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WWE Network
Logo for the WWE Network service.
Screenshot
Type of site
OTT video streaming platform
Area servedWorldwide (excluding Mainland China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria, Liechtenstein, Libya and Sudan)
PresidentVince McMahon
ParentWWE
URLnetwork.wwe.com Edit this at Wikidata
RegistrationRequired
UsersIncrease 1.5 million (as of October 30, 2020)
LaunchedFebruary 24, 2014; 7 years ago (February 24, 2014)
Current statusActive (outside United States)

WWE Network is an American subscription video on-demand over-the-top streaming service and digital television network owned by WWE. It primarily distributes original professional wrestling events, films, television and documentary series, and a 24-hour linear channel produced by the eponymous wrestling promotion, alongside acquired programming from other wrestling promotions.

WWE Network relied on technology developed by MLB Advanced Media and BAMTech, prior to Endeavor Streaming assuming technical operations of the service in 2019. Although operating primarily as a standalone service, the distribution model of the WWE Network varies by market, where it is often integrated within or as part of local networks. It contains a premium and a free tier.

WWE Network was launched on February 24, 2014, in the United States, in Canada in July of that year, and expanded to the Pacific and select European countries in August. The United Kingdom received the service in January 2015, and was made available in the Middle East and parts of Africa that March, and to India in November. It was launched in additional European and Asian countries in January 2016. Upon launch, the WWE Network was met with positive reception of its content library, but was criticized for technical problems. The service had 1.5 million subscribers as of October 30, 2020.

In January 2021, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming acquired exclusive rights to distribute the WWE Network in the United States, and the American version of the service was integrated into the premium tier of its service Peacock, with the original service discontinued on April 4.

History

Development and U.S. launch

The origins of the WWE Network can trace back to 2000 when USA Network filed the lawsuit against the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now known as the WWE) due to breach of contract which saw most of its programming moved to Viacom-owned TNN and MTV. The Delaware Chancery Court ruled in favor of the WWF in June 2000.[1][2] Then CEO Linda McMahon revealed that WWF wanted its own cable network and testified that before WWF signed a rights deal with Viacom, the company had floated the idea of acquiring USA's Sci-Fi Channel, and reformatting it as a dedicated wrestling network. USA executives rejected the idea, and McMahon said that former USA Networks President Barry Baker encouraged her to talk to other programmers about potential deals. "I can tell you right now, Linda, you're not going to get anybody to give you a network," McMahon testified.[1] In 2005, USA Network re-acquired the rights to all WWE programming.

In September 2011, WWE officially announced plans to launch the WWE Network in 2012 as a pay-TV channel.[3] WWE then conducted a survey asking people if they would pay for the WWE Network if it were a premium channel. In an email sent to WWE fans who might be interested in the WWE Network, WWE surveyed fans for their thoughts about the WWE Network airing WWE's pay-per-views to subscribers for no additional charge. The survey also noted that feature repeats of Raw and SmackDown, as well as footage from World Championship Wrestling (WCW), Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), XFL, Smoky Mountain Wrestling (SMW), American Wrestling Association (AWA), and WWE films would also make the lineup. Original programming was also noted in the survey.[4][5]

As the result of an online poll, WrestleMania Recap was chosen as a name for a new WWE Network show on October 17, 2011.[6] The original launch date was set for April 1, 2012, which would have coincided with WrestleMania XXVIII, and WWE's official website featured a countdown clock that would have expired on April 1. The clock was quietly removed, and the network did not launch as advertised.[7] WWE chief marketing officer Michelle Wilson allayed fears about the future of the WWE Network, saying "There will be a WWE network in some shape or form. We are in late-stage negotiations with distributors", and confirmed that WWE Legends' House had been filmed.[8] In April 2013, WWE had switched plans and aimed to release the WWE Network as a premium pay-TV outlet, with a potential price of $15 a month.[9]

On Old School Raw in January 2014, WWE ran teasers promoting an announcement on January 8 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas,[10] later confirming that the announcement concerned the WWE Network.[11] At the Consumer Electronics Show, WWE revealed a comprehensive plan which would see a launch date of February 24, 2014 in the United States.[12][13][14] WWE Classics on Demand closed on January 31, 2014 to make way for the WWE Network.[15] A free trial period was offered during the week of the launch.[16] The logo initially used for the WWE Network eventually became the standard logo used by the WWE corporation in August 2014.[17]

