WWE Network: Free Trial For Digital Video Service Ending Soon
When the WWE Network launched in February it came with a one week trial offer but that will soon be coming to an end.
The WWE announced that the last day to sign up for a free trial week will be March 22, according to Cageside Seats. That may be to ensure the company doesn't give away WrestleMania 30 for free since the last day of the trial would be on March 29th, a week earlier than the pay-per-view event.
Speaking of WrestleMania 30, the WWE Network's biggest test will undoubtedly be on April 6 when it does stream the company's biggest event of the year, for the first time ever.
The WWE was asked by financial service company Motley Fool whether the new digital video network could handle it a few days ago. The sports entertainment company replied in a email that assured the WrestleMania stream would be fine.
"Notwithstanding the overwhelmingly positive response to WWE Network, we want to ensure subscribers have the highest-quality experience watching WrestleMania 30 and all our programming, and thus have put in place significant quality assurances," the company said. "These steps include increased capacity to handle high volumes of transactions, logins, and concurrent live streams, daily 'stress' testing of all systems over an extended period, and the addition of technology experts to review our plan and procedures. We're confident that we'll be ready on Sunday, April 6."
The concern stems from the WWE Network's first live telecast back in February where it live streamed a two-hour special showcasing the company's new talent. The first hour for that event went off without a hitch but towards the end of the second hour, many subscribers began to complain about technical difficulties.
A day later the company released an email to subscribers addressing the situation and told the fans that they will continue to work out the kinks on the digital service.
"During tonight's live NXT ArRIVAL special, we unfortunately experienced technical difficulties, which are to be expected when launching a new digital network," the company said in the email. "We will work aggressively to solve these glitches and deliver quality service. The complete event will be available on-demand overnight."
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