I used to review everything for my blog, and even with a $100+ cable bill a month, it didn't cut the mustard.
To review the same stuff I used to review, I could easily see a near $200/month bill if I count cable plus various wrestling streaming services.
Right now, these are some of the companies with streaming services:
- IIRC Chikara has one
- Plus a whole host other companies.
While I really like the idea that you can buy or stream any show at any time, I think the various companies are asking a lot for what they give. $10/month for a show or two isn't that much, but on top of everything else, it is. And with recurring subscriptions, that's quite a bit to catch up on.
The economy is also really rough right now. I know some software developers and people at higher levels are making big bucks, but the average joe isn't. Most people I know are working 2-3 jobs and are working more than anyone else, so they don't even have time to watch TV. I truthfully don't see how average people with kids are surviving right now.
The one thing I really don't like about the VOD/Monthly Subscription model is that it makes it very unlikely that anyone not looking for it will find it. No casual fan is just going to buy this stuff unless its the WWE network. Having TV helps a lot, but the promotions without TV aren't going to see huge success in my opinion.
I think the best bet for any company not named WWE is to try to find partners to work with to bundle in a deal, but one of them is going to have to have TV or they might as well forget it. Or if the various companies could convince WWE to take them on for an additional price, which the WWE has considered doing.
What do you guys think?