Even though it originally wasn’t going to happen until late 2012 or early 2013, the WWE has pulled the trigger and the WWE Network is now global. The service is now available for purchase in more that 170 countries including Mexico and Australia with it heading to the U.K. in October.
WWE sped up the process after not hitting expected subscriptions with them reporting just 700,000 subscribers at their last conference call a few weeks back. Plus, it hasn’t helped that plenty of people around the world have already figured out ways to circumvent the system and already get the WWE Network. But, now a lot more people can officially subscribe and the company has its fingers crossed that they will get a big boost heading into SummerSlam.
Also in the official announcement of the WWE Network going global is that starting on Wednesday the service will also be available on Sony internet connected TV’s and Blu-ray systems and by Friday, it will be on Samsung Smart TV’s and Blu-rays. I’m still hoping that it will be on Panasonic Smart TV’s soon so I can enjoy it on my 50″ plasma Panasonic Viera.
Anyway, here’s the official press release:
STAMFORD, Conn., August 12, 2014 – The U.S. English language version of WWE Network is available starting today, on an over-the-top basis, in more than 170 countries and territories, including Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mexico, Spain, and the Nordics, among others. The network is expected to be live in the U.K. by this October and plans for the network in Italy, UAE, Germany, Japan, India, China, Thailand and Malaysia will be communicated at a later date.
For $9.99 (U.S. dollars) per month with a six month commitment, fans will have access to 24/7 programming, all 12 live WWE pay-per-view events, and the most comprehensive video-on-demand library. In addition, subscribers can now choose a monthly offering at $12.99 (U.S. dollars) with no commitment and the ability to cancel at any time. The $12.99 price point is a change from the previously announced $19.99 monthly plan and allows WWE to offer an option with no commitment that we believe better reflects the variety of economies that exist internationally.
Like other digital subscription services, such as Netflix and Hulu Plus, fans are able to subscribe online by going to WWE.com and clicking on the WWE Network button on the top right corner of the navigation bar. Throughout the day, WWE Network will be made available internationally across all platforms including web, mobile, gaming consoles and connected devices.
Additionally, WWE today announced that WWE Network will be available by tomorrow on Sony internet connected TVs, Blu-ray Disc players and Blu-ray Home Theater systems. By this Friday, WWE Network will be available on Samsung Smart TV devices, Blu-ray Players and Home Theater systems.
For a complete listing of WWE Network availability by country and device, please click here.
WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE programming is broadcast in more than 150 countries and 30 languages and reaches more than 650 million homes worldwide. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Munich, Dubai and Tokyo.