Silver Vision and WWE Parting Ways?

September 19, 2012 by Mark D

A few minutes ago Silver Vision released a statement informing fans that as of December 31, 2012 they will be parting ways with WWE.

Below is the full statement:

After 22 years of dedicating Silver Vision exclusively to WWE, the WWE and Clear Vision Ltd will part company on the 31st December 2012. Silvervision.co.uk (owned by Clear Vision Ltd) will continue to sell WWE DVDs, Blu-rays and WWE films after this date while stocks last, but we will not be able to offer new releases for sale on our site. SummerSlam 2012 and nWo: The Revolution will be the last new WWE releases we will be producing ourselves.

Clear Vision and its staff are saddened by this news as we have worked very hard over the years to bring the best possible service to all WWE fans and we would like to thank you all for your continued support over the years.

Silvervision.co.uk is looking forward to a new future which will amalgamate all the products and some new programmes of its mother company, Clear Vision Ltd, on one site.

Please be assured this will not affect your current and future orders in any way and you will continue to receive the same great service.

It is unclear at the moment about how WWE DVDs and Blu-rays will be distributed within the UK and European markets; however this is a valuable market for WWE so we are sure that Europe will not be without WWE DVDs for long.

We hope to have more information on this situation in the coming days and weeks.

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  1. DCHILD says:

    Has an American fan, I will state that even I am saddened by this news. I have purchased all the Silvervision releases of the PPV’s from the Attitude Era, tagged classics etc. Of course Silvervision doesn’t sell directly to US, but Amazon.uk helped me a ton, and a seller that was on eBay had the ones Amazon didn’t have in stock. I thought the quality was great and even on my NTSC based TV they played great using my All region DVD player. I’m just glad I got all the old ones I wanted before they split ways. Though I think all will be well for those in the UK, I do feel bad since Silvervision was a good company. I thank them for all the great releases they had.

  2. Thomas says:

    Thomas Goodearl, I agree with you, we should have protest & support for Silvervision refuse to purchase any more PPV’s from WWE, just to say we are p***** off at them!

  3. Thomas says:

    we may never know why WWE decided to end their relationship with SIlver Vision & it could be possibilities & anything is a possibility whether it is business or political or both. You can’t blame UK & European fans reacting like this considering that WWE closed down WWE Euroshop & ended their relationship with Silver Vision within a couple of months of each other, sure WWE isn’t screwing over UK & European fans but that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t if it’s for business reasons. That is why I said we would know for sure if they do want to screw us over if they stop their European tours & not allow their shows being broadcast in the UK & Europe but I don’t see that happening at all.

    I don’t know why you bought up the PPVs cause they are broadcast here plus I understand why WWE doesn’t want to do the events from the UK and Europe in general for obvious reasons, they used to do UK only PPVs which they stopped in order to do the house shows & television tapings here which to me is better cause for starters I never would have experienced going to WWE live events which is something I enjoy going to each time they are in my nearest city.

    I guess many North American fans can’t know how European fans feels about this news unless they imagine if WWE was a UK company who decided to end their relationship with their US distributor for DVDs & Blu-rays.

  4. Thomas says:

    The current US dvd distributor for WWE wants to distribute dvds & blu-rays worldwide so that could be possible cause all companies have one thing in common & that is greed.

    WWE doesn’t care much about European fans despite everything we done for them. Now considering that first WWE Euroshop went & now the WWE relationship with Silvervision is ending I dread to think what will happen next if that is case. We will know for sure if they intend to screw us over by stopping their broadcasts over here, no longer doing European tours cause it seems they rather go to countries where people have little to zero rights.

    What ever the reason is we may never find out but all I can hope is that WWE finds a new UK distributor for their future dvd releases & I hope that if they do find then those guys should
    re-release all of the titles on dvd & blu-ray that Silvervision has done

  5. Anonymous says:

    Horrible news. Silvervision always did high quality wwe dvds. My only hope is they take over for tna now considering they lost there navarre dvd deal

  6. Daniel Almeida says:

    This is sad i hope at least we continue to get wwe dvds here in europe WE NEED THEM!

