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UFC Hands Over Production Duties to Absolute Moron


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Fresh off the heels of their translator debacle, the folks at Zuffa have put someone with no experience and arguably no talent at the helm of their production: you. Last night via Twitter, Dana White announced the launch of the all-new UFC.tv, a wholly interactive alternative to the standard pay-per-view experience.

Online viewers are able to switch between six live camera angles at any time, which will prove pivotal should Anderson Silva decide to unveil his latest dance moves once again. Advanced features like picture-in-picture and the option to watch up to four angles at once let you customize how the action is presented. Beyond the ability to listen en Español, those who grow tired of hearing Goldie and Rogan’s banter can change the sound over to either fighter’s corner. Similar to the “mic’d up” feature used sparingly in early UFC events, you’ll get to listen first-hand to the pearls of wisdom coming from coaches and cornermen, which is actually a pretty cool feature so long as it isn’t Nam Phan dispensing the advice.


Rewind and fast-forward, coupled with annotations highlighting flurries, takedowns, and other significant points of action allow for quick replay of the bout’s best moments. You can do your best Cecil Peoples impression with their online scoring module, and Twitter and chat components allow you to instantly tell fans around the world why their scores suck. (No word yet on if they’ll be streaming our live blog during the event).

This new adventure debuts tomorrow night and will set you back $44.99. It’s a big investment for the gentlemen at Zuffa, who are probably hoping that the new site’s bells and whistles will lure viewers away from the PPV companies that keep roughly half of the profits for themselves. Personally, I have enough trouble keeping my eyes on the screen while saucing my McNuggets, so I’ll stick with boring old pay-per-views for now. You kids have fun with your technology, though.

- Chris Colemon

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Shifty-Eyed Dog- February 4, 2011 at 8:51 pm
How many different angles can we get on Brittany Palmer at one time?
RearNakedSpoon- February 4, 2011 at 4:06 pm
As others have said it has to offer HD but also I would hope that it allows you to watch the standard TV broadcast production then go back and do the fiddling with multiple angles and audio afterwards. I imagine people will change the camera when it comes to Goldies greasy hair, bags under his eyes and Rogans super hairy knuckles make an appearance between some fights.

A good concept and if it works the way I want it to then it will also do brilliant for countries they don't broadcast in yet or people that don't have the correct channels. People who move around a lot or temp living like students would be much more likely to pay to view it over the net as well. Zuffa and the fans could really benefit from this massively if it's done right.
noizy- February 4, 2011 at 4:00 pm
Streams can be a bit flaky. I'll stick with PPV or a sports bar.

If you can watch multiple camera angle on multiple screens, that would be cool though.
BuckWild- February 4, 2011 at 3:27 pm
They should offer it at $30 so people will be more likely to watch it over the web. They probably have contracts with the ppv companies that won't let them undercut..

I have my pc hooked p to my 55" LED LCD tv so next time I will do the UFC.tv thing fo sho...

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budsellers- February 4, 2011 at 1:42 pm
i have plans to watch the ppv with buddies, but none of them care how i get the feed. if the ufc lets us watch the prelims free on ufc.tv as a demo of their product, we would hand over $45 for this. it will have to be hd quality during a live event; hearing about them streaming a past fight as their demo is not going to get me to even visit the site.

edit: we have a htpc connected to our tv
shitbag- February 4, 2011 at 1:37 pm
WAIT wait wait wait a second.....

YOU DON'T HAVE TO LISTEN TO GOLDBERG & ROGAN ANYMORE?!?!

Praise Jebus!!!! I'd waaaaaaaaaaaay much rather listen to some rabid cornermen screaming than Goldberg. Fuck I find myself muting him more and more often I can't stand him, is he even alive anymore or did they replace him with a zombie robot that just spews the same phrases over and over and ITS ALL OVER! To be fair Gus Johnsons sucks way worse.
newdeal- February 4, 2011 at 1:22 pm
if they charged $25 for this I may actually consider buying it...but at $45 I will still watch it for free at the casino here in Niagara Falls...either that or online like I will tommarrow night because I won't be able to get to watch live since I have a hockey game. If I could play it on taped replay at $25 on this I wouldn't go to the effort of trying to find the videos of the fights but I think UFC has overpriced this for many people
DARKHORSE06- February 4, 2011 at 1:12 pm
@ Fried Taco - that was some funny shit.
Fried Taco- February 4, 2011 at 12:54 pm
I'll be watching, and keep switching cameras to make sure I'm always looking at Herb Dean's butt instead of the fighters.
mahlbawlz- February 4, 2011 at 12:45 pm
pretty excellent idea. hook the comp up to the tv and still entertain friends. should be cheaper though to get people into it.
youenjoyzedella- February 4, 2011 at 12:14 pm
ufc.tv has a demo version you can use for free that uses the first round of Edgar vs. Maynard II. Kinda cool... but sketchy video quality that goes back and forth, with pauses in streams when you click back and forth between the different views and audio options.

I'd much rather pay the cable company and know I'm gonna have HD quality the entire time instead of "best available" sometimes grainy picture. Really fucking annoying.
Shifty-Eyed Dog- February 4, 2011 at 12:02 pm
I agree - if you're home watching alone it's kind of a cool immersive idea... provided the picture quality watching it online isn't complete shit.

But I rarely watch home alone. I usually go out somewhere that plays it in a sports bar or something... put my $40 towards food and get the fights for free.
knucklesamitch- February 4, 2011 at 12:02 pm
This would be a cooler feature for vault videos...When I'm watching live fights I don't want to worry about whether I've chosen the best angle, that rely on UFC tv production staff to do that for me.
El Famous Burrito- February 4, 2011 at 12:01 pm
I don't get the headline.

Aren't you the one doing the producing?

Oh.
Strife- February 4, 2011 at 11:57 am
I feel you Chris. Cant hold a bucket of chicken and play with my mouse at the same time...... That came out dirty
Carl Sagan- February 4, 2011 at 11:56 am
This will be cool if/when I end up watching the fights at home alone.
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