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WWE NEWS: Big updates on WWE's PPV business & future from Thursday's conference call

Feb 20, 2014 - 10:46:00 AM
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By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor

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WWE management disclosed during their Fourth Quarter conference call that PPVs will have roughly 85 percent coverage in the U.S. through WrestleMania.

After WrestleMania (and the Elimination Chamber PPV), WWE CEO Vince McMahon said that PPV distributors will carry on a month-by-month basis.

Management did not get into specific companies when addressing the state of PPV carriage in the Network Era.

Of the excluded 15 percent, Dish Network accounts for about 12 percent based on their reported number of satellite subscribers.

The other three percent could comprise smaller cable/satellite providers not carrying WWE PPVs, or possibly cable provider AT&T U-Verse. As of right now, U-Verse is not listing the Elimination Chamber PPV on their PPV schedule. That could change before Sunday, though.

WWE financial executive George Barrios also disclosed that approximately 35 percent of their total PPV revenue comes from satellite providers such as Dish and DirecTV. (DirecTV is still on-board with carrying the Chamber PPV.)

Total PPV revenue in 2013 was $82.5 million, which would break down into $28.5 million from satellite providers and $54.0 million from cable sources.

WWE said in a statement Wednesday that they hope to resolve a PPV distribution dispute with Dish before the Chamber PPV on Sunday. The dispute follows WWE announcing that all PPVs following the Chamber PPV will be made available on WWE Network, which carries a $9.99-per-month price tag.


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