i read that mlb.tv (which is a partner in the wwe network) allows up to 4 connections at once so that would be my guess. i know netflix and amzon also allow a certain amount (more than 1) at a time with no extra fee.
I assume that they will allow at least two devices to run simultaneously from the launch of the network.
I see we are being the wishful optimists here.
For nearly 30 years, the WWE has been very protective over its video properties. With the considerable resources that McMahon & Co. have expended on fighting piracy, why would they suddenly offer an easy way for people to potentially exploit the fledgling network? It's just like a man who spends thousands of dollars on a sophisticated, high-tech security system for his home.... then proceeds to set a passcode of 1-2-3-4 for the door lock. I mean, really???
I think it may be somewhat similar to how things were in the early days of pay-per-view on cable. I know that the cable system I had when I was a kid had a rule that if you ordered pay-per-view you were only allowed to watch it on one cable box, even if you had say one box in a living room and one in a bed room. I think the reason for that back then was because there were stories that would be reported from time to time about people being able to tap into broadcast feeds via a home satellite dish, obviously without paying for it.
Perhaps by limiting access to one cable box distributors could keep better tabs on who was accessing content the right way by paying for it. We will have to wait and see what WWE’s policy will be, either way I don’t see WWE or anyone else for that matter completely putting an end to piracy. I do think that more people will choose to subscribe instead of searching online for a feed of what WWE is doing due to the affordable price. Even with the affordable price though, I don’t think piracy will ever completely go away. I do think that the more the network becomes available globally, it might become less of an issue in time.
In terms of Roku I think access may be easier to police seeing as you need to link a Roku player to your account. Perhaps WWE will look at something like that. Like being able to link a device, Roku or another platform to a WWE Network account with only a certain number of devices allowed to be active at once? It’s just an idea, I am sure especially with MLB Technologies being involved that they have probably thought of how they are going to deal with the issue of potential abuse. I assume that we will find out more on launch day when people can subscribe. Beyond saying what kind of content they will be offering beyond on demand programming, and some of their original programming that will be exclusive to the network, they have been tight lipped.
I was wondering if they were going to address the statements made by DirecTV shortly after the press conference announcing the launch, but they haven’t said anything as of yet. What I find interesting about the issue with the cable and satellite providers is they haven’t said anything about decreasing the price of pay-per-view events for non-subscribers who order via cable and satellite. I doubt seriously that if they were to lower the prices that it wouldn’t be as low as the subscription price, but they should reduce the price a bit. Expecting solid pay-per-view numbers via traditional mediums at a high price when you’re offering the same content for a substantially lower subscription price may be wishful thinking. It will be an interesting couple of months to see how this all plays out.
It wouldn’t surprise me to see the cable and satellite providers revolt and refuse to carry WWE possibly starting with Wrestlemania 30, but the conundrum for the providers is if you drop WWE what do you replace it with? Surely you’d want to ensure that you can still potentially profit and get the 60% revenue that you would get from WWE, but what would be the course of action. Perhaps requesting that the UFC start doing periodic Sunday pay-per-view cards could be one way to go, but then that would leave gaps in schedules for events typically slated for Saturdays when there is not a Boxing event taking place being offered on pay-per-view. It’s going to be interesting to see what the providers do if that happens. It is probably the end of an era in some ways. I grew up watching pay-per-view via Viewer’s Choice (Now InDemand) and Request TV in the 80’s. I miss those days. For some reason pay-per-view was a lot more special back then.
Even though things have greatly advanced now technology wise, the concept of traditional pay-per-view potentially being a thing of the past is kind of sad even though it’s clear that technology is moving in the direction of OTT digital distribution. If cable and satellite providers were smart they would be looking toward adapting with the trend, maybe even working with platforms like Roku to move their respective services to the OTT platform. Just one man’s opinion.