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They threw in the towel! HBO Boxing is no more!

HBO Boxing said “No Más” after 45 years on the air.

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HBO (Home Box Office), the network synonymous with top tier programming and sports made a shocking announcement. The worldwide known tv network decided that they will no longer making boxing events. This decision will be for the foreseeable future. The New York Times was the first to report the news.

The news comes as HBO recognizes that a research done by the network found that boxing is no longer a determinant factor for subscribing to HBO. But that is not all.

Also, a few other services have been putting time and money to the world of boxing. This has been seen most recent when boxing champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao defeated Manny Pacquiao vs. Lucas Matthysse. That bout was transmitted through ESPN+, a new streaming service from ESPN Network.

Manny Pacquiao vs. Lucas Matthysse

Manny Pacquiao vs. Lucas Matthysse was broadcast via ESPN+, a new streaming service focused on sports.

ESPN+ is marketed as an add-on subscription on top of ESPN’s core linear networks. It’s content is similar to or having been exclusively moved to the service from ESPN3. The service features such as combat sports, college sports (including exclusive coverage of Ivy League events), cricket, rugby union, soccer (including out-of-market Major League Soccer matches), and tennis.

These types of services could’ve been very well be the nail in the coffin for HBO to come and make that decision.

Here is the full and heartfelt statement form the network:

Our mission at HBO Sports is to elevate the brand. We look for television projects that are high-profile, high-access, and highly ambitious in the stories they seek to tell and the quality of production in telling them.

Boxing has been part of our heritage for decades. During that time, the sport has undergone a transformation. It is now widely available on a host of networks and streaming services. There is more boxing than ever being televised and distributed. In some cases, this programming is very good. But from an entertainment point of view, it’s not unique.

Going forward in 2019, we will be pivoting away from programming live boxing on HBO. As always, we will remain open to looking at events that fit our programming mix. This could include boxing, just not for the foreseeable future.

We’re deeply indebted to the many courageous fighters whose careers we were privileged to cover.
There have been hundreds of dedicated and remarkably creative men and women who have delivered the best in television production for HBO’s coverage of boxing and we are so grateful for their contributions. It has been a wonderful journey chronicling the careers and backstories of so many spectacularly talented prizefighters.

We are a storytelling platform. The future will see unscripted series, long-form documentary films, reality programming, sports journalism, event specials and more unique standout content from HBO Sports.

We are constantly evaluating our programming to determine what resonates with our subscribers. Our audience research clearly shows the type of programming our subscribers embrace. For HBO Sports, it’s programming that viewers can’t find elsewhere.

In keeping with this mission, we’ve accelerated our commitment to storytelling. This has produced landmark shows like “Andre the Giant,” which is the most viewed sports documentary ever on HBO; the acclaimed NFL reality franchise “Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Cleveland Browns,” which delivered double-digit viewership gains from a year ago; “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel,” the gold standard in sports journalism on television; the powerful docu-series “Being Serena” that chronicled the comeback of tennis icon Serena Williams; and the acclaimed unfiltered talk series “The Shop” featuring LeBron James.

This fall, HBO Sports will present an edition of “24/7” highlighting the upcoming Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson match play. Also, engaging documentary films like “Student Athlete” and “Momentum Generation” brought to us by accomplished filmmakers. In 2019, we will have the innovative multi-part documentary presentation “What’s My Name|Muhammad Ali” from director Antoine Fuqua in conjunction with executive producers LeBron James and Maverick Carter of SpringHill Entertainment.
Other new ventures will be announced in the weeks ahead as HBO Sports continues to explore new frontiers in sports programming”.

How it all started

HBO Boxing

HBO Boxing first bout was the historic 1973 heavyweight title fight between Joe Frazier and George Foreman.

HBO was a little known outlet that mostly aired reruns of movies when it got into boxing. That started by televising the historic 1973 heavyweight title fight between Joe Frazier and George Foreman.

Frazier was the undefeated champion, only 22 months removed from his epic victory over Muhammad Ali. But Foreman knocked Frazier down six times and stopped him in the second round.

Thousands of exciting and controversial bouts followed after. Even Puerto Rico’s own Felix Trinidad, the late Hector “Macho” Camacho and Miguel Cotto where part of the winning formula that HBO Boxing brought to the table.

As years went by the popularity of HBO Boxing was at an all-time high. Mostly because they knew their market and how to approach it. The hit show ‘HBO’s 24/7′ is one to lead the way as the top show based on boxing on the premium service. ’24/7’ serves as a platform to hype high profile fights and has been proven to be a successful tool when it comes to selling a boxing bout.

