Tony Schiavone has revealed that he believes AEW will have established a streaming service before the end of 2022.
Speaking on Ask Tony Live! (via AdFreeShows), Schiavone was asked if he thinks AEW will launch a platform for streaming past events in the future, similar to the WWE Network.
Clarifying that he doesn’t know anything for certain, Schiavone stated that he believes there will be an online home for AEW content before 2023, noting:
“Yes, I do. I think we’re going to see a streaming service — This is my thought, I don’t know anything for sure. Just by talking to people, I think there’s going to be a streaming service by the end of 2022. So I think it’s going to come up very, very soon.
“I do know that there were people in Warner Media that I knew, that I still know, that work in Warner Media that have nothing to do with AEW and told me that — They said, ‘You know that AEW is going to be part of HBO Max.’ HBO Max has all these different — They have DC. I remember asking someone in the front office, not Tony, I said, ‘Are we going to be on HBO Max?’ They said, ‘Doubt it, until they want to come up with a lot more money.’
“So I think we’re going to end up getting our own streaming service. I’m just trying to fill in all of the blanks here from what I’ve heard. It’s not really on Tony’s radar right now, but I’m sure there are people in the office that are working that out for him.”
Earlier this month, Tony Khan confirmed that he was in talks with WarnerMedia about a potential streaming deal. The AEW President also noted that he wanted to build the AEW library up before a deal is signed, or a service is launched.
There have been conflicting reports surrounding the ROH library, and whether or not the archive, including the AEW pre-cursor event All In, is currently for sale.
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