In 2011, the WWE started discussions, and eventually started to advertise, their own television network.
This network would be subscription-based, replacing the old WWE On-Demand, and would have a combination of new programming, old footage from the WWE library, as well as possibly Pay-Per-Views.
After years of difficulty, the WWE finally announced the start of the WWE Network Wednesday night, in a press conference in Las Vegas.
It will launch on Feb. 24, 2014, the day after this year’s Elimination Chamber pay-per-view.
Unlike the original plan back in 2011, this will not be a television channel, but rather a network that’s run exclusively online.
You can access it through the WWE website, as well through apps that will be available on smart phones, tablets and several other platforms, including video game systems.
It will include a 24/7 live streaming service, which will include shows like pre- and post-shows for RAW and Smackdown, as well as original programming such as “Legends House,” which is WWE’s answer to Real World, and “WWE Countdown.”
It will also have an on-demand library which will include every former WWE, WCW and ECW pay-per-view, amongst other on-demand programming.
However, the biggest plus to wrestling fans will be that every pay-per-view, including Wrestlemania, will be included live with every subscription. If you subscribe for at least six months, it costs $9.99 a month.
With the smaller PPVs getting fewer and fewer buys in the current system, you have to think that for some months, they’ll make more money this way, just on the subscription money.
Also, with the number of subscriptions they are assuming that they will get, you have to think they’ll be able to charge a good price for advertisers, both for the streaming programming and the on-demand videos.
Readers, what do you think about the WWE Network? Post in the comments if you’re planning on subscribing, and why?Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun