It's strange, I know. How could famous South American competitor to KFC, Uruguayan Fried Chicken, becoming to Xbox Live? How would they deliver it through... Xbox Live? But then someone informed me that UFC is in fact something called "Ultimate Fighting Championship" which is supposedly really popular. But, I thought... more popular than Uruguayan Fried Chicken? I guess!
You might actually remember this being announced at E3 (er, I didn't, and I was there) and YFC on Xbox LIve will broadcast its first live pay-per-view fight, UFC 140, from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Dec. 10. Apparently that's going to feature "an epic light heavyweight title fight between the devastating Jon Jones and elusive knockout artist Lyoto Machida, and the much-anticipated rematch between former heavyweight champions Frank Mir and Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira."
I have no idea who any of those people are, but I am interested in these new TV/console experiences, so what exactly is UFC on Xbox Live, dad?
"Why son, it's:
- Live and On-Demand Video – Event previews, UFC Countdown, press conferences, weigh-ins, interviews, workouts, highlights, and more, together for the first time on your big screen.
- Streaming HD Quality in 720p – UFC fans demand stunning HD viewing, and Xbox LIVE brings the most premium streaming HD to the big screen.
- Pay-Per-View with Ease – The biggest pay-per-view fights available to all Xbox LIVE members in HD and SD pricing options. Purchase directly with your credit card, Microsoft Points not required.
- Interactive Fight Card with Predictions – Size up the fighters with the tale of the tape and view their past fight results. Predict upcoming fights, compare results with friends for points and bragging rights, and see where you stand against them on the leaderboard, all accessible while watching the fight so you’ll never have to leave the excitement of the Octagon.
- Control the action with Kinect – Focus on the fight instead of looking for the remote. Navigate through the video content, bring up the Interactive Fight Card, or play, pause, and rewind that big punch, kick or submission…all with the magic of Kinect."
Thanks dad! (Note: my dad didn't actually write that bit.) I think the part that seems most interesting to me is the interactive fight card. constantly being kept up to date on exactly the information that you want rather than what a TV channel decides you want to know seems particularly interesting to me; like if you're watching one football match and only care about the score of a few others, yet the channel you're watching keeps cycling through all these other matches and you're all "gnnngh."
So, UFC fans: does this seem like the way you're going to watch your matches come December? or will you just stick to cable?
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