Figured out how you’re gonna watch this yet?
If you’re like me, you’re hoping that the UFC and FOX use their heft and craftiness to maneuver the FUEL channel onto more cable providers and better package tiers. Since FUEL is going to be full of fight nights and international TUFs, it’d help if the majority of fans actually had access to the channel. But this quote isn’t exactly heartening:
The UFC president realizes that Fuel TV isn’t available everywhere (36 millions homes vs. 100+ with Spike and FX) so fans will have to make a decision.
“If you’re a UFC fan, you really love your UFC, it’s impossible not to have Fuel,” White said. “What happens is, UFC fans have to make hard decisions, and they want it in HD and cable doesn’t have it in HD you’re gonna have to switch to DirecTV, or Comcast is going to have to carry it.”
White lobbed a shot the way of cable networks that don’t carry Fuel TV.
“If you don’t have it [UFC fans will] go to where it is,” White said. “Really the only option for people who don’t have it on Comcast or Time Warner, they can switch and go to DirecTV tomorrow and have it.”
I know he’s just using us rabid fans as leverage but man, I hope that isn’t a long term strategy. My monthly cable bill is already a reminder that I’m the UFC’s bitch, and now they’re telling me I gotta switch providers? The UFC is lucky it’s got fans like us by the balls. A lot of us probably will break down and switch when it’s time for TUF Brazil to debut.