Major Details on WWE Network – ‘On Demand’ Library, Impact on WWE DVDs?

January 9, 2014 by Daniel Bee

WWE Network Logo

It’s official – WWE Network was announced tonight at a Consumer Electronics Show press conference in Las Vegas!

Launching next month on February 24th immediately following Monday Night Raw, WWE Network will be a subscription service with a price tag of $9.99 per month.

The first pay-per-view to air live on WWE Network will be WrestleMania 30 this April. In this article we run down the major details now revealed.

WWE Network Announcement - CES, Las Vegas

WWE Network is streaming based and acts both as a 24/7 “always on” linear network, in addition to an on-demand video library.

 

24/7 Linear Network

All 12 WWE pay-per-event events through the year will air live on WWE Network (which includes WrestleMania at no additional charge).

Joining the PPVs will be lots of other content including the likes of a live daily studio show, live pre/post-shows for Raw and Smackdown, original/reality series’ (e.g. “Legends House” and “Monday Night War”), and traditional in-ring shows (e.g. NXT, Superstars).

WWE Network Announcement - CES, Las Vegas

WWE Network Announcement - CES, Las Vegas

 

On-Demand Library

Perhaps the area we were most interested in. WWE will be putting their vast video library (stated to be 100,000+ hours in total) to good use with the Network.

Every single WWE/WCW/ECW pay-per-view event in history will be available to stream on-demand from launch. There will exist an archive of selected classic Raw and Smackdown episodes too. It has been stated that more of this legacy content will added on a monthly basis. In tonight’s press conference one spokesperson was quoted as saying the “entire WWE Home Video library” will be available to watch on the service.

WWE Network Announcement - CES, Las Vegas

WWE Network Announcement - CES, Las Vegas

 

Platforms

For desktops/laptops WWE Network will be accessed via the WWE.com website.

On mobile devices it will be distributed via the WWE app through such platforms as iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Xbox, PS3(4) and Roku.

It was also announced that the Network will later be available on Xbox One and Smart TVs.

WWE Network Announcement - CES, Las Vegas

WWE Network Announcement - CES, Las Vegas

 

Overseas Launch

As mentioned, WWE Network is to launch on Monday, February 24th and this date is for the domestic United States market. However, an overseas launch is “expected”, such as in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia by late 2014 to early 2015.

WWE Network Announcement - CES, Las Vegas

WWE Network Announcement - CES, Las Vegas

 

Sneak Peek

Several documentary style shows have been announced with sneak peek preview clips.

These include “WWE Countdown” slated to be a 1 hour show about topics ranked by viewer votes and discussion, such as top catchphrases, best entrances, greatest managers, and more. There’s also “WrestleMania Rewind” and “Monday Night War: Raw vs. Nitro”.

WWE Network Announcement - CES, Las Vegas

WWE Network Announcement - CES, Las Vegas

 

DVDs & Blu-rays?

Naturally, given the nature of tonight’s event, no announcements have been made about WWE DVD and Blu-ray plans moving forward – but we do know they are set to continue.

We speculate that while there is still a market for physical media WWE will continue to entice fans to buy the DVDs by offering exclusive content on them. For instance, if a Daniel Bryan documentary is being made in 2014 the company could sell it exclusively on DVD/Blu-ray, or at least for a certain time period, holding off a Network offering until a later date.

It would be great to hear your early reactions to WWE Network and thoughts on the future impact on WWE DVD releases, so be sure to leave a comment below!

 




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71 Comments on "Major Details on WWE Network – ‘On Demand’ Library, Impact on WWE DVDs?"

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The 12th Man
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The 12th Man
2 years 8 months ago

All previous home video releases are available, and not just documentary portions?

For example, the bonus matches and features? How about compilations in which the feature presentation isn’t a documentary, but a compilation itself such as the annual Best of TV sets?

Callum
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Callum
2 years 8 months ago

Really hope it doesnt fall through for the UK! I want it now 🙁

Mark D
Admin
2 years 8 months ago

As bad as you want it, WWE want you to have it just as bad. As for for the Network to work they need maximum subscribers.

James
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James
2 years 8 months ago

I wonder if I could stream this through my Blu ray player. I could get Netflix and Hulu through this as well.

