According to Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Peacock’s acquisition of the WWE Network comes with several conditions for subscribers.
On January 25, 2021, it was announced by both WWE and NBCUniversal that the latter’s streaming platform, Peacock, had snatched up the rights to the WWE Network in a deal worth over an eye-watering $1 billion dollars with the contract beginning on March 18, 2021.
However, as per Dave Meltzer on the latest edition of The Wrestling Observer Radio, the noted journalist stated that American subscribers will not be able to pause or rewind live WWE events during the period of their initial broadcast. However, this will be possible should viewers be watching the post-stream following the live showing:
“At first, it is going to be like the soccer games. I mean hopefully this will change in time but at first there will be no pause…if you’re watching live there is no pause, there is rewind functions. They hope there will be at some point but at first there will not be because Peacock doesn’t have it. At the end of the day it’s minor. If you want to watch something you can wait until the show is over, watch it on replay and then you’ll be able to do it, but like I said…it’s a minor annoyance but in the long run I strongly suspect it will be back but it won’t be at the start. At least it doesn’t look like it will be right now.”
Peacock and the Peacock Premium streaming site will be the new home of WWE Network for half the current price that subscribers pay now. For only $4.99 per month, subscribers will be access all WWE live events plus everything currently available on the streaming service, but will also receive the added incentive of full access to all of the premium tier which is included in the price.