-- WWE issued the following press release earlier today:
WWE® and Discovery Announce New Partnership in Italy
MILAN & STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- WWE (NYSE: WWE) and Discovery today announced a new multi-year agreement in Italy beginning Wednesday, July 1 that will make WWE’s weekly flagship programming available exclusively live and on-demand with original U.S. commentary on DPlay PLUS, the OTT premium pay service of Discovery, along with versions featuring Italian commentary on DMAX (Channel 52).
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Every week, Dplay PLUS will exclusively air Monday Night Raw®and Friday Night SmackDown® live, captivating fans with a unique combination of edge-of-your-seat action, unpredictable drama and world-class athleticism. NXT®will be available on-demand via Dplay PLUS every Thursday morning.
WWE fans can also enjoy Raw, SmackDown and NXT with Italian commentary by Luca FranchiniandMichele Posa on Discovery’s free-to-air channel, DMAX. A two-hour version of Raw will premiere on Mondays starting July 13 at 11:15 pm and re-run at 10:30 am on Saturdays; SmackDown will air at 11:15 pm on Tuesdays and re-run at 10:30 am on Sundays; NXT will air at 12:30 pm on Saturdays and re-run at 9:30 am on Sundays.
WWE programming will launch on Dplay PLUS on Wednesday, July 1 with the latest episode of Raw available on-demand from Wednesday, July 1 and SmackDown available from Saturday, July 4 straight after airing live in the US.
“We are thrilled to embark on a new chapter for WWE in Italy as we bring our unique blend of action-packed, family-friendly sports entertainment to Discovery’s free-to-air and premium channels,” said Stefan Kastenmüller, WWE Senior Vice President & Group General Manager. “We are excited that our relationship with Discovery is enhancing the fan experience in Italy with both primetime and family-friendly timeslots.”
"We are pleased to announce this agreement with WWE, which is of strategic importance for our group, and will allow us to offer our audience a unique and innovative content proposition: premium content on Dplay PLUS at a very competitive price and WWE highlights on free-to-air on DMAX,” said Alessandro Araimo, Managing Director Discovery Italy. “WWE has conquered a very wide audience and we are confident that our channels and platforms can help to further expand the very large Italian fanbase."
Raw, SmackDown and NXT with Italian commentary will also be available on-demand via Dplay. WWE’s two popular weekly recap series, Bottom Line and Afterburn, will be available with original commentary from Dplay PLUS.
The agreement with WWE will make the Dplay PLUS premium content offer even more exclusive with the platform subscription price unchanged at 3.99 euros per month, and at the same time, enriching the free-to-air offer of DMAX, which is already the home of rugby and esports.
WWE’s monthly pay-per-view events, including WrestleMania® and SummerSlam®, will stream exclusively on WWE Network in Italy.
About Discovery Italy
Discovery Italy is the leading broadcaster in real-life entertainment with a multiplatform portfolio of 13 channels and the OTT services Dplay, Eurosport Player and GOLFTV. Our 9 free-to-air channels (NOVE, Real Time, DMAX, Giallo, MOTOR TREND, Food Network, HGTV – Home & Garden TV, K2 and Frisbee) and four pay channels (Discovery Channel, Discovery Science, Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2 available on Sky) reach an overall share of 7%. From January 2017 Eurosport is officially the Home of the Olympics in Europe. In Italy, Discovery has consolidated its position thanks to ability to create a unique and integrated ecosystem, with multiplatform brands that represent a destination for a dynamic audience, for talents and for partners looking for a relevant and innovative media stakeholder.
WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE’s TV-PG, family-friendly programming can be seen in more than 800 million homes worldwide in 28 languages. WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 over-the-top premium network that includes all live pay-per-views, scheduled programming and a massive video-on-demand library, is currently available in more than 180 countries. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai, Munich and Tokyo.
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