WWE announces Network launch in key int’l region

By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor

WWE has checked the box on another big region to launch WWE Network.

WWE announced Monday night/Tuesday morning that WWE Network is launching in Southeast Asia, including Thailand and the Philippines.

The Network service will be at the standard cost of $9.99 U.S., and includes a free trial month.

“WWE is committed to the global growth of our brand,” said WWE financial executive George Barrios in a press release.  “We are thrilled to offer WWE Network to our fans in Thailand and Philippines in time for our biggest event of the year, WrestleMania.”

Barrios was coy about the potential launch of the Network in those markets during the most-recent quarterly conference call with investors earlier in February.

Barrios said the top remaining markets for WWE to reach are China, Thailand, and the Philippines. Barrios gave a wide timeframe that one, two, or potentially all three would be finalized “in the next 12 months.”

Now, WWE’s top item on the checklist is China.

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