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DirecTV to drop WWE PPVs?

In light of WWE announcing on Wednesday that WWE Network subscribers will be able to watch all PPVs live…

DirecTV released a statement today to the Los Angeles Times which stated:

“Clearly, we need to quickly re-evaluate the economics and viability of their business with us, as it now appears the WWE feels they do not need their PPV distributors.”

DirecTV claimed in the release that the WWE has been in a steady decline on PPV (actually the first half of this year was far stronger than in past years, but the last few months have been down).

They noted the network “will only accelerate this trend.”


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10 Responses

  1. Scott II says:

    So… Pay $45-55 bucks for a 3 hour show each month except one, and $55-65 bucks for a 4 hour show once a year…. OR pay 10 bucks a month to not only get PPV’s, but all sorts of other content as well.

    Might as well drop WWE PPV’s. Nobody will be willing to pay that much money when they can watch the same thing for far cheaper

  2. mackdeezy says:

    Directv has put their feet in their mouths before, I’m afraid. Let’s not forget the whole Via com thing.

  3. Stonz says:

    LOL to anyone that reacts to this at all!

  4. Really? says:

    “(actually the first half of this year was far stronger than in past years)”

    Globally, sure, but not in the US so that doesn’t help DirecTV.

  5. Nick A says:

    Waah! Our model is dying and we hate WWE for pointing it out!

  6. cold says:

    I personally know about 10 people who have or are considering dropping their TV Providers in favor of streaming services (Hulu, Netflix,Amazon Instant)

    They drop channels like crazy, and blackout all the local sports so why bother

    Seriously I pay directv 150.00 (Not including PPV) and all i watch is wrestling ESPN and the Dan Patrick Show….It’s just not worth it, for their commercial heavy programming and 10-15 year old movies.

  7. Dick Hertz says:

    @cold – I got rid of DirecTV two years ago and haven’t looked back. My bill was about $120/month. Most of the programming was junk. Now I have two Roku boxes, subscribe to Netflix, Hulu and Amazon. I couldn’t be happier. New monthly bill is about $22. I’ll gladly add the tenspot for WWE.

  8. @Dick Hertz what do you pay per month for your internet connection to stream all of that content?

  9. mackdeezy says:

    Right now I’m under the weather so I haven’t returned to work, I’ve had to cut costs, but my cable bill is 59.99 with 50 mbps and local channels, but I do get free streaming from cable provider as well. It’s ok while I wait to return to what I originally had.

  10. Deathedge says:

    Wouldn’t surprise me if they really do it, but the only way this hurts WWE is if less then enough people pay for the Network to cover the difference. At just $10, all of their regular viewers are pretty much bound to go for the WWE Network, as are the people who want to watch all the PPVs but feel PPVs cost too much as of now. The only real question is will the more casual fan buy it. I’d think they would, since it would allow them to get their wrestling fix whenever they wanted to, but who knows…

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