There will be WWE live streaming Raw and Smackdown shows arriving in late February as part of the newly announced WWE Network. The subscriber-based network will reportedly cost just $9.99 a month and include pre- and post-shows for the weekly televised shows that have become popular with WWE fans. These are in addition to a variety of other content including an on-demand library of previous pay-per-views, new original shows, and also the ability to live stream every monthly pay-per-view which arrives after February 2014.
The Huffington Post reported on Jan. 9 regarding the news of the new "24/7" online streaming content network, indicating that the new network goes live on Feb. 24 for fans to enjoy. It will be available through the WWE app on a variety of devices including iOS devices like iPad or iPhone by Apple, the Amazon Kindle Fire, Android devices such as the Samsung Galaxy, Roku, and game systems like PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon said of the new service:
"WWE Network will provide transformative growth for our company and unprecedented value for our fans."
As mentioned, there will be a live pregame and postgame show for WWE's "Raw" every Monday night as well as SmackDown. Raw currently airs on live TV through USA at Monday at 8 p.m. EST, with SmackDown (usually pre-recorded) showing Fridays at 8 p.m. EST on SyFy channel. These particular pre- and post-shows won't be televised, so they'll be exclusive to WWE Network, streaming on various devices for fans. The package also includes the ability for fans to live stream each pay-per-view throughout the year, starting with WrestleMania 30 in April.
It was also noted just how expensive it could be for a WWE fan to obtain each of the pay-per-views throughout the year. A figure was quoted around $675 if one was to order every single pay-per-view over the course of the pro wrestling year. Now fans will get to enjoy those in addition to Raw and SmackDown live stream shows and other exclusives such as "WrestleMania Rewind," as well as a vast on-demand content library for just $9.99 a month.
Fans can officially subscribe to the new WWE Network on Feb. 24 at 9 a.m. EST, with the first program arriving at 11:06 p.m. EST that night. It will be the 30-minute Raw postgame show, covering the big news and events from that night's episode of the show on USA.