WWE “Definitely Have An Interest” In Streaming Live Events
It is believed that WWE could be looking to make their bigger live events available to a much wider audience than those in attendance.
Whilst the WWE Network, now via Peacock in the United States, has made plenty of additional WWE content available than it’s ever been before, there are still plenty of house shows which take place with just a small number of cameras in attendance, with short clips from the show the most that’s made available to a wider audience.
However, according to FITE CEO Mark Weber, WWE has interest in changing this and making the shows available as live streams.
In a discussion on the Business Of The Business Podcast, Weber made a comparison of the production values of WWE and GCW, and why the high costs of the former may be a reason they’ve not started streaming shows yet.
They definitely have an interest in doing it. I’m sort of surprised they’re not.
In what I think is their opinion, it’s gotta look the level of Fox or nothing … So I don’t think they want to put a smaller production out there.
Could it be done? Yeah, it could be done overnight. It would be easy to go in there and do those shows, because it’s still nice venues, bigger venues than, say, the GCW shows.
GCW’s a good example; you can film those shows almost anywhere, and they work, and fans like them. I think it’s very important to [WWE] to keep that level of TV production at the highest level.
That’s a $150,000-$200,000 … production budget to go and do every show, which would not make sense for your quote-unquote ‘house shows.
Weber would also go on to comment on WWE using live events as a testing ground for matches they are planning to put on Premium Live Events, and how this may be another reason they aren’t currently streaming the shows.
WWE now has some competition in the house show market, with AEW starting to run their own.
With thanks to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.