WWE And Peacock Reveal New Details About Network Transition (www.cagesideseats.com)

Sean Rueter

Last week we were talking about all the questions we have about the transition from WWE’s standalone Network streaming service to its new home on NBCUniversal’s Peacock. That’s scheduled to start in less than two weeks, with users required to be signed up with Peacock by WrestleMania 37 in order to see those April 10 – 11 shows.

The partners have released a new statement about the transition today (Mar. 8). It confirms some of what we’d gleaned from their FAQs – mostly that user accounts will not be automatically migrated over.

New information includes that the WWE Network will be completely sunset on April 4, which should help prevent a last minute rush of Peacock sign-ups ‘Mania weekend. It also gives us some information about when the archives of old and non-WWE shows will be on the new service (“by SummerSlam”) and how wrestling content will be accessed (via “a dedicated page on Peacock”).

Concerns about functionality WWE Network users were used to that Peacock doesn’t currently support – for example, the ability to pause or rewind live broadcasts, and to search for specific wrestlers & matches – are not addressed. But there is a four-months-for-$10 deal in the link, so…

Here’s the presser:

WWE NETWORK TO LAUNCH ON PEACOCK MARCH 18

New York, NY, and Stamford, Conn., March 8, 2021—Starting March 18, Peacock will begin rolling out WWE Network content just before Fastlane, the first WWE pay-per-view (PPV) event on the service. The new WWE destination on Peacock will feature fan-favorite content at launch, including all past WrestleManias leading up to WrestleMania 37—streaming exclusively on Peacock.

WWE will have a dedicated page on Peacock where fans can browse and access every PPV event in the last calendar year; current or most recent season episodes of WWE original series Steve Austin’s The Broken Skull Sessions, WWE Chronicle, and WWE Icons; in-ring action with new weekly episodes of NXT the day after air, as well as the 2021 replays of RAW and SmackDown 30 days after air; groundbreaking documentaries, including Undertaker: The Last Ride, WWE 24, and WWE Untold; reality series, including Total Bellas; as well as collections of featured series, topical moments like “Stone Cold” Steve Austin Week, and playlists showcasing current Superstars.

Peacock will continually add WWE Network content to the library, making the entire WWE Network archive—including every WWE, WCW, and ECW PPV event in history—available to stream on-demand before SummerSlam.

Peacock Premium will be home to all upcoming PPV events and the current seasons of WWE Original shows. In the free tier, Peacock will offer a new WWE channel; select WWE Original shows; reality shows like Miz and Mrs., Total Bellas, and Total Divas; recent in-ring content; and new weekly episodes of select live shows like RAW Talk and The Bump, both live and on-demand.

When WWE sunsets the existing standalone WWE Network app on April 4, Peacock will be the exclusive streaming home to WWE Network in the U.S. To continue streaming WWE Network content, fans will need to sign up for Peacock. As previously announced, WWE Network, including all PPVs, will be available on Peacock Premium for $4.99—a $5.00/month savings. Starting today, Peacock is also offering the WWE Universe deeper savings for a limited time—details available at www.PeacockTV.com/WWE.

Peacock Premium is included at no additional cost for Comcast’s eligible Xfinity X1 and Flex customers and Cox Contour customers. Peacock is currently available on the Roku platform; Apple devices, including iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV 4K, and Apple TV HD; Google platforms and devices, including Android, Android TV devices, Chromecast, and Chromecast built-in devices; Microsoft’s Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox One S and Xbox One X; Sony PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro, and PlayStation 5; and VIZIO SmartCast TVs and LG Smart TVs.

Thoughts?