In April 2014, ahead of WrestleMania XXX, the Network received acclaim, with The New York Times saying that WWE had "positioned themselves on the cutting edge of Internet television."[18] Later that month, the company announced that the network had 667,000 subscribers, short of the one million subscribers they needed to break even.[19] As WWE's stock fell 50% the following month, Forbes described low subscription numbers as being of "additional concern" for investors after WWE's underwhelming NBCUniversal renewal deal.[20] WWE offered a second free preview week of the WWE Network, which started July 7, in an attempt to sign new subscribers.[21] A second report released at the end of July indicated that the network had reached 700,000 subscribers.[22] WWE's goal was to reach one million subscribers by the end of 2014.[22][23]

Expansion

On July 31, 2014, the company announced a 10-year, Canadian distribution deal for WWE content with Rogers Media (owner of Sportsnet 360, the historic carrier of WWE programming in Canada), which will see the company distribute WWE Network as a premium television service.[24] Also on that date, it was announced that the WWE Network would launch in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mexico, Spain, and the Nordics, among others on August 12, with Italian, Arab, German, Japanese, Indian, Chinese, Thai, and Malaysian launches planned for a later date.[25][26][27] On October 30, 2014, in an attempt to increase subscription numbers from an announced figure of 731,000, the 6-month subscription requirement was dropped, allowing subscribers the option to cancel at any time.[28][29] WWE had originally planned to launch the network on October 1 in the United Kingdom, but was delayed for a further month.[30] The launch was confirmed to be taking place at 8 p.m. on November 3;[31] however, 20 minutes prior to the launch, WWE announced that it had been indefinitely delayed.[32][33] Vince McMahon publicly apologized for the delay.[34] It was announced on January 4, 2015, that the WWE Network would be launching in the UK and Ireland on January 19, 2015, priced at £9.99 and €12.99, respectively,[35] although some customers managed to register as early as January 13.[36][37][38]

On January 27, 2015, WWE announced that the WWE Network had reached 1 million subscribers,[39] with Vince McMahon saying that WWE would "remain focused on delivering an outstanding value proposition for ours fans by adding new content and new features in the coming year."[40] On February 12, 2015, WWE announced a five-year partnership with television provider OSN to bring the WWE Network to the Middle East and North Africa as a premium service.[41]

On July 30, 2015, WWE revealed the number of subscribers for the Network at 1.156 million. This was announced as a part of WWE's financial reporting on the second quarter of the year, which had resulted in their stock price rising past $20.00 after closing on the previous day at $16.48. The total of 1.156 million paid subscribers marked a 13% decrease from the 1.315 million paid subscribers that was stated in the reports for the first quarter of 2015. WWE also revealed, including trial subscribers, they had 1.227 million Network users at the end of the second quarter, and over the entire lifespan of the Network, there have been over 2 million unique subscribers.[42]

The WWE Network launched in India on November 2, 2015.[43][44] On November 19, a report by market research and consulting firm Park Associates announced that the WWE Network had broken into the top five streaming services and trailed only MLB.tv in the sports category.[45] The WWE announced the network would launch in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and Japan on January 5, 2016,[46][47] followed by Thailand and the Philippines on February 29, 2016.[48]

In April 2017, WWE announced a total of 1.949 million subscribers to the WWE Network, of which 1.661 million were paid subscribers.[49] At the end of the third quarter of 2017, the number had dropped to 1.5 million paid users.[50] In April 2018, WWE announced subscriber growth had reached 2.1 million, with 1.8 million paid.[51] At the end of the third quarter of 2018 the number had dropped to 1.6 million paid users.[50]

