15/04/2024

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In a new and major multi-year partnership, Foxtel Group will become the exclusive destination for all WWE content in Australia. It comes after a two-decade relationship of Foxtel being the WWE’s TV partner in Australia, streaming its weekly episodic events on Fox8.

The partnership also involves Binge becoming the new home of WWE Network in Australia, which will start from January in 2023. It will showcase all Premium Live Events, including the Royal Rumble and WrestleMania 39, along with other entertainment content.

When the WWE Network was sold to NBCUniversal’s Peacock in the United States last year, the streaming service remained standalone in Australia. However, Binge will now take over after the new year and a subscription that will also entail original programming and archived content will start from $10 a month.

Also a part of the agreement, Foxtel subscribers will receive a dedicated 24/7 WWE channel to launch in December. This new station and Fox8 will stream all Premium Live Events at no charge, as well as their weekly episodes of Raw, Smackdown and NXT.

Kayo Sports will also be showcasing selected content, as the 4.5 million subscribers of Foxtel Group will now be treated with endless WWE action for the long-term future.

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Foxtel Group Chief Content and Commercial Officer, Amanda Laing said the subscription television company is, “thrilled to remain the long-term partner of WWE, and be part of what will be an exciting new chapter for WWE in Australia”.

“The reach of the Foxtel Group is a game-changer for our partners such as WWE.

“It’s why sport and entertainment partners in Australia and around the globe, including major Hollywood studios and world leading sports and now WWE, continue to choose the Foxtel Group to showcase their content and build their audience reach in Australia.

“We are particularly pleased to offer all our Foxtel subscribers access to WWE’s Premium Live Events, that were previously only available on a pay-per-view basis for up to $30 per event, for no extra cost”.

Binge Executive Director, Alison Hubert-Burns was equally as excited about the partnership and said, “for generations WWE has delighted fans across the globe and we’re thrilled this expanded partnership makes Binge the new streaming home of WWE in Australia”.

“We can’t wait to bring WWE’s unpredictable drama, larger-than-life personalities from past and present including Roman Reigns, Rey Mysterio, Ronda Rousey, John Cena and The Undertaker, along with all the world-class WWE action to passionate Australian fans.

“It’s a great fit to welcome WWE and its year-round entertainment, including all WWE Network content and Premium Live Events, to the home of the world’s best shows on Binge”.

WWE Chairwoman and co-CEO, Stephanie McMahon also spoke about the agreement and said, “with its far-reaching and engaged audience, the Foxtel Group has been a trusted and long-standing partner of WWE for more than 20 years”.

“We look forward to expanding our partnership with the Foxtel Group, and welcoming Binge as the new streaming home of WWE Network in the region.

“Together we will continue to provide our unique blend of action-packed, family-friendly entertainment to fans and grow the WWE audience throughout Australia”.

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