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Old 2017-07-20 , 12:47
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WWE (NYSE: WWE) and SuperSport, Africa’s premier sports broadcaster, today announced a new, multi-year agreement to broadcast WWE programming live for the first time in more than 50 countries throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

Starting Monday, August 28, SuperSport will air WWE’s 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 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 is an important milestone for us, and we look forward to working with SuperSport to cultivate new fans in the region.”

SuperSport channels S3, S4, S9 and SS10 will televise Raw on Tuesdays and SmackDown on Wednesdays, offering both live telecasts and same-day re-airs, and will broadcast all WWE specials live, including WrestleMania®, SummerSlam®, Survivor Series® and Royal Rumble®. All programs will be available with English commentary and on demand.

WWE programming will also be made available across some of DStv’s general entertainment channels.

To celebrate the new partnership, SuperSport will televise the prior week’s episodes of Raw and SmackDown on Monday, August 28.
Seems exciting, especially considering that everything will be live.

I wonder if Supersport will keep Impact Wrestling though
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Old 2017-07-20 , 13:03
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eTV may not be too happy with MC / SS at the moment, but that's how healthy competition works...
However they don't say it's exclusive so maybe eTV S.A. will continue to broadcast it anyway. Could even have been part of other recent negotiations, who knows how these complicated things work ;-)

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Old 2017-07-20 , 13:54
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eTV may not be too happy with MC / SS at the moment, but that's how healthy competition works...
However they don't say it's exclusive so maybe eTV S.A. will continue to broadcast it anyway. Could even have been part of other recent negotiations with eTV, who knows how these complicated things work ;-)
etv confirmed it will no longer be broadcast.

Per etv's response, they did not renew the contract because the terms offered to them were no longer favourable,which could indicate this was a bidding war.
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After all this time , I might actually watch SS3/4 every now and then Now ... is this sport or entertainment and does it belong on SS channels (runs....)
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Old 2017-07-20 , 15:58
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It is very strange that it will be on SS3/SS4 as those channels are currently exclusively for soccer. And the recent press release about the SS channel restructuring also listed them for soccer only. Even stranger that the same programs will be live on SS3, SS4, SS9 & SS10 at the same time - it makes no sense.

It makes me wonder if this is not the different channels that will be used in different parts of Africa and we will only get it on one of those channels? But SS9 & SS10 are not HD and I'm sure they will show it in HD - which leads back to SS3/SS4....
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Old 2017-07-20 , 16:23
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After all this time , I might actually watch SS3/4 every now and then Now ... is this sport or entertainment and does it belong on SS channels (runs....)
Supersport's role model has always been Sky Sports and they feature WWE quite heavily, even doing occasional in character interviews on their news channel
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My comment was more tongue-in-cheek than anything else, coming from previous discussions around eSports, etc
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Old 2017-07-20 , 17:44
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Must be a lot of 12 year olds paying for DSTv for them to get this. In as much as the wrestlers are athletes, I hardy think this qualifies as sport. It's WWE, not WWS.
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Just realised this could lead to major scheduling problems.

Currently, Tuesday and Wednesday nights have three PSL games airing on a Tuesday and Wednesday night during the early evening across Supersport 4, 9 and 10 while there is UEFA on Supersport 3.

Seems like those games will move to SS11 and 12?
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Old 2017-07-21 , 16:08
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That re-affirms my thoughts that the WWE will be on ONE of those 4 channels so maybe 1 x soccer game will be moved elsewhere. SS3, SS4, SS9 & SS10 are the ones available to Extra & Compact (SS10 to all packages) - so I think the press release was actually meant to imply that Compact & Extra will have access to WWE.
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