On Sunday night WWE fans will be tuning in for the 29th annual SummerSlam pay-per-view, which takes place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.The event will be headlined by the Brock Lesnar vs Randy Orton showdown, with a great undercard including Seth Rollins vs Finn Balor for the brand new WWE Universal Championship.For pro wrestling fans around the world, this is is the second biggest weekend of the year after WrestleMania , with the NXT Takeover: Brooklyn special taking place in the same building on Saturday evening.NXT Takeover, which offers a stacked card headlined by Shiunsuke Nakamura vs. Samoa Joe for the NXT Championship.The women s title is also on the line as Bayley squares off against defending champion Asuka.Undoubtedly the best place to watch all of the festivities this weekend is on the WWE Network streaming service.
OurMine, the notorious hacker group responsible for hacking the social media accounts of a number of celebrities, companies and top tech executives in 2016, are back at it again.The group hacked multiple Twitter accounts associated with the World Wrestling Entertainment group on Saturday 28 January including that of WWE Universe, WWE NXT, WWE Network, Summer Slam as well as wrestlers John Cena and Triple H. WWE's Tumblr page was also compromised.On Sunday, OurMine also briefly breached CNN's official Facebook account as well as its CNN International and CNN Politics Facebook pages.Claiming responsibility for the breaches, the group left its signature message in each hacked account saying they were "just testing your security" and offered their own security services along with a link to their website."Hey, it's OurMine we are just testing your security, please contact us for more information, Thanks," the group wrote in a message posted along with its logo in each case.WWE confirmed the breaches in a statement to Mashable saying: "WWE can confirm that several official WWE Twitter accounts were hacked for a brief period on Saturday evening.
BAMTech, the digital media company spun off by Major League Baseball s MLB Advanced Media, continues to move forward through the maturity process as today they named the former vice president, digital video at Amazon, Michael Paull, as BAMTech s CEO.The move takes place after Bob Bowman, President, Business & Media of Major League Baseball stepped back from the operations of BAMTech after its intial launch.BAMTech, the streaming service that is owned by MLBAM, The Walt Disney Company, and the National Hockey League, continues to grow its stable of over-the-top OTT clients which includes HBO NOW, the NHL, MLB, the PGA TOUR, WWE Network, Riot Games/League of Legends, and Ice Network.Disney is posititioned to continue taking a larger ownership stake, with the option of eventually becoming majority owners in several years.BAMTech also has negotiated a presence in Europe through a partnership last year with Discovery, BAMTech Europe, which was launched to provide tech and video streaming services overseas, including Eurosport s digital products.Paull is scheduled to start in March as CEO.
Impactful advice from WWE's chief revenue and marketing officerIn 1985, Vince McMahon created WrestleMania, a sports and pop-culture extravaganza—including the likes of Muhammad Ali, Billy Martin, Mr. T, Cyndi Lauper, The Rockettes and Liberace.It all took place in front of a sold-out crowd of 20,000 fans at Madison Square Garden and aired on closed-circuit television.Every brand has a story, and it’s critical to connect your consumers with whatever that story may be.Whether it was Vince McMahon pioneering the pay-per-view business and cable television in the 1980s or taking a calculated risk by disrupting WWE’s own pay-per-view business with the launch of WWE Network nearly 30 years later, WWE continues to be a bold innovator.With a production value unlike any other live entertainment or sporting event, WrestleMania is a combination of rock concert, theater, athletic competition and pyrotechnic extravaganza, providing family-friendly entertainment with a little something for everyone.
p The maker of Rocket League is betting that WWE fans will also enjoy its game.A new deal will alow WWE fans to play it at upcoming pay-per-view events.In a move that seems rather apt considering its upcoming Great Balls of Fire pay-per-view event, the WWE has announced a partnership with Psyonix, the maker of Rocket League.As a presenting partner, Rocket League will be playable at upcoming WWE events, as well as showcased on the WWE network and its social media accounts.Although the move is being marketed as a partnership, in reality, WWE is helping to increase exposure to Rocket League, and not the other way around.While WWE fans will get a chance to play the game at upcoming events, for the most part, this is a way for the WWE to leverage its enormous audience and media presence to help increase the game’s already large player base.
p Psyonix, the studio behind auto-based soccer game and eSports staple, Rocket League, has partnered with the WWE to give the title's branding pride of place among two pay-per-view events.The game will be publicised by WWE’s platforms, including television, digital and social media, and on WWE Network, WWE’s direct-to-consumer streaming service, with its partnership upon the Backlash and Great Balls of Fire events.The title will also be a promotional partner of WWE’s biggest event of the summer, SummerSlam, Sunday, 20 August.The game boasts around 31m players but through exposure to the WWE fan base, Psionix will hope to continue the title's explosive growth on consoles and PCs as an accessible eSports title.John Brody, WWE executive vice president, global sales and partnerships, said: “The integrated partnership with Psyonix will provide Rocket League with an opportunity to utilize WWE’s global platforms and reach our passionate fan base, many of whom are avid gamers.“We look forward to working with Rocket League as we collectively build customized one-stop shopping programs to reach their consumers.”
