Dubai-based pay-TV network OSN announced that it has signed a five-year partnership with WWE to distribute the wrestling entertainment network as a premium, linear channel in the Middle East.
OSN subscribers will be able to access the network via their set top boxes, and on multiple devices via OSN Play and through authenticated access via WWE Network apps, a statement said.
The WWE Network will also be offered in the region on a direct-to-consumer basis through the WWE app, available on GO by OSN.
The agreement will run concurrent with WWE and OSN’s existing partnership to air WWE’s flagship programming, Raw, SmackDown, NXT and Superstars in the region.
“We will be co-branding the linear channel OSN WWE Network HD and following on from our enhanced TV deal renewal last year,” said Andy Warkman OSN’s VP, Sport and Production. “This is great news for WWE fans in the Middle East & North Africa region.”
Gerrit Meier, WWE EVP, International added: “WWE is committed to growing our brand globally and this agreement illustrates the flexibility we have in rolling out WWE Network around the world.”
The WWE network is available in 170 countries and territories and recently crossed one million subscribers 11 months after launch, making it the fastest-growing digital subscription service.
Its programming includes live coverage of all 12 WWE events, original series, reality shows, documentaries, classic matches, exclusive coverage of special events and nearly 3,000 hours of video-on-demand content.
OSN has over 145 channels and services showcasing movies, series, sports, documentaries, news, kid’s entertainment and live talk shows.
The network currently has exclusive rights from major studios including Warner Brothers, Paramount, Fox, Disney, Sony, MGM, Universal, HBO and DreamWorks and offers access to Disney channel, Sky News, Discovery Network and National Geographic.
OSN is owned and operated by DIFC-registered Panther Media Group and is owned by KIPCO and Mawarid Group.