Sky TV may carry the WWE Network as a subscription-only channel, if a conversation between a customer service advisor and a subscriber is to be believed.
ProWrestling.net are reporting that one of their readers was told by a Sky customer service representative that the broadcaster will “launch it as a channel with Sky TV….Currently we don’t have any details but it will be going to be soon… And you will will be notified by advert, email or call.”
The reader then reportedly asked the advisor if the Network will be on Sky as a channel and not online, and was told “Yes, that is correct”.
The Network is currently available in Canada via Rogers Communication as subscription-only TV channel and not in the ‘over-the-top’ format that the US has. It should be noted that it was originally announced that the UK would get the same model, before it’s controversial delay. Canadian viewers pay $12.99 for the service, which is only available to 20% of the country at present.
Sky were originally blamed for the Network delay, with many claiming that the broadcaster took legal action to protect the multi-million pound deal the two companies signed earlier this year. Sky air eight our twelve PPV events on their Sky Box Office channel and were reportedly unhappy that Network subscribers would now be able to get these shows as part of their $9.99 Network deal. Conversely, some claimed that WWE were using the Network launch to push Sky into giving them their own channel, similar to the Formula 1 racing channel that Sky currently operate. When Sky refused to budge, WWE pulled the launch.
WWE and Sky have yet to comment on the reports.