While users in the United States could still watch Mar. 21’s Fastlane show via WWE Network, it was the first event to stream on Peacock, the service’s new home.
For the most part, it seems to have gone smoothly. The primary complaint on social media was that the Peacock stream was delayed by a few minutes. Though it was a known limitation that WWE and their partners acknowledged ahead of time, others were upset by the inability to pause or rewind on Peacock.
It’s hard to tell, because WWE didn’t specifically mention what issues they were commenting on when they issued a brief statement addressing them last night.
Any issues occurring with tonight’s broadcast of #WWEFastlane will be addressed in the future.— WWE (@WWE) March 22, 2021
Told you it was brief.
For what it’s worth, the experiences of Cageside staffers who watched via Peacock were okay. One person had to exit out and reload the show a few times early on, and one had a longer delay than the rest of us seemed to. One was annoyed there isn’t a Peacock app for Amazon devices. The lack of pause and rewind was annoying, and the inability to start from the beginning until the show was over & loaded to the archive was a hassle for one person who was busy until after 7 p.m. ET. But the stream quality was generally what we’re used to from the standalone Network.
The next tests will come during WrestleMania week, when the Hall of Fame Ceremony and night two of TakeOver: Stand & Deliver are only available on Peacock. And then the Granddaddy of Them All will really tax the system on April 10 & 11.