After WrestleMania 2017, WWE Network Closing In On 2 Million Subscribers

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WrestleMania is by far the biggest WWE event of the year, and it looks like this year brought lots of new eyeballs to the company’s streaming video service. As of April 3, WWE Newtork (read our full review of the service here) has a total of 1.95 million subscribers. That’s up from 1.8 million the day after WrestleMania 2016.

Of course, it’s important to note that some of those subscribers are still on their free trial, and haven’t actually bought a subscription yet. There’s a great chance many of them signed up just to stream WrestleMania for free. But still, it’s a good sign of growth. With 1.66 million paid subscribers at the moment, that’s up almost 15% from last year.

And while the vast majority of subscriptions (1.45 million) are in the US, the international market is growing. Just under 15% of the subscribers base (497,000) is international, a number that’s up 23% from one year ago.WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon said “Results today demonstrate that we are effectively executing our multiplatform content strategy. WWE Network continues to drive transformative growth for our company and is a key element of our global content ecosystem, which includes traditional television, digital and social platforms and our direct-to-consumer service (that’s WWE Network).”

With nearly 2 million total subscribers, more people than ever watched WrestleMania on WWE Network this year. George Barrios, the company’s chief strategy and financial officer, said they continue to expect record subscriber levels and record revenue in 2017.

Of course, WWE Network is still far behind streaming leaders like Netflix and Amazon Prime, and that’s to be expected. But with 2 million total subscribers, they’re right about the level of HBO Now, and actually ahead of smaller services like Showtime and CBS All Access. And with a subscriber base that continues to grow, that’s not too bad for a service that only has wrestling content.

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Artie Beaty is a freelance writer from North Carolina who follows the world of streaming closely on a daily basis. Contact him at artiebeaty@cutcabletoday.com or on Twitter @AboutCharlotte.
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