The WWE has finally announced the launch of the WWE Network, as WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon, made the revelation during a press event at the Wynn in Las Vegas last night, with CES 2014 in the backdrop (no pun intended).
“Today is a historic day for WWE as we transform and reimagine how we deliver our premium live content and 24/7 programming directly to our fans around the world,” said McMahon. “WWE Network will provide transformative growth for our company and unprecedented value for our fans.
The network is set to launch immediately after Monday Night Raw at 11:06 p.m. ET on Monday, Feb. 24 on WWE.com, as well as through the WWE app on iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Roku, the PlayStation 4, PS3 and Xbox 360, to name a few devices.
It will be the first ever 24/7 streaming network, that will include original programming such as WrestleMania Rewind, reality programs, classic matches and weekly shows and every PPV past and present. In fact, the network, which will be available for $9.99 a month, will also include all 12 WWE live pay-per-views, including WrestleMania, which is a fantastic deal.
Fans can subscribe to WWE Network beginning at 9:00 a.m. ET on Feb. 24 and a free one week trial will also be offered.
"It's a great time to be a WWE fan, and it goes back to what Vince says, of putting smiles on people's faces," said Stone Cold Steve Austin, who was also in attendance. "You get a chance with the WWE Network to relive the Attitude Era, where Stone Cold Steve Austin would show up every single Monday night and open up a can of whoop *ss as only he could do!"
WWE Network will also let fans use a secondary screen such as that from a tablet or smartphone to get an interactive experience with all original programming and live events. The network will also air 30-minute pre and post-shows each week for Raw and Smackdown, to add to the experience.
It should be noted that all live programming will be presented in 720p HD, so that fans should not notice a difference in picture quality compared to watching it on a traditional cable or satellite system, and fans will be able to watch any programming from the beginning, even if a program is already in progress.
With the company's vast vault of classic content, fans will be able to look back at old PPVs, classic weekly shows, matches and more. Some of the original programming that was highlighted during the press conference are:
- The Monday Night War — A series exploring the real-life stories that fueled the mid-'90s rivalry between WWE and WCW.
- WrestleMania Rewind — A comprehensive look back at the most groundbreaking matches in WM history, including interviews.
- WWE Countdown — A one-hour countdown series that lets viewers vote on the best Superstars, finishing moves, catch-phrases and more.
- WWE Legends House (coming in April) — WWE’s greatest Legends reunite to live in a single home, with plenty of promised shenanigans.
- WWE NXT — A one-hour weekly show that features the WWE's up and coming stars from their developmental territory in Florida.
- WWE Superstars — A one-hour weekly show featuring highlights from all WWE programming, as well as a special glimpse at everything going on in the WWE Universe.