Launch of WWE Network's online service delayed in UK

01/10/14

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The launch of WWE's wrestling TV network in the UK has been delayed.

A statement on the company's website says that "discussions with potential partners" are still taking place.

It says a launch date for the online subscription-based service will be announced by 1 November after it had originally targeted October.

WWE is currently broadcast exclusively on Sky Sports with pay per view events such as WrestleMania and Royal Rumble sold for £15 on Sky Box Office.

Sky signed a new deal earlier this year with WWE to broadcast 12 pay per view events every year from January 2015 until 2019 exclusively in the UK and Ireland.

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At the time managing director of Sky Sports, Barney Francis, said: "WWE is brilliant entertainment and I am delighted to once again extend our relationship with them.

"WWE is hugely popular with our viewers and now they can continue to watch all the big events and weekly programmes with us."

The WWE Network was launched in the US just before WrestleMania XXX in April and costs $9.99 (£6.16) a month with a minimum six-month contract.

Users get access to library matches and a daily live show as well as pre and post-match extras.

It is available in more than 150 countries around the world including the key markets of India and China, although in Canada it is only available through cable TV firm Rodgers Communications.

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