranstaltung neben einem noch unbekannten zweiten Mann auf Englisch kommentieren.
Nachfolgend die englische Pressemitteilung:
GFW PRESENTS NJPW'S WRESTLE KINGDOM 9' AVAILABLE VIA FLIPPS APP
NASHVILLE -- Global Force Wrestling has made arrangements with Flipps to make the Jan. 4 live presentation of “GFW Presents: New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Wrestle Kingdom 9” available outside of North America via your smart phone, tablet or internet-connected television.
With the exception of Japan, wrestling fans around the world will be able to watch this event live or as a video on demand utilizing the unique mobile-app solution Flipps. Flipps’ innovative technology allows for streaming video entertainment from the cloud to the TV screen using only a smart phone. The Flipps app is compatible with more than 5,000 models of streaming players and connected TVs. The app automatically finds all WiFi-connected TVs in the local network and viewers are able to project their favorite content on their television in seconds. Flipps transforms the mobile device into a handheld remote allowing for intuitive playback control using simple touch-screen gestures.
“Flipps currently has an install base of over 10 million entertainment fans from around the world,” said Michael Patellis, senior vice president of programming for Flipps. “Making an event like GFW Presents NJPW’s Wrestle Kingdom 9 available for wrestling fans is another big step in the growth of our company. We are excited about the opportunity to present such a globally appealing program.”
The Flipps app can be downloaded for free from the iTunes App Store or Google Play. The GFW Presents NJPW’s Wrestle Kingdom 9 event hosted by Hall of Fame announcer Jim Ross will be available for just $34.95 on Flipps. The price of the program will immediately be converted to the local currency of where the purchase is made.
“Professional wrestling has always been an early adopter of new technology to make programming available to wrestling fans,” said Michael Weber, vice president of marketing for Global Force Wrestling. “Working with an innovative app like Flipps is the next step in the evolution of how fans can watch the very best wrestling from around the world live.”
Wrestle Kingdom 9 will stream live at 2 a.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 4 and then will be available for 30 days on the Flipps app.
“One of our stated goals when we launched Global Force Wrestling was to bring the very best wrestling in the world to our fan base,” GFW founder and CEO Jeff Jarrett said. “With a partner like Flipps it helps us achieve this goal.”
Flipps partners with selected publishers to bring viewers a wide range of content options, while expanding publishers' reach to almost any connected TV in the world. With more than 10 million installs, 250 million supported TV sets, and a content library of more than 100 channels, Flipps is taking video streaming by storm. For more information on the Flipps app go to Flipps.com or download the app now.
More than 125 million homes will have access to GFW Presents NJPW’s Wrestle Kingdom 9 on a PPV basis.