The WWE Network is getting a new home (Photo: WWE)
Peacock has bought the US rights to the WWE Network in a deal said to be worth $1 billion.
The streaming platform will be the exclusive provider for the wrestling giant’s own online service with the agreement also including all monthly live events – including the likes of WrestleMania and SummerSlam – as well as weekly content from the lives of NXT, 205 Live and NXT UK.
Starting on March 18, Peacock will add WWE’s huge – and ever expanding – library to its own offerings, and things will get underway with the Fastlane pay-per-view on March 21.
As it stands, the new deal will only impact customers in the US, with those in the UK and elsewhere all continuing to access the WWE Network as usual.
Rick Cordella, Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer, Peacock, commented: ‘We are thrilled to further the long-standing and trusted partnership WWE has with NBCUniversal.
‘Peacock is an innovative platform that will enable us to showcase our most significant events, including WrestleMania, and provide the extraordinary entertainment our fans have come to expect with the combination of premium WWE content, live sports, news, films, and television programs.’
The platform will host more than 17,000 hours of new, original, and library WWE Network programming on demand and on a 24/7 channel.
This includes original series like Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions, Undertaker: The Last Ride and WWE Icons.
Replays of Raw and SmackDown are also featured on the network, as well as documentaries including WWE 24, Untold, Chronicles and more.
Starting in 2022, WWE and Peacock – the latter of which already hosts the Saved By The Bell revival, amongst other shows – will also work on one signature documentary annually.
As noted in the press release: ‘The companies will share details on managing customer accounts closer to the Peacock launch in March.
‘WWE Network, including all PPVs, will be available on Peacock Premium for $4.99-a $5.00/month savings-where members will enjoy access to the entire WWE and Peacock catalog, more than 47,000 hours of premium programming.
‘For an ad-free experience, Peacock Premium Plus will be available for $9.99.’
Again, for UK fans it looks to be business as usual, with Fastlane, WrestleMania 37 and this weekend’s Royal Rumble available via the WWE Network and BT Sport Box Office.