Think they have around 1.4 million subscribers, and they expected 2 or even 3 million by now, so it's both a success and a failure so far. It's easy as pie to get it for free, and keep it for free, cause they keep sending free months to anyone who cancels, to keep them as "subscribers" on the books, so it's a bit of a scam to look good to investors too. Their churn rate is unusually high as a result. It's not really growing though, seems to have leveled out around where it is now.
Just my perception, I don't think there will ever be that great of a number that will pay for wrestling on a regular basis...I sure won't! The only way we will ever truly know is if they pull it off regular cable. I think they'd gain a million subscribers, but would lose much more revenue.
Well, the idea at first was to be on basic cable, then pay cable, but nobody wanted it, so they went to the internet network. They are on a pay cable in Canada. Streaming isn't going away though, it will seem "normal" to pay for it to future generations, but how many will is unknown.
As for Impact/Global/or whatever, I know Slickster and some apologists say it still exists and that everyone else was wrong, but it is still a non entity. Besides, for the luck of getting the Money of all Money Mars we know it would have died less than a year.
Yeah, it's a weird thing, how much "credit" to they really deserve for being kept artificially alive since 2002? Not being sarcastic, I'm asking. Jeff Jarrett managed to find the mother of all money marks. Is that really a "success"? All depends on ones viewpoint.
About the streaming, I seem to recall hearing on Squared Circle Radio that one of the aims for WWE Network is to somehow get almost all indy and other promotions shows, such as ROH, in the U.S. and beyond and show them on the network. Now that is something I might, might, think of springing for if it's still not more than $10 a month.
Well, Vince McMahon goes back and forth on that. Basically, he hates promoting anyone else, which does make sense on several levels. They just sent another survey asking those questions. They want to do different "tiers" of pay on the network. Don't expect them to have a bunch of other promotions on there though, "at the end of the day", which is a phrase I've come to despise. The only time they'd really do that is if a promotion or another streaming service got really hot. They're very predatory, anything that gets hot they try to outshine it, or acquire it to control it their way. Heck, they're running a "Starcade" house show 30 miles from "Wrestlecade" now. They're that insecure about anyone else doing well, even on a pretty small scale. Also, the rumored proposed money offers to promotions that could possibly be on the network are said to be quite low, so they're not willing to pay a lot for that kind of content.