WWE Network to launch February 24th in the US

Capture1WWE have finally confirmed what has been rumoured for a long time now – that the WWE Network will launch as an on-demand streaming service starting February 24th in the US, and rolling out to the United Kingdom and other countries towards the end of this year/beginning of 2015.

The historic announcement took place at CES and featured Vince McMahon, joined by superstars John Cena, Shawn Michaels, Stone Cold Steve Austin and of course Triple H. This is a landmark move by WWE, delivering something on a scale of which has never been seen before. Not only will viewers gain access to historic PPVs from such companies as WWE, WCW and ECW, but also current PPVs such as the upcoming Wrestlemania XXX. In total, 12 live pay-per-view events will be available per year, and over 1,500 of video on demand at launch.

WWE Network, the first 24/7 network delivered directly to fans through over-the-top digital distribution, will be available on desktops and laptops via WWE.com. WWE Network will also be available through the WWE App on: Amazon’s Kindle Fire devices; Android devices such as Samsung Galaxy; iOS devices such as Apple iPad and iPhone; Roku streaming devices; Sony PlayStation® 3 and Sony PlayStation® 4; and Xbox 360. Availability on additional devices, including Xbox One and select Smart TVs, will follow this summer.

As well as access to the library of previous events, WWE will be offering original programming on the Network, including:

  • Live pay-per-view 30 minute pre- and post-shows.
  • 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 in campus in Orlando, Florida.
  • WWE Superstars® – a one-hour weekly show highlighting the best of WWE Superstars and Divas in heart-pounding matches. Features highlights from all WWE programming, as well as a special glimpse at everything going on in the WWE Universe.

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The WWE Network will be available for $9.99 a month, with a minimum 6 month contract. Costs worldwide are to be determined, but if these stay in line with the US price, then the Network will certainly offer great value for money. This is a single place for all classic wrestling, catching up with current weekly shows, and seeing new and original content. A full FAQ on the network is available HERE.

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