ZAGREB, Croatia & STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--WWE (NYSE:WWE) and RTL Televizija, a free-to-air broadcaster available to all Croatian TV households, today announced a new agreement to televise WWE’s flagship programs Raw® and SmackDown® for the first time in Croatia.
Beginning this weekend, RTL Televizija’s free-to-air channel RTL 2 will televise a weekly one-hour version of Raw at 7 p.m. on Saturdays and a weekly one-hour version of SmackDown at 7 p.m. on Sundays, all with Croatian commentary.
“RTL, Croatia’s family of channels, is happy to become home to WWE, a leader in global entertainment and its flagship programs Raw and SmackDown,” said Filip Žunec, Head of Licensed Program Department. “We are pleased to bring WWE programming to our audience, airing it on our free TV channel with Croatian commentators enriching the experience on RTL 2.”
“We are thrilled to complete our first-ever broadcast agreement in Croatia,” said Michelle Wilson, WWE Co-President. “This partnership to televise WWE programming allows us to expand our reach and deliver our unique blend of action-packed, family friendly entertainment to WWE fans throughout the country.”
Raw and SmackDown will also be available on RTL Televizija’s TV Everywhere platform for authenticated subscribers, and on its 21-day VOD catchup window.
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’s TV-PG, family-friendly programming can be seen in more than 800 million homes worldwide in 20 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.
RTL Croatia is owned by a daughter company of Bertelsmann, RTL Group in Luxembourg. With TV and radio stations and worldwide TV production RTL Group is Europe's leading entertainment network. RTL Croatia is leading TV network with three national channels, RTL, RTL2 and RTL Kockica, four IPTV channels RTL Living, Crime, Passion and RTL Croatia World, special on-line platform RTL play with local production formats in the country. For more information go to: www.rtl.hr
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