  7. Drew says:

    I had a feeling this will happen, when WWE shut down the WWEEuroshop site along with the so called ‘production problems’ Silvervision had a couple of months back it was only a matter of time before this would happen. Why did WWE end their relationship with Silverivison? I have no idea but it could be any of the following.

    1. The riots last year here in the UK. It wasn’t Silvervisions fault that one of the places that had a lot of stock got destroyed but WWE may have been pissed at them.

    2. The current Linda McMahon state senate campaign. Silvervision sells many dvds and blu-rays pre current PG era and obviously Lindas opponents are using this to their advantage.

    3. Many of dvds contain the c and b words and that is Chris Benoit. Now I’m not sure if the PPVs he was on were still selling but WWE opponents do often use anything they can to take down WWE and the Benoit incident is one of their main weapons.

    4. The current US dvd distributor for WWE wants to distribute dvds and blu-rays worldwide so that could be possible cause all companies have one thing in common and that is greed.

    5. WWE doesn’t care much about European fans despite everything we done for them. Now considering that first WWE Euroshop went and now the WWE relationship with Silvervision is ending I dread to think what will happen next if that is case. We will know for sure if they intend to screw us over by stopping their broadcasts over here, no longer doing European tours cause it seems they rather go to countries where people have little to zero rights.

    What ever the reason is we may never find out but all I can hope is that WWE finds a new UK distributor for their future dvd releases and I hope that if they do find then those guys should re-release all of the titles on dvd and blu-ray that Silvervision has done.

    • Dave says:

      The first three are laughable…what ridiculous arguments!

      Four probably seems more realistic and Five is just bullshit…WWE still run RAW/SD and live events in the UK…just because you don’t get Summerslam, Wrestlemania or any other PPV doesn’t mean WWE is “screwing over” with UK fans.

      • Drew says:

        I said at the bottom of my post that we may never know why WWE decided to end their relationship with SIlvervision and what I posted above it could be possibilities and I never made claims that they are true cause anything is a possibility whether it is business or political or both. You can’t blame UK and European fans reacting like this considering that WWE closed down WWE Euroshop and ended their relationship with Silvervision within a couple of months of each other, sure WWE isn’t screwing over UK and European fans but that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t if it’s for business reasons. That is why I said we would know for sure if they do want to screw us over if they stop their European tours and not allow their shows being broadcast in the UK and Europe but I don’t see that happening at all.

        I don’t know why you bought up the PPVs cause they are broadcast here plus I understand why WWE doesn’t want to do the events from the UK and Europe in general for obvious reasons, they used to do UK only PPVs which they stopped in order to do the house shows and television tapings here which to me is better cause for starters I never would have experienced going to WWE live events which is something I enjoy going to each time they are in my nearest city.

        I guess many North American fans can’t know how European fans feels about this news unless they imagine if WWE was a UK company who decided to end their relationship with their US distributor for DVDs and Blu-rays.

        • Anonymous says:

          We know how the European fans feel seeing as we don’t get every single release on blu-ray, nor do we get Tagged Classics.

          For once, I would love to own every single PPV of a particular year in blu-ray. Have a PPV blu-ray collection

    • AJ says:

      To say WWE is greedy because they want to control what they distribute is asinine. It’s their company, why would they want to lose out on profits. I don’t know what you think WWE owes you…

    • Stevie H says:

      Drew says: “2. The current Linda McMahon state senate campaign. Silvervision sells many dvds and blu-rays pre current PG era and obviously Lindas opponents are using this to their advantage.”

      Load of rubbish mate,….That has nothing to do with anything.

  8. Scott says:

    I wonder if this has anything to do with WWE’s US distributor being taken over by a new company several months ago.