Switch to Endeavor, redesign

In January 2019, WWE Network signed with Endeavor Streaming to replace BAMTech as its operating partner.[52] WWE's decision was motivated by the acquisition of BAMTech by Disney.[53] Co-president George Barrios cited concerns over how BAMTech's relationships with third-party partners would be impacted by the sale, while WWE also sought greater control over the service and its operations, intending to partner with another vendor or take the service entirely in-house. The company decided to partner with Endeavor Streaming (formed primarily from the assets of NeuLion) to provide infrastructure and billing services, and Massive Interactive to develop a new front-end and mobile apps.[54]

The new WWE Network platform launched in July 2019, ahead of SummerSlam. It includes a revamped user experience, support for 1080p streams, new browsing tools (such as a new "Superstars" interface for filtering content by performers), and plans to add a download feature for offline viewing in the future. Support for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and selected legacy smart TVs was discontinued with the changeover.[54] In an interview with The Verge, Barrios revealed that there were ongoing plans for WWE.com's existing video content to be integrated into the WWE Network platform as a "free" tier (possibly also including previews of WWE Network's premium content), and that WWE was also considering the development of a premium tier with additional features (such as benefits for other WWE operations).[54]

In March 2020, amid the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and to promote WrestleMania 36, WWE Network made a selection of its premium content and archives available free for a limited time.[55] On June 1, 2020, WWE Network officially launched a free tier with 15,000 hours of content, which includes access to selected content such as recent episodes of its weekly programming, and original series such as Raw Talk, Monday Night War, and Ride Along. The service would be advertising-free, and was intended primarily to promote its weekly programs and pay-per-view events.[56]

Merger of U.S. service into Peacock

On January 25, 2021, WWE announced that NBCUniversal Television and Streaming had acquired the exclusive U.S. distribution rights to WWE Network, and that the service would be folded into the NBCUniversal-owned streaming service Peacock on March 18, 2021 (ahead of Fastlane and WrestleMania 37). Existing and future WWE Network content will be hosted by a branded channel within the Peacock service, with the full service included as part of the paid Peacock Premium tier (which features a wider array of television, film, and sports programming), and a selection of WWE Network content (including some of its original series such as The Bump and Raw Talk, and episodes of Total Divas and Total Bellas from NBCUniversal cable channel E!) available within its free tier.[57] WWE committed to produce a "signature documentary" for the service annually beginning in 2022.[58]

After a transitional period, the standalone WWE Network ceased operations in the United States on April 4, 2021.[57][59] Not all content was available at launch, as the service's library is being audited to meet NBCUniversal standards and practices. WWE stated that the content migration would be completed by August 2021.[60] To coincide with the introduction, Peacock announced plans to offer a four-month half-price promotion for new Premium subscribers.[57][59] This agreement did not affect the service outside of the United States, which continues to be marketed as a standalone offering through either WWE or its local partners.[58][61]

Availability

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The WWE Network is currently available through 186 out of 193 United Nations member states (including all 27 European Union nations) and two observer states such as the Holy See and the State of Palestine. It is also distributed through six non-UN countries: the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Cook Islands, Kosovo, Niue, Northern Cyprus and SADR-claimed Western Sahara.

In late 2017, Liechtenstein and China were added to the list of non-available countries,[62] however the WWE Network is still available in the Chinese special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau as well as ROC-controlled Taiwan and Fujian. Since January 2021, WWE Network is available in India as an add-on subscription through the SonyLIV streaming service.[63]

