Mixed reviews for WWE Network and Wrestlemania 30

by: Sean Cahill -

Wrestlemania 30 is now in the books.  I was one of the millions of people in the United States to watch the first PPV ever streamed through the WWE Network.  Many critics and fans believed that WWE should have launched the network about a week earlier than they did in order to stress test the servers with the previous PPV, Elimination Chamber.  However, the Stamford, Connecticut-based company believed in MLB.TV and their powerful collection of servers (MLB Network hosts WWE Network on their servers).  The reviews seem to be mixed, so I'll give my personal take.

  • The video quality was excellent running on my Xbox 360, even with it being a first generation.
  • There were occasional hiccups with the stream, such as seeing a spinning wheel for a few seconds, then the feed managed to catch back up.  This happened about every ten to fifteen minutes.
  • After a few of these, the stream had to catch back up and would do an auto-skip that seemed to take the match forward about fifteen seconds.
  • Audio quality was great.
  • I had no pixelation or degradation in the signal even after my little stream hiccups.

WWE's twitter feed, however, was a completely different story.  There were many instances of people saying that the stream didn't work at all or was terrible quality.  I contacted a few acquaintances of mine throughout the show to see how their stream was holding up.  All said that there were no major issues.  For the record, I'm running on a 30 Mbps / 5 Mbps connection.

It would seem that the jury is still out on how well the WWE Network held up.  Either way, the company will have more than enough data and will hopefully rectify any issues, however large or small they are, before their next PPV.

Also, kudos to WWE for putting on what I thought to be one of the best Wrestlemanias I've ever seen.  

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