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World Wrestling Entertainment Channel Coming to Apple TV on February 24

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.
In order to experience WWE Network on an Apple TV, you must have a second generation or later (black) Apple TV and be a WWE Network subscriber. Once WWE Network is available, you will be able to launch the WWE Netowrk app directly from your Apple TV. Let us know if you have further questions! Thank you.
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.

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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.

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10 months ago
+1 for more content
-1 for adding crap content.
Rating: 24 Votes
10 months ago
yay i love watching fake wrestling :rolleyes:
Rating: 13 Votes
10 months ago
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
Rating: 11 Votes
10 months ago
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.
Rating: 10 Votes
10 months ago
God no, please!
Rating: 8 Votes
10 months ago
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.
Rating: 8 Votes
10 months ago

yay i love watching fake wrestling :rolleyes:

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.
Rating: 7 Votes
10 months ago
For the love of God, no.
Rating: 6 Votes
10 months ago

i would prefer to count the hairs on my arms then watch fake wrestling


why would you want to want to count your arm hairs before watching wrestling?

oh, you mean "than" watch fake wrestling. grammar.
Rating: 6 Votes
10 months ago

Oh, joy!

Quality entertainment.

And only about $120 per year.

Please, hold me back!:rolleyes:


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.

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.


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.
Rating: 6 Votes

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