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IN DEMAND AND AEW SIGN LONG-TERM, PPV OUTPUT DEAL


— AEW Commits to Provide Minimum of One PPV Event Per Quarter through 2021 —


NEW YORK CITY (December 3, 2019)—
In Demand, the leading transactional video-on-demand and pay-per-view (PPV) programming distributor, owned by Charter Communications, Comcast Cable, and Cox Communications, announced that it has finalized a deal with All Elite Wrestling (AEW) for a programming output deal that guarantees In Demand a minimum of one PPV event per quarter through June 2021.


“We’re huge fans of AEW’s exciting wrestling talent and events, and are pleased to partner with them as they continue to build their audience, marketing and distribution,” said Mark Boccardi, In Demand’s SVP, Programming & Marketing. “This commitment from AEW demonstrates that our programming partners see the value in a long-term relationship with In Demand, and with the pay- per-view platform itself. We’re able to offer our content partners the largest distribution reach in the PPV business, as well as customized marketing and promotional support.”


“AEW pay-per-view events are the best shows in wrestling, and In Demand is a perfect PPV partner for us as well as our fans,” said AEW President and CEO Tony Khan. “With In Demand’s vast reach and connectivity, we’ll be able to bring all of our AEW pay-per-view shows into the homes of wrestling fans throughout North America.”


About In Demand: In Demand is an innovative partnership between three of the leading cable companies in the U.S.—Charter Communications, Comcast Cable, and Cox Communications. In Demand is a company of trusted content aggregators and licensing experts, with unparalleled technical expertise and long-standing relationships with MVPDs, major sports leagues, Hollywood studios, and other entertainment and sports companies across North America. In Demand delivers great content to more than 60 million cable homes and has distribution deals with more than 200 companies. For more information, go to indemand.com.


About AEW AEW is a new professional wrestling promotion headlined by members of The Elite (Cody & Brandi Rhodes, Matt & Nick Jackson, Kenny Omega and Hangman Page) and Chris Jericho and Jon Moxley. For the first time in many years, AEW is offering an alternative to mainstream wrestling, with a growing roster of world-class male and female wrestlers who are poised to bring new spirit, freshness and energy to the industry. The inaugural event under the AEW banner was DOUBLE OR NOTHING in Las Vegas, followed by FYTER FEST in Daytona Beach, FIGHT FOR THE FALLEN in Jacksonville, ALL OUT in Chicago, and FULL GEAR in Baltimore.


AEW is broadcasting two-hour weekly shows on TNT (U.S.) on Wednesdays from 8 to 10 p.m. ET. The action-packed matches take place in different cities across the nation each Wednesday. For more info, check out @AEWrestling (Twitter), @AllEliteWrestling (Instagram), /AllEliteWrestling (FB), AllEliteWrestling (YouTube).
Does iN DEMAND have flexible pricing points or will it still be locked in at $50 USD? If they could get it down to $35-$40 range I think it would be much more reasonable and probably make more money as more folks would purchase it.
 

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Nope the deal won't come down. As they have to split it with the 3 major cable companies and they're not going to go for lowering prices.
 

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Yeah I’d like to see them go to 6 a year. That’s not too much while 4 a year almost seems like not enough. Six, one every other month, that would be a good set up.
 

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Yeah I’d like to see them go to 6 a year. That’s not too much while 4 a year almost seems like not enough. Six, one every other month, that would be a good set up.
Totally agreed, 6 PPV's a year is a nice balanced amount. It gives them enough time on TV to build up feuds as I think 4 seems like too little and 12 is just way too much. I just wish these prices of the PPV's would come down. Our local provider Comcast charges $60 for each AEW PPV, which is odd since others say that some other cable providers charge $50.
 

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Does this mean that their PPVs won't be available on Bleacher Report Live anymore? I really enjoyed watching them on my tablet.
 

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If they're getting quarterly ppvs the need a mid card belt to be defended on the weekly shows.

The world title should only be defended on PPVs.
 

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They were probably looking at the ratings which AEW is 9-0 against NXT. NXT got viewership wins the past 2 weeks they didn't come easily. First week was bringing in your WM ME winner and the guy who was Universal Champion for months. Then last week NXT got put over by Raw and SD at a Big 4 and having their own PPV as well and it gave them 2 in a row.
 

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Yeah I’d like to see them go to 6 a year. That’s not too much while 4 a year almost seems like not enough. Six, one every other month, that would be a good set up.
I agree. 6-7 a year seems reasonable.

February: PPV
March/April: PPV that falls in proximity, but not on Wrestlemania weekend (thinking like Invasion Attack Sakura Genesis was for NJPW)
May: DoN
Late June/ Early July: Summer PPV
August: ALL Out
Late September/ Early October: PPV (although this could be a tv special like Bash at the Beach is going to be)
November: Full Gear
 
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