August 10: Fans throughout China will be able to watch all WWE live pay-per-view events, including WrestleMania and the upcoming SummerSlam, according to an announcement made by the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and PPTV, a Suning-backed Chinese sports media outlet.
This is the first time for WWE to launch the WWE Network, a subscription video-on-demand service, which is expected to start from August 18.
The service will enable Chinese users to watch major WWE events live in Mandarin through several media outlets. The Network will also showcase original series, reality shows, documentaries and classic matches from WWE’s storied history.
As Michelle Wilson, WWE Chief Revenue & Marketing Officer, said: “With this launch, WWE Network is now available in every market, reaching more than 180 countries around the world, delivering all our premium live events and an archive of action-packed, family-friendly entertainment that has thrilled WWE audiences for years.”
When WWE began their partnership with PPTV, they provided the flagship shows Raw and SmackDown for Chinese fans. Starting from this April, WrestleMania has been streamed as a pay-per-view event.
Godfrey Zeng, Executive Vice President of Suning Sports Media, stated: “We are now launching WWE Network on PPTV and presenting the entire lineup of WWE pay-per-views and other premium content to continue to better serve WWE fans in China.”
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