The WWE Network streamed a live event for the very first time earlier tonight (Thurs., Feb. 27, 2014) with its NXT Arrival show that started at 8 p.m. ET and ran for two full hours. It was a great show, really, but only while fans could actually witness it.
And that wasn't for the complete two hour program.
Indeed, there were intermittent issues with the stream. Just by gauging social media chatter, it seems many had their stream freeze when Tyler Breeze made his entrance and didn't get it back until just before the start of the Bo Dallas vs. Adrian Neville main event.
Shortly after the conclusion of the show, WWE issued the following statement:
During tonight's live NXT ArRIVAL special, we unfortunately experienced technical difficulties, which are to be expected when launching a new digital network. We will work aggressively to solve these glitches and deliver quality service. The complete event will be available on-demand overnight.
It will be hugely important for WWE to get this figured out before WrestleMania 30. That show will feature traffic that completely blows tonight out of the water and the stakes will be far higher.
Can you imagine how upset consumers will be if they can't watch the biggest show of the year without dealing with a freezing stream?
Promises are being made, at least. Now we'll see if they'll be delivered on.