WWE to launch own streaming network in the US 24 February, UK end of 2014
World Wrestling Entertainment is to launch its own streaming network in the US on 24 February which will show the live RAW post-show as it's first streaming event. In addition, it will host all 12 of the year's major pay-per-view events and a vast catalogue of on-demand content both recent and archive.
Thanks to deals with TV networks in the US and other online , the WWE Network will not be showing RAW, Smackdown or other live wrestling shows from the corporation, but will feature original programming made especially for the service.
Fans will be able to sign up from 9am ET on 24 February and for a limited period they will get a week's access for free. The subscription will then cost $9.99 (around £6) on a six-month commitment. Unfortunately, the service will be US-only initially, expanding to other regions including the UK from late 2014, perhaps even the beginning of 2015.
On launch, access to the WWE Network will be available across a large array of devices, including PC, Mac, Android, iOS, Amazon Kindle Fire, Roku boxes, PS3, PS4 and Xbox 360. Xbox One and select smart TVs will also gain their own apps in the summer.
"Today is a historic day for WWE as we transform and reimagine how we deliver our premium live content and 24/7 programming directly to our fans around the world," said Vince McMahon, WWE chairman and CEO.
"WWE Network will provide transformative growth for our company and unprecedented value for our fans."
For more information and to get a sneak peek at what kind of content will be on offer, head to wwe.com.