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WWE Network Surpasses Mark Of 700,000 Total Subscribers

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 31 / 14

WWE this morning announced as part of its Q2 earnings that its subscriber total for its over-the-top digital venture WWE Network has reached 700,000 subscribers. The total represents a minimal increase from the 667,287 subscribers WWE disclosed in early April, just six weeks into the service's avail...

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