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Can You Get the WWE Network On Roku?
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Washington, D.C. (April 20, 2014) - Editor's Note: TV's Answer Man, aka Swanni, takes your questions regarding how to best use the latest products and services in TV technology. If you have a question about TV technology, ask TV's Answer Man by sending an e-mail to

Q. I have DIRECTV and I read your article that DIRECTV won't show the WWE's Extreme Rules on PPV. I also have Roku. Could I get the WWE Network on Roku? -- Sam, Las Vegas.

Sam, you're right.
DIRECTV has announced that it will not carry the WWE's Extreme Rules event on PPV on Sunday, May 4. The satcaster won't say publicly why, but it has expressed displeasure over the wrestling group's new online venture, the WWE Network, which includes its PPV events as part of a $9.99 a month subscription.

DIRECTV, and its satellite rival, Dish,
say the online offering takes viewers and, consequently, revenue, away from the WWE's PPV partners. A WWE PPV program on cable or satellite can cost more than $60. (Dish, by the way, has not said officially whether it will air the Extreme Rules event, but it's not expected to.)

So, if you have DIRECTV, is there another way to watch Extreme Rules on May 4? To your question, the answer is yes, if you have Roku.

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The Roku Net TV devices offer an app that allows you to connect to the WWE Network. Once you connect, you can subscribe to the service for $9.99 a month and watch the Extreme Rules event, along with the WWE Network's other programs.

If you don't have Roku, you can also watch the WWE Network via apps on the Apple TV set-top; the Kindle Fire; and the later models of the PlayStation and XBox, and at the WWE web site on your computer.

In addition, these cable and telco TV services will offer Extreme Rules on their PPV services.

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