FOX has announced that while SmackDown will air live in the Eastern and Central time zones, the Pacific (West Coast) time zone will see the show air on tape delay - beginning at 8 PM local time, which would be on a three-hour delay.
This actually works out better for ratings purposes as more people are likely to watch SmackDown in prime time, while it also keeps the local affiliates happy as they would not have to preempt the local news broadcasts at 6pm.
According to the The Wrap, the situation is a little bit more complicated for viewers in the Mountain time zone as SmackDown will air at 7 PM local time there, which is 6 PM PT or 9 PM ET.
That would mean that fans in the Mountain time zone would get the show aired on one hour delay from the East but a full two hours before viewers out West.
For American viewers in the Mountain or Pacific time zones who absolutely wants to watch the program live, the only option is to stream SmackDown on FOXSports.com or the Fox Sports App (authentication required via your TV provider) as those platforms will offer the show live across the country.
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As @TheWrap reported ... there are some issues with the air-times for #WWE's new #FridayNightSmackDown on #FOX deal.
In an #UPDATE to this #BreakingNews, #WWE fans might not be very happy about their new #SDLive #wrestling viewing habits
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