CES is officially over and WWE Network pulled off one of the biggest announcements of the 2014 show. Although the WWE Network announcement was among the worst kept secrets of the week, the nationally televised press conference did manage enough star power (DX, Cena, Stone Cold) and surprise announcements to warrant all the pomp and circumstance.
There is no need to breakdown the evenings events. If you’re reading this, you were most likely there or you saw it on USA Network. Instead, here are our thoughts on the upcoming network.
The $9.99 per month price (with 6 month agreement) is killer, especially considering all of the content WWE will be providing once the Network launches in late February. Original programming (Live Daily Studio Show, Countdown, Monday Night Wars, Legends House, etc.) 12 PPV specials, an archive of 300+ PPV’s plus tons of archived shows, and pre and post Raw and Smackdown shows for under $10 a month is mind-blowing. Compare that with UFC Fight Pass, which is the same price but offers no PPV’s. WWE clearly won here.
When two unproven television guys like Diddy and Magic got a cable network before WWE did, the righting was on the wall. Props to Vince and his company for going outside the box (or as they would say Over The Top) and taking their Network idea mobile. Thanks to Hulu, Netflix, Roku and the like, the way we watch our programming has changed and being able to access all of the WWE 720 HD programming on phones, tablets, laptops, gaming systems (we really need Microsoft to step it up with Xbox One btw) and more is a coup for the network.
WWE had to be losing a crap load of money due to so many of their fans watching PPV’s on illegal streaming sites. This move should cut into that tremendously. If the user interface and sign up is as simple as they say it will be, even pedestrian wrestling fans will be dropping that monthly dough to see what WWE has to offer from yesterday, today and tomorrow.
WWE Network launches on February 24th after Monday Night Raw goes off the air at 11:05pm EST.
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