WWE and Discovery have announced a new multi-year agreement in Italy beginning July 1st that will make WWE’s weekly flagship programming available exclusively live and on-demand with original US commentary on DPlay PLUS, the OTT premium pay service of Discovery, along with versions featuring Italian commentary on DMAX.
Every week, Dplay PLUS will exclusively air Monday Night Rawand Friday Night SmackDown live. Additionally, NXT will be available on-demand via Dplay PLUS every Thursday morning.
WWE fans can also enjoy Raw, SmackDown and NXT with Italian commentary by Luca Franchini and Michele Posa on Discovery’s free-to-air channel, DMAX.
“We are thrilled to embark on a new chapter for WWE in Italy as we bring our unique blend of action-packed, family-friendly sports entertainment to Discovery’s free-to-air and premium channels,” said Stefan Kastenmüller, WWE Senior Vice President & Group General Manager. “We are excited that our relationship with Discovery is enhancing the fan experience in Italy with both primetime and family-friendly timeslots.”
“We are pleased to announce this agreement with WWE, which is of strategic importance for our group, and will allow us to offer our audience a unique and innovative content proposition: premium content on Dplay PLUS at a very competitive price and WWE highlights on free-to-air on DMAX,” added Alessandro Araimo, Managing Director Discovery Italy. “WWE has conquered a very wide audience and we are confident that our channels and platforms can help to further expand the very large Italian fanbase.”
A Dplay PLUS costs €3.99 per month.
WWE’s monthly pay-per-view events, including WrestleMania and SummerSlam, will remain exclusively on WWE Network in Italy.