WWE is doing marketing research regarding adding a possible tier-based system for the WWE Network. It’s not a for sure thing at this time, but WWE is very strongly looking into a four-tiered pricing based system where there would be free access to the network at last, but with a catch.
The free tier would include video clips (5 minutes or less),the video archive, and you can only watch up to 5 hours per month. It would also include commercials and would be available on all devices. The free tier also includes the live stream but they would black out the pay-per-views, NXT and the Cruiserweight Classic, though.
The very first paid tier would be $4.99/month, you’d be getting the “Big Four” PPV events (So stuff like the Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam and Survivor Series). NXT wouldn’t be available on the live stream but you would have access to NXT on-demand thankfully. You would also get limited commercials and would only be available on phones and tablets.
The $9.99 tier would be the same content that they already do right now, but it would have limited commercials and it would be available on every device. Along with that you’ll get weekly episodes of the Cruiserweight Classic as well. It looks like the CWC will be returning but not as a tournament on a yearly basis.
The final $14.99 tier would include footage of other promotions, and there would be zero commercials. Any fan would also get perks like early ticket access to events, offline content downloads, small group online chat, 2nd screen content and invites to in-person VIP meet-ups. WWE specifically mentions TNA and ROH as possible promotions that you’d be able to see in the $14.99 tier. This price tier includes everything from the other tiers plus the perks and content from independent promotions.