Tech issues hamper WWE Network launch

February 26, 2014

On Monday the WWE launched its much heralded Network which it advertised to be available on almost every platform imaginable. The good news is that number of those signing up exceeded expectations. The bad news is that it is experiencing technical difficulties across most platforms.

The WWE’s technological partner in the venture, MLB Advanced Media, indicated that it had not expected the demand it has received from people signing up. The WWE released a statement Monday regarding the issues upon signing up and the subsequent technical issues subscribers found once they were able to attain access.

The WWE also stated that MLBAM was aggressively working to resolve the matter on Monday morning. Although not directly, the WWE inferred that the fault lay with MLBAM for the tech issues. At least, that’s how it is being interpreted in the press. One would think that a part of this has to do with the one week free trial. Even as of Wednesday, there are still problems with logging in.

In my own experience, I was able to sign up at 6:01 a.m. on Monday via PC, one minute after the promoted launch, but was only able to watch last year’s Wrestlemania in the first hour. I was not able to go through the library until mid-morning. Later that day, the stream was fine for me on the PC but I experienced issues on my iPad. Notably, I have experienced more buffering issues on the PC on Tuesday night and today.

Certainly, these issues are being worked on but the technical issues are a concern for the WWE going forward since its heavy investment in the product. The WWE and MLB Advanced Media must make the fixes soon. If the free trial ends with the problems persisting, its likely that the WWE will lose a lot of potential customers.

Payout Take:

Tech issues were a given as to challenges facing this network. The question is how fast can the WWE and ML BAM fix them. If we are to spin this in a positive light, the overwhelming demand for the Network reflects the fact that its promotion of its product created a swell of interest. But, the tech issues could make folks concerned and they may decide not to subscribe if they feel that these issues will be an inherent part of being a subscriber.

5 Responses to “Tech issues hamper WWE Network launch”

  1. Andrew on February 26th, 2014 2:28 PM

    I think the main problem is that they started registering subscribers on the day the network launched. They really should’ve started doing that in the weeks leading up to the launch.

  2. BrainSmasher on February 26th, 2014 8:56 PM

    Or this is a pub stunt to get attention to the network and over hype the demand. Issues happen. They don’t have to be due to demand. BUt they will always be spun that way.

  3. Jimmy Cooper on February 27th, 2014 5:29 AM

    When I try to watch the WWE Network,All I get is a message saying:Media Error:Video not Available/When are they going to get this fixed?

  4. Sampson Simpson on February 27th, 2014 7:57 AM

    MLBAM > Neulion

  5. Geri Stoner on April 5th, 2014 11:36 AM

    One day left and I still can’t get from my android phone to TV I am very upset I though they would do something by now

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