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Billy Corgan has the rights to the Houston Wrestling library through his purchase of the NWA from Bruce Tharpe, although I think Paul Boesch's widow may still actually own it. The NWA Classics on Demand service shut down long ago, but Corgan has utilized the footage as part of the Ten Pounds of Gold web series and at least on one occasion aired a old Houston Wrestling show in place of NWA Powerrr.

WWE of course owns the Mid-South/UWF library and a lot of that footage is co-mingled with the Houston promotion due to the partnership between Watts and Boesch that lasted many years 



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I'd be curious as to what the free tier gives you access to. I can't imagine it would give you the live PPVs but I'd be curious to know



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srossi wrote: With all this stuff for free, NXT no longer on the Network, 205 Live officially the worst show in the history of the company now, and no new classic content being added, even for the low price of $9.99 I'm struggling to think of reasons to keep paying.

I feel the same way.  Could this "Free Network" stuff backfire and lose them subscriptions?

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Boz1515 wrote: srossi wrote: With all this stuff for free, NXT no longer on the Network, 205 Live officially the worst show in the history of the company now, and no new classic content being added, even for the low price of $9.99 I'm struggling to think of reasons to keep paying.

I feel the same way.  Could this "Free Network" stuff backfire and lose them subscriptions?

As I said earlier, there is no free version of Netflix.



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Kriss wrote: Boz1515 wrote: srossi wrote: With all this stuff for free, NXT no longer on the Network, 205 Live officially the worst show in the history of the company now, and no new classic content being added, even for the low price of $9.99 I'm struggling to think of reasons to keep paying.

I feel the same way.  Could this "Free Network" stuff backfire and lose them subscriptions?

As I said earlier, there is no free version of Netflix.

It's a good point.  I'm questioning my subscription now and I wasn't until the free stuff arrived lol.

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The problem is that WWE has probably done the worst thing they could at the worst time by tying the subscription solely to the PPVs. If you like the current product then $9.99 is still a bargain for the PPVs. But no one likes the current product. They can’t get 2 million people to watch it for free every week, so how many would pay a dime for it? Before, you had all the extra content to attract different types of fans. But now all that has already been watched or moved to the free platform or in the case of their biggest draw NXT it’s been given away to combat AEW which it’s losing against. Even if there’s a new documentary (like The Undertaker one) that people have interest in, the logical thing to do is wait a year until it shows up somewhere for free because that’s where the model is heading. And I’m not even getting into the illegal streams that are out there which are easy to access if you only want to watch 1 or 2 things. I can only assume that the entire future of the platform is in serious jeopardy.

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srossi wrote: The problem is that WWE has probably done the worst thing they could at the worst time by tying the subscription solely to the PPVs. If you like the current product then $9.99 is still a bargain for the PPVs. But no one likes the current product. They can’t get 2 million people to watch it for free every week, so how many would pay a dime for it? Before, you had all the extra content to attract different types of fans. But now all that has already been watched or moved to the free platform or in the case of their biggest draw NXT it’s been given away to combat AEW which it’s losing against. Even if there’s a new documentary (like The Undertaker one) that people have interest in, the logical thing to do is wait a year until it shows up somewhere for free because that’s where the model is heading. And I’m not even getting into the illegal streams that are out there which are easy to access if you only want to watch 1 or 2 things. I can only assume that the entire future of the platform is in serious jeopardy.If WWE sells the rights to their PPVs to Fox, which was probably going to happen prior to COVID-19, then the Network will have lost everything.  Unless, of course, the hook would be "you can buy and watch the PPV on Fox Sports, but if you can wait two weeks to watch it on the Network it will still only be $9.99 per month".  Because if I remember correctly, UFC Network sells the PPVs but within about a month they are part of the free service.



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wittman2 wrote: I'd be curious as to what the free tier gives you access to. I can't imagine it would give you the live PPVs but I'd be curious to know
Last night I added WWE Network to my Roku channels.   It let's the free users watch the main TV shows going back only so far.   Perhaps like 2 months worth, I am not absolutely sure.   As for old school and territory content, I didn't find anything that was available, they all had the padlock icon in the lower corner of the thumbnails.   So, unless you really like the current Smackdown, Raw and NXT Turnover I don't think there is anything.  I was interested in NXT UK, but that all had padlocks.
The big headline banner that showed the top 10 Wrestlemania matches was available to watch.

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wittman2 wrote: I'd be curious as to what the free tier gives you access to. I can't imagine it would give you the live PPVs but I'd be curious to know
Last night I added WWE to my Roku channels.
It showed me the current TV shows (Raw, Smackdown....but only about 1-2 months back).  There was the banner ad for top 10 Wrestlemania main events which I could watch.
Since I like the old school, I immediately went there and to the territories, but only found padlock icons in the thumbnails.   

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wittman2 wrote: I'd be curious as to what the free tier gives you access to. I can't imagine it would give you the live PPVs but I'd be curious to know

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wittman2 wrote: I'd be curious as to what the free tier gives you access to. I can't imagine it would give you the live PPVs but I'd be curious to know

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Sorry for all these attempts to answer wittman 2

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PWInsider:

With the official launch of the free version of the WWE Network streaming service, World Wrestling Entertainment has dropped the long-standing offer of the first month of a paid WWE Network subscription being free.

The billing page of the WWE Network now reflects: "WWE Network subscriptions are billed in advance and recur monthly. Billing starts on the date you subscribe or reactivate your account subsciption, and re-bill on the same day each month until cancellation."

It would appear that with the free version now available, the free month for new subscribers is no longer being used since free subscribers can sample the network as much as they like going forward before making the decision to sign up for the $9.99 per month paid version.



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I was kind of surprised they didn't offer a free month when I canceled.



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bpickering wrote: I was kind of surprised they didn't offer a free month when I canceled.Considering you've been there since day one, I'm stunned they didn't give you one of the "Sirius XM" deals where if you prepay $50 they'll give you the full 12 months.  I was a day one subscriber and held on for six months.  Since then, I've grabbed a free month every six to eight months just to download what I missed.  To be honest, once a year paying $10 isn't bad for me as I can grab all of the new classic shit, the Big 4 PPVs that I still collect, and be done.



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