WWE and SuperSport, Africaâ€™s premier sport channels provider, yesterday 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 August 28, DStv and GOtv customers will have access to the worldâ€™s biggest wrestling entertainment when SuperSport airs WWEâ€™s flagship shows Raw and SmackDown as well as WWE specials, including WrestleMania and SummerSlam.
â€œWWE is a global phenomenon, so securing the broadcast rights for SuperSport is a terrific coup,â€ said Chief Executive of SuperSport, Gideon Khobane. â€œThe athletes involved are larger than life figures who command huge followings. At long last our DStv and GOtv viewers will get to share in this entertainment spectacle in high definition. I look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with WWE.â€
â€œSuperSport is a best-in-class partner who shares our vision and passion for engaging with and entertaining our fans,â€ said Ed Wells, WWE Executive Vice President, International. â€œTelevising 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.â€
DStv Premium, Compact+ and Compact customers will enjoy their wrestling drama live while DStv Family and Access will also enjoy same-day rebroadcast of the events which will be available on SuperSport channels S7, S9 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.
GOtv viewers will have access to the wrestling action on Select 3, available to GOtv Plus customers.
â€œWeâ€™re delighted to bring our DStv and GOtv customers yet another sport thatâ€™s going to keep them glued to their TV and mobile screens. This addition to our sports offering will certainly bring more value for our customers and ensure that SuperSport remains their go-to World of Champion and home to the worldâ€™s biggest sports.
This is part of our ongoing efforts to ensure that our platforms deliver only the best entertainment to our customers,â€ observed Managing Director, MultiChoice Nigeria, John Ugbe.
To celebrate the new partnership, SuperSport has promised to televise the prior weekâ€™s episodes of Raw and SmackDown on Monday, August 28.