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Press Release: WWE Announces Programming Lineup for the WWE Network
WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 streaming network, has unveiled its programming lineup, which is highlighted by WrestleMania® 30 on Sunday, April 6 at 7 pm ET live from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
CBS Pittsburgh has published an article on WWE deciding to air the controversial Over The Edge 1999 pay-per-view on the WWE Network.
WWE issued the following statement on Friday:
“WWE Network will be airing the 1999 Over The Edge pay-per-view. However, portions of the event will be edited out of respect for Owen Hart.”
Before the Royal Rumble last month, CBS spoke with Stephanie McMahon about Over The Edge 1999 and she said they had not made a decision at that time. Stephanie did confirm that Chris Benoit matches will be on the Network.
In the interview Stephanie said:
“They are incredible challenging decisions to make. At the end of the day, we try to do what’s right for our fans and we try to give them exactly what they want to see.”
Former WWE Creative Writer Andrew Goldstein has published a new column at PWMania.com. Goldstein reacts to WWE’s groundbreaking announcement of the WWE Network and how he thinks that that the Network, “is the end” and “the final nail in the coffin for wrestling of our youth.”
Here is an excerpt from his article:
“So here goes: Call me a curmudgeon and tell me I’m living in the past all you want but as I watched the WWE’s grandiose Power Point presentation from CES – complete with charts, graphs, corporate suits speaking in analytics, and more DX shtick than you can shake a neon green glowstick at… all I could think was, “This is the end.”
Newsday.com presents: “WWE Network must grow, not gut, Monday Night Raw, says ex-ESPN exec” by Josh Stewart
On Monday night, one of WWE’s current Superstars, CM Punk, teamed with one of its greatest tag teams of the past, the New Age Outlaws. The Outlaws turned on Punk, leaving him to be pummeled by the dastardly Shield on USA’s Monday Night Raw.
Courtesy of http://www.latimes.com and author Joe Flint.
Satellite broadcaster DirecTV is less than thrilled with the WWE‘s plans to launch an online network and said it will have to rethink its relationship with the programmer and whether it will continue to offer its pay-per-view specials.
As part of the WWE’s online network, which will launch next month, its 12 pay-per-view specials including the hugely popular “Wrestlemania” will be made available to subscribers at a price tag of $9.99 a month.
WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 streaming network, will launch live in the U.S. on Monday, February 24, featuring all 12 WWE live pay-per-view events – including WrestleMania – valued at more than $600 per year for $9.99 per month with a 6-month commitment. WWE Network will also include groundbreaking original programming, reality shows, documentaries, classic matches and more than 1,500 hours of video on demand at launch.
Fans can subscribe to WWE Network beginning at 9 am ET on Monday, February 24 at WWE.com, and for a limited time will be offered a free one week trial. WWE Network, the first 24/7 network delivered directly to fans through over-the-top digital distribution, will be available on desktops and laptops via WWE.com. WWE Network will also be available through the WWE App on: Amazon’s Kindle Fire devices; Android devices such as Samsung Galaxy; iOS devices such as Apple iPad and iPhone; Roku streaming devices; Sony PlayStation® 3 and Sony PlayStation® 4; and Xbox 360. Availability on additional devices, including Xbox One and select Smart TVs, will follow this 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 & Chief Executive Officer. “WWE Network will provide transformative growth for our company and unprecedented value for our fans.”
The current plan is for the WWE Network to debut in the first quarter of next year according to PWInsider.com.
Their report mentions that right now they are projecting a launch on February 24th, which would be the day after the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view event. Their report also suggests that a second source informed them that they don’t have an official date, however people in the company are working under the assumption that the WWE Network will be launched within the first quarter of next year.
Earlier today, WWE’s CFO George Barrios gave a presentation at the Citi Global Consumer Conference in New York City. Here’s what he said about the WWE Network, courtesy of PWInsider.com:
“The program grid for the network will center around our monthly Pay-Per-Views [except WrestleMania], so those will become the culminating events of storylines and so on. We are also going to create retrospective content from our library. So that’s not just running library footage. That’s creating kind of compelling stories around past areas of WWE.