George Barrios talks WWE Network at J.P. Morgan conference


When delivering a presentation at the 42nd Annual J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference in Boston, Massachusetts on Wednesday, WWE Chief Strategy and Financial Officer George Barrios revealed that by the end of March, the company only had around half a million subscribers to the WWE Network.

The first day of WWE Network saw a big demand which even crashed MLBAM’s user and credit card processing servers however the demand slowed down after the initial spike and WWE struggled to get additional subscribers.

With the free trial week ending just before WrestleMania, the company went into attack and by the end of the following week they managed to get an additional 167,000 subscribers in time to watch WrestleMania XXX.

Barrios acknowledged that the company is aware that there are International subscribers who find a way around to bypass the geoblocking which means that the current subscribers they have aren’t all really in the United States and will effect their numbers when the International roll-out begins later this year.