Jan 9, 2014
The world’s leading provider of spandex-clad brawlers pretending to beat each other up, WWE, has announced at CES the WWE Network, with a key mobile component: the entire network will stream on mobile. Launching February 24th, the network will stream 24/7, featuring all 12 live pay-per-view events, encores of their TV series, on-demand content including classic matches from WWE, WCW, and ECW, along with original programming. The network will stream to browsers, consoles, and Android devices, including Kindle Fire.
This was hyped as a groundbreaking announcement, and it really is: a streaming-first network from what is a major entertainment organization is practically unheard of. The inclusion of the PPVs is a significant addition, and the cross-device capability is important. If this succeeds, it could be the catalyst for other robust streaming options, and possibly even the spark for the a la carte era of cable. The cost for WWE Network will run $9.99 per month with a 6-month commitment. The WWE Network app will be made available February 24th.