|[January 08, 2014]
WWE® Network Launches February 24
STAMFORD, Conn. --(Business Wire)--
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.
Overview of the features of the new WWE Network. (Photo: Business Wire)
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 (News - Alert) 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."
WWE Network will also offer fans a revolutionary second screen
experience for all original programming and live events via the WWE App,
similar to the interactive fan experience currently available for
flagship TV programs Raw® and SmackDown®.
WWE collaborated with MLB (News - Alert) Advanced Media (MLBAM) to build a powerful
solution for delivering 24/7 WWE content to fans. MLBAM will provide its
industry-leading technology services, including video streaming
infrastructure, application development and operational support for
reliable cross-platform distribution.
MLBAM has been at the forefront of streaming technology for more than a
decade, powering its own live video subscription product since 2002.
Last year, MLBAM managed live video content for more than 25,000 events,
covering 80,000 hours of broadcast programming, across its sports and
"We applaud WWE for this bold, timely and strategic move to fully
optimize the power and potential of live entertainment," said Bob
Bowman, President and CEO, MLBAM. "We are proud to work with WWE to help
provide its millions of loyal fans with unencumbered access to
distinctive and engaging live content across the devices they use most."
WWE Network is scheduled to launch in the United Kingdom, Canada,
Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and the Nordics by the end
of 2014/early 2015.
WWE Network will officially launch with the live Monday Night Raw
Post-Show on Monday, February 24 at 11:06 pm ET, and fans will
instantly have access to the most comprehensive WWE video-on-demand
library upon signing up. In addition to live Raw and SmackDown pre-
and post-shows every week, new programming including a live studio show
and additional on-demand content will be added in the future.
At launch, WWE Network will include:
All 12 Live Pay-Per-View Events
All 12 current WWE pay-per-view events - including WrestleMania
- will be available to subscribers live, as well as on demand.
Live pay-per-view 30 minute pre- and post-shows.
Every Monday and Friday night, WWE Network will air 30 minute pre- and
post-shows for WWE's weekly cable programs Monday Night Raw and Friday
The Monday Night War™ - a series exploring the shocking real-life
stories that fueled the mid-90s rivalry between WWE and WCW®.
Battling for ratings dominance, WWE's Vince McMahon and WCW's Ted Turner
engaged in a masterul game of one-upmanship, and in the process,
elevated WWE Monday Night Raw and WCW Monday Nitro™ to
all-new levels of pop-culture relevance.
WrestleMania Rewind - a comprehensive look back at the most
groundbreaking matches and dramatic moments in WrestleMania
history, including never-before-seen footage and in-depth interviews.
WWE Countdown™ - a one hour, groundbreaking, interactive,
countdown series that puts the power squarely in viewers' hands by
giving the audience the chance to discuss and rank WWE's most
spectacular Superstars, unexpected moments, best catch phrases and more
through digital polling and social media interaction.
Coming in April: WWE Legends House™ - WWE's greatest Legends
reunite for a new title - only this time, they're competing outside of
the ring. Imagine a beautiful house in the suburbs - perfectly
furnished, with gorgeous landscaping, a lovely pool and quiet,
respectable neighbors. WWE Superstars from the past including Rowdy
Roddy Piper, Tony Atlas and Hacksaw Jim Duggan will turn the
neighborhood upside down as the house staff tries their best to keep
these Legends on time, on speaking terms, and out of trouble in this new
WWE NXT® - WWE Superstars and Divas of tomorrow
face off every week on WWE NXT, a one-hour weekly show that
features the brightest and best of WWE's rising stars. WWE NXT
showcases the Superstars and Divas from WWE's Performance Center as well
as appearances from WWE Superstars and Legends in an intimate setting. WWE
NXT broadcasts from the state-of-the-art Full Sail LIVE venue on
the Full Sail University in campus in Orlando, Florida.
WWE Superstars® - a one-hour weekly show
highlighting the best of WWE Superstars and Divas in heart-pounding
matches. Features highlights from all WWE programming, as well as a
special glimpse at everything going on in the WWE Universe.
