WWE issued the following press release, announcing that they have extended their partnership with J SPORTS in Japan.
TOKYO & STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- WWE (NYSE: WWE) and J SPORTS will extend their partnership into its 22nd year with a new agreement to broadcast WWE’s flagship shows Raw and SmackDown live in Japan. Beginning Tuesday, January 1, 2019, J SPORTS 4 will air Raw live at 10 a.m. JST on Tuesdays and SmackDown live at 10 a.m. JST on Wednesdays.
Additionally, beginning Monday, January 7, 2019, J SPORTS 3 will air a one-hour version of Raw at 10 p.m. on Mondays and a one-hour version of SmackDown at 10 p.m. on Tuesdays. Fans can also order all of WWE’s monthly specials, including WrestleMania, SummerSlam,Survivor Series and Royal Rumble on J SPORTS On Demand with Japanese subtitles.
“We are thrilled to extend our relationship with J SPORTS and air Raw and SmackDown live in Japan,” said Michelle Wilson, WWE Co-President. “This partnership allows us to continue showcasing our unique blend of action-packed, family-friendly entertainment to fans across the country.”
“It has been more than 20 years since J SPORTS and WWE tapped into a partnership to broadcast WWE programming,” said Shin Kinoshita, President, J SPORTS. “We are pleased to extend our partnership to broadcast WWE programming live, and add WWE’s monthly specials to the programming lineup for all WWE fans in Japan to enjoy.”
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About J SPORTS Corporation
J SPORTS Corporation programs, produces, and broadcasts wide-range of domestic and overseas sports programs on four sports-dedicated subscription channels: J SPORTS 1, J SPORTS 2, J SPORTS 3, and J SPORTS 4. J SPORTS are the largest sports pay TV channels in Japan with more than 5,000 hours of live broadcasting a year. As of January 2018, the channels are reachable for 6.5 million households nationwide over satellite and CATV platforms. J SPORTS corporation also launched its OTT service J SPORTS On Demand in July 2015, providing wide-range of domestic and overseas sports programs through streaming.
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