The Lidless Eye heard from a source in New Line, and writes:

“1. The announcement will be made in 2-3 weeks, once they are confident they can “get all the assets in place” on the day in question.

2. It will definitely be in December, not November. Any website quoting an exact date is just guessing.

3. It will be a worldwide release, but with a few countries being 1-2 days later.

“Remember, I and Leonides* were the ones who broke the news in June last year about the ROTK trailer being released in late September and attached at first to Second Hand Lions.”

So this looks like really solid confirmation of the December release date for the Extended edition, and what’s important to millions of LOTR fans around the world is the knowledge that we won’t have to wait months for it to arrive in other countries.