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WWE Star Big Show to Headline Netflix Family Comedy

The series will find Wight playing a version of himself. Netflix’s logline for the show reads, “When the teenage daughter of the Big Show, a retired world-famous WWE superstar, comes to live with him, his wife and two other daughters, he quickly becomes outnumbered and outsmarted. Despite being 7 feet tall and weighing 400 pounds, he is no longer the center of attention.” – Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter » http://thr.cm/thM2Mz

WWE Network Breaks Into Top Five Of Streaming Services

WWE issued a press release Thursday touting the WWE Network as a top-five Over-the-top (OTT) streaming service, based on a report by Parks Associates Research, a market research and consulting firm. […] The report noted that 40% of OTT video services in the United States were launched within the past two years—WWE Network launched in 2014—while 25% came out in 2015. – Alfred Konuwa, Forbes

WWE’s risky gamble on streaming video is paying off

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[T]he company on Thursday showed signs that the model is working, adding more paid online subscribers than Wall Street expected and turning a second-straight quarterly profit, if a modest one. It now makes more from Web subscribers, which reached 1.2 million during the quarter, than it ever did from pay-per-view, WWE’s chief executive Vince McMahon told investors. – Thad Moore, Washington Post

WWE, Gene Simmons Tag-Team To Launch Horror Label

The sultans of slam and God of Thunder are conspiring to terrify you. WWE Studios and Kiss mogul Gene Simmons have paired up to launch Erebus Pictures, which will finance and produce horror films. The venture has pinned a three-picture co-production deal that will kick off with writer Matt Savelloni’s Temple. Erebus, named for the Greek god of darkness, will shop worldwide rights on all titles and will use WWE’s numerous platforms to market its titles. – Erik Pedersen, Deadline Hollywood

WWE Network Pins 1M Subs, Taking Company Shares Off The Ropes

The announcement comes at a difficult time for WWE. It has lost 46% of its market value during the past 12 months as it became clear that the $9.99-a-month online service was cannibalizing revenues from the company’s popular pay-per-view broadcasts. The company said last May that it would need at least 1.4 million subscribers for the initiative to pay off. – David Lieberman, Deadline Hollywood
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Did HBO’s Streaming Service Play a Role In Dish-Turner Fracas?

It has been more than two weeks since satellite broadcaster Dish Network Corp. abruptly dropped several cable networks owned by Time Warner ’s Turner Broadcasting unit, including CNN and Cartoon Network. No resolution is in sight. […] Privately, though, several Turner executives say they suspect a major factor in the breakdown of talks was the decision by HBO, another Time Warner unit, to launch a standalone streaming video service. […] Dish has a history of not taking too kindly to programmers that offer their content online to consumers without requiring a pay-TV subscription. Earlier this year, World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. launched its own over-the-top network and Dish retaliated by refusing to carry WWE’s pay-per-view events. – Joe Flint,The Wall Street Journal  
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WWE (Elbow) Drops Price of Monthly Streaming Service

To help encourage more subscribers to join up, the WWE is—oddly—making it easier for them to quit. The WWE is abandoning its previous plan that required WWE Network subscribers to sign up for a six-month commitment if they wanted to enjoy lower monthly pricing. Previously, doing so would grant one access to all of the WWE Network’s programming for a mere $9.99 monthly fee. If you wanted a month-to-month deal that you could cancel at any time, you’d have to pay $12.99 monthly. – David Murphy,PCMag
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WWE YouTube Series ‘Slam City’ Pins Down First TV Deal with Nickelodeon (EXCLUSIVE)

The animated characters of WWE’s web series “WWE Slam City” are making the leap to television. Nickelodeon has inked a deal with WWE to air the stop-motion animated series on Nicktoons’ NickSports primetime programming block, starting Oct. 22. […] The first batch of 26 episodes, produced as two-minute installments, launched in March on WWESlamCity.com and Maker Studios’ YouTube channel Cartoonium in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. Later, the series streamed on the WWE Network, Mattel.com, Hulu, AOL On, VUDU, iTunes, Kabillion, Google Play, and Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo’s video game consoles. It’s been viewed nearly 20 million times across the platforms. – Marc Graser,Variety
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WWE Asked Google to Hit Live Piracy…From the Future

An anti-piracy company working on behalf of World Wrestling Entertainment has sent a rather unusual DMCA notice to Google. The takedown requested the removal of dozens of URLs related to a live event scheduled for two days after the notice. Which means, of course, it hadn’t even aired yet. […] The notice was sent by an anti-piracy company working on behalf of World Wrestling Entertainment, or WWE as it’s more commonly known. The notice aimed to tackle piracy of a WWE Event titled Money In The Bank 2014, which took place on June 29, 2014. However, the notice was sent to Google two days before, on June 27. – Andy,TorrentFreak

More live Streaming Comes to Fire TV

The WWE Network is now available on the Amazon Fire TV. […] Subscribers to the channel, which costs 9.99 per month also gain access to the company’s monthly pay per view events as part of their subscription package at no additional cost. […] All and all the WWE Network is a great deal for wrestling fans considering the over all cost of 2-3 pay per view events dwarfs the cost of an entire year of the service. – Ryan Michael Downey, The Streaming Advisor http://ift.tt/1jOuzQS