– WWE issued the following press release today:
ISTANBUL, May 17, 2012 – WWE (NYSE:WWE) and D-Smart today announced a two-year television distribution deal that brings WWE’s weekly flagship television programs WWE Raw® and WWE SmackDown® to D-Smart, a leading digital broadcasting platform in Turkey.
Under this new agreement, the one-hour international versions of WWE Raw and WWE SmackDown will be available every Saturday night at 11 p.m. (SmackDown) and 12 a.m. (Raw) on D-Smart channel 77, Smart Spor.
WWE Raw and WWE SmackDown combine an exciting mix of in-ring action and compelling storylines featuring WWE Superstars and Divas including: John Cena™, Randy Orton™, CM Punk™, Alberto Del Rio™, Sheamus™, Layla™ and many more. In the United States, WWE Raw and WWE SmackDown are the first and second longest running weekly episodic programs and are consistently among the most-watched, regularly scheduled entertainment programs on cable television.
“We’re thrilled to announce this new partnership with D-Smart which is representative of WWE’s plans in the region to expand the brand,” said Ed Wells, SVP & Managing Director, WWE International.
“It’s show time in Turkey for WWE fans,” said Ali Güven, D-Smart CEO. “The vivid action of WWE has huge appeal with fans in Turkey and will add more value to D-Smart’s rich array of content.”