WWE issued the following:
WWE® LAUNCHES ON DIGICEL PLAY IN THE PACIFIC ISLANDS
PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea and STAMFORD, Conn, 5 July, 2016 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) and Digicel (PNG) Ltd. today announced a new agreement to broadcast Raw® and SmackDown® in the Pacific Islands. Beginning this Thursday, Digicel Play subscribers in Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa and the other Pacific Islands* will be able to watch WWE’s flagship programs – Raw and SmackDown – on TVWAN Action for the first time.
Raw will air weekly at 5 pm every Thursday, while SmackDown will air weekly at 11 am starting this Sunday.
“We are delighted to bring our fans in the Pacific WWE’s unique blend of action-packed, family entertainment every week,” said Ed Wells, WWE Executive Vice President, International. “With WWE’s upcoming brand extension, this is an incredibly exciting time for Digicel Play subscribers as they will have an opportunity to watch two distinctive programs, Raw and SmackDown.”
“WWE is very popular all around the world and we are looking forward to bringing it into the homes of people across the Pacific,” said Digicel Play CEO, Nico Meyer. “Digicel Play subscribers will now have the opportunity to watch Raw and SmackDown, with each episode airing the same week as the U.S.”
A new channel structure was introduced in May across Digicel Play with three subscriber packages available and better pricing plans. The new structure has allowed for new and improved channels, including Paramount, TVWAN Life and TVWAN Action, which is bringing a greater selection of premium television content to viewers across the Pacific.
*Raw and SmackDown will air in Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa (excluding American Samoa), Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Wallis and Futuna.
WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE programming reaches more than 650 million homes worldwide in 25 languages.WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 over-the-top premium network that includes all live pay-per-views, scheduled programming and a massive video-on-demand library, is currently available in more than 180 countries. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai, Munich and Tokyo.
Digicel Group Limited (Digicel) is a leading provider of communications services in 31 markets in the Caribbean and South Pacific regions, where the company provides a comprehensive range of Mobile Communications, Business Solutions, Cable TV & Broadband and other related products and services to retail, corporate (including small- and medium-sized enterprises) and government customers.
Digicel offers HSPA+ or long-term evolution (LTE) mobile technology (4G) in 30 markets and holds the number one mobile market position in 21 markets, with a mobile subscriber market share of more than 50% in 20 markets, as determined by internal company data.
Digicel launched mobile services in Jamaica, its first market, in 2001 and became the market leader there within 15 months of launch, based on a strategy that Digicel has since replicated successfully in several other markets. Digicel’s mobile subscriber base has grown from 0.4 million as of March 31, 2002 to 13.6 million subscribers as of March 31, 2015, representing a compound annual growth rate of 32.3%.
Digicel runs a host of community-based initiatives across its markets and has set up Digicel Foundations in Jamaica, Haiti, Papua New Guinea and Trinidad and Tobago which focus on educational, cultural and social development programs. Digicel is the lead sponsor of Caribbean, Central American and Pacific sports teams and individuals including the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, and Special Olympics teams throughout these regions. Digicel also sponsors the West Indies cricket team.
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