TORONTO, Jan. 21 /CNW/ - World Wrestling Entertainment(R) fans throughout
Canada will soon be getting their weekly doses of high-energy entertainment
delivered in stunning high definition. Beginning the week of January 21 on The
Score Television Network, WWE's Monday Night RAW(R) (Mondays, 9:15 p.m ET) and
Friday Night SmackDown(R) (Fridays, 8 p.m. ET) be delivered in HD.
WWE will also broadcast its pay-per-views in HD, starting with Royal
Rumble(R) on January 27. The company also built new sets for RAW and SmackDown
for their HD debuts.
"The move to high-definition programming is another step in WWE's ongoing
mission to provide our fans with the most engaging, exciting product
possible," said Carl DeMarco President, WWE Canada, Latin America & China.
"We're very excited to provide viewers of The Score with the best sports
entertainment has to offer in all its spectacle in HD."
WWE's switch to high-def was made possible by a series of upgrades to the
company's television studios in Stamford, Conn. The $20 million HD renovations
included refitting of equipment to broadcast WWE programming and global
pay-per-view programming in high definition on cable and satellite systems
around the world. The WWE also worked with NEP Supershooters to build two new
state-of-the-art production trucks, and will lease a custom transmission truck
designed for HD transmission.
"We are very pleased with this news as we move to bring more native HD
programming to our network," said David Errington, Executive Vice President
and Co-COO, Score Media Inc. "Now hardcore WWE fans will be able to watch RAW
and SmackDown from their living rooms as if they had a ringside seat."
RAW and SmackDown are the number 1 and number 2 most watched programs on
The Score. WWE programming reaches more than 1.5 million people each week in
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About Score Media Inc.
Score Media Inc. (TSX: SCR) is a media company committed to creating
consumer value through creative solutions, technology, and innovation in
response to sports fans' growing desire for increased participation in their
consumption of sports content. Score Media's main asset is The Score
Television Network, a national specialty television service providing sports,
news, information, highlights and live event programming, available across
Canada in more than 6.2 million homes. Score Media also operates Hardcore
Sports Radio, a satellite radio network available across North America on
SIRIUS Satellite Radio, and other interactive assets including theScore.com,
Score Mobile, and Score Poker.
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