Originally published at WWE and Peacock release additional information ahead of 3/18 launch
WWE and Peacock have released additional information for U.S. subscribers regarding the move prior to its March 18th launch.
The key information released is that the standalone WWE Network app will shut down in the U.S. on Saturday, April 4th, and subscribers to the network will have to sign up for Peacock. This appears to be a shift from the initial announcement that there would be a migration process for existing subscribers to be moved over to Peacock.
Upon its launch, Peacock will have the pay-per-view events from the past calendar year along with current and past episodes of Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions, WWE Chronicle, WWE Icons, weekly episodes of NXT the day after they air, a 30-day delay for new episodes of Raw and Friday Night SmackDown, as well as their documentary series including The Last Ride, WWE 24, and WWE Untold.
The rest of its pay-per-view archive prior to 2020 from WWE, WCW, and ECW will be added over the next several months stating all shows will be available by SummerSlam this August.
All upcoming pay-per-views, including both nights of WrestleMania, will be available on Peacock Premium for $4.99 per month. There is also an ad-free version of Peacock available for $9.99 per month.
The upcoming WWE Fastlane show will be available on both the WWE Network and Peacock on Sunday, March 21st.
In their latest earnings report, WWE reported that the WWE Network had 1,470,000 paid subscribers at the end of 2020 with 1,081,000 of those being domestic.
Those with the WWE Network outside of the U.S. are unaffected by these changes.
Below is the full release from WWE and Peacock:
Starting March 18, Peacock will begin rolling out WWE Network content just before WWE Fastlane, the first WWE pay-per-view event on the service. The new WWE destination on Peacock will feature fan-favorite content at launch, including all past WrestleManias leading up to WrestleMania 37 — streaming exclusively on Peacock.
WWE will have a dedicated page on Peacock where fans can browse and access every PPV event in the last calendar year; current or most recent season episodes of WWE original series Steve Austin’s The Broken Skull Sessions, WWE Chronicle, and WWE Icons; in-ring action with new weekly episodes of NXT the day after air, as well as the 2021 replays of Raw and SmackDown 30 days after air; groundbreaking documentaries, including Undertaker: The Last Ride, WWE 24, and WWE Untold; reality series, including Total Bellas; as well as collections of featured series, topical moments like “Stone Cold” Steve Austin Week, and playlists showcasing current Superstars.
Peacock will continually add WWE Network content to the library, making the entire WWE Network archive — including every WWE, WCW, and ECW PPV event in history — available to stream on demand before SummerSlam.
Peacock Premium will be home to all upcoming PPV events and the current seasons of WWE Original shows. In the free tier, Peacock will offer a new WWE channel; select WWE Original shows; reality shows like Miz and Mrs., Total Bellas, and Total Divas; recent in-ring content; and new weekly episodes of select live shows like Raw Talk and WWE’s The Bump, both live and on demand.
When WWE sunsets the existing standalone WWE Network app on April 4, Peacock will be the exclusive streaming home to WWE Network in the U.S. To continue streaming WWE Network content, fans will need to sign up for Peacock. As previously announced, WWE Network, including all PPVs, will be available on Peacock Premium for $4.99 — a $5.00/month savings. Starting today, Peacock is also offering the WWE Universe deeper savings for a limited time — details available at www.PeacockTV.com/WWE.
Peacock Premium is included at no additional cost for Comcast’s eligible Xfinity X1 and Flex customers and Cox Contour customers. Peacock is currently available on the Roku platform; Apple devices, including iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV 4K, and Apple TV HD; Google platforms and devices, including Android, Android TV devices, Chromecast, and Chromecast built-in devices; Microsoft’s Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox One S and Xbox One X; Sony PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro, and PlayStation 5; and VIZIO SmartCast TVs and LG Smart TVs