Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Future of Sports TV... Online Pay Per View

One of my favorite memories of my father, was going to see the fights with him and my uncles.  In the 70's and 80's we didn't have cable TV, so if there was a big fight it was broadcast on one of the major broadcast channels like ABC's Wide World of Sports.

Boxing promoters like Don King quickly figured out that there was more money to be made using modern technology, so they started showing the big fights like "Roberto Duran vs. Sugar Ray Leonard" on closed-circut.  For those fights you would need to go to a theater to see the fight.

Then cable came along, and they started showing the best fights using the cable "Pay-Per-View" system that is still in existence today.  The question is... what's next?  Ustream and Zab Judah may have an answer for that.  On March 5th 2011, they will be offering a "Pay-Per-View" Championship fight online.

So is streaming video the future of "Pay-Per_View" events?