Discussion in 'General WWE' started by Prince Bálor, Apr 30, 2015.
Good info from an insider's perspective.
It will be more interesting to see a comparison of numbers between Summerslam 2014 and 2015, etc., since, by that time, the WWEN was well-established and people likely realized it wasn't going to be XFL II. I'm glad they included the info about number of actual viewers counting PPV buys and subscribers (and showing that more people watched Wrestlemania 2015 than watched it in 2014 despite the lower buy number).
The WWEN was a revolutionary idea and, despite some hiccups and continuing detractors, is a sign of the future of entertainment.
So, overall, thanks, @Prince Bálor
In fact there's still a lot of folks who buy traditional PPV. I'm sure this will diminish over time though (assuming the Network doesn't fold or anything, which I don't think will happen).
Im still curious as to why they even have PPV like that as an option except for the big 4 rather than just straight putting full advertising into the Network, doesn't make much sense to me.
I know one of the reasons for continuing to have PPV's (I'm sure it's not the only reason, just the first that occurs to me) is because there are actually sports bars that show WWE events. I don't think a bar can have a WWEN subscription and show the PPV's (it's a personal/family license to view if I recall correctly). Since those bars can't use a subscription, they have to purchase PPV's through a different type of license (just as they will tomorrow for Mayweather-Pacquiao), which also allows them to charge a cover or require a minimum drink purchase to view the fight/event/what-have-you.