Just before the start of UFC 168 last month, the company announced the launch of their digital network UFC Fight Pass. Currently, the service features the limited UFC.tv fight library as well as some additional behind the scenes exclusive content. They also broadcast their first online-only event UFC Fight Night 34 on January 4 out of Singapore and the untelevised prelims from Wednesday's UFC Fight Night 35 on the network.
In their launch announcement one of the most attractive features of Fight Pass was the addition of the full Zuffa fight library which includes now defunct MMA promotions like PrideFC, WEC, and Strikeforce which the company owns the broadcast rights to. However, the service currently available under the 60-day free trial includes a much smaller library holding mostly more recent events.
The dangers of using UFC Fight Pass
There are a number of potentially serious security questions about the UFC's Fight Pass service, unfortunately the promotion isn't interested in answering them at this time.
At the media scrum following UFC Fight Night 35, UFC president Dana White announced that they intend to have the full library ready and uploaded by the March 1 rollout when current subscribers will start getting charged for the service (MMA Junkie):
White told MMAjunkie the promotion plans to upload its entire catalogue, which includes individual fights in the now-defunct PRIDE, Strikeforce and WEC promotions, by March, when a three-month free trial ends for the online network (and the credit cards of current subscribers start to get charged).
"Everything will be on there, and what we’re going to do is, even though there’s issues … we’re still going to put it up"
White said over the next year, the UFC will scrub the library of problems such as banned sponsors.
Many will appreciate the expansion of the library undoubtedly. However, the UFC has yet to respond to many of the other complaints against the current iteration of Fight Pass like the ineffective search function, the unintuitive user interface, and security concerns. While having the entire Zuffa library available when the paywall hits is a big bonus, the company will have to address these other issues sooner rather than later.
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