WWE Network launch in UK faces further delays

The WWE wrestling organisation has delayed again the UK launch of its new WWE Network pay-television channel.

WWE confirmed the latest delay just 20 minutes prior to its launch time of 8pm yesterday (Monday) via the official WWE Network account on social networking website Twitter.

The 7:39pm Twitter post said: “The launch of WWE Network in the UK has been delayed until further notice.” No further explanation of the postponement was given.

WWE last week announced that the channel would launch in the UK in November following a number of other delays. The organisation originally scheduled a summer launch date in the UK before pushing it back to October and again to November.

Various media reports suggest the ongoing delay is down to continuing negotiations between the WWE and UK pay-television broadcaster BSkyB, which in January signed a five-year deal for the exclusive rights in the UK to WWE.

WWE Network is already available in more than 150 territories around the world including the US, Canada, Spain, Singapore and Hong Kong. Subscribers in these countries can access coverage via mobile devices, smart televisions, set-top boxes and video game consoles.