Peacock will be the exclusive streaming home of WWE Network in the U.S. starting March 18th.
As part of a multi-year agreement announced on Monday, WWE Network’s existing U.S. subscribers will be migrated over to Peacock, where they will continue to get access to WWE content.
WWE Network will be available on Peacock Premium (which includes ads) for $4.99/month, which is 50% less of WWE Network’s current $9.99/month pricing. WWE Network will also be available on the no-commercials plan Peacock Premium Plus, which costs $9.99/month.
On March 18th, Peacock will begin the rollout of more than 17,000 hours of new, original, and library WWE Network programming on-demand and on a 24/7 channel. This includes all WWE live events like WrestleMania and SummerSlam for no additional fee. Fastlane will be the first WWE pay-per-view to stream on Peacock on March 21st. Fans who would prefer to order events via traditional pay-per-view will still have that option.
Original series like Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions, Undertaker: The Last Ride, and WWE Icons will also be available on Peacock’s WWE Network, as well as in-ring shows like NXT, NXT UK, and WWE 205 Live. There will also be replays of Raw and SmackDown, as well as WWE Network archives, including every WWE, WCW and ECW pay-per-view event in history
Documentaries like WWE 24, WWE Untold, and WWE 365 will also be included on Peacock’s WWE Network, which will also stream one signature documentary annually starting 2022.
Raw on USA Network and Smackdown on Fox will continue to air as usual, as the deal between Peacock and WWE Network won’t impact those shows. WWE Network will also continue to operate on its own overseas, so nothing will change for the platform’s subscribers outside the U.S.
Financial terms and the exact length of the deal between Peacock and WWE Network were not revealed but the Wall Street Journal reported it’s a five-year contract “valued at more than $1 billion.”
Since WWE Network’s move to Peacock means that its existing subscribers will pay 50% less per month, fans are generally happy about the news:
On the one hand Parks and Rec and all the WWE content will be on Peacock. On the other –
Nope, I don’t see a downside. Smells like a great deal to me! pic.twitter.com/jaGaLdMNZx
— Shashank (@gutter_hero) January 25, 2021
The Office and WWE on the same platform. pic.twitter.com/EfWyt6pWD1
— Telly Beary (@sweetberries88) January 25, 2021
I’m excited about this. I wasn’t going to buy Peacock ?, but now I’ll move my $9.99 WWE Network subscription to it and still have that plus the ad-free Peacock content. As Michael & Pam would say, that’s a win-win-win! ?
— Jillian (@Jilliepace) January 25, 2021
However, several subscribers have some questions and concerns about the transition.
Ok so I’m a wwe network subscriber and I already am on the peacock free plan so how will that work when the www network sub gets mitigated to peacock
— TheKabukiRetro283 (RIP Brodie Lee) (@KennyT83) January 25, 2021
— Louie (@louinglouie) January 25, 2021
What does this mean for the WWE app? Do we just need the peacock app going forward in march @AskWWENetwork?
— Wayward Roller?♿️xUmbrella Academy☂︎ (@wwefnfurlife) January 25, 2021
So I have peacock premium through my cable company for free, but I have the network. Which do I cancel so I don’t pay double?
— Jay Merkowitz (@JayMerkowitz) January 25, 2021
If we are on an annual deal for premium can we upgrade to premium plus?
— JotaEseTheGeek (@JotaEseTheGeek) January 26, 2021
Okay, but can we get peacock on Amazon fire sticks?
— Rafael Piedra (@R_Piedra94) January 25, 2021
Are you able to watch live events on delay at all and pause/rewind/fast forward in a flexible way? Worried that Peacock will be more rigid for live PPVs than the Network was.
— Rob (@ReclaimerRob) January 25, 2021
I’m excited but please make the app more stable. I get buffering issues with Peacock all the time and the @WWENetwork doesn’t have any
— Kevin BlackBeard (@BlackBeardGuy) January 25, 2021
Though Peacock and WWE Network currently don’t have answers for some of those questions, the companies said they will share more details about the move ― including concerns about managing customer accounts ― closer to WWE Network’s launch on Peacock in March.
You can sign up for Peacock at peacocktv.com.