Big Update On The WWE Network & WWE’s Relationship With YouTube

AdAge.com has published a new article noting that YouTube is preparing to launch a new paid subscription service that would offer customers the chance to pay from $1-5 per month to subscribe to premium content channels. The article notes:

YouTube has reached out to a small group of channel producers and asked them to submit applications to create channels that users would have to pay to access. As of now it appears that the first paid channels will cost somewhere between $1 and $5 a month, two of these people said. In addition to episodic content, YouTube is also considering charging for content libraries and access to live events, pay-per-views, as well as self-help or financial advice shows.

It’s not clear which channels will be part of the first paid-subscription rollout, but it is believed that YouTube will lean on the media companies that have already shown the ability to develop large followings on the video platform, including networks like Machinima, Maker Studios and Fullscreen. YouTube is also looking outside its current roster of partners for candidates.

While the is not specifically mentioned in the article, it appears that WWE could be one of their premium partners. WWE, which already has a multimillion dollar deal in place with Youtube, recently ended several of its popular Youtube shows, including Zack Ryder’s Z! True Island Story, WWE Download, Santino Marella’s Foreign Exchange and Are You Serious, it’s very possible the company will be changing gears and offering the exclusively through YouTube.

  • Superlative

    LOL….pay money just for WWE programming. Good one.

  • jccox01

    lol no one is going to pay, good job wasting millions of bucks.

  • Steve

    youtube is forgetting their principles and selling out more every day … :(

    • Fighter

      First of all who are you to decide and set principles for Youtube? Did you create it? Nope! Was it your idea? Nope! Did you ever help them financially? I doubt it. So yeah who the hell are you to say youtube is forgetting it’s principles? I’ll answer that. Nobody! Just someone on here that post by the name Steve.

      • Kozawsky

        Somebody’s on their period

        • Fighter

          Somebody needs to get a life.

          • Nullspace

            Somebody needs to eat a bag of dicks.

          • Fighter

            Yeah okay 5 year old, trying to pull off an insult online. LOL pathetic.

      • cm2012

        While I disagree on the whole principles thing noted above also… because all they are doing is taking their successful free video service, and allowing people to monetize it (Which they WILL make some level of profit as well)… they are not taking others’ right to have free video content away now are they. So I dunno what principles they are forgetting…

        Anyway… Fighter… While I somewhat agree with you, You really need to take a chill pill. Just saying, you’re coming across like this guy Steve just kicked your dog, or your little sibling or something (under the possible assumption you may have one or both of those. I’m just being hypothetical, don’t type attack me too…)

  • wwetnadudez

    I really want to know are people really going to buy the WWE Network? I mean I’m not because quite personally I do not think WWE is really something I want to pay for – monthly. I do buy PPV’s but it’s not monthly because half of them are not good but paying for something like Raw and SD–two shows that are only going to be really good between RR trhough WM just doesn’t seem worth whatever the price may be.

  • Fighter

    First of all this is a good idea, better idea than the one they had. I’m sure they are saving a whole lot more than the previous deal/idea they had to go on television. Internet has become the way, it’s the future. There is a whole lot of shows that appears online, online television shows and channels is growing a hell of a lot faster than those on tv. Secondly I rather pay 1-5 dollars, hell even 10 dollars to look at ppv than the current price they got. Although I don’t usually watch shows mainly live shows online, I still think it’s a better deal. Those who like to go on illegal links and look at ppv for free, those cheap bastards, has no excuse. If you can’t pay up a $1 or $5 to pay for pay-per-view then you shouldn’t look at it. I rather not look at it than steal it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jacob.rael.9 Jacob Rael

      Most ppvs arent even worth that

      • Fighter

        Right but somehow you’ll be on here probably on ppv Sundays or before or even not too long after the event finding most things to complain about. If it’s not worth it, then don’t talk about it. Especially if you refuse to order the ppv event the Legal way.

        • http://www.facebook.com/jacob.rael.9 Jacob Rael

          I can talk about whatever I want

          • Fighter

            Well keep talking and making a complete idiot of yourself.

          • http://www.facebook.com/jacob.rael.9 Jacob Rael

            you do realize your the one getting the downvotes right

  • Just FYI

    All the stuff WWE has been showing for free will now be pay per view. And these shows are all worthless garbage to begin with!

  • wwe141

    fuck that shit,im not payin to watch vids on youtube

  • askbillmitchell

    While I will concede that not many people will pony the money for premium content, I do have to say that this is a good idea. YouTube is available on tens of thousands of smart televisions, through services like Roku. As more and more people look for ways to cut the cord (suspend their cable spending), you are going to see more networks and brands go this route. As more and more Android set top boxes are made available that means even more potential individuals that will consume their content this way. I applaud the move, now we just need to sit back and see how well WWE execute.

  • Weis

    This is more like that On Demand thing they had.

  • Mr_Shrimp_Vendor

    Vinny Mac is smokin’ crack outta his ass if he thinks anyone’s gonna pay money to watch his youtube crap. ;)

  • Mike C

    i dont understand why wwe cant swallow their pride and take it as another crazy vince idea that just wont work…honestly RAW is their best program and 3hrs is really bad with this roster. we all dvr it and fast forward to promos to see where the show is heading. nobody wants to carry a WWE channel thats insane, they will flood the market with so much no one will be able to watch it. those youtube shows were a test run, and some of them were ok and some were dumb. its taken this long and its not happening. they always complain about ppvs being down, who can really pay 60 bucks every month for a 3hr show that they post the results online that night anyways? its wwe’s fault for sticking to the 12 ppvs a year, wcw pushed them in the 90s to do it, but now its not realistic, we all know nothing major happens until rumble, mania, summerslame, survivor series, the rest are just ones where the champs keep winning

  • TrueFan

    It should be a 50/50 buyer split. Many of the younger children audiences and hardcore fans who do reviews, blogs, etc; will most likely be the main consumer.. This Network is a hit or miss for sure. Good luck Vince, but then again.. Vince isn’t afraid of failure.

    • BOOCH

      You cannot achieve success without the risk of failure. You cannot Achieve success if you fear failure, if you’re not afraid to fail, man you have a chance to succeed, but you’re never gonna get there unless you risk it all the way.”

      -Paul Heyman.

  • TrueFan

    It’s frighten 1-5$ a month! Are you people that unbelievably poor and cheap?

  • ddp

    screw them, most wwe videos arent even available to anyone outside US anyway.