It is clear that FOX Philippines is drastically changing its lineup for the benefit of wrestling fans.
Since the beginning of November, new episodes of WWE Raw and SmackDown Live are being aired on FOX Philippines within 12 hours of original American broadcast (FOX Sports Philippines continues to air both shows live). Now, more WWE programming awaits viewers of the said channel.
Starting the week of December 5, recap shows WWE Bottom Line, WWE This Week, WWE Afterburn and WWE Experience are placed on FOX Philippines’ regular lineup. They join the aforementioned Raw and SmackDown Live, as well as WWE Vintage, WWE NXT and WWE Main Event, in FOX’s menu.
Previously, Bottom Line, This Week, Afterburn and Experience were exclusive only to FOX Sports Philippines, who prior to nabbing the live broadcasts of Raw and SmackDown Live, were only content to air WWE recap shows to satisfy its commitments. Nowadays, the option of viewing WWE programs is more flexible than ever thanks to the two networks.
Despite that, however, there is still a question of whether or not FOX Philippines will recommit themselves to airing live pay-per-views. For now, though, that is out of the question, considering that ‘The Walking Dead’, by far the network’s most popular property, airs new episodes that could come in conflict with WWE pay-per-views.
Speaking of pay-per-views, FOX Philippines did air a SmackDown Live-exclusive pay-per-view when it aired WWE TLC last November 27. Still, it remains to be seen if they will indeed continue with this newfound commitment, now that the upcoming Raw-exclusive pay-per-view WWE Roadblock is slated for next week.
In other news, the replacement show for WWE Superstars, WWE 205 Live, is now being aired on FOX Sports Philippines. With that being said, FOX Philippines could find a way to accommodate this new program sooner or later, but for the time being, the program is exclusive only to FOX Sports Philippines.
Overall, FOX Philippines’ addition of more WWE programs is a good decision considering the renewed popularity of professional wrestling in the country. However, one week’s test is not enough so it’s up to them to keep this momentum going.
10 thoughts on “FOX Philippines Adds More WWE Programs to Already Loaded Lineup”
Breaking News: All WWE programming will not be seen on FOX Philippines and Fox Sports Philippines effective immediately as both parties didn’t renew their partnership.
Along with the Solar-Sky situation, this latest piece of news hurts cable subscribers around the country. More on that this week.
No choice na lang kaya sa livestream or VOD na lang umaasang mapanood ang lahat ng mga WWE matches kasi wala nang FTV/Cable channel na kinokover ang WWE sa bansa.
Meron na ring WWE Network dito, however its price is hefty to say the least.
Let’s see if either Jack TV,Solar or MVP would pick up WWE.As for now Youtube or WWE Network ang bagsak ng mga WWE fans.
If not, WWE on social media, since they post some videos there.
UPDATE: Beginning April 30, TV5 will now cover the WWE events and shows. https://www.facebook.com/TV5manila/photos/a.101109086800.83760.38395351800/10154580749541801/?type=3&theater
Good thing I haven’t published it.
The only thing that would worry me is that TV5 will tagalize Raw and Smackdown and ruin the brand as it is. That’s the only thing that I’m concern about this partnership.
We’ll see. Then again, UFC isn’t Tagalized.