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WWE announces VOD service


Wrestling fans will soon be able to get their fill of turnbuckles and ring posts 24-hours-a-day.

At a press conference yesterday, the WWE announced that they are launching a 24/7 video-on-demand service called "WWE 24/7". It will be a subscription video-on-demand service which will feature pay-per-view, cable and syndicated broadcast content, best-selling home videos, new original productions and proprietary broadband, from the WWE and other acquired national and regional wrestling brands such as ECW, WCW and the AWA.

The service will cost between $6 to $10 (U.S.) a month and there will be 20 hours of programming which will be rotated each week.

A recently launched in-house business development unit, WWE Enterprises, will work directly with satellite providers and companies who are interested in carrying the service. It is not known if the service will be available in Canada or not.

The WWE stated that if the project goes well, they would consider launching a specialized 24/7 WWE wrestling channel.

According to Reuters News Service, Vince McMahon claims that the profits made from the archived footage will be shared with retired wrestlers featured in the videos.

-- SLAM! Wrestling