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2/9/11 10:23 AM
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MMA has long been known as a sport that survived on the Internet, as hardcore fans clamored for news about the sport even during the "dark days" of MMA when major events were held despite being banned from pay-per-view. At  special UFC 129 press conference and fan event at Toronto's Rogers Centre, Dana White detailed the future of Pay Per View on the Net, and what he is doing to protect that future.

"I've been saying it for 10 years. Everything is going Internet. I believe that everybody is going to be watching TV and be on the Internet."

While the UFC has long offered its pay-per-view broadcasts via online streams, a new enhanced pay-per-view broadcast online at UFC.tv includes options for fans to choose multiple camera angles from which to view the fight, as well as the option to listen to a variety of audio feeds, including direct feeds from each fighter's corners.

A free demo of the product, featuring the first round of January's UFC 125 lightweight title fight between current champion Frankie Edgar and top contender Gray Maynard (featuring dramatic audio of Edgar's corner debating whether or not to throw in the towel), is currently available at UFC.tv.

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"The future is the Internet. That's why we're fighting. That's why we're taking such a strong stance.

"You've got to understand, all this stuff is brand new. Even when the music thing happened with Napster and all that stuff, if I take your song and let people download the song, the song isn't ruined. People still want to hear that song or the album or whatever it is. When our event gets stolen, it's dead. It's over. You know the results. A live event is different than anything else."

"We're fighting it hard. "Listen, I said it when we made this announcement, and I'll say it again, people are going to jail."

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2/9/11 10:28 AM
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For someone that is saying "the future is the internet", he sure is taking an oldschool approach to it. If they truely wanted the UFC to be as popular as football, they should take the first step and give away the UFC pay per views on the internet. More people than ever would want to attend the events. People would still order PPVs. The UFC could brag how +10 million people are watching their events.

Instead they are fighting tooth and nail to stop people from viewing their product.
2/9/11 10:29 AM
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So what your saying is that ufc unleashed has absolutely no purpose because once it's happened there's nothing watchable about your fights? Dana don't be another clueless numbnut that tries to fight the internets. Phone Post
2/9/11 10:36 AM
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lol @ Dana thinking he can control this.

2/9/11 10:39 AM
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Dana's going to need a bigger boat
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 download from Russian servers = sorry Dana, you're fucked.
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 download from Russian servers = sorry Dana, you're fucked.
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i think the people that watch the shows for free on the internet will never pay for the ppv.
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It's true that the vast majority of people that are currently finding free streams on the internet wouldn't actually pay for a pay per view. However, they are still fans of the UFC. Eventually, if they become bigger fans, they might buy a piece of merchandise, they might turn their friends onto the UFC, they might attend a live event. If there was a free, easy way to access UFC content online, the UFC could turn alot of the current "fringe" type fans into hardcore fans of the UFC.

The UFC wants to be popular. Being popular generates it's own money. They're goal is to get the UFC on a major network. They could just prove to these networks that 10-15 million people are willing to sit in front of their crappy computers just to watch an event. This would give them barganing power with TV networks.

Instead they are punishing people who simply want to view their product. They're making it nearly impossible to follow any events you may have missed. No one is going to pay $2 to watch a preliminary match Someone might be willing to watch it if it's free.
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MindOverBody -  You fucking guys better fucking start fucking ordering the fucking UFCs and not fucking pirating the fucking UFCs on the fucking internet, or Dana Fucking White will fucking shut down the fucking internet.

 you forgot a couple :)
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 UFC.tv is very brilliant, as it offers an experience that pirates cannot hope to dupe. Dozens of college kids got hit wit with bills for many, many thousands of dollars for downloading music and that woke people up.
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Double-edged sword. Streams create momentum, especially with younger fans with no money.
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The largest, most watched sports in the world give away their product. The NFL recently had a 43% share for their championship game. All consumers had to do was sit through a pile of mostly stupid and inane commercials.

Instead the UFC forces consumers to sit through a pile of mostly stupid and inane commercials AND pay $59 for the privilege.

Go, Dana, go.
2/9/11 11:06 AM
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GhostofaWarrior - Sorry dana but I'm not paying 55 bucks for a card of decisions. Even 126 was a huge letdown, it would've been ass if silva didn't save it. Phone Post



Then go watch pro wrestling where all the spots are scripted. WTF you watching this for you cheap fuck?
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Kirik -  UFC.tv is very brilliant, as it offers an experience that pirates cannot hope to dupe. Dozens of college kids got hit wit with bills for many, many thousands of dollars for downloading music and that woke people up.

And hundreds of thousands of young kids spend time in prison on the public's dime for selling $40 bags of dope. Doesn't make it right.

After all those college kids got nailed by their balls, Apple saw a market - people wanted access to ALL their favorite music. And now Steve Jobs has so much money he's growing spare organs to replace his failing ones. The music industry was so intent on protecting themselves that they fucking gave the keys to the bank away for free.

The UFC (and most major media distributors) are royally fucking themselves over in a attempt to hang onto a an outdated distribution system. That ship has fucking sailed. They can't convince people to pay for their product in addition to the advertising. The only thing left is government intervention. And that Media/Telecommunication/Government clusterfuck is a deal with the devil that is going to fuck up the internet for everyone.
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Emotion#13 with the logic you just displayed it should be legal for anyone to order pot from Russia and avoid prosecution by the DEA right? "Sorry DEA I didn't buy this here.... You're fucked" a while lighting up a fatty infront of the FBI building in DC. Phone Post
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puddlesmith - It's true that the vast majority of people that are currently finding free streams on the internet wouldn't actually pay for a pay per view. However, they are still fans of the UFC. Eventually, if they become bigger fans, they might buy a piece of merchandise, they might turn their friends onto the UFC, they might attend a live event. If there was a free, easy way to access UFC content online, the UFC could turn alot of the current "fringe" type fans into hardcore fans of the UFC.

The UFC wants to be popular. Being popular generates it's own money. They're goal is to get the UFC on a major network. They could just prove to these networks that 10-15 million people are willing to sit in front of their crappy computers just to watch an event. This would give them barganing power with TV networks.

Instead they are punishing people who simply want to view their product. They're making it nearly impossible to follow any events you may have missed. No one is going to pay $2 to watch a preliminary match Someone might be willing to watch it if it's free.

 I think the vast majority of streamers are poor/cheap and likely watch the shows by themselves.  They never go to an event, never buy merchandise, and wouldn't buy the PPV if the stream were unavailable.
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MetaDevil - The largest, most watched sports in the world give away their product. The NFL recently had a 43% share for their championship game. All consumers had to do was sit through a pile of mostly stupid and inane commercials.

Instead the UFC forces consumers to sit through a pile of mostly stupid and inane commercials AND pay $59 for the privilege.

Go, Dana, go.



Ya, once UFC gets sponsored by Pepsi, Coke and Doritos, your point is valid. Until then, its a ridiculous analogy.

Are you really going to compare a sport that's been in existence with the brand of the NFL, for nearly a century, to the UFC?
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