Eddie S.
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Eddie S.
2 years 8 months ago

Same here, am seriously considering trading or selling the majority of my PPV DVDs but keeping my documentary and comp-style DVDs and Blu-Rays.

Ryan
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Ryan
2 years 8 months ago

“The entire WWE video library.” Minus Raw 03/05/2001, Over the Edge 1999 (rightfully so), and heavily edited.

Thomas Wing
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Thomas Wing
2 years 8 months ago

What is so special about the Raw from March 5th 2001?

Anan
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Anan
2 years 8 months ago

I’m all in for this. Can’t wait. The dreams of many wrestling fan have come true.

Jordan Cassatt
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Jordan Cassatt
2 years 8 months ago

I CANT WAIT!!! i would buy this even if the PPVs were not part of the deal!

Antonio
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Antonio
2 years 8 months ago

Not that excited about the WWE Network yet. My wrestling DVD collection stands nearly 11,000. I already have all WWF/E and WCW tv shows from 1985 onwards. Unless I can watch the network on TV and be able to upgrade my collection to HD quality the network is a big let down. We still don’t know if commentary will be edited like Jesse Ventura and Michael Buffer will be included.
Network has potential but as a hardcore fan I am not watching it online for hours and I will to convert everything I watch to hard copy

Eric Rich
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Eric Rich
2 years 8 months ago

Well, for those of us that haven’t committed about 50 millennia worth of piracy, it’s a great announcement.

Shane C. Montgomery
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Shane C. Montgomery
2 years 8 months ago
I have been waiting for this to become a reality for two years now, or whenever they first began talking about the idea of a network, just wish it could have been available over the cable TV and Satellite providers. But it is what it is and since it will be streaming I believe that is why it will be so affordable, have to think a monthly subscription on Dish Network or Warner Cable would cost a lot more than $9.99 monthly. I will be a day one subscriber and like everyone else on this site I hope there is… Read more »
Eric Rich
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Eric Rich
2 years 8 months ago
You bring up a good point, tangentially. I just hope they have the servers to support this. The initial sign up will be MASSIVE. That’s going to be a WHOLE lot of bandwidth, especially during mania. And yeah, the last several years have proven that the market for digital content and physical content are different. Hell, the market for OWNING digital content and renting it are different. You can get Sony’s music unlimited for $10 a month and have access to almost everything you could think to look for (80-90% in my personal experience), but that doesn’t stop apple from… Read more »
Roy Sutherland
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Roy Sutherland
2 years 8 months ago

I’m still sticking with buying wwe dvds I just had wwe classics on demand which
i will miss but i was a proud subscriber to it thow lucky i get it till the end of the month
and i also got 2 new channels which is pretty good but i’ll still miss that channel that
was also good but I always love buying wwe dvds.

JT
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JT
2 years 8 months ago

So the only way I’m going to be able watch this on my TV is if I have a PS3 or X-Box One? Am I correct? If so, looks like I won’t be subscribing.

David
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David
2 years 8 months ago

Also Xbox 360, PS4 and Roku if you want to watch it on television. If you have an HDMI port on your laptop you can hook that up to your TV and watch it there.

Eric Rich
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Eric Rich
2 years 8 months ago
Or your smartphone or your tablet etc. etc. Failing all else, you can get a roku for like $40. As to the announcement. Yeah, it’s pretty much the best announcement in the history of wrestling. I’ve wanted Raw season sets for about 15 years, and was aware it would probably never happen, but if they stick to it, every single tv episode will be available to watch. And of course it’s going to be edited, if nothing else for music (t.A.T.u., Rob Zombie, Limb Bizkit, etc.), but that’s just the nature of copyright law in America. Broadcast rights are different… Read more »
Evan McFarlane
Member
2 years 8 months ago

Totally agree on sets being on sale physically a while before they are put on the network, maybe for a month or two, they’d be mad to just add them straight away.

David
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David
2 years 8 months ago

I got dish .. do I call to subscribe to the channel

Jake E
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Jake E
2 years 8 months ago

Will it have every raw, smackdown, ecw and wcw full show/episode or will it just be a couple?

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