  9. legend_killer says:

    The fact that WWE does not come up with an announcement, shows how much they care about their European fanbase. Sure, I am a fan of their product, but I regret it is brought to us by such an inconsiderate company

    • Dave says:

      Inconsiderate company!? LOL! Thats business…get use to it, a company will make decisions that is sometimes not popular amongst the crowd. Maybe you should wait until more confirmation comes up to why WWE decided to drop Silver Vision instead of “bashing” WWE think they don’t care about their European fans…which is total bullshit.

  10. Scsa says:

    I’m mostly up-set about the fact that I won’t be able to get the ‘ATTITUDE ERA’ set ;(

  11. Roger Palmer says:

    Big shock, but personally this could mean we could start seeing Digital releases of WWE titles…. silvervision do a fantastic job in promoting their new products…certainly a end of a era

  12. Anonymous says:

    Definitely bad news. I always found their releases much superior to those in North America. I ended up picking up 4/5 region-free blu rays they came out with earlier this year, and those extras were far better than what we in North America got.

  13. Cav says:

    F***ing horrible news.

  14. Scsa says:

    Is this really happening?! Is Silvervision really closing down? Won’t I be able to pre-order the up-comIng ‘WWE ATTITUDE ERA’ Blu-Ray?! 🙁 Won’t Amazon.co.uk / PLAY.com and even HMV sell them (even though they sell DVD’s n BLU-RAY’s for a more expensive price?

    Please don’t do this SILVERVISION / WWE !!!!!

    • LP1 says:

      SilverVision isn’t closing down. They’re just not carrying WWE DVD’s anymore. What will they sell after the WWE deal expires? I have no idea. As for those other places, they’ll likely continue to sell whatever inventory they have until they run out.

      • Scsa says:

        Well for me they are closing down if they won’t be selling WWE stock anymore!

        But where does PLAY / AMAZON n HMV get their stock from in the UK? Silvervision?

        • Mark D says:

          Yes, all of the WWE DVDs in the UK and Europe come from Silver Vision (whether you buy them from Silver Vision direct or from stores/sites like: HMV, Play.com etc.) Once a new licensee is up and running those retail stores/sites will get their WWE releases from them. Hopefully the new licensee will continue to sell directly to the public and offer: fan interaction, great sales, early releases etc. just like Silver Vision does/did :_(

  15. Harry Faversham says:

    I’m very sad about this, for so many reasons. Quite simply, f***!

  16. John says:

    What a shame! That is a huge loss!

  17. AJ says:

    From an American side, the biggest thing that affects everyone is SilverVision is the source for listings in good advance of the DVDs. When SV was down early in the summer, it was hard finding out content for Clash of the Champions and ECW. I’ve always been jealous of the content Silvervision was able to put out. I think 2013 will be the year every DVD is released on Blu Ray…hopefully.

  18. Jon says:

    I for one, don’t really care. For years I have imported most of my WWE DVD’s from the US because they are better quality. What’s more, I hate Clear Vision due them repeatedly complaining to eBay about my listings. Stupid bastards thought I was trying to compete with them when all I was doing was selling my own personal property to make a bit of money, nothing illegal in any way.

    When Silvervision first started doing WWE DVD’s back in 1999, they were great. Quality was identical to the US releases as they were all in NTSC format. Then in early 2002 they started converting them to the European PAL format. The quality varied between releases, but all were noticeably lower than the US ones. Vengeance 2002 in particular was dreadful (if you have it, look at those reds!), and as for Wrestlemania XIX, that was so poor it looked like a Video CD! Backlash 2002 had some sort of mastering error in the later part of the show where the sound was way out of sync with the picture. 45 seconds I think, or was that minutes? I can’t remember but I immediately sold it. By 2004 their DVD’s were quite respectable. But by 2006 / 2007 things had declined badly, with very noticable dropped frames etc. One PPV had a spot with someone being put though a table, and the actual table breaking bit was missing. It wasn’t an edit, just a side effect of their dodgy PAL conversions. By this point I gave up and sold all my UK DVD’s and replaced them with US imports. The difference is astonishing! Quality was so much better. No dropped frames on that same DVD I mentioned earlier.
    I have seen some of their recent releases, and they are quite good and so must have improved since then. As for their Blu-rays, I have no complaints at all, they are superb.

