Innovative move by WWE with first 24/7 live streaming service network launch

 

Miami Herald Writer

If you are a fan of WWE, you may never leave the house again come 11:05 p.m. on Feb. 24.

That is when the company launches its own network in the United States. For other parts of the world, later in the year and into 2015.

Much like WWE did with WrestleMania, the leader in sports entertainment is once again changing the game. The official announcement was made on Wednesday, Jan. 8 during the Consumer Electronics Show at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas.

The WWE Network will be available on desktops and laptops on www.WWE.com, as well as the WWE App on Amazon’s Kindle Fire devices, Android IOS, Roku streaming devices, PlayStation 3 and 4 and Xbox 360. Availability on additional devices -- including Xbox One and select Smart TVs -- will follow in the summer.

For the affordable price of $9.99 (with a six-month commitment), the WWE Universe will have access to original programming, reality shows, documentaries classic matches and tons of video on-demand choices from its expansive library.

The big selling point for me and my wallet is the fact that all pay-per-views will be available live and on-demand starting with WrestleMania XXX. You basically get six months of the WWE Network for what it would cost you to buy it on pay-per-view.

I’m also excited because watching NXT will be more accessible to fans through the Network. If you haven’t watched WWE’s program featuring developmental talent, it is a must-watch.

Another anticipated part of the launch is in April when the Legends House debuts. I’ve been waiting for this reality show featuring legends like Rowdy Roddy Piper and Hacksaw Jim Duggan for some time. It takes “Big Brother” to another level.

On Monday and Friday nights, the channel will also have 30-minute pre- and post-show programs for Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown.

The possibilities are endless with WWE in control of programming.

The WWE Network is basically Christmas everyday for members of the WWE Universe. New fans will have a chance to catch up on more than 50 years of WWE and other promotions, while old ones will be able to reminisce of time long ago.

The challenge for fans will be maintaining a job to pay for the network and having a social life.

The network is another milestone for WWE CEO/Chairman Vince McMahon and company, once again putting them at the forefront of the way the consumer watches television.

Check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkPmDqb9SKM.

• For full details on the WWE Network follow them on Twitter @WWENetwork or visit http://www.wwe.com/inside/wwe-network-to-launch-feb-24-26174061.

• Follow me on Twitter @smFISHMAN.

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