World Wrestling Entertainment Channel Coming to Apple TV on February 24

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacRumors, Feb 3, 2014.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    A World Wrestling Entertainment representative has seemingly confirmed on Facebook that the new 24/7 WWE Network will be available as a dedicated channel on the Apple TV on February 24.

    In a conversation with a fan who asked specifically about an Apple TV app, a WWE Network Facebook representative said the WWE Network app can be launched directly from the Apple TV.
    First announced in January, the World Wrestling Entertainment Network is a 24/7 streaming network that includes original programming, reality shows, documentaries, classic matches, and more. Available for $9.99 per month, it also includes 12 WWE live pay-per-view events.

    When introduced, WWE executives noted that the service would be available via the WWE website and through numerous consoles, smartphones, and tablets. While the Roku was listed as an available device, as was the iPad, no specific mention was made of the Apple TV.

    WWE Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer Michelle Wilson did, however, say that the service would also be available on "a connected device I am not allowed to mention at this press conference," presumably alluding to the Apple TV. Attendees at the service's introductory event were also given Apple TVs to take home.

    Apple historically exercises control over announcements related to its products, so it is no surprise that news of a potential WWE app for the Apple TV has been suppressed. Over the course of the last several months, Apple has introduced several new channels to the Apple TV, each with no advanced notice.

    Most recently, Apple added the Red Bull TV action sports channel to the Apple TV, and before that, the company introduced channels for Watch ABC, Bloomberg, Crackle, and KORTV. Apple is also said to be working on a major overhaul to both the Apple TV software and hardware, which could debut later this year.

    The WWE network will be available for $9.99 per month at 9 AM Eastern Time on February 24, 2014 and will reportedly launch on the Apple TV at the same time. Fans will be given a free one week trial to the service.

    (Thanks, Josh!)

    Update: The WWE Facebook page has since been updated to delete the comment about the Apple TV, but the original text can be seen in the image below.


    Article Link: World Wrestling Entertainment Channel Coming to Apple TV on February 24
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2011
  3. macrumors 68000


    Jun 23, 2009
    Oh god I cant stand big muscle bound men in speedos screaming at each other.
  4. macrumors newbie

    Oct 14, 2013
  5. macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2007
    +1 for more content
    -1 for adding crap content.
  6. macrumors demi-god


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    Oh, joy!

    Quality entertainment.

    And only about $120 per year.

    Please, hold me back!:rolleyes:
  7. macrumors 6502

    shadow puppet

    Dec 2, 2012
    4th padded cell on the right
  8. macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2003
    Austin, TX
    Because every show on TV is real? Damn, I thought Brooklyn Nine Nine was a documentary! Same with all the Law & Orders that are on! :roll eyes:

    Regardless... although I'm a little miffed at the creative direction the WWE has taken in the last few months (no D-Bry during the Rumble, but Bautista? G.T.F.O.), I still want the WWE Network to do well and think that the success they have will hopefully shift other sports properties into this type of subscription-based model. I'll be buying so that I can re-watch a bunch of PPVs, and their "Monday Night War" series looks to be amazing, glad to know that it's coming to the Apple TV.
  9. HMI, Feb 3, 2014
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2014

    macrumors 6502a


    May 23, 2012
  10. macrumors 6502


    Mar 2, 2010
    Hey, it may not appeal to you, it doesn't appeal to me anymore, but since one PPV is $60, this is the price of 2 PPVs. It is a great deal. And, you know you can hide channels you don't want, right? For instance, I don't have KOR or Crunchyroll on my Apple TV.

    Here, here. Vince knows what he is doing. I know people love to bash his XFL, but it changed what was expected of televised football. He helped kick the NFL into high gear as far as broadcasting.
  11. macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2007
    I'd imagine the typical WWE consumer is more of an Android user? At least the ones I know are. They like their phones in buckles on the outside of their pants and their men to be oiled down in speedos yelling at each other.
  12. cube, Feb 3, 2014
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2014

    macrumors G4

    May 10, 2004
    I think MacRumors pushed this story just to show the annoying date format.
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Will do good

    Mar 24, 2010
    This my friends is how Apple is making it into main street. By dumbing down to meet the masses. :(
  14. macrumors 604

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    This should keep all you WWE fans happy ... :p

    But hey, we like Tim Cook for going 'off-road'

    your math doesn't "add' up to anything.
  15. macrumors 65816

    Jun 13, 2009
    Parts Unknown
    Apple users have to fight the stereotype that they think they're better than other computer users. This thread does nothing to end the stereotype.
  16. quagmire, Feb 3, 2014
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2014

    macrumors 603


    Apr 19, 2004



    I used to be a fan of WWE, but their product is gone down hill. I still follow it, but I don't watch it as much. Their seemingly refusal to push Daniel Bryan, CM Punk walking out, etc just highlights how bad it has gotten.

    CM Punk's shoot back in 2011 has been the closest they have gotten to getting me reinterested into the product, but they dropped the ball big time.
  17. macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    This is great news, and hopefully more channels will follow this. I do not need WWE at all, but the idea is sound.

    As for the Apple TV, it needs a channel store desperately.
  18. macrumors regular

    Jan 4, 2011
    i would prefer to count the hairs on my arms then watch fake wrestling
  19. macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    Durham, NC
    This is great news. I'll be subscribing on the 24th, mainly to get access to all of the great PPVs and shows I grew up on that I now go to YouTube to watch in sketchy quality.
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 22, 2007
    I will sign up for the back catalog. As a cord cutter I hope more networks follow this model or something close to it.
  21. 69Mustang, Feb 3, 2014
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2014

    macrumors 68000


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    I have to cinch my belt tighter because I am literally lmao right now. L-i-t-e-rally.

    Not figuratively, not hyperbolic-ly, butt seriously... I sat on an upside down running lawn mower. <- That statement makes as much sense as the WWE Channel on an ATV.

    /mind blown

    edit: I take it back. As many have said, we all like different things. For those who like professional wrestling - more power to you. Seriously, who am I to judge?

    /goes back to watching Archer.
  22. macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2002
    I picture this:


    Where A = Apple's target demographic
    Where B = WWE's target demographic

    Except imaging that there's about three inches between the two circles and they DON'T overlap. :D
  23. macrumors member

    Jan 27, 2011
    I knew there would be douchebags bashing WWE in this thread. Either way, I'm glad it's coming to Apple TV. I'd rather watch it on my Apple TV or one of my huge gaming consoles.
  24. Sandstorm, Feb 3, 2014
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2014

    macrumors 6502


    Sep 27, 2011
    Riga, Latvia
    Definitely an icon I'd like to be able to delete, along with Disney and few others. ;)

    PS - anyway, it's great that Apple TV can do more and more. But maybe it's time for app store so we can choose what we want? I, for example, would LOVE to get Plex and Spotify...
  25. macrumors regular

    Sep 5, 2007
    This is a huge deal.

    Wrestling is one of the big things that keeps people tethered to satellite, much like pro sports.

    Apple is slowly peeling customers away from their satellite packages.

    And people who are making fun of wrestling shouldn't quit their day jobs. Lots of crappy dad jokes in this thread.

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