There are a plethora of announcements at CES, and while some of them don’t relate to consumer electronics directly, they indirectly have an impact on the devices we carry around with us these days. The WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) held one of the last press conferences of the week at CES to announce their brand new streaming subscription network. The WWE Network is really the first of its kind – it’ll offer streaming 720p HD content 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and subscribers will be able to access past events from WWE, WCW, and ECW. The WWE plans on airing original programming, as well as a reality show in the coming months. The biggest kicker? For $9.99 a month, WWENet subscribers will gain access to every single one of the company’s 12 annual pay-per-view events, including WrestleMania, its biggest pay-per-view event.
At launch, WWE Network will support streaming on PC and Mac, PlayStation 3 & 4, Xbox 360 & Xbox One, as well as iOS, Android, and Kindle apps. The network is scheduled to launch after the Monday Night Raw program at 11:05 p.m. EST on February 24th and the company says its first live pay-per-view event will be WrestleMania 30 on April 6th, 2014.
To further speculate about the availability of the WWENetwork, PCMag.com columnist Sascha Segan tweeted a photo of a WWE branded AppleTV set and said the WWE had given them out to everyone in attendance. Obviously, Apple wouldn’t have a presence at the show if it didn’t have plans to offer the network on its hardware in some capacity. It’s safe to say there will be an AppleTV WWE Network channel hitting AppleTVs in the near future.
— saschasegan (@saschasegan) January 9, 2014