    I won’t miss them though, and there will be someone else distributing WWE DVD’s, so don’t worry.

  19. ALK says:

    This will be bad as a whole. All the previous released, especially the Tagged Classics will certainly go up in price once they are out of print. There’s hope that maybe the new distributor would rerelease some of these titles, but yeah.

  20. LP1 says:

    PWInsider.com posted the following: “One of the reasons WWE is ending their relationship with Silvervision is they want to control the streaming of their content overseas as well as take certain rights back in-house.”

    I kinda figured taking things back in house was one of the reasons behind it.

  21. Thomas Goodearl says:

    All European/UK fans, we should in protest and support for Silvervision refuse to purchase any more PPV’s from WWE, just to say we are pissed off at them!

    • lee says:

      well its all we can do – to those importing, its a bad idea.
      number 1 – when they do get released here, you are stuck with an import worth less than the uk price. plus its either region locked or has the awful aussie ratings on it.
      number 2 – if you do import, wwe will wonder if they even need to release the events here.

      i will buy my wwe blurays from silvervision and then when the dvds are cheap in the future ill fill the gaps. but NOC 2012 and all the releases going forward, well i shall wait. a lot of people paid silly money to get mania 28 and the ecw and wcw releases, just dont panic they all come back eventually.

      my main gripe is this will no doubt end the tagged classics range and other uk exclusive titles (b level ppv blurays, live in the uk etc)

  22. Markus says:

    That is a absolutly bad day for Wrestlingfans here in Europe. SilverVision has good prices, a good service, a great spectrum of titles, the Tagged Classics… We will see where we can buy DVDs next year and I hope it will be not so expensive.

  23. @imdjluis says:

    I tell you what then, I’ve got almost all the tagged classics already. Them mf’s at WWE better start releasing the PPV’s on Blu-Ray in the U.S. again.

  24. LP1 says:

    To be honest, I never understood why WWE needed SilverVision in the first place. WWE produces all of their own home videos in house anyway. Why pay for a middle man to produce their videos overseas(and give them a cut of the sales) when they can distribute the videos themselves and make a bigger profit. Whatever extra costs there will be to ship overseas will more likely than not be made up by not having to split revenue with SilverVision.

    I feel bad for fans overseas who won’t be able to get SilverVisions great exclusives anymore like Tagged Classics, but instead of crying about what you won’t get anymore you should be thankful that you at least did get to enjoy them at all for all these years. Compared to North America(WWE’s main market) you guys have been riding the gravy train for a long time.

    • Anonymous says:

      The WWE doesn’t produce all their videos in house. They edit them all in house but an outside company puts together and prints the final DVDs and Blu-Rays for them.
      That’s all Silvervision did as well. WWE sent them the tapes and Silvervision just put them onto a DVD and packaged it.
      WWE will just get a new company to do it for the Europe market.

    • WWEATTITUDEERA says:

      Riding the gravy time, piss off mate your just jealous that your shit market in america didint get these, we got exclusive blu-ray ppvs cause we put money into buying these, what do american people do they cant even buy blu rays because they are too tight thats why wwe stopped making them, the biggest embrassment is the fact the uk european market is bigger than your shitty american market you had to import classic ppvs like tagged classics, us fans didnt have to import anything cause you lot never got any exclusives, the uk european distributor starting in 2013 will be bigger than ever wait and see!!

    • Harry Faversham says:

      I can see why it makes sense to cut out the middle man from a business point of view. And yes we have been lucky to have been graced with a lot of good releases that weren’t in the US and we should as LP1 says be grateful for them. The thing is though, I’m not sure US fans realise how highly thought of Silver Vision is. They are more than just a distributor to me because of the level and satndard of service they’ve given for so long. You used to order stuff and get it delievered free the next day. I doubt that any other DVD distributor takes care of their customers the way Silver Vision has. Honestly, things won’t be the same without them. Its as bad as if this site disappeared to be honest with you. Of course life goes on and there are more important things in life, but I will miss Silver Vision’s Wrestling sales for sure. I’m worried that with some great titles on the schedule, they won’t get released in the UK at all if the time passes before a new arrangement is sorted, I’m sorry for the people that were hyped up for the Attitude era DVD. I’m gutted that the Best of Raw series I had wanted on DVD for years had just started to be issued and has now been cut short and that there will be no more tagged classics. I have to get my hands on the new Bret Hart DVD one way or another.

