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 Posted: Thu Sep 3rd, 2020 12:54 pm
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Kriss wrote: srossi wrote: WWE Network will be adding 10 episodes of Velocity this month. Hopefully that means the whole run will get added by the end of the year. That's easily the best WRESTLING show of the post-Attitude Era that WWE has ever produced (with the exception of the period that Heyman was booking Smackdown in 2002-03), and it features tons of the top indy stars of the day having competitive matches against WWE stars before ultimately losing. I loved this show.  They actually ran little angles on it too, which is something that WWE is incapable of doing now on their secondary shows. 

There were 204 episodes of Velocity...

They've uploaded large chunks before.  I doubt they will just add 10 at a time.  Maybe this is a test run to see how well they do.



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srossi wrote: Kriss wrote: srossi wrote: WWE Network will be adding 10 episodes of Velocity this month. Hopefully that means the whole run will get added by the end of the year. That's easily the best WRESTLING show of the post-Attitude Era that WWE has ever produced (with the exception of the period that Heyman was booking Smackdown in 2002-03), and it features tons of the top indy stars of the day having competitive matches against WWE stars before ultimately losing. I loved this show.  They actually ran little angles on it too, which is something that WWE is incapable of doing now on their secondary shows. 

There were 204 episodes of Velocity...

They've uploaded large chunks before.  I doubt they will just add 10 at a time.  Maybe this is a test run to see how well they do.

It's been over a year since they uploaded more than 13 episodes of anything. Maybe even more than two years. The days of 50 episodes a month are long gone 



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There are also episodes of Velocity that didn't air on TV in the United States. When the WWE made its move from Spike back to USA in October of 2005, the latter network wanted only Raw and an edited version of the show called AM Raw on Saturday mornings that fit into a shorter timeslot and I believe edited out some undercard stuff and content deemed inappropriate for younger viewers. Velocity and Heat didn't make the cut. They aired on WWE.com for several months at a time when streaming a show of that length was much more difficult for many internet users and continued to air on overseas TV carriers before being dropped in mid 2006.

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tamalie wrote: There are also episodes of Velocity that didn't air on TV in the United States. When the WWE made its move from Spike back to USA in October of 2005, the latter network wanted only Raw and an edited version of the show called AM Raw on Saturday mornings that fit into a shorter timeslot and I believe edited out some undercard stuff and content deemed inappropriate for younger viewers. Velocity and Heat didn't make the cut. They aired on WWE.com for several months at a time when streaming a show of that length was much more difficult for many internet users and continued to air on overseas TV carriers before being dropped in mid 2006.

This was a side effect of the international deal that WWE had, mainly with Sky in the UK. They still had to produce Velocity for Sky, so they aired it on wwe.com just because they could. The same with Superstars in the early 2010s, I believe. For a C-show that was never aired in the US at all, there is "international" Heat. When Heat was live before a WWF pay-per-view, they still filmed the usual squash show format episode for international broadcasters, but those match were never seen anywhere in the US. You didn't miss much.



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WWE have edited a lot of the new indie stuff they have posted recently. Mostly PROGRESS and WXW. This is because the UK wrestling scene is rife with predators and nonces.

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srossi wrote: WWE Network has debuted a new series called "Timeline" which I think is only available behind the paywall. Each week it well explore a long-ranging feud in-depth.

The first episode traces the entire history of the Daniel Bryan-Miz feud from NXT in 2010 to Bryan's heel turn when he had the hemp title in 2018. It's really well done and makes the entire 8 year run seem like one cohesive and well-booked angle, even though we know that's not true. Mauro Ranallo does the narration and the editing is excellent. It's the first thing on WWE Network that's been worth watching in months.

Next week's episode will feature Bret vs. Owen Hart so that will surely be great as well.

Bret vs. Owen was tremendous, and the Savage vs. Flair “She was mine before she was yours” angle might’ve been my favorite one featured so far. So many amazing promos from two guys who just were their gimmicks and could ad lib for 20 minutes if need be. It was such a soap opera angle but everything seemed so real and you never get the sense that a “writer” ever wrote one word of their stuff. So different from today.  

The latest episode feature Trish vs. Mickie so if you want to relive some hot lesbian action you know where to go. 

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The dilution of WWE Network content continues as much is now available on the free NBC Peacock app that came to terms with Roku this weekend.

PWInsider:

NBC's streaming service PeacockTV has officially launched on the Roku platform after the two sides finally came to terms last week.

Peacock debuted WWE programming this past August on a carousel titled WWE: The Legends, featuring the following content:

-Best of WWE Compilations for Steve Austin, Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, Randy Savage, Brock Lesnar, Best WrestleMania matches. Some longer form compilations have been broken up into two different parts.

-25 Years of Triple H: Game Changing Matches compilation.

-Steve Austin Broken Skull Sessions, divided into two seasons. Season One features The Undertaker and Goldberg. Season Two features Kane, Big Show, Bret Hart, Ric Flair.

