WWE & SKY Extend Partnership in New Zealand


WWE and SKY have inked a new agreement that will bring their broadcasting partnership in New Zealand into its 19th year.

The new deal will see SKY continue to broadcast WWE programming—including WWE’s flagship shows Raw and SmackDown—live in New Zealand. These shows will be available for catch-up viewing on SKY On Demand. SKY also will continue airing WWE’s live monthly special events such as WrestleManiaSummerSlam, Survivor Series and Royal Rumble.

Additionally, SKY’s free-to-air channel, Prime, will televise one-hour versions of Raw and SmackDown on Fridays beginning in 2019. Fans can order all of WWE’s live monthly special events on SKY Arena, SKY’s pay-per-view channel.

“SKY shares our vision and passion for engaging and entertaining our fans, and we are proud to extend our long-standing partnership with them,” said Michelle Wilson, co-president of WWE. “This agreement allows us to continue showcasing our unique blend of action-packed, family friendly entertainment live in New Zealand.”

Rachel Thomson, SKY’s manager of general entertainment channels, added: “For almost 20 years we’ve given passionate WWE fans in New Zealand the ability to watch their favorite superstars and we’re thrilled to extend this relationship. With our live coverage, fans won’t miss a minute of Raw and SmackDown each week, and they also have the option of watching WWE’s exciting live monthly specials on SKY Arena. We are also pleased to offer WWE content to more Kiwis with condensed versions of Raw and SmackDown on our free-to-air channel, Prime.”