WWE Entertainment Signs Multiple International Programming Deals
"These deals are a significant milestone in the extension of our global distribution," said Andrew Whitaker, Senior Vice President, International Television, WWE. "We have been working diligently to increase our distribution across the Indian sub-continent and have now accomplished that through our new deal with Taj TV. This is WWE's biggest single deal in the region and we see it as a landmark in building the profile of the WWE brand in west Asia."
The agreement with Taj TV for 1,500 hours of WWE programming to be broadcast across the entire Indian sub-continent is the company's biggest deal in west Asia and represents a sea change in global distribution. It delivers WWE's entire portfolio of programming across India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and the Maldives. Approximately 1,550 hours of WWE Raw, WWE SmackDown!, Livewire, Metal, Superstars, Heat and 12 annual Specials (Pay-Per-View events in the United States) will be broadcast on pay TV stations and free to air stations in the region across the next 3 years.
In Taiwan, WWE announced a breakthrough two-year deal with Pay TV station, Z-Channel. They have acquired 152 hours of WWE SmackDown! and Specials.
Also in Asia, terrestrial broadcaster TCS in Singapore will deliver 316 hours of Superstars, Livewire and 12 Specials over the next three years.
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A landmark deal with national broadcaster, TV Record in Brazil, brings WWE programming to that market for the first time. WWE Raw started airing in the territory in August.
In Africa, terrestrial station, eTV has purchased the rights to broadcast WWE Raw through 2002. This agreement will build on the tremendous success of WWE programming on pan-regional satellite television station, MNET. In addition, MNET has agreed to extend the broadcast of Superstars for another year.
"The first step in expanding into overseas markets is securing high quality broadcast partners. We now have a good mix of terrestrial, cable and satellite penetration on five continents," said Roger Marment, Executive Vice President, International Business Development for WWE. "This breadth of coverage is key to driving demand for our licensed products, local language publications, music, home videos and, ultimately, international events."
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