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WWE to launch new WWE Network

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WWE announced the unveiling of the new WWE Network, tonight, January 8, 2014.

The massive unveiling took place tonight in Las Vegas at the Wynn Hotel as part of the annual Consumer Electronics Show.

A full media presentation including Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, John Cena and various WWE and media personnel hosted a near 90-minute presentation detailing the new network and its features.

The Network will be a 24/7 streaming service that will launch in the United States at 8 AM CST on February 24, 2014. The package will be $9.99/month with a six-month commitment. Live programming will began that night at approximately 10:06 PM CST with a live post game show following that night’s Monday Night RAW.

All twelve monthly WWE pay per views (including WrestleMania) will be broadcast live on The Network

The Network will be available via wwe.com, the WWE App, Amazon’s Kindle Fire, Android devices, Apple devices like the iPad and iPhone, Roku, Sony Playstation 3 and 4 and Xbox 360. Xbox One and select smart TVs will follow later. The Network will not be available on traditional cable and satellite providers.

It will feature scheduled programming like a traditional television network as well as a video-on-demand library, featuring over 1500 hours of content. Encores of WWE’s primary programming like RAW, SmackDown and The Main Event will air as well. WWE’s current online programs NXT and Superstars will move to The Network. Content that appears live on The Network will immediately be available on demand following its premiere.

In addition to the pay per views, on demand library and current programming, a litany of new and special programs will be apart of The Network. Those previewed during the presentation included pre and post game shows for every episode of RAW and SmackDown and the pay per views, a series looking back at the famed WWE-WCW Monday Night War, WrestleMania Rewind, WWE Countdown and Legends House, a Surreal Life-like reality show featuring eight WWE legends that was filmed back in early 2012.

Despite WWE’s current TV-PG format for pay per views and television, there will be TV-14 and TV-MA content available on The Network, with viewer discretion warnings and parental controls available.

Currently The Network is only scheduled to debut in the United States on February 24. It should launch throughout the world at various points throughout 2014 and into 2015.

For more about The Network, check out wwe.com.

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