I just received an e-mail from WWE and amongst the items mentioned was news that the WWE Network is FINALLY available to all Canadians and not just to those who subscribe to Roger Cable.
As great as that news is, some Canadians will still not be able to subscribe. Service fees for television, cable or satellite, rises every couple of years and with so many jobs in Canada leaving to places like Mexico or China, paying for television service becomes harder and harder to do. This of course results in many Canadians cancelling their service and instead turn to torrent sites or using such services that hide ones location to access services like Hulu Plus which is not available in Canada.
The cable and satellite providers are trying to combat this with their own Hulu Plus/Netflix type service but they are doing it completely ass backwards.
What they have done is setup these online viewing services BUT you still have to be a cable/satellite customer. Subscribing to both services is absolutely ridiculous. Those who are turning to torrent site are doing so because they can no longer afford the high cost involved for cable and satellite. If these companies want to get them back as customers, then they need to allow people to subscribe WITHOUT being forced to also take cable/satellite.
This brings us back to the WWE Network. No one is allowed to subscribe unless they also have a cable or satellite subscription. WWE really screwed up when they made such a deal with Rogers Communications.
Myself, it looks like I will have to continue downloading all my WWE and regular TV content until Rogers, Bell or Shaw get their heads out of their asses and start caring about the Canadians who either can not afford or do not want cable/satellite service. If WWE and Hollywood want to blame someone for torrent downloading, they only have to look at Rogers, Bell, Shaw and the CRTC for they are the ones driving Canadians towards such places.