Video On Demand
WWE Network will offer all WWE, WCW and ECW pay-per-views as well as
classic matches uncut and uncensored, encores of Raw, SmackDown
and WWE Main Event™ totaling more than 1,500 hours of video on
demand at launch.
All episodes of original programming on WWE Network will be available
on demand immediately after they premiere, allowing viewers to watch
on their schedule.
to learn more about WWE Network. Read the WWE Network FAQ here.
a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media
organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company
consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original
content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family
friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view,
digital media and publishing platforms. WWE programming is broadcast in
more than 150 countries and 30 languages and reaches more than 650
million homes worldwide. The company is headquartered in Stamford,
Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Miami, Mumbai,
Shanghai, Singapore, Munich and Tokyo.
WWE Network is the next step for Vince McMahon who continues to
revolutionize event programming for sports and entertainment. As a
pioneer in the television syndication business, McMahon and WWE
developed syndicated programming for 30 television stations in 1979.
McMahon was also a visionary in the cable television industry by
leveraging the new technologies of pay-per-view and closed-circuit
television for the first WrestleMania in 1985. Today, WWE
delivers fans a revolutionary second screen experience during its
flagship programming via the WWE App, which has more than 9 million
downloads globally. The experience includes live match continuation
during TV commercial breaks, backstage content, live polls, photos and
exclusive information on WWE Superstars and Divas.
Additional information on WWE (NYSE: WWE) can be found at wwe.com and
corporate.wwe.com. For information on our global activities, go to http://www.wwe.com/worldwide/.
About MLB ADVANCED MEDIA
Established in June 2000 following a unanimous vote by the 30 Major
League Baseball club owners to centralize all of Baseball's Internet
operations, MLB Advanced Media LP (MLBAM) is the interactive media and
internet company of Major League Baseball. MLBAM manages the official
league site, MLB.com, and each of the 30 individual Club sites to create
the most comprehensive Major League Baseball resource on the Internet.
MLBAM also develops, deploys and distributes the highest-grossing sports
app, At Bat, as well as manages live video content for dozens of
clients. It captures, encodes and distributes tens of thousands of live
video events annually, powering more live events on the Internet than
any other property in the world.
Trademarks: All WWE programming, talent
names, images, likenesses, slogans, wrestling moves, trademarks, logos
and copyrights are the exclusive property of WWE and its subsidiaries.
All other trademarks, logos and copyrights are the property of their
Forward-Looking Statements: This press
release contains forward-looking statements pursuant to the safe harbor
provisions of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which are
subject to various risks and uncertainties. These risks and
uncertainties include, without limitation, risks relating to entering
into, maintaining and renewing key agreements, including television and
pay-per-view programming and our new network distribution agreements;
the need for continually developing creative and entertaining
programming; the continued importance of key performers and the services
of Vincent McMahon; the conditions of the markets in which we compete
and acceptance of the Company's brands, media and merchandise within
those markets; our exposure to bad debt risk; uncertainties relating to
regulatory and litigation matters; risks resulting from the highly
competitive nature of our markets; uncertainties associated with
international markets; the importance of protecting our intellectual
property and complying with the intellectual property rights of others;
risks associated with producing and travelling to and from our large
live events, both domestically and internationally; the risk of
accidents or injuries during our physically demanding events; risks
relating to our film business; risks relating to increasing content
production for distribution on various platforms, including the network;
risks relating to new businesses generally and risks specific to the new
network; risks relating to our computer systems and online operations;
risks relating to the large number of shares of common stock controlled
by members of the McMahon family and the possibility of the sale of
their stock by the McMahons or the perception of the possibility of such
sales; the relatively small public float of our stock; and other risks
and factors set forth from time to time in Company filings with the
Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual results could differ
materially from those currently expected or anticipated. In addition,
our dividend is dependent on a number of factors, including, among other
things, our liquidity and historical and projected cash flow, strategic
plan (including alternative uses of capital), our financial results and
condition, contractual and legal restrictions on the payment of
dividends, general economic and competitive conditions and such other
factors as our Board of Directors may consider relevant.
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