More On The Future Of WWE PPVs On Dish Network

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For those that missed it, Dish Network isn't carrying WWE Elimination Chamber on Sunday. They claimed in a statement to Zap2it they'll continue to consider the value of WWE pay-per-views on an event by event basis.

They posted the following on their Facebook page:

"DISH will not offer the 'WWE Elimination Chamber' PPV on 2/23. WWE is not willing to adjust their PPV costs to satellite and cable companies, which is unfair to their customers. We need to re-focus our efforts to support partners that better serve DISH customers. Other satellite and cable companies, including DIRECTV, have also expressed they may no longer provide WWE PPV events in the future."

This is a case where the satellite provider is pouting over the forthcoming WWE Network. Elimination Chamber isn't being offered anywhere else any cheaper. It's a move that's become far too common from a cable/satellite company and the people that are getting the shaft are their customers.

  • Chris

    So, for years they’ve not cared and wanted the money for WWE PPVs, but NOW they feel it’s unfair to their customers to charge so much for them? Interesting, albeit complete bullshi…, concept. I’ve already taken the picture from earlier to Twitter.

  • Scott Reichart

    Funny is they are part of the reason as to why WWE, Boxing & UFC PPV’s are almost 60 Bucks a pop as is. so they get their fair share of the ppv buyrate money after splitting it between the WWE, Dish, DirecTV, Comcast, Time Warner, Brighthouse and other Cable providers along with U-Verse & Fios.

    Now WWE is going to offer the PPV’s on their network. which In the first place Dish and other providers didnt want. now that they are getting shafted starting at mania by the WWE. they are crying foul.

    I wonder when UFC is gonna start with their new Fight Pass online service is gonna start offering the UFC PPV’s on there as well

  • BrooksOglesby

    Oh, boy. DISH trying to spin it like WWE does when someone “takes their ball and goes home, betraying you the fans.” I’m not going to pretend to know more about business than the higher-ups at DISH, but do they know Vince? If there’s one thing he believes in in 2014, it’s the WWE Network. He’s not budging on it. DISH can either adapt and keep getting some profit, or be petty and get nothing. It’s kind of shocking how petty these huge faceless corporations can be.

    • Scott Reichart

      Did Dish Network pull this stunt when TNA cut from 12 regular PPV’s to 4 Regular PPV’s and 8 taped ppv’s (which im sure not many are buying when they can just find the results online). I mean why should i buy a PPV that was taped in some cases months ago. because i pretty sure that Jokers Wild 2 PPV taped in the UK 2 weeks ago wont be airing till may. then the Japan Outbreak PPV taped in 2 weeks wont be airing till July. even at 15 bucks im not buying a ppv that is taped

      • phil

        i agree, it doesnt feel like a ppv in a way when its taped but is there much difference between that and watching a DVD or a PPV on the WWE Network…. i admit, you don’t get to keep or re-watch it to the same extent but the principal is the same surely…

  • jason witten 82

    Wow there is a great idea, screw over wwe, the customers, lose easy money, and piss off Vince Fn McMahon! Yeah this should go well

  • Someone can correct me on this but didn’t Dish or DirecTV stop carrying The Weather Channel? I know it is not the same as a WWE PPV, but it is still a channel that is quite necessary when a hurricane or some severe weather threat may or is about to occur. It just seems like they would rather take away then make their customer’s choices better.

    • DirectTV was. and they replaced it with WeatherNation because The Weather Channel wanted to charge customers an additional 1 cent per Subscriber for it.

      • Jesse Sherwood

        Really?! 1 bloody cent per subscriber? So if DirectTV has 20 million subscribers, that amounts to $200,000 per month difference, a pittance from a big corporation like that. BAKA!

        • David

          I remember reading an article a while back that DTV was claiming that part of the reason was because there was less of a focus on weather and more focus on reality shows. I’ve been lucky and haven’t had to deal with a blackout on Fios but It seems greedy to me and you would think that they would be able to at least agree to continue at the same terms until they can renegotiate the contract.

    • David

      Dish has been pretty aggressive with dropping channels that don’t give into their demands and the blackouts can last for an extended period of time. I don’t have the statistics or anything but I would assume that a lot of DISH subscribers are in more rural areas that either don’t have high speed internet access, or if they do there are limits and streaming a channel like the WWE network is too expensive. The cable companies have more of a case for the network eating into PPV buys than DISH would. It seems like DISH is reacting to something too early also. To me it would make more sense to wait and see how a couple of the PPV events do after the launch of the network to see the impact on the business. It might be less concern on buy rates on the part of DISH and more of a negotiating tactic to get a lower rate.