Friday Night SmackDown on FOX will not air in the same way as SmackDown Live on USA Network, and now details on what will be different have been confirmed.
The Wrap reports “Friday Night SmackDown” on FOX will continue to air live for eastern and central time zones, starting at 8 p.m. ET and 7 p.m. CT, respectively. The show will also continue to run tape-delayed for most of the west coast, starting at 8 p.m. PT.
As for mountain time, SmackDown will now air at 7pm. This means viewers in that timezone will have the ability to watch the show two hours before the west coast.
There’s also good and bad news for DirectTV subscribers on the west coast who might be used to watching early. Friday Night SmackDown on Fox will now start at 8 p.m. PT on the west coast – even for satellite TV customers – meaning they’ll lose the ability to watch live on TV with everyone else.
Viewers across the country, however, will now have the ability to watch live coast-to-coast on the FOX Sports App — which is available on Apple TV, Roku and more.
Friday Night SmackDown debuts October 4 on FOX with a main event of Brock Lesnar vs. Kofi Kingston in a WWE Championship match. The show will also have a thirty-minute blue carpet kickoff event airing on FOX prior to the premiere at 7:30 pm.