WWE has launched a free version of its streaming platform. Today, the professional wrestling company announced details for a new edition of the WWE Network which offers fans access to a vast portion of its content library at no cost.
The free tier of the online service – which is available on all devices – features recent episodes of ‘Monday Night Raw’, ‘NXT’ and ‘Friday Night SmackDown’, as well as new programs including ‘Raw Talk’.
Also part of the package are original series – such as ‘Monday Night War’, ‘Ride Along’, ‘Photo Shoot’ and ‘Table For 3’ – and a selection of historical pay-per-view shows and ‘NXT TakeOver’ events, plus weeklight highlight shows.
In a statement, Jayar Donlan – WWE Executive Vice President, Advanced Media – said: “Our company’s digitization strategy and a new way for all fans to be able to experience premium WWE content.
“As we continue to re-imagine WWE Network’s offering, the Free Version will serve as an effective way to reach a broader group of consumers and allow them to experience the history and spectacle of WWE.”
Donlan has described the new feature as “a balance of providing a great experience for our fans by essentially offering unlimited access to a larger array of programming while still maintaining the value of our more premium content”.
The move comes after WWE made some Network content free to view in the build-up to ‘WrestleMania 36’ – at which Drew McIntyre was crowned the WWE Champion – back in April, which helped boost the platform’s sign-up figures.
Donlan added to The Hollywood Reporter: “Evolving is smart and putting new offers in the marketplace stimulates consumer activity. It gives us a good fan experience.”
The ‘WWE Network: Free Version’ is available now by downloading the WWE App on any device, including TVs, gaming consoles, mobile phones, tablets and computers.