OSN, the home of all WWE programming in the Middle East, announced that SMACKDOWN will now air live-- for the first time ever-- and will relocate to Wednesdays at 4am start July 20. With the SMACKDOWN move, OSN will now provide 5 hours of live WWE configuring a week, including the weekly three-hour live WWE RAW ™ (airing survive on Tuesday early morning from 4am to 7am KSA on OSN Sports 2 HD), with each program featuring an unique cast, unique storylines and a dedicated writing team.
Similar to RAW ™, SMACKDOWN will be repeated the exact same day in an after school slot at 3pm KSA and in Primetime at 8pm KSA. Both shows will now air live 52 weeks a year.
OSN shows all 10 of WWE's weekly programmes at the same time as the US and is the destination for WWE fans in the area. In 2014 OSN signed an unique handle the area for the OSN WWE Network HD, the 24/7 channel is available free to all OSN platinum customers or as an add-on for US$ 9.99 monthly and includes all PPV events, programs special to the network and more than 5,000 hours of On-demand material.
" As the exclusive house of SMACKDOWN in the area we are very delighted to reveal that, like in the US, our customers will have the ability to see SMACKDOWN live each week," said Andy Warkman OSN Vice President, Sport & Production. "OSN prides itself in revealing all shows from the WWE Universe at the same time as the US and deliver the supreme watching experience for fans."
" WWE's flagship programs will both leverage the incredible depth of our skill roster, unique storylines and the unpredictable nature of live TELEVISION," stated WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon. "This relocation will unquestionably construct more excitement and grow engagement with our fans around the world."
With more than 874 initial episodes, SMACKDOWN is the second longest-running weekly episodic program in U.S. television history, just behind MONDAY NIGHT RAW at 1,200 episodes.
OSN has an unique partnership with WWE to disperse the OSN WWE Network HD in the area. OSN customers can access the network via their set leading boxes, and anytime, anywhere on several devices through OSN Play and through verified access by means of WWE Network apps. WWE Network is likewise offered in the region on an OTT basis through OSN's GO online TELEVISION.