Wrestlezone.com's Chair Shot Reality broke some big news today about WWE's upcoming WWE Network, a 24/7 channel of WWE content. Host Justin Labar opened a video posted today announcing that through inside sources he could confirm a previously reported launch date for the Network of February 24, 2014. You can watch Labar along with cohosts Josh Eisenberg and Brian Goulish reveal this info and discuss it in detail in the video at this link.
Labar then revealed that the Network will not be available through the expected outlet of cable TV, but will be available in a style similar to Netflix Instant Streaming over the internet. In this presentation, WWE Network would be available through internet TV devices like Roku and Google's Chromecast along with tablet computers and smart phones.
The report went on to reveal that WWE Network will cost between $10 to $12 a month. This would make the Network in the price range of the current price for Netflix Instant Streaming and Hulu Plus.
Upon on it's launch, Labar reports that the Network would have a 24/7 live stream of content along with on-demand access to every episode of WWE RAW, Smackdown, and every WWE pay per view event. The live stream on WWE Network would air almost all future WWE pay per view events with the exception of Wrestlemania. Next year's Wrestlemania 30 will be available to WWE Network subscribers who buy into an early bird special of $60 for 6 months of the service.
Earlier today, Pro Wrestling Examiner reported that WWE is inviting members of the media to an event during the International Consumer Electronics Trade Show in Las Vegas on January 8th. At this event, WWE with chairman Vince McMahon on hand is expected to make a special announcement. Considering where this event is taking place, insiders are assuming the announcement will be related to the launch of the WWE Network.
WWE previously teased the launch of WWE Network in 2011, but that never came to be. The Network has been a huge labor by the company for several years now. Millions of dollars has been invested by WWE into new productions of fresh showsand new staff has been hired.
WWE has also trumpeted the launch of the Network to investors and the reaction by Wall Street has been positive with the company's publicly traded stock currently on the rise.