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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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10 Responses

  1. AJ Starr says:

    Horrible decision.

    Didn’t they try a subscription network before? I recall this. It failed miserably.

    Youtube… everything can be found on Youtube. Why would any idiot pay for it?

  2. Hans says:

    I agree, this would not be a smart decision. I could see them hosting the events on WWE Network in ADDITION to Pay Per View who don’t get WWE Network. But to put Pay Per Views on Network TV exclusively would be a kiss of death.

  3. Mackdeezy says:

    AJ Starr

    Very valid point, however you know how lame YouTube is now, granted you can still see some good attitude era stuff on YouTube and in that aspect the channel will fail but when it comes to ppv you know copyright claims are filed within a few hours.

    Streaming websites, however, pose just as much a threat if not bigger, and thats probably why the channel could fail

  4. -Jay- says:

    XLF chants are already starting.

  5. T says:

    My hunch is the 4 PPVs will be free the first year only and then not be included for following years.

  6. Meh says:

    I wonder if they will put on Vintage Collection on the WWE Network so that the US can finally see the show considering Vintage Collection is aired in countries outside the States.

  7. reyo says:

    This write up clearly states WWE network would be part of a package with 30 other channels. It’s a package many people are already paying for. It’s not like they won’t have millions of users installed. The bigger question is how many of those people watch wwe?

    I don’t see a problem with airing ppv’s on the network because they will get revenue through selling commercial time. Just like all the other networks do it. I believe WWE eventually wants to get out of the ppv business because the buys are never something they can count on consistently.

    I don’t see why any wrestling fan would be against this. You would no longer have to shell out 60 bucks to watch Wrestlemania the rich ad companies will do it for you. I don’t think anyone gets that this is an actual network they are developing and not a video vault you are accessing through a subscription.

  8. Matt says:

    So this is just a supplement channel then and not an actual transition. I was hoping by WWE Network they meant they were either buying an NBC Channel or starting a new one all together that was going to carry all the shows and be broadcast around the world.

    This news makes it disappointing.

  9. Bill McD. says:

    How will this work for DirecTV subscribers? All the channels that are in the “package” WWE Network will be available in are in the basic DirecTV lineup. Will this mean WWE Network be free for DirecTV subscribers, or will they make it a subscription service like NFL Sunday Ticket?

  10. Richard Lewis Turner says:

    look i got direct tv cause i herd that the network would launch here i dont care if it repeats of old or new as long as they give us the ppv for free and move there shows all to the station tired on non wrestling fans complannihg about it on syfi and usa networks we true fans will watch there best bet is to strike deals with non wwe promotions and air all wrestling this would give them as a network a huge hold over all networks cause us wrestling fan make up 60% percent of tv viewers not that we would not watch other thing but it would take mondays thursday and fridays over ad to the fact they start producing there own non wrestling shows it could and would make them a big 6 conteder and a huge competitive in the tv network market taking on nbc abc cbs fox comedy central and hbo as the most watch networks

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