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, […]

BT ups price of Sport package

UK telecom giant and broadcaster BT has announced price increases to its BT Sport pay TV channels. Customers will have to pay up to £48 (€53.78) extra a year from the end of July. People subscribed to the Classic, Essential, Entertainment, Entertainment Plus and Sport Starter deals will pay an extra £1 a month. Those […]

WWE signs deal with BT Sport, ending 30+ year relationship with Sky

WWE has announced a new multi-year exclusive pay TV agreement with BT Sport in the UK and Ireland, ending the wrestling company’s association with Sky of over three decades. WWE’s flagship shows – Raw and Smackdown – will move to BT sport beginning January 2020. “We are incredibly excited by our new partnership with WWE. […]

FloSports Scores $47 Million in Funding from Discovery, WWE

Niche streaming platform FloSports has received an injection of investment from two unlikely sources: Discovery and WWE. This brings FloSports’ total amount of funding to $75 million, including funding from Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments, Causeway Media Partners, DCM Ventures, and Fertitta Capital, an investment firm owned by former UFC owners Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta. FloSports […]

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 […]

John Cena, Kat Dennings front YouTube Red original

YouTube Red is set to bring in animated original Dallas & Robo, voiced by WWE wrestler John Cena and 2 Broke Girls star Kat Dennings. The series will debut exclusively on YouTube Red in 2018 as the latest in a growing slate of originals the Google-owned SVOD service is offering subscribers. Dallas & Robo centers around […]

Sky Germany agrees multi-year deal with WWE

Sky in Germany has agreed a new multi-year with World Wrestling Entertainment to distribute pay-per-view WWE events. The deal starts from this week and also covers the broadcast of flagship WWE events including Raw and SmackDown, which will be available live on Sky Sports. “We are looking forward to the renewed partnership with Sky to […]

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 […]

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