In an article on Variety.com, WWE officials are contemplating moving Smackdown to a different night and to a live format and moving the Summerslam PPV event to the WWE network.
The WWE TV contracts in the United States expire in the fall of 2014, but negotiations and bids can’t take place until Feb. 15 when NBCU accepts or rejects WWE’s final offer. Other bids are due Feb. 28, with WWE set to select its media partners by March 4. Should a new deal with another company happen, WWE shows wouldn’t move to a new network until October.
In previous WWE TV contracts, each show has been done separately, but in these rounds of negotiations the WWE is selling Monday Night Raw, Smackdown, Main Event, Saturday Morning Slam and Total Divas all together. The company currently gets $139.5 million for all of its programming and is looking get this next deal in the range of other sports leagues like the NBA, NASCAR and the NHL.
It was also revealed in the Variety article that Summerslam will be added along with WrestleMania on the new WWE Network that will be announced shortly. It was originally thought the break even point for the WWE Network would be around one to two million subscribers, but the article states that now the break even point be 800,000 to 1 million subscribers at a price between $10 to $14 a month. That would lead you to believe that WWE will be putting the network on a Netflix type of platform.