-WWE Untold, divided into three different seasons. Season One features Undertaker and Mankind's Hell in a Cell Match, How Eddie Guerrero Became a SmackDown Legend. Season Two features The second coming of ECW, How Sting Finally Debuted in WWE,The Failed Relaunch of WCW, Shane and Angle's Brutal Battle, Team Hell No is on Fire, That's Gotta Be Kane!, Sting's Last Stand. Season Three features Rey, Eddie & The Rumble, Rodzilla Runs Wild, Angle vs. HBK, I am The Game.

-The full 20 episode run of WWE's The Monday Night War documentary series.

-The full five episode first season of WWE's Ruthless Aggression documentary series.

-The complete 21 episode run of Wrestlemania Rewind.



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I don't have PeacockTV, but I understand there are different pay tiers. I'm assuming this isn't on the free tier, but perhaps the $4.99/month tier?

A bigger question though... was there maybe in the last six months a high level philosophical decision that older content just isn't that valuable anymore? There are a few factors I'm seeing this play out in, but it seems like they're not seeing any value in older content.



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Blazer wrote: I don't have PeacockTV, but I understand there are different pay tiers. I'm assuming this isn't on the free tier, but perhaps the $4.99/month tier?

A bigger question though... was there maybe in the last six months a high level philosophical decision that older content just isn't that valuable anymore? There are a few factors I'm seeing this play out in, but it seems like they're not seeing any value in older content.


Six months, the last six years! We have all the "real" WWF and WWE content. Every PPV, every Raw and every SmackDown. We also have every WCW PPV, Raw and Nitro, and pretty much everything ECW have produced. They have zero interest in anything else. They made a decent start with uploading other classic content, but no one outside the WWE Network department cared one bit. They could have been making documentaries, or at least introductions, with anyone who was still alive to introduce this content. They could have put 5 minutes, 3 minutes, 1 minute even, of classic content on their THREE HOURS of Raw every week in an attempt to sell Network subscriptions, which given the number of viewers in the 50+ category, might have been a good plan. They didn't because Vince doesn't care about classic content from before 1993. When was the last time they even plugged the Network outside of saying that's where you can watch a PPV?

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Kriss wrote: Blazer wrote: I don't have PeacockTV, but I understand there are different pay tiers. I'm assuming this isn't on the free tier, but perhaps the $4.99/month tier?

A bigger question though... was there maybe in the last six months a high level philosophical decision that older content just isn't that valuable anymore? There are a few factors I'm seeing this play out in, but it seems like they're not seeing any value in older content.


Six months, the last six years! We have all the "real" WWF and WWE content. Every PPV, every Raw and every SmackDown. We also have every WCW PPV, Raw and Nitro, and pretty much everything ECW have produced. They have zero interest in anything else. They made a decent start with uploading other classic content, but no one outside the WWE Network department cared one bit. They could have been making documentaries, or at least introductions, with anyone who was still alive to introduce this content. They could have put 5 minutes, 3 minutes, 1 minute even, of classic content on their THREE HOURS of Raw every week in an attempt to sell Network subscriptions, which given the number of viewers in the 50+ category, might have been a good plan. They didn't because Vince doesn't care about classic content from before 1993. When was the last time they even plugged the Network outside of saying that's where you can watch a PPV?I heart this post!Vince wanted to own it all, and once he won the regular wrestling war, he gobbled up everything content wise he could...just to have it, for the most part.I get it's probably not a big seller for the Network now, but maybe it would have been had some effort been put in to promote it, as noted by Kriss above. Would three minutes on RAW and SMACKDOWN every week have been so hard to use for classic content promotion?

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Blazer wrote: A bigger question though... was there maybe in the last six months a high level philosophical decision that older content just isn't that valuable anymore? There are a few factors I'm seeing this play out in, but it seems like they're not seeing any value in older content.
Before the Network, weren't they always describing Classics on Demand as a "success" in their quarterly reports?  What happened to that philosophy?

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In Vince's mind, there wasn't enough Demand for Classics. And why would there be when clearly there's more demand for Total Divas and their other crap? They expect we should be glad and thankful for what we got.

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ukfan01 wrote: In Vince's mind, there wasn't enough Demand for Classics. And why would there be when clearly there's more demand for Total Divas and their other crap? They expect we should be glad and thankful for what we got.
Isn’t this their philosophy for practically everything?

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Regarding Peacock subscriptions, if you are a Comcast/Xfinity subscriber, you are automatically a Peacock subscriber. You can sign up and log in at no additional cost.

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tamalie wrote: Regarding Peacock subscriptions, if you are a Comcast/Xfinity subscriber, you are automatically a Peacock subscriber. You can sign up and log in at no additional cost.I got excited and messed around with this... but it's apparently only available (in my area, at leas) if you subscribe to their cable TV service. I only subscribe for High-speed Internet and it does not work for me.
To test it out, I tried it with a friend's ID (who does subscribe to their cable TV) and it worked.



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