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WHY PPVS ARE DISAPPEARING FROM THE WWE NETWORK AND MORE NETWORK NOTES

By Mike Johnson on 2014-03-21 16:00:06
We've received a lot of emails in regards to PPVs disappearing from the WWE Network, only for them to pop up within a day or so. From speaking to a WWE source, it's case of WWE updating the versions they originally used to a final version - in many cases the mastered versions were for the Classics on Demand VOD channel and were edited (specifically cursing) for all audience while the Network, with parental controls, doesn't need to have the same concerns.

There's also an interesting situation brewing, as we discussed on the We Don't Need No Stinkin' Name Show a few days back in the Elite section, in regard to music that was co-written and performed by James Papa from WCW in the early 1990s as well as Michael Hayes' old "Badstreet USA" theme song. WWE Network has been pulling PPVs down and replacing them with versions using Papa's music, which would seem to indicate the two sides have come to some sort of settlement in his lawsuit against the company over the use of the music and trademarks. As of 3/17, when the PPVs began to be changed, there had been no notice of a settlement with the court, so we'll have to see what goes down.

Ian sent word that a number of Legends of Wrestling panels have been added to the VOD section.

ECW and WCW PPVs have been moved to the Vault section of the Network. One some devices, they are listed in both the PPV and Vault areas and on some, are now listed only in the Vault.