All Elite Wrestling is an American professional wrestling promotion based in Jacksonville, Florida. AEW has been selling its pay-per-view events via Warner Bros. Discovery’s B/R Live platform in the United States, as well as regular cable TV services and theaters.
Tony Khan, the president of All Elite Wrestling, has discussed bringing AEW wrestling content to Max with Warner Bros. Discovery. The site will not offer AEW live programming when it begins hosting live events next month, according to a recent announcement.
Since its inception in 2019, wrestling fans have been spending $50 or more to attend AEW pay-per-view events such as All In, All Out, Double Or Nothing, Full Gear, and others. This is the standard fee for most pay-per-view providers in North America.
Your ticket to live sports is now on us for a limited time. Starting October 5, catch all the biggest sports moments from @MLB, @NHL_on_TNT, @NBAonTNT, and more streaming live on Max with the @BleacherReport Sports Add-On. Learn more: https://t.co/yxv6sqLgOz pic.twitter.com/XNvUFECbgp
— Max (@StreamOnMax) September 19, 2023
According to a report, the streaming add-on, which will bear the Bleacher Report name, will go live on October 5 for $10 per month. The MLB, NBA, NHL, NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, and U.S. men’s and women’s national team soccer games are among the sports leagues and events for which WBD Sports has broadcast rights.
Max is adding a live sports tier to their service, which will be branded as Bleacher Report.
It will be an additional $10, and will be at no extra charge for Max subs through the February 2024 promo period.
SBJ says AEW will not be a part of this as of now pic.twitter.com/Rgpv4p8OOd
— Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com (@SeanRossSapp) September 19, 2023
The sports tier, which will be known as the Bleacher Report Sports Add-On package, is being constructed around this portfolio. There will also be a sizable archive of videos under the Bleacher Report brand. It might come in time for some of the MLB playoffs. Existing Max customers will not be charged until February 29, 2024.
Although AEW is not mentioned in the paper, the existence of a sizable new platform with live streaming capabilities. It will probably have an impact on the anticipated new TV rights agreement between AEW and WBD. This is the second piece of bad news Tony Khan has received since the departure of CM Punk.
Can AEW pay-per-view events be streamed on MAX?
In contrast to the now-defunct streaming platform B/R Live, which functioned identically to pay-per-view. The new add-on will only be offered as part of a Max subscription. Can All Elite Wrestling receive profit from WBD’s media move?
According to the Sports Business Journal, AEW is presently not part of the new sports tier on MAX. But with the wrestling company’s television deal set to be renewed soon, it’s unclear whether that will remain the case.
According to Tony Khan, WBD President David Zaslav has lauded All Elite Wrestling and its involvement in the broadcast media giant’s output.
I feel confident to say that AEW will be on Max in 2024 and AEW will expand its PPV Schedule to 12 a year. pic.twitter.com/YrP7KCiExY
— Andrew Zarian (@AndrewZarian) September 15, 2023
As per the WBD agreement, it may also be extended through 2024. After today’s revelation, Wrestling Observer and Mat Men podcast host Andrew Zarian says that AEW will be on Max next year.
He reiterated that $9.99 extra per month would be well worth it. If it meant obtaining AEW PPVs and archival shows. So it’s not impossible that we’ll see Dynamite and Collision stars streaming alongside Batman, Superman, and other well-known characters.