Friday, August 01, 2014

700,000 Network Subscribers

World Wrestling Entertainment announced that the company now has 700,000 subscribers to its Network.

It's not a good number at all. I had a feeling there would be tons more than that when the product launched earlier this year. I have a feeling things will get worse simply because each subscription is supposed to have a six-month commitment and the  half a year from the Network's debut is coming up.

I'm still unsure whether I'll remain a subscriber. Don't get me wrong, it's a great thing to have. As I live in the UK, I have to jump through a lot of hoops and hide my location to get it.

And then when I do get it, I occasionally find myself having connection issues and jumping. It does become annoying.

The UK version of the Network is apparently penciled in for October. WWE is rolling out to other countries in August and the Canadian deal intrigues me.

WWE and the cable company, Rogers Communications, is putting the Network on cable television rather than the over-the-top Internet vehicle that customers in the United States (or elsewhere if they're beating the system) have been using.

I have a sneaky feeling that the UK will end up having something similar to Canada rather than the US. I have been hoping we get something similar to America, but my head has been telling me it isn't going to work like that with Sky's monopoly of WWE programming in this country.

I guess we'll know more in October.

If it happens.

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