A three step process. The WWE Network launched in February 2014 and became one of the greatest things to ever happen to wrestling fans. With so much content to watch and so much more being added, I’m not sure what else a fan could want. At an affordable cost and with good quality, there was very little not to like. However, all great things must change occasionally, and that seems to be the case soon.
WWE Co-President George Barrios spoke to TheVerge.com to discuss the WWE Network, including a long awaited planned tiered system of three different price levels. The price levels themselves were not revealed, though the three levels themselves were. There was also no word on when the planned change would take place. Here are the various levels that will be coming:
• Free: This will offer the same free-to-watch videos you’d normally find on WWE.com. Barrios said WWE might also offer timed previews of paid WWE Network content.
• Regular: The standard WWE Network experience, combining free content with subscription benefits like live pay-per-views, on-demand streaming, and original programming.
• Premium: “We think there’s also an opportunity to super-serve our most passionate Network subscribers with a premium tier that’ll bring together more content for them, more features for them, and also integrating some of our other non-video services like our commerce — potentially integrating something like free shipping, bringing together our digital ticketing efforts in there. It becomes the one place to experience everything WWE.” Barrios didn’t disclose how much WWE might charge for the premium tier.
This one changed things. Check out how the Network got started:
Opinion: I’m not sure how this is going to go, but I’m sure there will be a lot of people signing up for the new tier as soon as possible. With the price already being low in the first place, it is hard to imagine that several fans will not see it as any kind of a major upgrade to pay a few more dollars for even more content. The unveiling of the new content could be interesting, but you never know what might be on there.
Do you subscribe to the Network? Would you pay more for it? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books. His latest book is KB’s Complete 2004 Monday Night Raw Reviews.
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