Friday, October 31, 2014

WWE Announces Network Launch In The UK

When I typed up yesterday's post, we were still in the dark about the WWE Network launch in the United Kingdom.

We were told it would be out in November. 

And that was all, to be honest.

Well - last night, emails were sent out to WWE fans in this country. The mailers confirmed that the launch day has now been set.

Monday November 3rd at 8pm GMT.

More importantly, we will be getting Survivor Series. Free.

I'm still dazed by this news. I was expecting Sky to have had some part of this. I expected blackouts, but this does not seem to be the case. 

It's one of those moments where I'm glad I was wrong.

If you recall, I purchased a subscription to the Network earlier this year. I gave it up after my six month commitment was complete because I wanted to see what happened with the UK roll out that was originally scheduled for October 1st. 

I had been using a geo-cloaking service to hide where I actually lived. As it involved a lot of fiddling about, I decided to use my Playstation to watch shows. I experienced quite a lot of technical issues and it was one of the factoring reasons why I decided to not renew. 

Now that I can be truthful about where I live - I'm hope I can get better coverage on my iPad, Apple TV, Xbox or laptop.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

WWE UK Network In November?

World Wrestling Entertainment just announced the third quarter earnings press release.

I have been taking particular interest in the WWE Network launch in the United Kingdom. Here's what was written:

The company continues to develop the international platform for WWE Network and plans to make the U.S. version of WWE Network available in the U.K. on an over-the-top basis in November.

This can be read in so many ways.

Despite the 'plans' being for a U.K. launch in November, we aren't really guaranteed one. Remember, the 'plans' in the second quarter report indicated that we would see it 'by October'.

Even though the 'plans' are for it to be identical to the US-version, we're still not being told whether we'll have to encounter blackouts due to Sky's exclusive deal to air WWE programming in this country.

We haven't been told of a price.

So, it's really another carrot dangled in front of the UK market without a clear idea of when we'll have the service.

With all that noted, the positive part of my brain reads it as.

Or rather hopes it reads as:

The Network will launch in the U.K. in November and will be identical to the U.S.

Fingers crossed. Again.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Thoughts On The Paddington Trailer

I caught the trailer for the Paddington movie last night.

It's not something I am going to go out of my way to see, but I thought the special effects looked quite cool.

I used to read the Paddington books when I was a child, so would have loved to have had something like this come out back then.

Which leads to my next thought.

Do the children of today know about Paddington Bear? I genuinely cannot recall seeing anything about him for years until I stumbled upon the trailer last night.

If the current generation hasn't been introduced to him, they soon will thanks to the movie.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Little Mix's NFL Experience

There appeared to be slight uproar this past Sunday following Little Mix's performance at the Detroit Lions versus Atlanta Falcons American football game at Wembley Stadium.

The girl group was booed as they were about to start the pre-show entertainment.

Is it THAT much of a surprise they got the reaction they did?

When I heard they were signed as the musical act, I thought to myself that they would be playing to the wrong audience. The reaction cemented this opinion.

What also didn't help matters was the fact that they launched into the song titled 'Recruit' which starts..

Ladies all across the world
Listen up, we're looking for recruits

Short sightedness on so many levels.

It would be like booking Roy Chubby Brown for a kids party.

It didn't..mix.

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Christmas Movie Channels Are Back : 2014 Edition

I was randomly surfing through the on-screen TV guide on Friday afternoon when I came across some old friends.

No, not real actual friends that are old.

I'm on about old television channels that comes by once in a while.

Yes - I saw that the Christmas Movies channels are back!

Whenever I see them around, I often leave a blog post informing you that they have returned. However,  I'm pretty sure that October is the earliest sighting.

Looks like I'll have to start getting the DVD recorder ready. It's time to add to the mountain of movies I have to go through for the Annual Diet of Christmas Movies.

Now all I have to do is decide when to start getting to work on those films.

Is this week too early?

Sunday, October 26, 2014

What I'll Be Watching (Today &) Tonight : Week 8 2014

As per usual, I'm going to share with you the Sunday NFL games I'll be watching on Sky and NFL Gamepass.

For a unique change, I'll be starting earlier with the Detroit Lions vs Atlanta Falcons game that will kick-off from 2pm at Wembley Stadium.

Sky Sports will also have the Baltimore Ravens @ Cincinnati Bengals and Philadelphia Eagles' trip to the Arizona Cardinals later on this evening.

That's a triple header and I haven't even mentioned that I'll be staying up late to watch the WWE Hell in a Cell pay-per-view so will have the late Sunday game on as well.

That's FOUR live NFL games almost in a row!!

So, what about Gamepass?

Well, I think I'll just have Red Zone on the iPad as I'm watching Sky this week.

I am really looking forward to seeing how the NFL does with the early game. It's going to be a great day for NFL and WWE fans.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

WWE Network In UK - Will It Be Announced On Thursday?

Well, it's only a week to go when we're supposed to have an idea of what the WWE Network will look like in the UK.

The company noted that we would know 'by November 1st' after failing to honour the October 1st launch.

I don't think we'll have to wait until November 1st to have an idea on what to expect. My bet is WWE will reveal plans to launch over here when they hold the conference call to go through the third quarter earning results.

The call takes place this coming Thursday. It'll make for interesting reading as the Network debuted in other markets in the quarter so people are curious as to see whether WWE is any closer to hitting the 1.4 million subscribers needed to call the Network a success.

Announcing what ever deal they have to launch in the UK could be a nice diversion from disappointing numbers.

Another carrot, if you will.

Like I have stated in the past - I am not expecting a US-version of the Network. We'll have something similar to Canada where the product is delivered through cable.

The people at Sky aren't stupid, there's no way the company would allow WWE to undercut them. Not after signing a huge deal to keep WWE for the next handful of years.

I'd like to be wrong (obviously), but I cannot see us having it like the USA.

Not much longer to wait until we know for sure.