How much wrestling can you handle? Hope it’s a lot, because you’re about to get 24/7 worth of it come February.
That’s when the WWE Network launches – but, this isn’t a new cable channel. It’s a pretty significant leap in terms of distribution – the WWE Network will be the first 24/7 streaming network available independently. Instead of getting it through a cable provider, you can subscribe directly through the WWE for $9.99 per month, but you’ll need to commit for six months.
The stream, which can be accessed on a browser or an app, will include all of wrestling’s pay-per-view events throughout the year, in addition to old matches, reality shows with former wrestlers (a must), behind-the-scenes features, and documentaries. The only two notable and unsurprising omissions are the weekly episodes of Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown, which you’ll still need your cable provider for. There’s pretty robust support for the app, too – it’ll be released for iOS, Android, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Roku, and Amazon Kindle, with Xbox One and smart TV support coming in the summer.
There are existing analogues for this kind of subscription-based streaming, although none of them are 24/7. Most major sports networks do the same thing, selling season-long subscriptions to stream games live. In fact, the WWE partnered with MLB Advanced Media, which handles the streaming of MLB games, to build the infrastructure for WWE Network.
WWE had a few big names proudly present the brand new service here at CES. There was Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and John Cena. Even Vince McMahon was floating around.
The WWE Network will launch in the United States on February 24 at 9:00 AM, at $9.99 per month. There will be international launches throughout the next two years, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Scandinavian countries, and Hong Kong. You can check out the press release below for more details on how WWE is going to fill out their programming to make wrestling a 24/7 affair.