Programming

Original programming

WWE events

Current shows

  • WWE Story Time – An animated series featuring WWE wrestlers and managers telling stories from the past. Gene Okerlund hosted and narrated the series in seasons 1-3 until his death in 2019. Jerry Lawler took over as host and narrator for season 4.
  • First Look – A first look at upcoming WWE Home Video releases.
  • This Week in WWE – A weekly 30-minute recap of the past week's WWE programs, hosted by Scott Stanford and Alyse Zwick(using the stage name "Alyse Ashton").
  • WWE Ride Along – A show following WWE personalities as they drive from city to city.
  • WWE Raw Talk – A weekly post-show for WWE Raw, hosted by Charly Caruso and R-Truth.[71]
  • WWE Talking Smack - A weekly Saturday morning post-show for WWE SmackDown, hosted by Kayla Braxton and Paul Heyman.[72]
  • WWE Breaking News – Breaking news from WWE.
  • Table for 3 – Three WWE personalities share stories over dinner.
  • WWE Original Specials – A series of specials on the WWE Network.
  • WWE Beyond the Ring – Documentary portions of previously-released WWE DVDs featuring various performers, organizations, and storylines.
  • WWE 24 – A documentary show that goes behind the scenes of WWE events and personnel.
  • WWE 365 – A documentary series that reviews a year in the career of a WWE talent.
  • WWE Music Power 10 – A top 10 WWE Music countdown show.
  • WWE Photo Shoot – A show where current and former WWE personnel sit down to explain the stories behind photos of their careers and lives. Also airs on YouTube.
  • WWE The Day Of – A documentary series that catch a glimpse of WWE Superstars' lives as they prepare mentally and physically for their biggest matches. Also airs on YouTube.
  • WWE Chronicle – A documentary series that chronicles a WWE personality and their journey through personal interviews and candid moments. Also airs on YouTube.
  • WWE Collections Spotlight – A preview show that offers a sampling of exclusive WWE Collections that are available on the WWE Network.[73]
  • WWE Marquee Matches – Prominent matches in WWE history are showcased.[74]
  • Superstar Picks – WWE wrestlers present their favorite matches in their entirety.[75]
  • WWE Untold – Wrestlers reveal stories about moments in WWE history.
  • WWE Watch AlongPat McAfee interviews guests while watching various pay-per-views.
  • Steve Austin's Broken Skull SessionsStone Cold Steve Austin interviews WWE Superstars and legends.
  • WWE Break It Down – The stories behind some of the biggest matches and moments in WWE history are discussed by the Superstars and legends who lived them.
  • WWE Ruthless Aggression - The WWE Ruthless Aggression docuseries picks up where WWE Network's Monday Night War series left off, detailing the years that followed the Attitude Era, after WWE absorbed its-then top rival, WCW.[76]
  • Notsam Wrestling
  • WWE Icons – A documentary series that is was poised to be cover a number of top legends and Hall of Famers.

Former shows

Collections

WWE Network previously offered "WWE Collections", which are video packages of memorable characters and storylines.[83] In July 2019, WWE updated the network and subsequently removed all collections.

