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Report says DirecTV has "no interest" in WWE Network


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#1 OFFLINE   leprechaun106317

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 03:30 PM

- Word is that DirecTV has no interest in carrying the WWE Network, which would knock about 30% of its potential revenue off. There's been talk that very few cable carriers are committing to paying a per subscriber rate for WWE's Network, which is what the company was counting on for profitability. The alternative is to be like HBO or Showtime and charge a subscription fee directly to consumers.


Man if that's true that really sucks.

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#2 OFFLINE   Mike Bertelson

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 03:34 PM

What report? Do you have a link?

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 03:45 PM

http://www.wrestling...12/0628/553882/

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 03:48 PM

Thanks for providing a link for me lol I got it from a different wrestling news site so it's probably on a lot of them.

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 04:23 PM

That's too bad. I have never been a big WWF/E fan but since they own the NWA/WCW library there is some classic stuff that I would love to see again.

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 04:25 PM

Man if that's true that really sucks.


Really?

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 04:29 PM

Really?


Really. I was looking forward to that channel.

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 05:16 PM

I would sub to it just to watch all the old wrestling shows....when wrestling was good.
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Posted 28 June 2012 - 05:43 PM

I would sub to it just to watch all the old wrestling shows....when wrestling was good.


But that was before television :lol:
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Posted 28 June 2012 - 07:02 PM

Man if that's true that really sucks.


well they should make it like HBO or at the very least put in the sports pack.
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Posted 28 June 2012 - 07:07 PM

hey, my brother is indy wrestler, so i am abit disappointed about this

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 07:15 PM

well they should make it like HBO or at the very least put in the sports pack.


Sounds like WWE wouldn't accept that if it was offered.

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 08:37 PM

Its possible its a tactic to show no interest in a channel to get a better deal.

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 08:42 PM

there has also been reports that it will not be launched until 2013

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 08:43 PM

I hope they do charge separately for it, that way only those who want it can get it. People want ala carte, but complain when they have to pay for it.

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 08:44 PM

would wwe or directv would do like a "Playboy Channel" deal? if you paid like $8.00 or wherever a month you get that channel?

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 12:09 AM

If they were to come to a deal to make it a subcription channel ala HBO/Showtime i'd drop HBO in a heartbeat for it.

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 04:02 AM

If they add it I want it to be a standalone premium channel. I already help subsidize college sports only and conference specific channels I hate. I really don't want anymore added.

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 06:34 AM

I would sub to it just to watch all the old wrestling shows....when wrestling was good.


That was in the 1940s and 50's, and those are not in HD (or even color) :D

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 10:50 AM

Do they ever actually rassle anymore, or do they just take turns standing in the middle of the ring with a microphone insulting each other?
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Posted 29 June 2012 - 11:10 AM

But that was before television :lol:

I remember watching "Professional Wrestling" in black and white. Portland Wrestling (Oregon) was perhaps bigger than roller derby at the time.

I actually prefer the old-school stuff as there were a whole lot more conventional wrestling moves and practically no bleeding. The drama never dominated the grappling.
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Posted 29 June 2012 - 11:46 AM

Do they ever actually rassle anymore, or do they just take turns standing in the middle of the ring with a microphone insulting each other?


I was still a member of a wrestling news site long after I gave up watching it altogether. A friend of mine clocks how much in-ring "sports entertainment" (they aren't even allowed to call it wrestling apparently anymore) there is. Now for comparison, back when I was obsessed with it as a kid, I'd time the matches on TV. I found that the average 1 hour show from both NWA/WCW and the WWF there would be 20-25 minutes of wrestling featuring the name guys beating the crap out of the no names. Now, on a 2 hour show it's (drum roll).....about the same length of in-ring "action". Here's the difference, many years ago I went to one of those NWA shows that wound up being a TV taping for NWA Worldwide Wrestling and NWA Pro Wrestling. There were other matches on the show not aired on TV that made it a full wrestling night, probably an hour or so more stuff including an infamous "Skywalkers" Scaffold match. Now, you go pay a whole lot more than was paid back then to sit there and essentially watch exactly what you see on TV. Maybe they give a match or 2 extra but I'm sure they last maybe 10-15 minutes total and ultimately signify nothing. If I'm wrong about this last part, I'm wrong and someone is free to correct me. It's so made for TV now it's pathetic.

I read on Zap2it back when USA did their upfronts that Raw is expanding to 3 hours every week soon proving those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 02:41 PM

I sure hope this is true.

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 06:22 PM

Too bad Soapnet is losing distributors as well because they could just merge with them and be a one stop shop.

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 06:46 PM

I was still a member of a wrestling news site long after I gave up watching it altogether. A friend of mine clocks how much in-ring "sports entertainment" (they aren't even allowed to call it wrestling apparently anymore) there is. Now for comparison, back when I was obsessed with it as a kid, I'd time the matches on TV. I found that the average 1 hour show from both NWA/WCW and the WWF there would be 20-25 minutes of wrestling featuring the name guys beating the crap out of the no names. Now, on a 2 hour show it's (drum roll).....about the same length of in-ring "action". Here's the difference, many years ago I went to one of those NWA shows that wound up being a TV taping for NWA Worldwide Wrestling and NWA Pro Wrestling. There were other matches on the show not aired on TV that made it a full wrestling night, probably an hour or so more stuff including an infamous "Skywalkers" Scaffold match. Now, you go pay a whole lot more than was paid back then to sit there and essentially watch exactly what you see on TV. Maybe they give a match or 2 extra but I'm sure they last maybe 10-15 minutes total and ultimately signify nothing. If I'm wrong about this last part, I'm wrong and someone is free to correct me. It's so made for TV now it's pathetic.

I read on Zap2it back when USA did their upfronts that Raw is expanding to 3 hours every week soon proving those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it.



That just brought back memories of being in St Pete Fl in the early/mid 80's and seeing Championship Wrestling fro Florida at the Bayfront Center every Saturday. Admission was $5 and I still have the blood soaked t-shirt from when Ric Flair and Abdullah the Butcher ended up in my lap.

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