World Wrestling Entertainment simply posted: “The launch of WWE Network in the UK has been delayed until further notice” on its Twitter account at 7:39pm – offering no explanation for the postponement.
The OTT service has already seen multiple delays. It was originally scheduled for a summer launch in the UK. The company then publicly stated it would be available in October before settling on a November 3rd launch. It is already available in over 150 territories across the globe including the US, Canada, Mexico, Spain, Singapore and Hong Kong.
It is rumoured that the continued delay of a UK launch is down to an existing rights contract with Sky, which airs all of the company’s weekly flagship shows – including RAW and Smackdown – as well as all 12 of the company’s annual PPVs (four on Sky Sports and eight on Sky Box Office). The upcoming Survivor Series PPV on November 23rd will cost £14.95 to watch through Sky Box Office in the UK whilst WWE had intended to give the event away for free in a promotional offer to all new WWE Network subscribers this month had the launch gone ahead.