“I think an open, free internet—not free in terms of cost, but free of encumbrance from data caps—is the right thing to do.”Inzerillo is in a position to be concerned.BAMTech, a spinoff of MLB Advanced Media, provides the streaming technology for many popular online video services, including HBO Now, Sony’s PlayStation Vue, WWE Network, and MLB TV.All three companies charge an additional $10 per 50GB in excess of their limits, and if you want to restore unlimited data, Comcast charges $50 per month extra and AT charges $30 per month extra.Aside from just lobbying the federal government for more consumer-friendly policies, Inzerillo said we might see streaming providers tweak their apps to offer greater control over data consumption.Letting users reduce a stream’s frame rate from 60 frames per second to 30 frames per second, for instance, would consume far less bandwidth, as would reducing stream resolution to less than 1080p.
So you binged watched the first season of "GLOW" in one day and now have an itch for women's pro wrestling?The WWE on Tuesday officially announced the Mae Young Classic, a women's wrestling tournament that'll be available exclusively on its streaming service, the WWE Network, on August 28.Named after women's wrestling pioneer Mae Young, the Classic will bring together 32 performers from around the world in an attempt to find the WWE's next big starlet.The first four episodes will be made available on August 28, with three more coming on September 4 and the finals streaming live on September 12.Other than finding a new star for the women's division, which has gotten a big boost in recent years thanks to fan demand and the success of Ronda Rousey in the UFC, WWE also hopes to bring new subscribers to its network.At last count, around 1.66 million are subscribed, but the company has long aimed to get that number up to 2 or even 3 million.
It feels like we were due another massive online database leak, and, sure enough, there’s just been another one.On this occasion it’s wrestling fans who have been exposed, after an unprotected WWE database was discovered containing the personal information of over 3 million users.Bob Diachenko, Chief Security Communications Officer at security firm Kromtech (the same company that discovered a database containing 560 million login credentials back in May), found the trove of data, which included home and email addresses, dates of birth, educational background, ethnicity, earnings, and even customers’ children’s age ranges and genders, all stored in plain text.Diachenko said the data was stored on an Amazon Web Services S3 server that had no username or password protection and could be accessed by anyone who knew the web address to search.It appears that this database comes from one of the WWE corporation’s marketing teams.The data matches that found in the account details of customers belonging to the WWE Network, the wrestling company’s subscription streaming service.
BEIJING—World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. is betting on China’s growing appetite for online video content—and its taste for melodrama.The Stamford, Conn.-based media company plans to debut its online streaming channel, WWE Network, here Aug. 18 in a revenue-sharing deal with PPTV, the Chinese video website controlled by retail giant Suning Commerce Group Co.To the WWE, the outcome looks as certain as in one of its scripted...
Three years ago, the World Wrestling Entertainment took all of its monthly pay-per-view events and put them on its own streaming service, the WWE Network.Now, the company is flirting with another type of streaming.WWE announced "Mixed Match Challenge" on Wednesday, a 12-episode show that'll stream on Facebook Watch, Facebook's go at an original-content broadcaster to take on Netflix and YouTube Red.The show, which will launch on Jan. 12, will see 12 grapplers from each of the company's brands, Raw and SmackDown, compete against each other in a tag-team tournament.The winning team wins $100,000, which will be donated to a charity of their choice.The mixed-gender matches will include some of WWE's biggest stars, including Braun Strowman, Charlotte Flair and Finn Balor.
WWE has announced the promotion of Brian Flinn to chief marketing and communications officer.Flinn who was formerly WWE's executive vice president, marketing and communications since 2015, will now oversee all marketing and corporate communications functions, including global consumer marketing, WWE network marketing, creative services, special events, publicity, media relations and corporate communications.He will report to WWE co-president Michelle Wilson.Prior to WWE, Flinn worked at NBA as senior vice president, marketing.Vince McMahon, WWE chairman and chief executive officer said: "Brian has been an instrumental part of our company's leadership team and I'm thrilled to announce his much-deserved promotion."In this new role, we are confident that he will continue to expand the opportunities for WWE, and further enhance visibility, brand reputation and audience engagement."
