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World Wrestling Entertainment on Monday announced that the company's nascent WWE Network will launch on Apple's set-top streamer Feb. 24 alongside native apps for the iPhone and iPad.

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Professional wrestling fans will need to have a subscription to access the network's content on the Apple TV as well as through the iOS apps, a WWE spokesperson said in a post to the company's Facebook fan page. MacRumors was first to notice the post.

At launch, the WWE Network will cost $9.99 per month with a six-month commitment. Unlike some other premium services on the device, Apple TV owners will not be able to use their iTunes account to subscribe.

WWE Network is the latest in a recent spate of content additions for the diminutive set-top box. Apple has added channels for Watch ABC, Bloomberg, PBS, Yahoo Screen and Major League Soccer, among others, in recent months.
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So they've signed up soap operas for men; what about the soap operas for women? :lol:

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It is kind of weird not being able to sign/up or pay for content using an Apple account.

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It is kind of weird not being able to sign/up or pay for content using an Apple account.

Can you sign up for MLB w iTunes account?
 
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I don't know if this is what Steve Jobs had in mind when in his biography he claimed to have "finally cracked it", but I somehow doubt it.

 

Adding channels to Apple TV is great but all it does is take the current TV model (100's of cable/satellite channels) and bringing it over to the web via streaming. I hope we see something new soon from Apple.

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Oh boy, something else to hide 1biggrin.gif
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But when it launches somehow you'll be able to optionally use your iTunes account.

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WWE... Woop-dee-doo!

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Originally Posted by TheDBA View Post

Adding channels to Apple TV is great but all it does is take the current TV model (100's of cable/satellite channels) and bringing it over to the web via streaming. I hope we see something new soon from Apple.

 

Right, which is why soon none of the Apple TV channels will have anything whatsoever to do with cable or satellite, much less being forced to pay for either to see the content.

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Well, there goes the 'upscale' appeal of the Apple brand.

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And tech-savvy rednecks everywhere are celebrating. Both of them anyway.
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I don't know if this is what Steve Jobs had in mind when in his biography he claimed to have "finally cracked it", but I somehow doubt it.

Adding channels to Apple TV is great but all it does is take the current TV model (100's of cable/satellite channels) and bringing it over to the web via streaming. I hope we see something new soon from Apple.

Maybe he was referring to cracked skulls and appendages. lol.gif
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Right, which is why soon none of the Apple TV channels will have anything whatsoever to do with cable or satellite, much less being forced to pay for either to see the content.

I really don't understand what exactly the OP is expecting from Apple. He probably wants programming that's free of subscription costs and free of commercials. Content creators should just magically make money.
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When did Macho Man become Bonesaw?
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Adding channels to Apple TV is great but all it does is take the current TV model (100's of cable/satellite channels) and bringing it over to the web via streaming. I hope we see something new soon from Apple.

 

Actually, of you subscribe to those Apple TV packages you will end up paying more that cable. Not the way to go indeed. Not to mention you will need an unlimited download internet package if you plan on cutting cable and stream everything.

 

I watched the first 3 seasons of Downton Abbey on itunes this month (27 episodes) and I am already over 120g used. The way we watch TV at home we would need 500g to 1tb / month if we streamed everything.


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The important thing is that this new network isn't sucking up to the cable TV networks. Harbinger of the future of TV. Apple has quietly built a alternative content distribution channel that obviates the need for cable TV. This is a win, even if this content deal is with WWE.

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Right, which is why soon none of the Apple TV channels will have anything whatsoever to do with cable or satellite, much less being forced to pay for either to see the content.


Do you have inside knowledge of something?

I see new channels popping up (Red Bull channel most recently) but I still see the same channel model as old TV. They're called apps now but the idea is still the same.

I would just love to pay a fixed yearly amount through my iTunes account which would give me free access to the shows I want, regardless of which TV channel they originated from. 

