WWE signs five-year deal with Sky through to 2019
Published Jan 30 2014, 09:41 GMT
By Mayer Nissim
has announced a five-year deal to continue to exclusively broadcast WWE's flagship shows in the UK and Ireland through to 2019.
The broadcaster will continue to show Raw
and adds WWE Main Event
to its lineup in high-definition on Sky Sports.
The Undertaker at WWE Raw at The O2 in London
It will also show additional programming on Sky1, while all 12 pay-per-view events will continue to be available on Sky Sports Box Office, including WrestleMania, which this year celebrates its 30th year.
Sky Sports managing director Barney Francis said: "WWE is brilliant entertainment, and I am delighted to once again extend our relationship with them
"WWE is hugely popular with our viewers, and now they can continue to watch all the big events and weekly programmes with us."
Executive Vice President of International at WWE Gerrit Meier added: "We're proud of our 30-year partnership with BSkyB, the leader in delivering the best in sports and entertainment.
"This partnership is a testament to the passion our fans have for WWE content and the long-term growth potential for our brand worldwide."
Daniel Bryan takes on The Shield
Earlier this month, WWE announced the upcoming launch of its web-based channel and on-demand service the WWE Network
In addition to all current pay-per-views including WrestleMania being available at no additional cost, subscribers will also have access to a library of matches and pay-per-view events spanning six decades, including those from the WCW and ECW archive.
Among the programming for WWE Network will be a new live daily studio show, in addition to pre and post-Raw
shows and NXT
, which follows the development of future Superstars.
It will also introduce new reality series Legends House
, where past WWE stars are put in a house together.
WWE Network initially launches in the US on February 24, priced at $9.99 a month for those signing up to a minimum six-month contract.
Roll-out to the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and the Nordic nations will take place by the end of 2014 and early 2015.