The network will continue with their remaining events of this year. According to their schedule their ‘swan song’ (for now, and i am hopeful that they will return) will be on October 27. The title bout is for the vacant IBF middleweight title between Daniel Jacobs and Sergiy Derevyanchenko.

After 45 years all i can say is Thank you HBO Boxing!

Proud member of the PONCHA Y VETE CREW™, MMA practitioner, music fanatic, sports junkie/fanatic and journalist for Media Drunks™ .

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Trailer for the final season of Voltron: Legendary Defender

The end for Voltron: Legendary Defender hits today!

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DreamWorks has revealed the last trailer for the final season of the series Voltron: Legendary Defender. The show can be found through the streaming service Netflix.

The video shows a recap of what we might see in this eight and final season of the hit series produced by DreamWorks TV.

This hit series is a reboot of the Voltron franchise and Japanese anime series Beast King GoLion. It’s animation is a mixture of anime-influenced traditional animation for characters and background and CGI for Voltron action sequences.


Voltron: Legendary Defender is set in a science fiction universe where planetary energy called “quintessence” can be used to power vehicles and magic. The series follows the adventures of the Paladins of Voltron who must learn to work together to form the giant robot Voltron and use it to defeat the evil Galra Empire.

This animated series has received a number of accolades. These include BTVA People’s Choice Award for Best Vocal Ensemble in a New Television Series in 2017.

Also, some comic books series have been adapted after the success of this series. A total of three comic series detailing events happening in between episodes were announced back in January 2016. Taking story ideas that were deemed too outlandish and too epic to be put in a 23-minute episode from the animated series. These comic series bridges the time lapse between seasons.

This new entry in the Voltron saga debuted back in June 10, 2016. The initial season consisted of 10 episodes and spanned for 68 more. The end for the series hits today on Netflix.



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Netflix will make a new Ghost In The Shell anime!

“Yes, a new Ghost in the Shell anime is coming”

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A new anime of the legendary franchise Ghost in the Shell (GITS) will be produced by Netflix. The announcement came when the streaming service itself made it official through their Twitter account.

Via Netflix’s Twitter:

“YES, A NEW GHOST IN THE SHELL ANIME IS COMING.
Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 will be directed by Appleseed’s Shinji Aramaki and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex’s Kenji Kamiyama. On @Netflix in 2020!
*desire to explore the true meaning of human consciousness intensifies*”

No details have been yet revealed on what will this story will bring but as of late Netflix has been hands
on in bring the anime world to it’s service. Recently it was announced that they will be working on a Ultraman series, as well as Neon Genesis Evengelion.

Last year we had a GITS live-action flick but it turned out to be a disaster. The film knew how to take some of the visual elements of the anime but the story lacked a good narrative a attraction. You can read our review of the movie here.

Ghost in the Shell tells the story of a cyborg federal agent Maj. Motoko Kusanagi who trails “The Puppet Master”. He illegally hacks into the computerized minds of cyborg-human hybrids. Her pursuit of a man who can modify the identity of strangers leaves Motoko pondering her own makeup and what life might be like if she had more human traits. With her partner (Richard George), she corners the hacker, but her curiosity about her identity sends the case in an unforeseen direction.

No release date for this new Ghost In The Shell entry has been made official.

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Vision will be part of the Scarlet Witch series

Scarlet Witch will not be alone on the war against evil forces.

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One of the key members of the Avengers, Vision, will be heading to the small screen. This after it was announced the this superhero will be part of the Scarlett Witch series that will debut on Disney +.

Geektyrant informed that series will be titled Vision and the Scarlet Witch. These two characters have shared an on-screen romance in the Avengers movie saga and they will be taking their relationship to the new digital streaming service. There’s no doubt that it will dive into and explore their relationship with each other even further.

For now there are no details on the plot or when it will be set in the MCU timeline. It is believed that the series could be taking place between the events of Civil War and Infinity War. The story could provide some of the adventures that they’ve been on together.

Vision is an android created by Ultron and Dr. Helen Cho. The android was programmed by Tony Stark and Bruce Banner, and awakened by the lightning of Thor Odinson’s hammer. Vision first appearance was in The Avengers #57.

Scarlet Witch, also known as Wanda Maximoff, an offspring of the villain Magneto. Wanda’s main power is the superhuman ability to manipulate and warp reality whenever she desires. This was granted to her by the High Evolutionary’s experimentation and further amplified by the demon Chthon (imprisoned within Wundagore Mountain) when she was born. She accomplishes this by manipulating a force known as Chaos Magic.

Paul Bettany is expected to reprise the rol of Vision and Elizabeth Olsen is set to return as Scarlet Witch.

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