WWE strikes deal with MBC Group in Middle East & North Africa

Originally published at WWE strikes deal with MBC Group in Middle East & North Africa

WWE and MBC Group have announced a major broadcast deal that will cover the Middle East & North Africa (MENA).

The deal encompasses all of WWE’s premium live events, live broadcasts of Raw and Friday Night SmackDown, and access to the WWE Network library.

The deal goes into effect immediately with this week’s edition of SmackDown airing live at 4 a.m. local time in Arabic and next week’s edition of Raw airing Tuesday morning at 4 a.m.

The deal also includes both nights of WrestleMania on April 3 & 4.

Nick Khan, president of WWE:

MBC GROUP is a market leader in the region and a great partner for WWE. By delivering our premium live events including WrestleMania and SummerSlam, our weekly programming including Raw and SmackDown, as well as WWE’s massive library, we believe we will expand our reach throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

The content will be available through MBC’s streaming service Shahid and will become the company’s broadcast home in Saudi Arabia and the MENA region.

Shahid is set to launch a dedicated WWE channel to house the WWE Network that will include NXT 2.0 the day after it airs, and the library of content.

MBC Action, which is a free-to-air network will air a one-hour version of Raw and Friday Night SmackDown along with supplemental programs Main Event and Afterburn.