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ProElite launches “Pay to watch video buffering” service

I’m a happy subscriber to the UFC’s video demand system … for about 10 bucks a month I’ve got access to a shitload of fights – including the prelim fights from events – which to me is a pretty damn good deal. Now ProElite is getting in on this shit by offering their own video on demand service. I’ve only been playing around with it for a few hours but I’ve already got a pretty big complaint.

The service is stream-only. While this saves ProElite the hassle of dealing with a DRM system like the UFC does, this also makes things ultra-annoying because the streams are constantly buffering … not just a little, but A LOT. I’d say over 2 minutes of watching a video, it’s stopped 5 or 6 times for 3-10 seconds each stop. I don’t think I have to tell you how fucking annoying that shit is. You couldn’t pay ME to watch an event like this.

If they manage to get the streaming issues fixed (you can check how it works for you … they’re offering some ShoXC fights for free right now), then there’s a couple other things I’m going to wait and see before I’m willing to pay the 13 bucks a month for this service:

  • How fast they update the service with events that have just happened
  • If they’re gonna stop being lazy about recent events and split them up into individual fights.
  • If they’re going to get the rights to show fights from the Strikeforce / EliteXC co-promotions and CBS shows.

Past that I’m a big fan of video on demand, so if they fix the brutal streaming issues I’ll probably sign up for this. I know a lot of people are big torrent fans, and I am too. But even torrents don’t give you easy access to the individual fights of a lot of guys who may be fighting on any given weekend.

  • ninjitsu

    I used to subscribe to UFC’s VOD but the more I used it the more frustrated I became. I had issues with their DRM — I’d usually have to authenticate before watching, and sometimes I would download a fight and have it not work at all.

    Add to that the fact that my preferred browser is firefox, and my preferred OS is Mac OSX. Fuck UFC VOD, it’s shit! Streaming video makes me think that proelite’s VOD might be better.

  • Hattori Hanzo Gracie

    EliteXC’s free internet streams has for the most part always been shit quality. It was ok because it was free. But to pay for bad quality stream, no thanks.
    Maybe if it comes with a How to grow a cool beard like KIMBO instructional video I might subscribe

  • Krazytrain33

    Worked flawless for me, maybe u should tell the neighbor youre stealing wireless from to upgrade their shit. LOL

  • Hattori Hanzo Gracie

    Seriously, how you know

  • Krazytrain33

    I watched the free ones and they played straight through without any buffering for me. Could have been luck of the draw too, maybe the site was light on traffic at the time.

  • Krazytrain33

    Hattori Hanzo Gracie u need to show me how to crack those secure networks..ha

  • koolpaw

    VOD of ProElite?
    No im not sayin anything about it.
    Zipped mouth =X

    AmaElite`s Tech men are always fun to make fun of.

  • not esther

    Ha koolpaw. Eh, I would have to guess that the site is generally low on traffic, except during free streams.