ROH isn’t just on the cusp of significant traditional media growth, they are also taking a large step forward in the digital realm. After once shunning the idea, they are now developing a subscriber-based streaming network. In some ways it will function like WWE Network, but it will also be uniquely Ring Of Honor. The service will be available online and as a mobile app for Android and iOS operating systems. The content will also be available on Roku with plans for Apple TV and Android TV as well.
he last time you and I spoke, you said there were no plans to do an additional streaming service; you were pretty happy with what was currently available on your website. But now, there are. What changed?
Yeah, we have an app coming out in the first quarter. It really became developmentally the right time to do it. We saw an opportunity. We had a long discussion about it. We looked at the business model and how it impacts our business. We just felt that this was the time to create our own Ring of Honor stream.
What can fans expect?
You’re going to see an enhanced Honor Club. We tested it during the Global Wars Tour of streaming house shows to ringside members. You’re going to see a lot more content available, not only to everybody, but certainly in that Honor Club. [When we tested] streaming for two shows, our response was terrific from a quality standpoint and from an accessibility standpoint.