Former Collections

  • AJ Styles: Beyond Phenomenal
  • Alexa Bliss: Five Feet Of Fury
  • Andre the Giant
  • Asuka: The Undefeated Empress
  • Attitude Era: Stone Cold
  • Batista Unleashed
  • Becoming The Rock
  • Becky Lynch: Straight Fire
  • Best of Stone Cold vs. Mr. McMahon Part I
  • Best of Stone Cold vs. Mr. McMahon Part II
  • Best of Stone Cold vs. Mr. McMahon Part III
  • Bobby "The Brain" Heenan
  • Bret vs Shawn: The Rivalry
  • Curt Hawkins: Nothing To Lose
  • Daniel Bryan's Greatest Moments
  • Destruction of the Shield
  • Dusty Rhodes: The American Dream
  • DX: Are You Ready?
  • Eddie Guerrero: Viva La Raza!
  • Edge: You Think You Know Me?
  • Finn Balor: Worldwide Sensation
  • Goldberg: Who's Next?
  • Hall of Fame: Class of 2018
  • Hell in a Cell
  • Jeff Jarrett: Ain't He Great
  • Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart
  • King Booker: All Hail!
  • Kurt Angle: It's True, It's True
  • Lesnar: The Road To The Undisputed Title
  • Ladder Match: Reaching For Glory
  • The Legacy of Shane McMahon
  • Mean Gene Okerlund
  • Mickie James: Crazy Sweetheart
  • Million Dollar Man: Priceless
  • Miz: The A-Lister
  • Money in the Bank
  • New to WWE Network (changes regularly)
  • New Classic Content (changes monthly)
  • The New Day: Feel The Positivity
  • Nikolai Volkoff
  • nWo: For Life
  • Patterson 'N Brisco: The Stooges
  • Piper's Pit: Born to Controversy
  • Randy Savage: Cream of the Crop
  • Raw 25: 100–76
  • Raw 25: 75–51
  • Raw 25: 50–26
  • Raw 25: 25–01
  • Razor Ramon: Oozing Machismo
  • Rey Mysterio: Biggest Little Man
  • Ric Flair: Forever The Man
  • Ric Flair: Stylin' and Profilin
  • Rusev: Happy Rusev Day
  • Sami Zayn: Never Be The Same
  • Sammartino: The Legend Lives
  • Sasha Banks: The Legit Boss
  • Shawn Michaels: Heartbreak Kid
  • Shawn Michaels: Mr. Wrestlemania
  • Shinsuke Nakamura: The Rock Star
  • Stephanie McMahon: All Business
  • Sting: The Icon Defined
  • The Bar: Sheamus and Cesaro
  • The Brothers of Destruction
  • The Collection of Jericho
  • The Four Horsewomen of NXT
  • The Godfather: All Aboard
  • The Hardys: Team Xtreme
  • The Man They Call Vader
  • The NXT Takeover Collection
  • The Rise of John Cena
  • The Royal Rumble Match
  • The Undertaker vs Triple H Collection
  • The WarGames Collection
  • Three Faces of Foley
  • TLC Tag Teams
  • Tribute to the Troops
  • Trish and Lita: Evolutionary
  • Trish Stratus: Stay Stratusfied
  • Undertaker: Dawn Of The Deadman
  • Women's Evolution
  • WWE Match of the Year 2017
  • WWE Match of the Year 2018
  • WrestleMania Monday
  • Wrestlemania Theater
  • Chyna: Ninth Wonder of the World
  • Best of Swerved Season One
  • The Canadian Collection
  • Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz (removed December 2017)[84]
  • Hall of Fame: Class of 2017
  • WrestleMania Show Stealers
  • Subscriber's Choice (changed quarterly, removed September 2017)[85]
  • George 'The Animal' Steele (removed October 2017)[86]
  • The Incomparable Mr. Fuji (removed October 2017)[86]
  • Jimmy Snuka: The Superfly (removed October 2017)[86]
  • The Cruiserweight Anthology (removed December 2017)
  • Gravest Matches Ever (removed December 2017)
  • Randy Orton: Apex Predator (removed December 2017)
  • ECW Barely Legal Revisited (removed January 2018)
  • Colorful Characters (removed February 2018)
  • Greatest Matches Ever (removed February 2018)[87]
  • Celebrating Black History (removed March 2018)[88]
  • WWE Flashback Friday (changes weekly) (removed May 2018)[89]
  • Best of WWE Network (removed March 2019)[90]
  • WWE Shorts (removed March 2019)[90]
  • WWE Hidden Gems (moved to Vault section)[91]

Repeat/archival programming

In addition to previous editions of the original programs listed above, the network includes many other previously aired events.

Although the United States parental guidelines rating system rates most weekly WWE television programs TV-PG, the WWE Network broadcasts a wider range of content. A parental controls block is available and content rated TV-14 and TV-MA are preceded by an advisory warning. The network airs footage featuring Chris Benoit; it marks the first major airing of Benoit footage or even mention of Benoit in said footage since his murder-suicide in 2007.[92] However, the Benoit tribute episode of Raw is replaced with the episode that aired internationally, a recap of championship matches. Also, Vengeance: Night of Champions in 2007 removes all references to Benoit during the ECW World Championship match. Over the Edge 1999, infamous for Owen Hart's death at the event, is also available for the first time since its original air date; however, some portions of the event have been edited out of respect to the Hart family.[93] Matches called with Jesse Ventura on commentary, which had previously been dubbed over due to a 1991 lawsuit, are available with the original commentary.[94]

While the network promoted on-demand airings as being unedited, some instances of expletives, gestures, and all nudity are censored. Many programs were digitized for WWE 24/7 prior to the 2012 settlement with the World Wide Fund for Nature, and thus the "WWF" and the "WWF scratch" logo are censored in some instances.[95][96] Some original music has been dubbed over with alternate tracks such as the original intro music to Saturday Night's Main Event (May 1985 – January 1988 episodes) which originally played "Obsession" by Animotion.[97]

