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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by CarolinaGuy79, Sep 5, 2011.
I still would like to know if the Big 4 would be live and in HD with this channel...
Im guessing either sports pack or choice ultimare / premier or pay service channel
I don't see this is in a basic package. Pay or sports pack, maybe even HD Extra.
your probably right, now i wonder if Monday night raw would be on WWE network or will they keep it on USA.
Plus they have to make sure they wouldnt loose viewers who can't afford the new network if they charge.
For their own sake it would be to keep their shows where they are as long as the networks want them. The more difficult you make something to find or get, the more likely it is people lose interest, forget about you, and never come back. The old argument of when you switch to a channels new time or network people don't or won't find you is moronic. I'm sure every football fan knew to turn to ESPN for MNF starting in 2006, and aren't still watching ABC wringing their hands hoping it comes on there each week. Those who watch a show know where it's going and when it's coming on so that's not what I'm talking about. I already mentioned, you can bet no matter who carries this channel there will be at least 1 or 2 holdouts who don't. You've just lost that audience. If its in a higher end base package, tier, or pay channel you've just lost even more. USA if it doesn't have 100% market penetration is as close to it as one can get. The more viewers you lose the less revenue you're going to get from advertising and the less ppv buys, tickets sold, and so forth which affects everything from a financial standpoint. There's a reason the Superbowl doesn't air on the NFL Network or ppv.
As a die-hard lifelong WWE fan, I can't wait for this channel to launch. It'll probably take over as my default "TV is on in the background" channel from the MLB Network.
I shouldn't assume anything, but... I would assume that DirecTV would be one of the first providers to carry the channel. I know bandwidth and satellite space is a concern, but I would HOPE that it launches in HD on DirecTV, seeing that WWE is sports-orianted. (Though I'll be honest, the fact that OWN launched in SD and that was a high-profile new channel doesn't instill a lot of confidence.)
Still, I'll sit tight until official announcements are made...
I agree with Zimm, if you believe their spin, MNR is one of the highest rated cable shows.
I doubt they would alienate their audience by putting it on a pay service,
It is, that's the only reason USA keeps it. It helps them claim to advertisers of other programs they are the highest rated or I'm the top 5 highest rated cable networks which gives it higher ad rates, more prestige, etc. If it wasn't for that there would be no WWE on any of their networks because they can theoretically make more revenue in those slots with their first run series or reruns. That's why if you are a fan of theirs when you see their ratings have sunk to what these days, high 2's to mid 3's? (I don't know, I'm asking) that can be worrisome because if the ratings they pull in doesn't achieve the top rated goals there is no need to keep them around.
I DVR MNR every week and I ignore Smackdown. I heard PawnStars beats out MNR at 10:00pm
wwe.com asking for an online poll to choose what will be the first show to air on WWE network they give you 4 choices all wrestlemania, i picked number 3.
more polls are coming over next several weeks,
by them starting with wrestlemania, i think we have a very good idea on when this network will launch.
I'm predicting as early as Janaury around royal rumble. It sounds they will really be selling wrestlemania and having many wrestlemania shows, previous matches everything leading toward WM 28.
if not january, then after royal rumble, in february/ march.
WWE network should be up by wrestlemania at latest based on what im seeing
A guy down the road guaranteed the WWE Network would be picked up at launch.
OK so has anyone heard about price? If WWE is going to put their PPV's on I can only imagine how much it would cost.
this isn't an offcial price read below. you can read the full article here below is just 1 paragraph.
The main issue with launching a new channel will be obtaining carriage with cable providers. However, WWE’s relationship with NBC Universal may help them out with this process. The new WWE Network could inherit the subscriber base of the pioneering efforts of Universal HD. The new WWE channel could have instant access to over 20 million NBCU/Comcast subscribers, along with millions of other subscribers from other cable operators. If things went according to plan, in license fees WWE could average $0.04 per subscriber per month. With their costs low, the network could be looking at earning almost $6million in year one alone. Of course, only time will tell how things work out.
Of course this is just one man's opinion, but I think the WWE Brand would probably be worth slightly more than $.04 per sub?
Raw and SmackDown are also repeated on Universal HD (a HD-only channel) each Saturday night. WWE probabily would switch these repeats to their own network (where there may be many more potential viewers who don't have HD service).
Yeah let them ask for more without even getting it on the air for one day and see how far they get with that. I stand by what I've been saying since this idea was first talked about...i think it's a bad idea that's ultimately doomed to fail. But that's just my opinion.
ROH now has their own tv deal so that wouldn't happen.
I could see them adding FCW where everyone could see their upcoming stars
If they launch the network in jan obviously they will use it to sell wrestlemania, they will play probably alot of WM previous matches and get as many as they can to buy WM.
once WM is finish,
I could see them focusing programming on Monday night raw history.
July 23 2012 will be Raw's 1000th show not sure on the venu but MSG seems like a logical venu
Not that I'll watch regardless, but it seems to me the best venue for the 1000th would be the Manhattan Center.
The Rock is hosting a 3 hour show from Boston in Nov and all the advertising was changed to Raw Supershow.