The WWE Network will finally make its debut in China as soon as next week, just in time for one of the company’s biggest pay-per-view events. In a partnership with PPTV, the WWE will launch the WWE Network on Friday, August 18, as a subscription video-on-demand service for the PPTV platform. Chinese customers can download the PPTV app to watch WWE Network programs including WWE SummerSlam, which will air in China on Monday morning, August 21.
The WWE issued the following statements about the new deal:
“When we began our exclusive partnership with WWE, we brought WWE’s signature programming, Raw and SmackDown, to PPTV and received a great response from WWE fans in China,” said Godfrey Zeng, Executive Vice President of Suning Sports Media, parent company of PPTV. “In April, we offered WrestleMania as a pay-per-view event, and again, our fans responded enthusiastically. 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.”
“PPTV is a tremendous partner, and has been key in helping us engage with WWE fans in China and further establishing our brand in this important market,” said Michelle Wilson, Chief Revenue & Marketing Officer, WWE. “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.”