Update: The WWE Apple TV app is now live for users in at least the US and Canada.
Following rumors back and forth regarding the new WWE network launching today, the company has just announced that the service will be available to Apple TV users. WWE confirmed to us in a statement that the Apple TV app will arrive today.
The Apple TV app will provide access to all 12 live WWE Pay-PerView events including WrestleMania, original programming from the network like reality shows and documentaries, as well as 24/7 programming from WWE and a ton of on-demand content.
The update appears to have hit Apple TVs (at least in the US or Canada) with the ability to access the network and purchase subscriptions. The subscription-based WWE network allows users to sign up for service directly within the Apple TV app using an iTunes account. The company notes that subscriptions purchased through Apple TV are “billed as a single charge of $59.99 (plus applicable tax) for the six month subscription period.”
All Things D reports that T-Mobile is finally taking advantage of this year’s MetroPCS merger. The fourth-largest mobile carrier in the U.S. plans to use the new spectrum to offer even faster speeds on its LTE network nationwide. Some markets are already seeing an increase in speed, and more will see faster service next year. The company says it hopes to cover up to 90% of its current subscriber base with improved service.
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Hutchison Whampoa, owner of Three U.K., has today acquired O2 Ireland in a deal worth €850 million ($1.1 billion). Telefonica, O2′s parent company, believes the move will “create a new competitive dynamic in the Irish market,” which Three can now claim 37.5% of with 2 million active subscribers.
Three will now be second only to Vodafone in Ireland.
In 2012, Three and O2 Ireland had combined revenues of €803 million ($1.05 billion), while Three’s standalone revenue was just €174 million ($228 million). The acquisition will provide Three “with the scale and financial strength necessary to compete even more aggressively in the market to the benefit of consumers,” the company said in a press release today.
“It leaves Three optimally positioned to become the number one player in the Irish market by providing the best value and service to its customers. In addition the combined business plans to invest strongly in creating a state of the art network including 4G/LTE over the next number of year,” it added.
The Irish Times reports that Spanish firm Telefonica is Europe’s “most indebted telecommunications company,” with a net debt of €51.3 billion ($67.28 billion). That’s more than its market value, and a sale of its O2 Ireland arm has reportedly been a subject of speculation for some time.
Three will pay €780 million ($1.02 billion) in cash once the deal has been approved and completed, with a further €70 million ($91.8 million) due later if certain financial objectives are achieved.