WWE and TV5 today announced a new agreement to broadcast Smackdown in the Philippines on TV5 beginning Sunday, April 30. Every week, TV5 will televise a one-hour edition of SmackDown on Sundays at 3PM. In addition to the broadcast on TV5, SmackDown will be simulcast online at TV5.com.ph and Sports.tv5.com.ph.
“TV5 shares our vision and desire for engaging and entertaining fans in the Philippines,” said Ed Wells, WWE Executive Vice President, International. “This new partnership to televise SmackDown showcases the continuing global growth of WWE while creating a destination for WWE fans in the Philippines to enjoy our unique blend of action-packed, family fun entertainment.”
TV5 President Chot Reyes added: “In the industry of sports entertainment, WWE is second to none. It’s a proven, successful, model organization and an esteemed, iconic brand. We at TV5 are honored and excited to be the platform that delivers WWE to the free TV audience.”
Both Raw and Smackdown aired on FOX Sports in the Philippines but the agreement ended when both sides could not agree on details on a new deal. Raw is still without a broadcast partner in the country.