DirecTV and WWE grapple over pay-per-view

DirecTV (DTV -1%) will stop broadcasting World Wrestling Entertainment's (WWE +1.7%) pay-per-view events, according to a report from Pro Wrestling Torch.

The companies are battling over the streaming launch of the WWE Network.

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  • Christopher Harrington
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    The decision by DirecTV to drop WWE PPVs going forward is surprising when you consider the strong traditional PPV buy numbers for Wrestlemania XXX (400,000 domestic homes plus the WWE Network Subscribers) reported by WWE this afternoon. One would expect that DirecTV knew how well WM30 did on their own system. Cancelling WWE PPVs for those subscribers seems more likely to push them onto the WWE Network.


    Regarding DirecTV and WWE, this isn’t the first time the two companies had butted heads. Though back in 2001, it was a very different picture. I wrote more about it at
    15 Apr 2014, 09:29 PM Reply Like
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