At long last, WWE is launching its own TV network. It has been talked about as an upcoming project since 2011, but now it’s finally becoming a reality.
The so-called “over the top” network will be available on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, mobile devices and computers starting Feb. 24. Service will come to Xbox One and certain connected TVs in the summer.
The network will consist of a live 24-hour-a-day live stream and an on-demand video library featuring WWE’s vast history of wrestling footage. The biggest news is that the service will also include all 12 annual pay-per-views, including “Wrestlemania,” at no additional cost.
If you’re an avid WWE fan, the service more than pays for itself. It comes with a price tag of $9.99 monthly with a six-month commitment. Compare that to the $675 is costs to purchase all 12 pay-per-view shows in high definition, and that’s a big price difference.
The network will also include original programming like “WWE Legends House,” which looks a lot like “The Real World” with retired wrestlers like “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan. Who doesn’t want to watch that? There will also be live pre- and post-shows for “RAW” and “Smackdown.”
The on-demand portion of the programming will include selections from WWE’s tape library, including all PPVs from WWE, WCW and ECW, as well as previous episodes of “RAW” and “Smackdown.” At launch there is expected to be more than 1,500 hours of content.
The network will officially debut on Feb. 24 at the conclusion of “RAW” at 11:05 ET. You will be able to sign up at the network’s official website that morning.