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 signs Chinese deal with iQiyi Sports

Leading pro wrestling promoter WWE has continued its eastern expansion with a Chinese rights deal with iQiyi Sports. Starting September 22, iQiyi Sports – the joint venture of iQiyi and marketing agency Super Sports Media – will broadcast the promoter’s weekly programmes Raw and SmackDown, along with its monthly pay-per-view events. The latter move is […]

Discovery does deal with WWE in Italy

Discovery has announced a new partnership with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in Italy. From July 1, the deal will see the pro-wrestling outfit’s weekly flagship programming available exclusively on OTT streamer DPlay PLUS and on linear channel DMAX – the latter of which is also Discovery’s home of rugby and esports coverage. The two main […]

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 returns to FTA with Channel 5 deal

Professional wrestling outfit WWE has signed a deal with ViacomCBS that will see the company’s shows broadcast on free-to-air TV in the UK for the first time in almost 20 years. The news was confirmed by Channel 5 on Twitter, with the ViacomCBS-owned channel announcing that three of its weekly wrestling shows – Raw, Smackdown […]

FITE TV refutes claims of WWE discussions

Combat sports OTT platform FITE TV has vehemently refuted suggestions that it is in discussions with WWE over a potential sale.  The initial claim was made by Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter who said that “WWE has had recent interest in purchasing FITE TV to the point there are meetings upcoming regarding 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, […]

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