The WWE and BT Sport formally announced their multi-year agreement that sees WWE programming leave Sky Sports at the end of 2019. The news of the pending move was first reported by The Telegraph in May.
BT Sport, which has also the rights to the UFC, will begin airing Raw and SmackDown live on a weekly basis in the U.K. and Ireland beginning in January 2020 with prime time replays the following day. Additionally, the WWE’s monthly pay-per-views will be available on BT Sport Box Office and feature edited down replays of Raw and SmackDown on the weekends across their various channels.
The deal ends a 30-year relationship between WWE and Sky Sports that dates to 1989. BT Sport is in significantly fewer homes than SKY, with the Wrestling Observer Newsletter citing figures of 8.56 million homes for SKY’s reach compared to 2.19 for BT Sport.
Terms of the deal between WWE and BT Sport were not disclosed. The two big television renewals the WWE had on its plate this year were for the U.K. and Ireland, and India.