UFC Fight Pass Will Cost $9.99 Per Month & Launches In January

Posted on December 22, 2013, 06:25 PM by Brian Cox
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The UFC’s new digital network, which is set to launch in 2014, has been immersed in a lack of detail as to exactly what all of its particulars are, but today at least, fans got to find out the new channel’s name and price point.

As it turns out, the new digital service will be called “UFC Fight Pass” and will be available at a monthly subscription charge of $9.99.  

The service is set to (eventually) provide a full spectrum of Zuffa owned products, inclusive the UFC’s entire library of fights, as well as those of Pride, Strikeforce, the WEC, WFA and Elite XC. Beyond that, the channel will also provide exclusive behind-the-scenes content.

Additionally, all preliminary bouts which are currently available on Facebook or other website streams will be terminated and shifted over to the new subscription service.

In terms of an exact launch date none has been given yet, but the channel is set to air its first live event on January 4th, with the broadcast of UFC Fight Night 34: Tarec Saffiedine vs. Hyun Gyu Lim, live from Singapore. After the fight’s conclusion the card will be made available on “FP” for immediate replay.

Full details of the network will be made public this week and prior to UFC 168; the package does not affect pay-per-views, FOX or FS1 & FS2 programming.


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  • Entity
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    Dana wants to be like your light bill monthly. Lets see, 2 million people at 9.99 a month.....
    If they get that kind of revenue with this, they damm well better pay their fighters better.

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  • Brian Cox
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    LOL!

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  • IChokePeople
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    Good luck with that bro. I wouldn't pay for that. It is all available for free via the world wide web.

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  • MagicMMA
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    I haven't and don't plan on paying for fights when I can watch them for free online

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  • Brian Cox
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    Sadly Magic, the downside of that theory is that if people don't buy the fights, then the shows don't get put on and then there's nothing to watch online for free. :-(

    It also makes it difficult for us to criticize fight pay; just sayin'.

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  • IChokePeople
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    Just so we are clear, I was referring to the stuff in this package not the PPVs.

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  • Brian Cox
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    I can see how it would be handy to people in the media, reference, research and such, but to you average fan...nah! That said, like most stuff, it will probably be bundled up with some other package and sold to us that way. That said, I think most, even ******** fans, would give this a pass.

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  • Entity
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    Maybe if they give subscribers discounted PPV, that would be cool, you would think that defeats the purpose for having the channel, BUT it might tempt people to buy the card when otherwise they are watching a crappy internet stream somewhere free.

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  • Brian Cox
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    Stewie, you raise an interesting point. I just wonder how much they could knock off of a PPV, in order to make that fly. If they could make the numbers work to the point that buying FP was a loss leader to future PPV buys, yeah, that would work; $10 off, we'll call it.

    If that garnered them an addition 100K or better per PPVs that are not currently being purchased, it would be worth it.

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  • Brian Cox
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    Also...Hi!

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  • diamond-mma2
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    i like it, MMA version of Netflix. $120 a year for this is not bad,i mean it covers full library of fights with other fights that wont be shown on regular tv and because of global schedules i might be working while a fight is happening, i'll be able to watch some fights using the UFC app on my phone. (assuming we can stream those fights on the phone) and yeah we can all find these videos online, but heh $120 for this package deal is not bad, specially if you never buy any PPV

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  • Brian Cox
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    Diamond, yeah...if you think about it for ten bucks, sure, why not. Of course, five would be better.

    The question I'd like to see answered on this would be the following, when a PPV card goes off, how quickly does that become part of the FP library?

    There has to be a lag time, but to me, it should be short. Once the fight is done and the outcome of it known, in replay, it becomes like a new car; the moment it's off the lot it's used and depreciated considerably.

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  • enjoylife321
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    Brian....Where will the price go from $9.99 per month....? The UFC are robbing their fans....expensive event ticket prices, expensive PPVS, and now this bullshit....I'm sure its good coverage but isn't that what the advertisers pay for then we watch it?

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  • Brian Cox
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    321, I'd have to agree with your synopsis.

    The way to growth and profitability is not to squeeze more out of the existing lemon, but rather, to grow a bigger one and get a larger volume of juice.

    Sorry, but this comes across another senseless and ill-thought-out cash crab.

    Ostensibly, all this deal does is bundle up what is already available online and push it off to TV, as some "new" product.

    In essence, it's a "silt building" business model, that re-packages a pre-existing library and accruing database of fights, and attaches it to a pre-existing delivery system; the genius, in whatever office that came up with this idea should be commended for his (chess-like) analytic; cough.

    Personally, I think the brand fails to see what is possible; it's more trees than forest, right now.

    Just as a thought, the only way this sells and I mean to MMA fans that might buy it, is that if it's bundled up with all the other crap that they are forced to buy, and as a result of their inability to selectively choose that which they are paying for, and on a channel by channel basis, which is to say I don't want the sports, kids, news and reality channels, nor the "history" and "documentary" channels, I only want what I want....the

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  • enjoylife321
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    @Brian...I remember growing up as a kid, you turn on the television and you get hit with every sport free providing you can deal with the shampoo adds and everything else during commercials..Then came PAY TV where it costs me $120 month subscription for sports,documentary, earth channel etc...I always remember sport being a family thing to watch for free...But the UFC are heading down this money grabbing, only for the rich coverage...People should protest and say fuk that I'm not paying $10 month soon to be $20 month...I've got enough bills without having my credit card debited each month....The UFC are already making over 100 million a year from the fox deal plus revenue from sponsorships, ads, merchandise. PPV sales and gate sales....Just think one PPV 900,000 buys...holy **** someone is getting rich fast!



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  • HolyGrimace666
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    Man, Dana is money hungry to the fullest! Even in the UFC game, you need to buy a pass to play the game online. Mark my words, the UFC will own the world one day!

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  • jmedno5891
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    Coming up next, permanent ppv price increase, and I'm sure we'll be told we're lucky it isn't as expensive as boxing and that we should be happy.

    Reply 4 months ago