HBO Sports is dropping live boxing from its programming strategy going forward in 2019.
HBO has televised boxing for the past 45 years via live matches and pay per view, but with a plethora of live boxing on television and streaming services, the division is now looking to shift into “unique programming” for its customers.
“We will remain open to events that fit with our programming mix,” HBO Sports said in a statement. “This could include boxing, just not for the foreseeable future.”
The statement noted recent projects that “resonated with our subscribers”, including Andre the Giant, a doc about the pro wrestler and actor; and Being Serena, the docuseries about Serena Williams’ comeback. Also returning to HBO is the reality franchise 24/7, which features Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson as they prep for their Thanksgiving Day weekend match play.
Other upcoming projects include Momentum Generation, a documentary from Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist that follows a crew of young surfers who are taking the sport to new heights.
“We are a storytelling platform,” the statement read. “The future will see unscripted series, long-form documentary films, reality programming, sports journalism, event specials and more unique standout content from HBO Sports.”
In 2019, HBO will be premiering the 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, who are also behind the network’s “unfiltered talk series” The Shop (pictured).
Other new ventures will be announced in the coming weeks.