WWE Network

WWE shifts focus to international deals following bumper Peacock sale

Pro wrestling outfit WWE will turn its attention to international deals after securing a big-money distribution agreement with NBCUniversal. Late last month, the company tied up a deal which effectively sees the company sell its WWE Network SVOD to Peacock. The agreement, worth a reported US$1 billion, will see the WWE Network cease to operate […]

WWE Network launches free tier

Pro wrestling outfit World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has launched a free tier of its WWE Network SVOD. The service initially launched in 2014 and made waves as one of the first prominent sports streaming platforms. It also effectively killed off the pro wrestling business’s model of selling Pay-Per Views, with a monthly subscription costing significantly […]

WWE Network sheds subscribers in poor quarter

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is “evaluating strategic alternatives” following a sustained period of decline for its WWE Network OTT service.  The internationally-available streamer’s subscriber numbers dropped 10% in the quarter to 1.42 million. The company had projected for the service to reach 1.47 million subscribers. In light of this performance, the company said that it […]

WWE walks away from Disney tech for Network refresh

Wrestling giant WWE has shifted away from Disney’s BAMTech for its refreshed WWE Network SVOD. Announced in its Q2 earnings call, the updated Network provides users with improved video quality, a refined UI for navigating the service’s VOD library, and an enhanced search function – all aspects which had been points of derision for the platform […]

Subs and revenue down as WWE prepares new-look Network

WWE has recorded decline for its WWE Network SVOD, complemented by continually tumbling share prices and revenues. Global subscriber numbers for the Network dropped by 6% to approximately 1.69 million though the company said that this is in line with its guidance. The company predicts further decline to 1.53 million subscribers in the third quarter, […]

WWE Network reaches 1.6m paying subscribers

Wrestling streaming service WWE Network increased its paying subscribers number 7% year-on-year in Q4 2018 to 1.59 million – a figure it expects to stay flat in the current quarter. Announcing its fourth quarter and full year 2018 results, WWE said that it added more than 100 hours of original content to WWE Network’s featured […]

WWE Network reports 24% increase in subscribers

Subscribers to over-the-top wrestling service WWE Network increased 24% year-on-year to 1.46 million in the third quarter. Announcing its results last week for the three months ended September 30, World Wrestling Entertainment said that WWE Network subscription revenue increased 18% to US$42.8 million from US$36.4 million in the prior year quarter. However, overall revenues from the company’s media division decreased […]

Former AMC International boss: niche SVOD is the future

Niche SVOD services will continue to gain ground in a world where launching new linear services is now ‘implausible’, says former AMC and MGM international boss Bruce Tuchman. In an article for DTVE’s sister title, TBIvision, Tuchman, now a media investor and board member of TV analytics specialist Parrot, notes the likes of CrunchyRoll, WWE […]

Parks Associates: US OTT adoption up 12%

The adoption of over-the-top (OTT) video services among US broadband households has increased by 12% since the third quarter of 2014, according to Parks Associates. The research firm said that both the number of available OTT services and consumer awareness of them had increased, despite password sharing growing by approximately 8% over that same period. […]