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Further update on the WWE Network

An e-mail distributed by WWE to fans who might be interested in the
upcoming WWE Network suggested that the company might put their biggest four
pay-per-views of the year – Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam and
Survivor Series – for free on the Network instead of pay-per-view. “Rather
than having to pay for them, they would now be specials with the same match
quality you’re used to seeing on pay-per-view for no additional cost. These
4 events would only be available on The WWE Network,” the e-mail said. The
e-mail was more of a survey to see how many fans would be interested in
paying up to $12 a month for the 24/7 service. Unless there are millions of
customers who subscribe to the service, putting these shows specifically on
the network rather than pay-per-view will result in massive loss of revenue
for the company, especially WrestleMania which this year for example topped
the 1 million buys worldwide. The WWE Network will not be available to
International customers so one would imagine that the PPV model for all
shows would still continue for non U.S. customers.

The same WWE Network survey e-mail which made the rounds to tons of WWE
fans in the United States revealed some additional information regarding the
planned network. Apart from repeats of RAW and Smackdown, shows from the
huge WWE video library containing WCW, ECW, NWA and AWA footage will also
air as well as two new weekly WWE live in-ring shows and a SportsCenter-like
interactive show with viewers. The package with the WWE Network would come
with 30 additional channels according to the survey including NFL Network,
NBA TV, Biography Channel, Fox Business Network and Fuel TV. The price
suggested was $7 to $12 per month.

(source: Colin Vassallo)

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