Internet video streaming is the new age of watching media. Netflix began the extravaganza that destroyed Blockbuster, as well as many other video stores around the United States. Some even believe that cable television is losing to Netflix, and in the next 15 years, cable could become extinct. Nothing is factual about that statement from "analysts" around the country, but it doesn't seem that far-fetched right now. WWE was about to get in on the fun.
Being a billionaire at this time last year, Vince McMahon created something that changed the professional wrestling landscape forever. The WWE Network revolutionized the way wrestling fans watched their favorite sport. WWE launched their own version of Netflix, and the WWE hasn't looked back since.
Despite its first-year "failures," like getting hacked and not getting enough first-year subscriptions, Vince McMahon went all-in on the WWE Network. Some features on the network are phenomenal and a must-have for all fans of the WWE, WCW, and ECW. Not to mention that NXT is a hot-seller for the WWE right now, and it's only available on the WWE Network.
However, big news is coming for a huge populous of WWE fans from around the world. Vince McMahon just announced today that the WWE Network will finally be going live in the United Kingdom and Ireland in just a few weeks.
"WWE.com has posted a video featuring Vince McMahon announcing that the WWE Network will finally be available in The UK and Ireland on January 19th.
Furthermore, WWE sent an email blast noting WWE Network in The UK and Ireland will be directly available on Web, iOS and Android devices, gaming consoles, Smart TVs and digital media players.
The announcement also notes the Network price in The UK will be 9.99 pounds and 12.99 Euros in Ireland. The subscription comes with no commitment."
Being that the Royal Rumble pay-per-view is on January 25, the U.K. and Ireland will have full availability to the second-biggest show of the year on the WWE Network. On top of that, subscriptions will multiply in the hundreds. If the WWE is able to gauge how many people watch NXT, expect that number to rise exponentially when it goes live to a huge fan base of pro wrestling.
Wrestling is king overseas in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Many wrestlers like Finn Balor, Sheamus, Wade Barrett, William Regal, and Finlay have all come from those two areas. Their fan bases alone will aide the WWE Network in gaining the subscriptions they want to attain.
Vince McMahon, as well as the rest of the WWE office, is doing the right thing by announcing it publicly a few weeks in advance. This way, Ireland and the U.K. can prepare accordingly and build the hype themselves. Don't be surprised if that is also announced on Raw tomorrow night to help push the message even further. The WWE Network is growing, and it is just only the beginning.
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