After rumors that it would happen for months, WWE has finally made a tiered version of the WWE Network official. In a press release Monday morning, WWE announced the "free version" of the WWE Network, available now for anyone to access with no credit card required. The free version of the network features a selection of content already available on the network, including documentaries, original programming, and past wrestling events. It will also feature Raw Talk, the on-again-off-again Raw post-show, which will happen on a weekly basis for anyone masochistic enough to sit through three hours of Raw and still want to watch more WWE. The press release contains more details:
STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–WWE (NYSE: WWE) today unveiled the Free Version of WWE Network, the company's award-winning digital streaming service, unlocking a vast portion of its content library with more than 15,000 action-packed WWE titles now available for free, no credit card required.
- New shows including Raw Talk, streaming Monday nights each week immediately following Raw
- Groundbreaking original series including Monday Night War, Ride Along, Table for 3, Photo Shoot and Story Time
- Recent episodes of WWE's flagship programs Monday Night Raw, Friday Night SmackDown and NXT
- Select historical WWE pay-per-views and NXT TakeOver events
- Weekly WWE highlights, Top 10, WWE's The Bump, WWE Now, The Best of WWE and WWE Timeline
"The launch of WWE Network's Free Version is a key component of our company's digitization strategy and a new way for all fans to be able to experience premium WWE content," said Jayar Donlan, WWE Executive Vice President, Advanced Media. "As we continue to reimagine 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."
WWE Network's Free Version is available now…no credit card required. To access, download the WWE App on any device, including TVs, gaming consoles, mobile phones, tablets and computers.
It's possible that this is only the first stage of changes coming to the WWE Network, as WWE has also been in discussions to sell the rights to their live PPV content to another streaming service. Additionally, it was believed that in addition to a free version of the network, there could also be a higher-priced version in the works. We'll have to see what happens, as well as whether this strategy results in more paid subscribers to the WWE Network in the long run.