  25. Dave says:

    I remember i read few months back the WWE closed down Euroshop, that was probably what started…possibly its just a cost cutting measure for WWE to distribute DVD & Blu-rays on their own in Europe rather than using Silver Vision – similar to TNA distributing and producing their DVDs through TNA Shop.

  26. RabidHeat says:

    Gutted, I thought all this was sorted! 🙁

  27. legend_killer says:

    Worst decision ever made by WWE corporate staff. We can only hope we will continue to get blu-rays in Europe.

    • Simon says:

      Agreed. If it means ordering Region 2 DVDs from WWE Shop – with the ludicrous $18 shipping charge – I simply won’t be doing it.

      • Dave says:

        I think after Silver Vision that will be the end of having Blu-rays exclusive to Europe especially if WWE themselves take over distribution…whatever gets produced in North American will likely be the same in Europe.

        • WWEATTITUDEERA says:

          WWE wont do that and distribute the dvds for the whole world to buy from them, if you believe or not the uk/european market is more bigger than the wwe american market, they would lose out on to much money and wwe wont take that risk, the gave the go ahead for blu-ray ppvs to be exclusively released here in the uk/european after they were showed a report of the blu-ray sales here in the uk/europe and they took advantage of it and let silvervision produce the blu-rays, i believe it was wwe idea first and then silvervision agreed on it regarding the ppv blu-rays, we will just have to wait and see if wwe will continue the go ahead and release the last remaining 2012 wwe ppv blu rays and then it will be up to the new distributor to also agree and release the blurays but im hoping the will after wwe show them a report of the sales of ppv blu-rays, the normal wwe dvds and blu-rays like the attitude era and wrestlemania will still be fine, the only thing to worry about will be the remaining wwe ppv blu-rays and the prices and the service!!

  28. Thomas says:

    that is horrible news

  29. WWEATTITUDEERA says:

    No more ppvs on blu-ray like night of champions 2012, hell in a cell 2012, survivor series 2012 and tlc 2012, yet again the uk will have half ppvs on blu-ray and half on dvd like in 2011 with the dvd releases of over the limit 2011, capitol punishment 2011 and money in the bank 2011 all dvd and rest on blu-ray, i guess nothing good ever lasts and all good things come to a end, but on the brighter side we will still get the newer releases one way or another,
    Also they will be no more tagged classics and old tagged classics will be gone once stock runs out and as for other dvds,
    the best way for the new distributor to attract new and old customers on their website would be to continue what silvervision did and continue to release the final 4 ppvs on blu-ray cause they wud be dumb enuff not to, they would be missing out on money and wwe knows the uk europe blu-ray market is strong so they dont wana miss out but who knows wwe might not want uk fans to get the blu-rays as america dont but their blu-ray market is not big,
    I guess wwe are still not happy with silvervision since last year 2011 with the london riots and half of their stock getting destroyed thats the only reason why they wouldnt continue or just want a new distributor after 22 years with silvervison!!

    • Simon says:

      Nonsense. The insurance would’ve covered the cost of the destroyed DVDs.

      • WWEATTITUDEERA says:

        True but i still wudnt blame wwe if they were pissed off, who knows no1 knows the real theory why silvervision wont contine only silvervision and wwe know but they wont let us know any time soon, the only thing im worried about is the ppv blu-rays, i hope they do release the final four 2012 ppvs on blu-ray becuase it will look stupid with half dvds and half blu-rays like with 2011 ppvs!!

  30. Roly says:

    Gutted. Absolutely gutted.

    I would guess that all of the current back catalog will go on a mega sale towards the end of the year though.

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