WWE made a massive announcement last night in Las Vegas at CES. On February 24th, the WWE will launch an “over-the-top” streaming network which will also have on-demand content. The easiest way to explain it is that it will be a WWE Netflix, plus they will have content continually playing on the main “channel”. If you follows my twitter, you’ll have already realized how freaking excited I was about this.
The WWE Network will include all 12 WWE PPVs per year (yes even Wrestlemania). and brand new shows like Legends House, which will feature eight WWE Legends (including Roddy Piper, Tony Atlas, Gene Okerland and more) all being in one house together, The Monday Night War, which will give viewers an in-depth look at the ratings war between WWE and WCW, and WWE Countdown, a countdown show where viewers will vote on the WWE App to determine who is #1. In addition to this new content, WWE is offering all of it’s WWE, WCW and ECW Pay Per Views for you to watch on Day One, and past years of Raw, Smackdown, Main Event, Superstars, and WWE’s developmental show NXT.
All of what I’ve described above is available for $9.99 a month. Yea, it’s fucking insane. It will launch at 10:05pm central time on February 24th, with the first PPV being available with the cost being Wrestlemania 30. You will be able to watch the network on your PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Apple devices, PC, Android devices, Roku and more. If it sounds like I’m gushing about this, I apologize, but my god is this such an impressive offering by WWE, and for so cheap. Top the current content off with the immense tape library WWE has, involving such promotions as Mid-South Wrestling, AWA, WCCW, WWWF and more and I will be gorging myself on classic content for years.
by, Bobby Marquardt
P.S. I know this isn’t 100% gaming related, but sites like Joystiq and IGN have written about it, so I figured it was ok.