Thursday, January 9, 2014

Shut Up and Take My Money

By Chad Smart
@chadsmart & @my123cents on Twitter
After a two-year delay and several rumors regarding will it or won’t it exist, WWE officially announced the launch of the WWE Network coming February 24.  Click here for the announcement.
Assuming there are minimal technical problems with the service, I can’t think of any reason for any wrestling fan not to get this service. For $9.99 a month, subscribers get access to every monthly Pay Per View live, all past WWE/WCW/ECW Pay Per Views, original shows such as Legends House, and Countdown, and episodes of Raw/Smackdown/Nitro/ECW TV. The channel will have live streaming shows and a video on demand feature similar to Netflix and Hulu.  Plenty of viewing options at all times.
The only downside to the channel I can see from what was said at the presentation is there was no mention of AWA, Mid-South or WCCW content. That’s not to say they won’t be available. I’m hoping they were left out due to them being older promotions and thus not as popular with today’s fans. I guess there’s one more downside, my already low productivity will most likely fall even lower. Damn you, Vince McMahon and your wrestling empire!!!!
In all seriousness though, the network announcement was more impressive than I would have imagined after Kevin and I set through a focus group four years ago in Phoenix during Wrestlemania 26 weekend. The big question to come out of this is with WWE’s TV rights up for renewal this year, will a major network entity pay them to keep RAW and Smackdown on conventional TV or could we see WWE going to an all digital format?  
Now, where do I sign up?

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