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CES 2014: World Wrestling Entertainment Announce WWE Network

WWE Network LogoWorld Wrestling Entertainment announced last week at the Encore in Las Vegas, Nevada the first 24-hour streaming network to be called WWE Network as part of the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

The new streaming service will have a fee of $9.99 a month with a six month commitment but will feature some new original programming such as the reality show, “Legends House“. The show is a wrestling spinoff similar to Big Brother that brings superstars from WWE past to live in one house. The channel will also include pre and post show coverage of RAW and Smackdown programs and other special features.

What would set the wrestling fans snapping up subscriptions when it is released on February 24, 2014 is the ability to see every single WWE Pay-Per-View starting with WrestleMania 30 from New Orleans, Louisiana. This is a major game changer as the pay-per-views that usually cost $55 per event will save customers substantial amounts of money especially if you are an individual who only sees one or two per year you will still be saving money by paying the monthly fee.

Though the announcement of the new network does not come with some backlash especially from the satellite and cable providers. DirecTV is the first to think about severing ties with the popular wrestling promotion due to the new networks inclusion of the pay-per-view content.

“Clearly we need to quickly re-evaluate the economics and viability of their business with us, as it now appears the WWE feels they do not need their PPV distributors,” DirecTV said in a statement, adding that the audience for its events “has been steadily declining, and this new low-cost competitive offering will only accelerate this trend.”

In response the Vince McMahon WWE Corp. Chairman said, “I think it’d be foolish for them not to want to carry the pay-per-view anymore,” McMahon said. “It’s found money for them.”

If this does succeed we maybe seeing the future of premium television with channel selections that you choose as a consumer. WWE Network will launch on February 24, 2014 following Monday Night Raw at approximately 9:05pm.

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Michael Sandoval

Michael created MUSE/MUSE TV after a career in professional sports and journalism. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He attended Don Bosco Technical Institute in which he studied Electronics and Computer Science and California State University, Fullerton in which he graduated with a degree from the College of Communication in Journalism. He is a big Foo Fighters fan, loves Star Wars and loves photography.

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