Example:

Myth Busters: Discovery

Game of Thrones: HBO

Walking Dead: AMC

Sherlock: PBS

 

I pay a fixed yearly amount and I have access to all shows current and previous from the list above. Let's assume APPLE TV gives us packages like 

10 series a year => $20

30 series a year => $50

etc.

I watch the shows I want regardless of which studio they originated from.

That would be breaking the old TV model apart.

They may still very well do that, we're just not seeing it yet.

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I'm not interested personally, but I like to see more content be made available on the platform; however until they open it up to app developers and companies like Plex can get in, Roku is still a more appealing alternative for a lot of people.
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Myth Busters: Discovery

Game of Thrones: HBO

Walking Dead: AMC

Sherlock: PBS

 

I pay a fixed yearly amount and I have access to all shows current and previous from the list above. Let's assume APPLE TV gives us packages like 

10 series a year => $20

30 series a year => $50

 

nice idea really. We can kind of do that if we buy them, but it gets more expensive than cable fast. imo it would be much easier for Apple to just strike deals with existing nation wide cable companies. Problem is I dont think cable wants this.


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It is kind of weird not being able to sign/up or pay for content using an Apple account.

Yes but it's great you don't need cable to do so, which always defeats the object.

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Do you have inside knowledge of something?
I see new channels popping up (Red Bull channel most recently) but I still see the same channel model as old TV. They're called apps now but the idea is still the same.
I would just love to pay a fixed yearly amount through my iTunes account which would give me free access to the shows I want, regardless of which TV channel they originated from. 
Example:
Myth Busters: Discovery
Game of Thrones: HBO
Walking Dead: AMC
Sherlock: PBS

I pay a fixed yearly amount and I have access to all shows current and previous from the list above. Let's assume APPLE TV gives us packages like 
10 series a year => $20
30 series a year => $50
etc.
I watch the shows I want regardless of which studio they originated from.
That would be breaking the old TV model apart.
They may still very well do that, we're just not seeing it yet.

What makes you think Apple can negotiate something like that? How many shows do you watch that you discovered while channel surfing? If everyone only watched the good shows all the others would cease to exist. Your 'new' model would put a great number of people out of work.
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I wonder how many people will actually pay for this.  Not me.

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Actually, of you subscribe to those Apple TV packages you will end up paying more that cable. Not the way to go indeed. Not to mention you will need an unlimited download internet package if you plan on cutting cable and stream everything.

 

I watched the first 3 seasons of Downton Abbey on itunes this month (27 episodes) and I am already over 120g used. The way we watch TV at home we would need 500g to 1tb / month if we streamed everything.

 

This!

 

In the US, those data pipe providers(aka oligarchs) have a strangle hold.

However, as talked many times in this forum, go to other(more sane?) countries, the pipe provider is a utility... companies compete to offer packages over that pipe, not let the fox guard the hen house.

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This!

In the US, those data pipe providers(aka oligarchs) have a strangle hold.
However, as talked many times in this forum, go to other(more sane?) countries, the pipe provider is a utility... companies compete to offer packages over that pipe, not let the fox guard the hen house.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, everyone wants to unbundle the channels over the same network, when it's the network that needs to be unbundled.
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Too intellectual for me! :)

 

Best.

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WWE... Woop-dee-doo!

 

Watch it, buddy. Professional wrestling is the only TRUE sport left in America. All that other crap, like football, baseball, hockey, basketball, is FAKED, the outcome predetermined!

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When did Macho Man become Bonesaw?

Spider-man movie with Tobey.
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When did Macho Man become Bonesaw?

 

In the first Spider Man movie. Randy Savage (Macho Man) played Bonesaw McGraw when Spider Man first tests his powers. “Kick his spider ass, Bonesaw!” 

 

God, everybody knows this¡

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In the first Spider Man movie. Randy Savage (Macho Man) played Bonesaw McGraw when Spider Man first tests his powers. “Kick his spider ass, Bonesaw!” 

