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US media group Discovery has made a modest investment in the Italian rights to WWE wrestling to help increase audience share of its DMAX channel and improve the sluggish take-up of the broadcaster’s Dplay Plus premium OTT service.

WWE will broadcast its pay-per-view events in Germany exclusively on its OTT platform, WWE Network, in the 2020-23 rights cycle.

Pay-television operator Sky Italia has dropped the wrestling entertainment series WWE after broadcasting it for 18 years. The decision follows similar choices by Sky’s divisions in the UK and Germany.

World Wrestling Entertainment’s media-rights income from the Indian subcontinent has increased about 80 per cent in a deal being finalised with pay-television broadcaster Sony Pictures Networks, SportBusiness Media understands.

Channel 5’s free-to-air highlights deal with World Wrestling Entertainment will run for the same four-year period as WWE’s primary UK broadcast contract with BT Sport, SportBusiness Media understands.
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World Wrestling Entertainment, facing increased investor pressure amid falling TV ratings, blamed its ongoing viewership challenges on the lack of in-person audiences for its events

International media group Discovery will be the new Italian broadcaster of wrestling’s WWE after reaching a “multi-year” agreement with the rights-holder. D

World Wrestling Entertainment has launched a free version of its WWE Network over-the-top streaming service, which will give viewers access to a large portion of the rights-holder’s archive.

Pan-African pay-television broadcaster SuperSport has signed a “multi-year” rights extension to its World Wrestling Entertainment deal which will include the launch of a dedicated channel for the rights-holder’s conte…

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Pay-television broadcaster BT Sport took advantage of Sky’s long-running concerns over wrestling body WWE’s OTT service to grab WWE rights in the UK and Ireland from its rival at a steep discount, SportBusiness Media understands.