At launch, all but one of New Jack's matches were removed from ECW pay-per-views, as was his surprise return at Heat Wave 1998, due to a combination of musical rights issues over his entrance music and the inability to remove the music without losing the original commentary audio. The deleted matches were eventually reinstated with replacement music and newly recorded Joey Styles commentary.[98] Several pay-per-views are copies of their condensed home video releases, rather than the live versions, and so are missing matches.[99]

Archive content on the Peacock-hosted version of WWE Network is being further edited for content by NBCUniversal. On launch, two pay-per-views were edited to remove racially-insensitive content; WrestleMania VI was edited to remove a match between Roddy Piper and Bad News Brown where Piper had painted half of his body black, and Survivor Series 2005 was edited to remove a backstage segment where Vince McMahon used a racial slur in front of Booker T and John Cena.[60]

Pay-per-views

Almost every WWF/WWE, JCP/WCW, and ECW pay-per-view (PPV) event ever produced is available for on-demand streaming.[94] Although WWE promotes the selection as every pay-per-view ever made, a handful of PPV events have not yet been made available.[100] This includes mostly foreign events such as WCW's Millennium Final, Collision in Korea, and the Japan Supershows, and ECW's foreign ECW/FMW Supershows, however it also includes some events held domestically such as WCW's Nitro Girls Swimsuit Calendar Special and When Worlds Collide, and WWF's No Holds Barred: The Match/The Movie.[a]

In addition the pay-per-view section contains several events which did not air on pay-per-view, such as WWE events Royal Rumble 1988[101] and WWE Global Warning Tour: Melbourne.[102] Many ECW Supercards are also listed as pay-per-views, despite never actually airing there.[103]

WWF/WWE home video

The WWE released videos under the header "Home video classics" which include various previous home video releases that had been originally released under Coliseum Video.[104]

WWWF/WWF/WWE programming

JCP/WCW programming

ECW programming

Other promotions

Non-wrestling content

Additional content from WWE Libraries, which has a library of over 100,000 hours of programming, will be added over time.[120]

Independent wrestling content

Removed content

Impact on pay-per-view industry

In an interview with Time, Michelle D. Wilson, chief revenue and marketing officer for WWE, stated their reason for bypassing cable companies and instead only offering the WWE Network online: "Digital over-the-top offerings represent the future, and given that our passionate fans consume five times more online video content than non-WWE viewers and over-index for purchasing online subscriptions such as Netflix and Hulu, we believe the time is now for a WWE Network."[124]

In response to the announcement, DirecTV issued a statement saying that they are re-evaluating whether to continue carrying WWE's pay-per-view events. Due to the fact that these events would also be available on the WWE Network once it launches, it might reduce the number of pay-per-view purchases via cable and satellite providers. Vince McMahon suggested that pay-TV operators would ultimately decide to continue to carry WWE's pay-per-view events, given that providers keep a significant share of each purchase, and incur minimal costs (apart from WWE's share of the fee for each purchase) to carry the events: "It's found money for them."[125] DirecTV later quietly dropped carriage of WWE PPVs. In response, WWE said, "Yes, DIRECTV has decided to stop offering our PPV's residentially and commercially. The only other option would be to work through the local cable provider."[126]

On February 19, 2014, Dish Network announced that they would carry WWE pay-per-views on an event by event basis, beginning with Elimination Chamber. Dish Network later released a statement saying, "Dish will not offer the ‘WWE Elimination Chamber’ PPV on 2/23. WWE is not willing to adjust their PPV costs to satellite and cable companies, which is unfair to their customers. We need to re-focus our efforts to support partners that better serve Dish customers."[127] Dish later made a decision to air WrestleMania XXX.[128] Dish declined to offer WrestleMania 31 and 32 but did offer WrestleMania 33 in 2017.[129]

Advertising

In October 2014, it was reported Mattel, Kmart, and Pepsi would begin advertising on the network starting the week of October 13. Wilson stated that although no commercial breaks will occur during scheduled programming, 30 second adverts would run in between shows, and that one 15 or 30-second advert would be shown prior to every fourth stream of on-demand content.[130][131]

Notes

  1. ^ The steel cage match from No Holds Barred: The Match/The Movie is available on the home video Supertape, which is available on the WWE Network.

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