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WWE Programming Lands on Japan’s DAZN


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WWE’s flagship shows Raw and SmackDown have become available live in Japan with Japanese commentary for the first time ever on DAZN.

Viewers can live stream all three hours of Raw and two hours of SmackDown exclusively on DAZN. The programs will be accessible live every week at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, respectively. Fans can follow all the action in real time featuring their favorite WWE Superstars, such as Japan’s Shinsuke Nakamura. The two shows will also be offered to DAZN customers through VOD.

In the near future, additional WWE content will become available on DAZN, including WWE Experience, WWE Bottomline and WWE This Week. The DAZN app can be downloaded on smart TVs, smartphones, tablets and gaming consoles, as well as via Chromecast, iOS and Android.

“We’re really excited to add WWE to our portfolio in Japan,” said John Gleasure, the chief commercial officer of DAZN. “Raw and SmackDown complement and strengthen our overall international sport offering, plus the live and non-live content available for fans to watch works perfectly for our business model.”

“Our new partnership with DAZN will enable WWE to engage with fans in Japan like never before,” added Ed Wells, WWE’s executive VP of international. “DAZN will provide WWE fans with a destination to watch Raw and SmackDown live and in Japanese on the device of their choice, and follow WWE Superstar Shinsuke Nakamura as he continues his WWE journey.”



About Joanna Padovano Tong

Joanna Padovano Tong is the managing editor of World Screen. She can be reached at jpadovano@worldscreen.com.

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