WWE Network has been making some big changes lately, and there are more coming, according to a report from The Verge.
The changes started when Disney purchased BAMTech, the company that WWE worked with to develop the streaming app and grow it to 1.58 paying subscribers by April 2019. WWE saw the deal as a shift in focus for BAMTech and opted to move to a partnership with Endeavor Streaming and Massive Interactive to update the streaming service last month.
WWE co-president George Barrios has dubbed the relaunch a success, according to The Verge, but there are still some issues to be worked out. Some content is missing, and some users are finding audio and video quality issues. Barrios says those problems will be resolved with the next phase of WWE Network’s update.
The update will include three subscription tiers.
- Free: Free-to-watch videos that were previously available separately from premium content will now live on the app and will be available with this free tier.
- Regular: This is the basic WWE network package, including free content and subscription benefits like live pay-per-views, on-demand streaming, and original programming.
- Premium: This tier will offer additional content and features that haven’t previously been offered. Barrios suggested that this might include benefits outside of video, including free shipping for WWE merch.
Barrios told The Verge that WWE Network is also developing a Download To Go feature, allowing users to download content and watch without an internet connection. One feature that users likely won’t see anytime soon is 4K content. While the company has “experimented with it” but likely won’t bring much 4K content to the app this year.
Barrios says WWE Network has plans to introduce these pricing tiers, bring back features missing at relaunch, and bring in additional features by SummerSlam next year.
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