WWE and IB Sports in South Korea extend TV deal and adds NXT to line-up
WWE and IB SPORTS announced a new multi-year agreement to continue delivering WWE’s weekly flagship programming live and in Korean. In addition to airing Raw and SmackDown, IB SPORTS will now offer NXT as part of the expanded partnership, marking the first time it will be available in South Korea on broadcast television. IB SPORTS will also continue to offer all of WWE’s monthly pay-per-view events, including WrestleMania.
IB SPORTS airs Raw live at 10AM every Tuesday (replays Saturdays at 9PM)and SmackDown live at 10AM on Saturdays (replays Wednesdays at 9PM). Beginning Thursday, January 7, 2021, IB SPORTS will air NXT live at 10AM every Thursday (replay Mondays at 9PM).
“We are glad to expand our long-term partnership with WWE and to continue offering the world’s best in sports entertainment programming,” said Jung Hwan Kim, IB Sports CEO. “IB SPORTS is excited to introduce NXT to fans across South Korea and looks forward to launching on January 7.”
“IB SPORTS is a valued partner that shares our vision and passion for engaging and entertaining our fans,” said Jay Li, WWE Vice President & General Manager, North Asia. “We are pleased to expand our partnership with the addition of NXT and look forward to continuing to provide WWE’s unique blend of action-packed, family-friendly entertainment throughout the country.”
IB SPORTS will also broadcast the latest seasons of Total Divas and WWE highlight shows AfterBurn and BottomLine throughout the week. All programs will be available with Korean voiceover commentary and on IB SPORTS’ TV Everywhere platform for authenticated subscribers, as well as its 14-day VOD catchup window.