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Stone Cold Stunner: WWE Network Could Be The Start Of The TV Dream

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    Stone cold stunner: WWE Network could be the start of the TV dream | The Verge (click for full article)

    by Casey Newton - Jan. 9, 2014

    -- "I'm going to punch you in the face," Paul Wight says. Better known as the Big Show, the 7-foot-tall former World Wrestling Entertainment champion looms over the crowd. He's greeting guests outside the Encore Theater in Las Vegas, where WWE is about to announce a 24/7 digital video network that could upend the cable industry. Fortunately for the man lined up to get his take a picture with him, the man formerly known as the Giant is only kidding. "I just got a memo," he says, before releasing a man who barely comes up to his waist from a hug. "I'm not allowed to simulate any chokeholds."


    In an age when cable companies still have their customers in a chokehold that is all too real, the announcement of the WWE Network at CES last night stood out for its sheer customer-friendliness. Beginning Feb. 24th, wrestling fans will be able to access 12 monthly pay-per-view events, a lineup of original shows, and tons of historical programming from WWE's library - including every PPV in history. It will be available on Android, iOS, and Kindle Fire, as well as Roku, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 and 4 - and you can access it anywhere, for $9.99 a month with a six-month commitment.


    In other words, next month wrestling fans will realize the dream of a la carte cable service, with monthly pay-per-views thrown in at no extra charge. (UFC Fight Pass offers similar live and archival footage for $9.99 a month, but does not include PPV.) Instead of subscribing to a cable or satellite service, fans can buy a subscription directly from WWE, with six months costing as much as a single purchase of Wrestlemania.


    Read more at: http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/9/52...-network-could-be-the-start-of-the-a-la-carte
     
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    WWE Figured Out the Future of TV Last Night (click for full article)

    by Brian Barrett - Jan. 9, 2014

    -- It's tempting, if you're not a fan of grown men grappling, to dismiss last night's announcement of WWE's new digital streaming network. Don't. Because it's our best glimpse yet at what the future of television should look like.


    To try to get across just how big-and how good-a deal the WWE Network is, here's a brief description of it denuded of the word "wrestling." In its place, swap in anything you love; sports, genres, individual channels, animals that think they're people. Your niche.


    Here's a streaming network that offers a 30 year back catalog of [THING YOU LOVE]. Add in free access to live [THING YOU LOVE] events that normally cost in the neighborhood of $45 a pop and happen roughly once a month. On top of that, toss in some goofy original content about [THING YOU LOVE], every reality show format you can think of, reframed to specifically target [THING YOU LOVE] in a way that feels like a fever dream of access and delight. You can access this network on nearly any device that you own, perpetually just a few clicks away from [THING YOU LOVE] streaming in 720p.


    And it costs ten bucks a month.


    For the right person-the person the WWE network is targeting-that's insane. For the rest of us, it's a clear-eyed look at what an a la carte television utopia could be.


    Read more at: http://gizmodo.com/wwe-figured-out-the-future-of-tv-last-night-1498110969
     
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