The WWE announced major changes would be coming to the WWE Network at it’s annual business summit in April which was made available to the public last week. Many of these changes will happen before the end of the year.
The WWE Network hasn’t seen many changes in it’s five-year existence, though a relaunch later this year with Endeavor Streaming and Massive Interactive will introduce a tier system, more customization options and an offline viewing option.
Many of the details are still rather vague. The tier system pricing and features are left up to speculation for now. Where monthly “pay-per-view” events and NXT fall in those tiers will largely determine fan receptiveness.
WWE also said it will be announcing an official podcast partner “in the coming weeks.” Stone Cold Steve Austin, Bruce Prichard and Chris Jericho’s podcasts have all been featured on the network, though none of them stuck as long term solutions and weren’t own by the WWE. An officially branded WWE podcast will allow the company stability and control in that department.
WWE also announced directly to subscribers via email, separately from the summit, the WWE Network is leaving a handful of last-gen tech ahead of these changes starting May 21. That includes XBox 360 and Playstation 3, Amazon Fire tablets and Windows 10 desktop.