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Peacock has just pulled off a streaming smackdown. The platform from NBCUniversal has become the exclusive streaming home for the WWE Network, including all live pay-per-view events, original series, in-ring shows, and documentaries.
This new multi-year deal, announced Monday, will see Peacock launch WWE Network content beginning March 18 with more than 17,000 hours of new, original, and library WWE Network programming on demand and on a 24/7 channel. The deal, according to the Wall Street Journal, runs for five years and reportedly cost upwards of $1 billion.
Fastlane will now be the first WWE pay-per-view event to stream on Peacock on Sunday, March 21. Other programming coming to hub are original series like Steve Austin Broken Skull Sessions, Undertaker: The Last Ride, and WWE Icons; in-ring shows like NXT, NXT UK, and WWE 205 Live; replays of Raw and SmackDown; every WWE, WCW, and ECW pay-per-view event in history; and documentaries WWE 24, WWE Untold, and WWE 365. The partnership will also begin releasing one signature documentary per year starting in 2022.
WWE Network subscribers will be migrated over to Peacock Premium accounts where they will pay 50 percent less for access to both platforms. It's a difference of $9.99 per month for just WWE Network versus $4.99 a month for both WWE Network and Peacock.
"NBCUniversal has a long-standing relationship with WWE that began nearly 30 years ago with Monday Night Raw on USA. WWE has always tapped into the cultural zeitgeist with spectacular live events and larger-than-life characters, and we are thrilled to be the exclusive home for WWE Network and its millions of fans across the country," Rick Cordella, Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer at Peacock, said in a statement. "WWE Network is a transformative addition to the platform and complements Peacock's massive catalog of iconic movies and shows, as well as the best live news and sports, from NBCUniversal and beyond."