The logo unveiled during the November 9, 2011 episode of WWE NXT.
|Launched||Q1 2014 (possibly Feb. 24)|
|Broadcast area||United States|
|Headquarters||Stamford, Connecticut, United States|
The WWE Network is a planned cable television network owned by WWE that was announced to be planned for launch in 2012. The announced goal was to form a "hybrid" network incorporating a traditional TV distribution model with online/mobile distribution. It was announced on the September 5, 2011 episode of WWE Raw that the WWE Network would launch sometime in 2012. It was first reported that WWE was looking to launch the network April 1, 2012. A recent report states that WWE looks to debut the network during the 1st quarter of 2014, specifically February 24, the day after the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view.
The WWE conducted a survey asking if people would pay between $7 and $12 per month for the WWE Network, if it were available in a package with additional channels, including the NFL Network, NBA TV, NHL Network, MLB Network, Fuel TV, and Fox Business Network.
In an email sent to WWE fans who might be interested in the WWE Network, WWE surveyed fans for their thoughts about the WWE Network showing several of WWE's pay-per-views (Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam, and Survivor Series) for free to subscribers.
WWE issued yet another survey regarding the upcoming network – this time, asking fans if they would change cable providers in order to get the new WWE Network.
The survey noted that WWE's eight 'secondary' pay-per-views would be featured on the network while the others (Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam and Survivor Series) would remain on pay-per-view. The network will also feature repeats of Raw and SmackDown, as well as footage from WCW, ECW, NWA and AWA.
On October 17, 2011, WWE announced on their website the name of their first WWE Network show, WrestleMania Rewind. According to WWE, it will "transport the WWE Universe back to a single WrestleMania in a three-episode series, starting with the Show of Shows' thrilling debut at Madison Square Garden in 1985, all the way to WrestleMania XXVIII in Miami".
On November 27, 2011, WWE launched a promotion encouraging fans to notify their television service provider of the WWE Network. Their website also featured a countdown clock that expired on April 1, 2012, the same day as WrestleMania XXVIII.
On March 1, 2012, the New York Post reported WWE had yet to struck a deal with any TV providers to carry the channel. Vince McMahon contemplated making the WWE Network a pay per view channel
As of September 2013, WWE still had not struck a deal with a TV provider.
At one point there was speculation of the WWE buying G4, but no such buyout occurred.
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- WWE Network, Tribalwrestling.com, September 6, 2011
- "New WWE Network announced". WWE. Retrieved September 6, 2011.
- Atkinson, Charlie (March 1, 2012). "WWE smackdown: Its cable network can't get off the mat". New York Post. Retrieved March 2, 2012.
- "'WrestleMania Rewind': The first WWE Network Show". WWE. Retrieved December 24, 2011.
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