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Vince McMahon Explains Why the WWE Network Didn’t Launch On Cable


In an article covering the WWE Network launch, The Los Angeles Times, Vince McMahon explained why the WWE Network is launching as a streaming Network, as opposed to a cable channel.

The reason, quite simply, is that there wasn’t enough money in it for WWE Network.

In the article, McMahon claimed that WWE had deals in place for the Network to launch as a cable-only entity, but felt they were “too restrictive” and that they would have only garnered WWE “20 cents a subscriber.”

When you compare that to the guaranteed $9.99 per month per subscriber, you can see why McMahon would choose to instead push for the service to launch as a streaming entity.

In regard to PPV providers potentially dropping WWE events in response to the Network launch, McMahon said, “I think it’d be foolish for them not to want to carry the pay-per-view anymore. It’s found money for them.”

McMahon’s comments were made prior to DirecTV issuing a statement teasing that they may quickly reconsider their WWE PPV deal.

To read the Times piece, click here.

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7 Responses

  1. Shockmaster Suplex says:

    Looks like I’ll have to invest in some sort of tablet, since I don’t play video games and the only systems I own are the Atari7200, NES & the Sega Master System, does anybody have any suggestions on a good brand for around the 250.00 dollar mark?

  2. Dragon says:

    I wonder how Vince feels about my 0.00 per year when I stream or download any Ppv or other wwe show I’d even bother watching.

  3. John48221 says:

    @shockmaster suplex If its on X-box 360 then you could get a used one cheaper than a tablet and be able to hook that up on your TV. And a Roku box runs for $30-60 so that could be an option too.

    For a tablet I got a Nook HD. Barnes and Noble is clearing them out for $149 to $179. I’ve had it for 6 months and it serves me well. Nice picture. No camera or anything like that.

  4. Shockmaster Suplex says:

    @John48221….Thank you for the suggestions, I really appreciate it, enjoy!

  5. Andrew Davis says:

    @Shockmaster: You don’t have to use a gaming system or even a tablet, you can use any computer that has internet. Or any mobile device that has Android. What are you online on right now? Likely can just use it. No reason to go out & spend more money

  6. ClashHollywood says:

    Vince makes another genius move and I’ve quit watching his product all together. Strictly NJPW for this diehard wrestling fan. This will hopefully only help his company though.

  7. Jim says:

    None of the Nook or Nook HD + devices carry the WWE app, even though they are android devices.

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