DirecTV Will No Longer Air WWE Pay-Per-Views

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When the WWE launched the WWE Network in February, people were wondering if cable and satellite providers would stop carrying WWE pay-per-views. Dish Network didn’t carry the Elimination Chamber show in February but did air Wrestlemania 30 eight days ago. Now the first company has dropped pay-per-views for good.

PWTorch.com is reporting that DirecTV will no longer air WWE PPV’s. We had reported back in January when the Network was announced that DirecTV wasn’t happy with the fact the Network would be carrying pay-per-views if you subscribed to it. WWE released a statement to the Torch confirming DirecTV dropping the events.

“Yes, DIRECTV has decided to stop offering our PPV’s residentially and commercially. The only other option would be to work through the local cable provider.”

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DirecTV Threatens To Get Rid Of WWE Pay-Per-Views, Vince McMahon Responds

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On Wednesday night, the WWE announced the launch of their network, which will debut on Monday, February 24. One of the bright spots of the network is if you purchase it, you will get all 12 pay-per-views this year including WrestleMania 30. We didn’t get a response from any cable or satellite providers until now.

In an article that was published in the Los Angeles Times, satellite company DirecTV told the paper it is considering dropping the WWE from their PPV schedule.

“Clearly we need to quickly re-evaluate the economics and viability of their business with us, as it now appears the WWE feels they do not need their PPV distributors,” DirecTV said in a statement, adding that the audience for its events “has been steadily declining, and this new low-cost competitive offering will only accelerate this trend.”

The Times talked to WWE Chairman Vince McMahon regarding how this affects the cable and satellite companies since they will be taking a hit monetarily.

“I think it’d be foolish for them not to want to carry the pay-per-view anymore,” McMahon said. “It’s found money for them.”

The WWE then released a statement in direct response to DirecTV.

“To the contrary, WWE hopes to continue to be in business with our pay-per-view distributors, ultimately giving our fans the choice between the two offerings.”

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Fox Sports 1 Agrees To Deals With Major TV Companies

UFC fans with DirecTV, Time Warner and Dish Network can now rejoice. The Los Angeles Times reported that Fox Sports 1 has agreed to deals with DirecTV, Time Warner and Dish Network in time for the network’s debut this Saturday. UFC President Dana White then confirmed the news on Twitter.

Terms of the deals with all three companies weren’t disclosed. Those three companies combined reach over 40 million homes, which will bring the reach of over 85 million homes that can watch Fox Sports 1.

The UFC debuts on the former channel known as Speed on Saturday with UFC Fight Night 26 taking place at the TD Garden in Boston with Chael Sonnen facing off against Shogun Rua in the headliner. The card begins with the preliminary card starting at 6 p.m. ET with the main card starting at 8 ET.

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