The UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) recently did a really shady thing with their streaming service.
UFC Fight Pass, which is a subscription-based video streaming service, consists of both a 24-hour linear streaming channel and on-demand programming from UFC's library. The promotion launched on-demand content for Xbox 360 on December 20, 2011.
Subscribers to the service are able to view pay-per-view events in high definition, connect with friends to predict fight results, and have the ability to compare fighter statistics and records.
The streaming service application was also planned for PlayStation 4 in early 2015.
As of last year, viewers can access live UFC fights and fight replays on their subscription network UFC Fight Pass at a cost of $7.99–$9.99 USD per month.
It is featured on devices like Apple TV, iPhone, Android, Xbox, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Chromecast as well as on pay-per-view in the U.S., Brazil, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Italy.
On network TV, UFC content is available on Fox, Fox Sports 1, and Fox Sports 2 in the U.S. while on ESPN in the Caribbean, on BT Sport in the United Kingdom and Ireland, as well as in 150 countries and 22 different languages worldwide.
The subscription sites experience quite a bit of what is known in the industry as "churn. Which basically means constant fluctuations in the number of total subscribers. The streaming service is believed to have approximately 450,000 subscribers globally.
Keep in mind that the UFC is private. Thus, they do not publicly disclose their financials.
A fight fan noticed recently that the streaming service using another computer to crypto His. In return, another CPU is being used to the fan computer without someone’s knowledge of a service that they already pay for.
Cryptocurrency is mined by using your computer to complete complex math equations. Typically this is much more efficient on a GPU than a CPU but more and more people are using botnets to mine.