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    Posted: 17/May/2019 at 11:38
Quote According to The Telegraph, BT Sport in the UK will soon be announcing their plans to broadcast WWE. For nearly 30 years now, Sky Sports has been the home of WWE in the UK but that is no longer the case.

For what it’s worth, BT Sport declined to comment on the rumored deal but an announcement will be coming soon. BT Sport has reportedly agreed to terms with WWE on broadcasting rights.
 

Sky Sports has always only been available via a subscription add on to cable and satellite packages, I've always considered it expensive I think in the region of £25-30 per month, I've not had it in years as I'm only a very casual sport watcher, I tend to just have a very passing interest unless it's a major event which are usually available on terrestrial channels. I get my WWE fix via the Network and other online methods. 

If BT Sports is available at a much lower price than Sky Sports I may consider adding it so I can watch WWE but in honesty I'm content with YouTube highlights most weeks, I rarely sit through Raw and Smackdown in their entirety, I don't always have time and the product just doesn't interest me enough right now, the highlights allow me to keep up with storylines and then I watch the PPV's on the Network. 

WWE should really place their main shows on a more widely available channel, maybe Sky1 for example, doesn't seem fair that in the UK we have to pay out for premium channels to see Raw and Smackdown while in the USA its readily available on satellite and cable networks.
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It might sound dramatic but if this ends up being true that might be my approx thirty years watching E be over.

I have no interest in subscribing to pay out for yet another service.

I don't have a interest in looking for a show stream after the event.

I have no interest in watching bitesize parts of shows such as on You Tube.

If I can't Sky Plus it on my current package to whiz through adverts, recaps etc with ease in my own time I just don't see the point.
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Do you guys have Hulu over there? That's how I watch my weekly crap now, and it's just so much better. If it weren't for my wife's insistence of having cable TV I would cancel it because she's the only one in the family that uses it.

I would save us a fortune too, Hulu gets almost everything, and it's a 10th the price.
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Na it's not available over here. 

Not sure if WWE programming is available on any of the channels on Amazon Prime? May look into that.
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Im not sure why switching to BT Sports would cause anyone to stop watching WWE?

If anything is going to stop you it should be the lack of interesting content and their current ability of ruining talent.

BT Sports coverage will be just as good as Sky Sports - based off every other sport they broadcast they have excellent coverage.

Yes, the price is an additional one however they always have deals on - such as this one where you can get it half price for 12 months: https://www.thesun.co.uk/money/7073385/sky-sports-bt-sport-half-price-deal-offer/

Even if you didnt want to pay for the service, WWE is available almost everywhere online such as: http://www.allwrestling.org/

Then of course there is the WWE netowrk - yes there is a disadvantage that it takes ages for the weekly shows to appear on the network, but you never know, with the AEW TV deal and it being on free TV for the UK, maybe WWE will add their weekly shows to the network alot quicker or even live?

Some people are never happy and dont like change but WWE arent going to keep the WWE on Sky Sports just because Adders likes to fast forward through the adverts as opposed to going to BT who will have more than likely paid a much better deal - as they did with the champions league.

There are ways and means of watching if you really want to and to me it just seems that this is the perfect excuse to stop watching ... not that anyone should need it given the current state of the product.
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Yeah there are loads of streaming sites that upload full episodes of Raw and Smackdown and every other wrestling show as soon as they air, this allows to easily skip through any bits you don't want to watch just as you would with a DVR recording. I find this way of watching more convenient as the streaming sites are easily accessible from all devices while a recording on your cable or sky box isn't so much depending on what kind of subscription you have. 

I will look into the cost of BT Sports but unless it's a absolute steal of a deal I will continue with my tried and tested streaming site/YouTube method of watching. 

It is annoying that WWE upload Raw and Smakckdown episodes to the Network on a one month delay, I did consider just watching a month behind but it's too long, would literally have to completely boycott social media and forums and all other wrestling related online content to be able to avoid spoilers for that long. Maybe in the future WWE will be able to shorten the delay, I could put up with a one week delay for example.


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It's not worth cancelling Sky Sports for BT Sport. BT Sport don't have anything I am interested in and even at half price 14 quid a month to watch just E programming isn't worth it.

All I am interested in is on Sky Sports such as weekend Premier League, Football League, Darts, F1 and NFL.

BT get nowhere near as many subscribers as Sky Sports, so that will have a big impact on interest over here and crowds at live shows. They will notice a drop off in viewing figures and revenue that's a guarantee.

It's like how Amazon Prime took mens tennis off Sky Sports this year so interest in Wimbledon is supposedly at a all time low for people after tickets. BT Sport took the Champions League off Sky Sports and don't get viewing figures anywhere near as good.

 
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Viewing figures are likely already at a all time low on Sky Sports what with dwindling interest in the product, online streaming/downloading and the WWE Network all a factor in that. BT Sports must be offering considerably more money than Sky Sports so WWE are obviously not too concerned with the impact this will have on viewership.

Real fans will find a way to watch it, if its a case of just watching because your cable/satellite package carries the channel then that sounds more like just watching out of habit.

A extra £15 per month is more than I'm willing to spend just to have easy access to Raw and Smackdown so I'll continue to watch via online methods.

As I've said the smart option for WWE with regard to UK viewers would be to either shorten the delay for Raw and Smackdown episodes to be uploaded to the WWE Network, they would need to shorten it a lot down to a week max I would say, or they negotiate a deal with a terrestrial station like Channel 4 or 5 or a Freeview channel.
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