The WWE Network has been running for about four years now and while content new and old has been added to the titular streaming service, it seems that more features will be added to in order to gain new subscribers.
Similar Hulu Structure Service
With the television deal with Fox now in the books. WWE is planning on revamping their Network similar to a tier pricing plan like Hulu’s. The concept has been considered for a few years now and WWE is planning on making the changes in the not so distant future. Vince McMahon himself is said to be leading the project.
A survey from WWE back in 2016 was given to fans on what kind of streaming structure tier would interest them if WWE were to change the Network.
Here are the 4 Options WWE presented during the 2016 Survey:
Plan One – Free
FREE, featuring five hours of archived material, five-minute video clips, and a 24/7 live stream that would feature WWE content without PPVs, NXT and the Cruiserweight Classic. The idea would be that this would be a free service, featuring commercials, that would be available to watch on all devices. Think Hulu’s free content without a subscription.
Plan Two – $4.99
Priced $4.99 a month would feature the WWE Network as it currently exists, with the exception of NXT and its Takeover specials, would feature limited commercials and access to only the “Big Four” WWE PPV events. The tier would also feature a VOD proponent that would add all new WWE “live events” (assuming this would mean Raw, Smackdown, etc.) 30 days after they air. This content would only be available for those watching via phones and tablets.
Plan Three – $9.99
Priced at the still-current WWE Network price of $9.99 would offer the WWE Network as it currently exists, except WWE NXT would air live every week (similar to how Raw and Smackdown currently air). This would also have limited commercials.
Plan Four – $14.99
Priced at $14.99, this version would feature a commercial-free version of the WWE Network with all the current bells and whistles, a live version of NXT, a weekly Cruiserweight Classic series, and “access to independent wrestling content such as TNA & Ring of Honor” plus additional “Fan Perks” including early ticket ordering access, the right to vote in the WWE Hall of Famer, “offline” content download, small group online chats, exclusive second screen content and invites to exclusive in-person VIP meet-ups.
It will be interesting to see how the WWE will restructure their Network in order to keep up with the ever-changing demand for streaming services.