WWE announced its WWE Network at CES earlier this evening to much fanfare after months of speculation. WWE now joins the UFC in the streaming marketplace as it aims to deliver 24/7 content to fans without the shackles of cable providers.
The WWE Network launches on Monday, February 24 and will feature all 12 WWE live pay-per-view events including WrestleMania. That's a value of more than $600 per year for $9.99 per month with a 6 month commitment. If you think the network will just be PPV's and classic matches you will happy to hear that there will be original programming, reality shows, documentaries and more than 1,500 hours of video on demand.
Fans can begin their subscriptions at 9am ET on Monday, February 24 at WWE.com and will get a limited one week trial. You will have a variety of outlets to access the network on the go including Kindle Fire, Android and iOS devices. Fans looking to consume content on ther televisions will be able to use their Roku, PS3, PS4 and Xbox 360. Xbox One and select Smart TVs will follow during the summer.
International fans in the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and the Nordics can expect launches throughout 2014 and early 2015.
So to recap here is what you have to look forward to
All 12 Live Pay-Per-View Events
- All 12 current WWE pay-per-view events – including WrestleMania – will be available to subscribers live, as well as on demand.
- Live pay-per-view 30 minute pre- and post-shows.
Every Monday and Friday night, WWE Network will air 30 minute pre- and post-shows for WWE’s weekly cable programs Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown.
The Monday Night War — A series exploring the shocking real-life stories that fueled the mid-'90s rivalry between WWE and WCW. Battling for ratings dominance, WWE’s Vince McMahon and WCW’s Ted Turner engaged in a masterful game of one-upmanship, and in the process, elevated WWE Monday Night Raw and WCW Monday Nitro to all new levels of pop-culture relevance.
WrestleMania Rewind — A comprehensive look back at the most groundbreaking matches and dramatic moments in WrestleMania history, including never-before-seen footage and in-depth interviews.
WWE Countdown — A one-hour, groundbreaking, interactive, countdown series that puts the power squarely in viewers’ hands by giving the audience the chance to discuss and rank WWE’s most spectacular Superstars, unexpected moments, best catch phrases and more through digital polling and social media interaction.
Coming in April: WWE Legends House — WWE’s greatest Legends reunite for a new title – only this time, they’re competing outside of the ring. Imagine a beautiful house in the suburbs – perfectly furnished, with gorgeous landscaping, a lovely pool and quiet, respectable neighbors. WWE Superstars from the past including “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Tony Atlas and “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan will turn the neighborhood upside down as the house staff tries their best to keep these Legends on time, on speaking terms, and out of trouble in this new reality show.
WWE NXT — WWE Superstars and Divas of tomorrow face off every week on WWE NXT, a one-hour weekly show that features the brightest and best of WWE’s rising stars. WWE NXT showcases the Superstars and Divas from WWE’s Performance Center as well as appearances from WWE Superstars and Legends in an intimate setting. WWE NXT broadcasts from the state-of-the-art Full Sail LIVE venue on the Full Sail University campus in Orlando, Florida.
Video On Demand
- WWE Network will offer all WWE, WCW and ECW pay-per-views as well as classic matches uncut and uncensored, encores of Raw, SmackDown and WWE Main Event totaling more than 1,500 hours of video on demand at launch.
- All episodes of original programming on WWE Network will be available on demand immediately after they premiere, allowing viewers to watch on their schedule.
If you missed the announcement you can watch it below as well as video of the network in action
Here is the network interface being demonstrated by Michael Cole
It is truly a great time to be a an MMA and wrestling fan as both sports respective companies are changing the way we consume their product. This is definitely a game changer for sure. How many of you plan on signing up? I know I am for sure.