Aug 8, 2017

WWE is one of the largest OTT streaming networks in America

Professional wrestler Brock Lesnar; Credit: Phelan M. Ebenhack / AP Images for WWE

WWE is the fifth-largest streaming network in the U.S., with more paid over-the-top video subscribers (over 1.5 million) than Sling TV, HBO Now, and Showtime, according to research from Parks Associates.

How'd they do it? WWE was one of the first networks to really dive into the streaming market in 2014. They've since been able to up-sell subscribers paying for individual matches on pay per view (up to $50+ per event) to buying an all-inclusive monthly streaming package for $9.99, which includes live matches, archival content libraries, entertainment, and original content

WWE women craze: Four WWE female superstars rank in the top 10 most-followed female athletes on both Twitter and Facebook and 40% of WWE fans are women. Netflix recently released "GLOW," a fictional series about female entertainment wrestlers that's been getting rave reviews, including a 95% ranking on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Coronavirus updates: New global case numbers surpass China's

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The novel coronavirus is now affecting every continent but Antarctica and the WHO said Wednesday the number of new cases reported outside China has exceeded those inside the country for the first time.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,800 people and infected over 82,000 others in some 50 countries and territories. As Denmark and Estonia reported their first cases Thursday, Scott Morrison, prime minister of Australia — which has 23 confirmed infections — told a news conference, "The risk of a global pandemic is very much upon us."

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Mass shooting in Milwaukee: What we know so far

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in 2012. Photo: John Gress/Corbis via Getty Images

Six people died in a shooting at the Molson Coors Brewing Company in Milwaukee Molson Coors on Wednesday, including the 51-year-old gunman, Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters at an evening press conference with local police.

Details: All of the victims worked at the brewery complex, as did the shooter who died of "an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police confirmed in a statement late Wednesday.

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WHO official leads criticism of Trump's coronavirus response

President Trump with members of the new coronavirus task force, including Vice President Mike Pence at the White House on Wednesday. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, special advisor to the director general of the World Health Organization, told MSNBC Wednesday he found "most" of what President Trump said at his briefing on the novel coronavirus "incoherent."

The big picture: As the number of confirmed cases reaches 60 in the U.S., the top health professional — who was a health policy adviser in the Obama administration — is among several leading figures, in particular, Democrats, to criticize the president for his response to the outbreak.

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