On Tuesday night, Daniel Bryan opened WWE's SmackDown show with a simple message: I will wrestle again.Harkening back to his February 2016 retirement, forced on him due to concussion issues, Bryan made an emotional speech.Taking place on April 8, it's the company's best tool to attract fans to its Netflix-like WWE Network subscription service.That's evident in the fan reaction to his announcement on Tuesday, and also on social media.chant, which bled into mainstream sports, and for winning the WWE Championship in the main event of WrestleMania 30 in 2014.He suffered a very real, non-storyline concussion in 2015, with WWE officials not feeling comfortable enough to clear him to perform.
Every week, we put together a podcast that lets you know what's been added to services like Netflix, Hulu and (sometimes) Amazon Prime.The audio is about a minute or two long.The weekend is packed if you've got the WWE Network with live specials airing on April 7 and 8.Sunday, April 8, is the day when you can see how Ronda Rousey adjusts to her new life as a professional wrestler.Pre-show begins at 5 p.m.The main show starts at 7 p.m. Oh yeah, Daniel Bryan is back, too.
Welcome back to your guide to finding out what's new online.Every week, we put together a podcast that lets you know what's been added to services like Netflix, Hulu and (sometimes) Amazon Prime.The weekend is packed if you've got the WWE Network with live specials airing on April 7 and 8.Sunday, April 8, is the day when you can see how Ronda Rousey adjusts to her new life as a professional wrestler.Pre-show begins at 5 p.m.The main show starts at 7 p.m. Oh yeah, Daniel Bryan is back, too.
Ronda Rousey wasn't wrestling for a title at Sunday's WrestleMania 34, but the former UFC champion was the biggest winner of the night.Ronda teamed up with Kurt Angle, an Olympic Gold Medal-winning wrestler, to take on and defeat Stephanie McMahon and Triple H, arguably the two biggest antagonists in wrestling today.It was the most promoted match on the show: The bout WWE was hoping would attract the most fans to its WWE Network, on which WrestleMania exclusively streamed.Wrestling fans are notoriously harsh on real-world celebrities, and one in-ring slip up could have been catastrophic for her superstar auraThankfully for her, that didn't happen, which is great news for WWE, a company that in the last few years has started pushing its women as serious athletes rather than pin-up models.The expectations of many fans going into WrestleMania was that Rousey's time in the ring would be limited.
At Sunday night's Money In The Bank pay-per-view on the WWE Network, she wrestled Nia Jax for the Women's Championship in what was the most heavily promoted match on the show.It didn't go on last, but it was in essence the main event.Rousey's first match, a mixed-tag bout at WrestleMania, was a huge success, but she had the luxury of being in the ring with Kurt Angle and Triple H. The two illustrious performers, with a combined 46 years of experience between them, could ensure the train was kept on rails.Conversely, her match at Money In The Bank was a singles bout against Nia Jax.She had no tag-team partner to share the workload with, and Jax only has three years of experience.There were no obvious mistakes, and Rousey, who's much smaller than Jax, came across as a formidable, believable star wrestler.
You've got your Netflix subscription and Amazon Prime.Bad news: It’s about to get worse.The notion that streaming services might someday totally supplant the monolithic cable package has glittered on the horizon for years now."The abundance of programming and commercial viability of smaller audiences is making it possible for storytelling from a much wider range of experiences to finally be available," says Amanda Lotz, a professor of media studies at the University of Michigan and author of Portals: A Treatise on Internet-Distributed Television.But while tailored, a la carte services have long been the promise of streaming TV, it's starting to look more like a series of pricey buffets."Realistically you're not going to have a consumer with more than two or three services per month,” says Rayburn.
The first 30 minutes of Evolution, the first-ever all-women’s pay-per-view event from World Wrestling Entertainment, will be simulcast on Twitter starting at 7 p.m.WWE said Sunday’s livestream will mark the first time a WWE Network special will be simulcast on the social network.The simulcast will be available via @WWE, @TwitterLive and @TwitterSports.The social network also created three custom hashtag-triggered emojis for the event, which will be added to tweets that include WWEEvolution, RondaRousey or NikkiBella.Evolution will feature women’s championship matches from Monday Night Raw, SmackDown Live, NXT and NXT U.K., as well as the finals of all-women’s tournament the Mae Young Classic 2018.It will be held at NYCB LIVE in Uniondale, N.Y., home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, and it will livestream on WWE Network and air via PPV.
The road to Wrestlemania 35 begins with the 2019 Royal Rumble.The Royal Rumble takes place this Sunday, Jan. 27 in Phoenix, Arizona.Wrestlemania 35 will be held on April 7 in New Jersey.Like last year, the 2019 Royal Rumble will actually have two battle royals, one each for the women and men.Check out the times and dates as well as the full match card below.The Royal Rumble takes place in Phoenix Arizona on Sunday, Jan. 27.