According to a report yesterday by AugustaFreePress, WWE’s biggest pay-per-view of the year Wrestlemania 30 will not air on DISH Network, one of America's top satellite TV services. DISH previously refused to air February’s WWE Elimination Chamber PPV event due to WWE launching it’s new digital video service WWE Network on February 24.
Dish confirmed that WM30 will not be on it’s service in a statement.
“Please note that WWE is not willing to adjust PPV costs to satellite/cable companies, which is unfair to their customers. DISH needs to re-focus efforts to support partners that better serve DISH customers and other satellite/cable companies, including DirecTV, have also expressed they may no longer provide WWE PPV events in the future.”
Currently DirecTV is still scheduled to carry Wrestlemania 30. WM30 airs live from the Superdome in New Orleans, LA on Sunday April 6 at 6pm C / 7pm E.
The WWE Network service includes access to hundreds of hours classic wrestling content and live broadcasts of WWE’s 12 monthly pay-per-views starting with Wrestlemania 30 on Sunday April 6. WWE Network is available at the attractive price of $9.99 a month with a 6 month commitment and comes to subscribers exclusively over internet-connected media devices, tablet, smartphones, and computers. Most WWE pay-per-view events with traditional cable and satellite distributors cost between $50 to $60 dollars.
On January 9th in a published article covering DirecTV being upset with the WWE Network launch, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon voiced his opinion on the issue. "I think it’d be foolish for them not to want to carry the pay-per-view anymore," McMahon said the LA Times report. "It’s found money for them."
Pro Wrestling Examiner’s Perspective: The WWE Network is a steal for any wrestling fan, especially if the service can present WWE’s biggest event Wrestlemania without any technical issues. The on-demand library on the Network is still worth the cheap price. DISH Network may be upset with WWE here, but the company has no logical reasoning behind this move because WWE owns the content. Pro Wrestling Examiner put together a list of some great classic PPV events you currently check out on the WWE Network, read that article here.