WWE announced today that next month will allow new subscribers to sign-up for a free month. This month will include WWE Fast Lane and the Stone Cold Podcast with Triple H being the main featured shows. Likewise, many early adopters of the WWE Network in the UK & Ireland were sent emails that notified them that they will also receive a free month due to the various issues leading up to the launch in there countries.
Here is the WWE press release from January 27th:
WWE® NETWORK HITS 1 MILLION SUBSCRIBERS
STAMFORD, Conn., January 27, 2015 – WWE® (NYSE: WWE) today announced that WWE Network has surpassed 1 million subscribers just 11 months after launch, making it the fastest-growing digital subscription service. These results represent a 37 percent increase (24 percent domestically) in subscribers since last reported at the end of third quarter 2014, driven primarily by a successful free November promotion, the launch of the service in the UK and significant additions for the Royal Rumble pay-per-view event.
“We’re thrilled that we’ve surpassed the 1 million subscriber milestone less than a year after launching WWE Network and in advance of WrestleMania, our biggest event of the year on March 29,” said WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon. “We remain focused on delivering an outstanding value proposition for ours fans by adding new content and new features in the coming year.”
Viewer data continues to indicate that, on average, close to 90 percent of subscribers access WWE Network at least once per week, 99 percent access WWE Network at least once per month and 86 percent of subscribers are satisfied with WWE Network.
Like other digital subscription services, such as Netflix and Hulu Plus, fans are able to sign up for WWE Network online by going to WWE.com and can watch WWE Network on their TVs through connected devices such as Sony Playstation 3, Sony Playstation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Roku streaming devices as well as Smart TVs including Sony and Samsung. The U.S. English language version of WWE Network is available direct to consumers in more than 170 countries and territories and recently launched in the UK and Ireland.
WWE Network’s one-of-a-kind programming includes all 12 WWE pay-per-view events LIVE at no additional charge plus groundbreaking original series, reality shows, documentaries, classic matches, exclusive coverage of special events and more than 2,000 titles in its video-on-demand library.
Average fourth quarter and year-end WWE Network numbers will be reported in the normal course as a part of our earnings release on February 12.
Monday saw a huge additon of old footage onto the WWE Network. Over 20 TNT episodes are now in the Vault section of the network. The full 1999 Season of Smackdown is now online and an episode from 2000 was also added. This has been a highly wanted item from fans since this year had been abandoned for some time on the network. Lastly, two episodes from 1996 were also added that go along with the sequential airing of RAW that has been airing since the launch.
WWE 24 premiered tonight after WWE RAW. This show will focus on the weekend of Wrestlemania XXX and the stories behind the scenes. Some stories will include the Warrior’s Hall of Fame induction, Connor’s Wrestlemania weekend, and a look at Daniel Bryans successful Mania. This will apparently be a new series going forward but no word on what the next episode will feature.
The trailer can be viewed on YouTube here WWE 24
Last night many fans took to Twitter to show displeasure with the Royal Rumble event using the hashtag #cancelwwenetwork. This trended worldwide at number one and was still in the top ten trends on Monday. However, this likely won’t mean a lot for total subscribers lost. Pwinsider.com has also reported that this is the case and a large portion of current subscribers haven’t cancelled subscriptions. Further proof that is likely true is that each week WWE trends worldwide with many hashtags but ratings haven’t translated to large numbers.
This Friday the Beyond the Ring section will have the 2009 documentary The Rise and Fall of WCW added. WrestlingDVDNews.com is reporting that this will be a HD 16:9 presentation which was not seen at the initial DVD only release. This addition will bring the total DVDs on the network to nearly 50.
This week the network will have two additions that highlight the anniversary of the “Birth of Hulkamania” in 1984. One will be a Best Of taken from the 2009 Hulk Hogan Unreleased Collector’s DVD set. This is set to be the three DVD set trimmed to around two hours long. Also, a new “Old School” from MSG will be added and it will be the famous Hogan vs Iron Sheik (WWF Championship) card from 1984. This card is most known for the birth of Hulkamania but it also featured Roddy Piper’s return to the WWF.
This Tuesday we will get two new shows on the live stream. One will feature a look back at Royal Rumble moments in history. The other will be a new airing of WWE’s Rivalries series. The detailed listings are below for these new shows.
SANTINOS ROYAL RUMBLE LOTTERY:
Santino presents a spectacular look at the Royal Rumble’s most entertaining moments!
Two friends become bitter enemies after a backstage betrayal and their animosity behind the scenes boils over into the ring.
This week was a very busy one for the WWE Network and perhaps one that may help determine future success or failure for the Network. We saw the early launch of the Network for the UK & Ireland on Tuesday without any mention at first from WWE. John Cena would later announce it on his Twitter feed and confirm what many users had found earlier.
The Network also saw the series finale of the Monday Night War. This final show focused on the purchase of WCW by Vince McMahon and the Invasion storyline. Another high profile new piece found its way onto the Breaking News section of the channel: the induction of the Macho Man into the WWE Hall of Fame.
There was also a larger than normal content dump into on demand than normal. Monday saw the much rumored addition of Season 1 of Tough Enough. We also saw a new WWE Countdown that listed the Most Infamous IC Champions. Friday several Prime Time Wrestling and TNT episodes were added along with the 2006 documentary “World’s Greatest Managers”.
WWE has continued to grow the new Quick Hits section with the addition of six more short videos today. Likewise, as reported yesterday the Originals section now contains the first full season of WWF Tough Enough. You can see the early stages of careers for Josh Matthews, Christopher Nowinski, Maven and Nidia during this initial season.
New WWE Quick Hits Videos
Car Crashes Video Montage
Jake the Snake – Victim of
Slick Jive Soul Bro Video
Adrian Neville Homecoming
Formation of the Kliq