You can add another video on demand network to your viewing choices come mid-August, with pro wrestling powerhouse WWE announcing that the WWE Network will be officially available down under very soon.
The WWE had previously indicated that they’d launch their VOD service, dubbed WWE Network in Australia by the end of 2014. In a conference call this morning to discuss WWE’s finances, the company announced that it’s aggressively pushing forward its WWE Network rollout, with 170 countries to get access to an English language WWE Network. Australia is listed amongst the first group of countries outside the US to get the service, along with “New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mexico, Spain and the Nordics”, apparently.
There’s no word yet on pricing, which is the real hook if you’re a pro wrestling fan. In the US, the WWE Network costs $US9.99 per month with a six month commitment. The company also announced ad-hoc monthly pricing this morning at $US19.99 per month with no commitment. That nets you each monthly pay per view, a quantity of network original programming such as WWE Legends House and the entire back catalogue of WWE, ECW and WCW Pay Per View events.
A direct conversion would suggest a price of around $11 per month on the cheaper six month package. That would net users each Pay Per View in that six month period, whereas the local WWE PPV provider, Foxtel’s Main Event, charges $34.95 per event, although you don’t have to provide the internet connection in that case. I’ve put a query through to WWE’s local representatives for comment on pricing and exact availability.
It’s also feasible they may opt for a mixed model, given that WWE also announced a separate Canadian deal for the network that sees it offered as a direct channel through Rogers Communications. The timing is interesting in any case, because an August 12th launch will be just after the next Australian WWE Tour, which sees the company holding events in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth from August 7th through August 9th, which presumably means that pro wrestling fans can expect a barrage of advertising for the network at those events.