God, everybody knows this¡

Oh yeah, I haven't seen that movie in years.
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What makes you think Apple can negotiate something like that? How many shows do you watch that you discovered while channel surfing? If everyone only watched the good shows all the others would cease to exist. Your 'new' model would put a great number of people out of work.

Nah, Apple would create something like iRadio, only for video content. Sort of like Netflix. You don't need traditional broadcast/cable TV to surf.

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Originally Posted by TheDBA View Post
I would just love to pay a fixed yearly amount through my iTunes account which would give me free access to the shows I want, regardless of which TV channel they originated from. 

Example:

Myth Busters: Discovery

Game of Thrones: HBO

Walking Dead: AMC

Sherlock: PBS

 

I pay a fixed yearly amount and I have access to all shows current and previous from the list above. Let's assume APPLE TV gives us packages like 

10 series a year => $20

30 series a year => $50

etc.

I watch the shows I want regardless of which studio they originated from.

That would be breaking the old TV model apart.

 

Yep. See? It’s easy. 

 

They can also offer live feed channels or channels for free, supplemented by ads. Except instead of static ads, you’d see interactive video iAds that would make you want to see advertising.

 

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What makes you think Apple can negotiate something like that?

 

It’s Apple. You know, the company that got people to sell their songs for $0.99 and the company that destroyed Amazon’s eBook monopoly? That one.

 
How many shows do you watch that you discovered while channel surfing?

 

Zero.

 
If everyone only watched the good shows all the others would cease to exist. Your 'new' model would put a great number of people out of work.

 

WOW. WHAT A TRAGEDY.

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Oh boy, something else to hide 1biggrin.gif

Why would you hide the WWE. It may be low brow but it isn't porn.
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Why would you hide the WWE. It may be low brow but it isn't porn.

 

Just to have a cleaner Springboard.

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Actually, of you subscribe to those Apple TV packages you will end up paying more that cable. Not the way to go indeed. Not to mention you will need an unlimited download internet package if you plan on cutting cable and stream everything.
That not to mention is a big point. Until there is bandwidth available nation wide I don't even see video streaming catching on as a cable replacement. Plus that bandwidth needs to be reasonably priced.
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I watched the first 3 seasons of Downton Abbey on itunes this month (27 episodes) and I am already over 120g used. The way we watch TV at home we would need 500g to 1tb / month if we streamed everything.

Exactly!😳

This also assumes that the local provider offers enough bandwidth to actually provide old performance for the streaming app.
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What makes you think Apple can negotiate something like that? How many shows do you watch that you discovered while channel surfing? If everyone only watched the good shows all the others would cease to exist. Your 'new' model would put a great number of people out of work.
And that is bad how? Lets face it if your product doesn't sell then you should be out of business. as for the watchers, why should they underwrite shows that nobody is interested in?
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Watch it, buddy. Professional wrestling is the only TRUE sport left in America. All that other crap, like football, baseball, hockey, basketball, is FAKED, the outcome predetermined!

You must have watched the Super Bowl yesterday. 😱
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Just to have a cleaner Springboard.

That's what she said. 1smile.gif
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That not to mention is a big point. Until there is bandwidth available nation wide I don't even see video streaming catching on as a cable replacement. Plus that bandwidth needs to be reasonably priced.
Exactly!😳

This also assumes that the local provider offers enough bandwidth to actually provide old performance for the streaming app.

The thing is i have unlimited dowmloads for just $10/month more. So $40 + $10 = $50 / month for unlimited downloads. But i can only keep it has long as I have the TV plan. if I drop the Tv plan, the unlimited option will cost me $30 instead of $10.
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Earlier today an analyst wrote that Apple was preparing to move into CDN. Since I only saw one instance of the story, I guess the story did not gain any traction. Still, if Apple did begin to deliver its own content, it could begin to become a competitor to cable companies. This of course would be tricky since Apple would have to work with cable and telecommunication companies for the "last mile" connection.

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