WWE Network To Shut Down In March 2021, Transfer All Existing/New Content to NBCUniversal's Peacock
The ever-blowing winds of change spare no one, not even Sports Entertainment goliath WWE.
It was announced early Monday morning, January 25th that World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. struck an exclusive rights deal for five years, valued at over $1B. Under said agreement, WWE will shut down the WWE Network streaming service in the United States, and and Peacock will license the programming. This includes all WWE PPVs including the Wrestlemania Brand.
It has been reported that all U.S. subscribers will be migrated over to Peacock Premium, where they'll continue to have full access to the WWE network but will pay 50% less per month all while receiving full access to the Peacock Premium tier with ads.
That means we can watch Benihana Christmas and Survivor Series 1991 in the same breath.
What an amazing time to be alive!
The official launch is set for March 18th, 2021 and Peacock will roll out over 15,000 hours of WWE Network library programming as well as new content on an on-demand and 24hr channel.
All live events such as Wrestlemania, Summer Slam, Royal Rumble and so on will still be at no extra charge to subscribers. The first event to be streamed after the transition is WWE Fastlane on Sunday, March 21st. More pricing info:
-WWE Network w/ ads on Peacock: $4.99/mo
-WWE Network w/ no ads on Peackock: $9.99/mo
Nothing will change for WWE Network subscribers outside of the US. This story is developing and will be updated accordingly.
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