Thu 20 Jul 2017, 12:19
WWE and SuperSport, Africa’s premier sport channels provider, today announced a new multi-year agreement to broadcast WWE programming live for the first time in more than 50 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Starting Monday, 28 August, DStv viewers will have access to the world’s biggest WWE entertainment when SuperSport airs flagship shows Raw® and SmackDown® as well as WWE specials, including WrestleMania® and SummerSlam®.
“WWE is a global phenomenon, so securing the broadcast rights for SuperSport is a terrific coup,” said Gideon Khobane, chief executive of SuperSport. “The athletes involved are larger than life figures who command huge followings. At long last our DStv viewers will get to share in this entertainment spectacle in high definition. I look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with WWE.”
“SuperSport is a best-in-class partner who shares our vision and passion for engaging with and entertaining our fans,” said Ed Wells, WWE Executive Vice President, International. “Televising WWE programming live in sub-Saharan Africa for the first time an important milestone for us, and we look forward to working with SuperSport to cultivate new fans in the region.”
DStv Premium, Compact Plus and Compact viewers will enjoy their WWE drama live while DStv Family and Access will also enjoy same-day rebroadcast of the events which will be available on SuperSport channels SS7, SS9 and SS10. Viewers can look forward to Raw on Tuesdays and SmackDown on Wednesdays offering both live telecasts and same-day re-airs, as well as all WWE specials live, including WrestleMania®, SummerSlam®, Survivor Series® and Royal Rumble®.
“We’re delighted to bring our DStv viewers yet another attraction that’s going to keep them glued to their TV and mobile screens. This addition to our offering will certainly bring more value for our viewers and ensure that SuperSport remains their go-to World of Champions and home to the world’s biggest sports. This is part of our ongoing efforts to ensure that our platforms deliver only the best entertainment to our viewers,” says Brand de Villiers, GM of Multichoice Africa.
All programmes will be available with English commentary and on demand. To celebrate the new partnership, SuperSport will televise the prior week’s episodes of Raw and SmackDown on Monday, 28 August.