The WWE Network is five years old later this month and today reported a total paid subscriber number of 1.526 million, slightly up from the number this time last year.
The service is undoubtedly a dream treasure trove for wrestling fans, featuring thousands of hours of content not just from WWE history but from several other major groups including WCW, ECW, AWA, WCCW, SMW and plenty more.
However, with the exception of additional content getting added and the odd new show here and there, little has changed with the service over the past five years. The price remains $9.99, as it has been since the start, and the general look and interface remains pretty much identical.
A snippet contained within the latest earnings report suggests that is about to change. For months it has been speculated that WWE would be changing the Network to introduce a tiered service, and Vince McMahon’s comment that changes ahead for the Network include “more localization of content” and talking of “the next iteration” suggest this is imminent.
It was reported several months ago that Network changes would see new price plans introduced, starting from $4.99 and going up to $14.99, with the higher tiers including an influx of indy promotions to the service include EVOLVE, wXw, PROGRESS and ICW.
When these changes will occur remains unknown, as this is a plan that has been in the works for several years. However, recent changes behind the scenes in those respective promotions and in certain aspects of their onscreen product suggests it will be sooner rather than later.