WWE Network announcement creates major media buzz

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January 09, 2014

WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon announces WWE Network

The media can’t stop talking about WWE Network since its groundbreaking introduction Wednesday night.

"WWE figured out the future of TV," Gizmodo proclaimed.

Everyone is buzzing about the new streaming service and what it means for the television world and the WWE Universe alike. Terms like “game-changer” and  “an all-you-can-suplex buffet” have been used describing WWE’s groundbreaking announcement. Call it what you want, WWE Network has plenty of people talking ahead of its launch on Monday, Feb. 24.

USA Today’s “For the Win” blog referred to WWE Network as “a godsend” for fans, noting the 24/7 streaming service’s price of $9.99 per month.

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“Subscribers will be getting a huge discount every month, and that doesn't even begin to consider the other parts of the network,” wrote AwfulAnnouncing.com, discussing the inclusion of live airings of all 12 WWE pay-per-view extravaganzas, including the historic WrestleMania XXX from New Orleans on Sunday, April 6.

In addition to the current editions of mega-events like SummerSlam, Survivor Series and Royal Rumble, WWE Network subscribers will have access to every WWE, WCW and ECW pay-per-view ever.

“Yes, that means you can re-watch your favorite Royal Rumble whenever you like,” noted Engadget.

WWE Network officially launches Monday, Feb. 24 at 9 a.m., giving subscribers access to more than 1,500 hours of on-demand content from WWE’s vast video library. Live programming begins at 11:05 that night with a Monday Night Raw post-show.

“If you are a fan of WWE, you may never leave the house again,” the Miami Herald declared. “WWE Network is basically Christmas every day for members of the WWE Universe.”

The network’s 24/7 programming schedule will expand to include action-packed shows like WWE NXT, exclusive series like WrestleMania Rewind and The Monday Night War, and reality shows like Legends House.

Perhaps the Associated Press’ comments about WWE Network states it best: “It's time to lay the smackdown 24/7.”

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