I've gotten rid of my digital cable box, and no longer have an option to order PPV in my house. I do have a cable modem, though. Has anyone else watched one of the wwe.com webcasts recently? How's the quality? Better than Byte This? I really want to watch One Night Stand, but I don't want to spend $35 on poor quality video (worse than ECW television quality) or bad connections. Any advice?
I ordered Taboo Tuesday on my computer. The video quality was quite good, as I believe WWE upgraded the video quality of the webcasts about a year ago. Not the same quality of TV or anything, but certainly better than Byte This.
I'd still say 35 bucks is a little much for the webcasts, but you get extra matches with it so I guess it evens itself out.
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Originally posted by OMEGAI'd still say 35 bucks is a little much for the webcasts, but you get extra matches with it so I guess it evens itself out.
Extra matches ?
ECW Barely Legal, 4/13/97: Eliminators vs. Dudleys ECW Heatwave, 7/16/00: Tajiri vs. Little Guido vs. Psicosis vs. Whipwreck ECW Guilty as Charged, 1/7/01: Rhyno vs. Sandman ECW Guilty as Charged, 1/10/99: Rob Van Dam vs. Lance Storm ECW November to Remember, 11/01/98: Blue Meanie & Nova vs. Doring & Roadkill ECW Living Dangerously, 3/21/99: Tazz vs. Sabu ECW November to Remember, 11/05/00: Corino vs. Lynn vs. Credible vs. Sandman Every webcast comes with bonus matches and occasionally entire shows.
As for your problem, I'd try calling some of your local bars to see if they're showing the event. There aren't any blast areas on WWE.com (http://www.wwe.com/schedules/blastareas/) for Connecticut. I'm not sure that the only ones WWE.com lists are the only ones that show them. Nearest one listed to you seems to be in Rhode Island...
I ordered WMXXI on the webcast and it was... so-so. I felt really gimped paying full price to see it on my 17" lcd instead of my 32" tv, epecially since the quality was about equal to tivo's lowest quality (quite watchable, not stuttery, fairly fluid frames per second, but not even close to broadcst quality). But, some things you'll get any way you can.
The extra matches are cool, but not really the deciding factor in my opinion. Really it comes down to "do you want to see the show? do you care more about the show itself than the quality you're watching it in?". If the show is good enough, as most of WMXXI was, you'll forget after awhile that the quality isn't spectacular, and just get into the action.
I was going to order a match from the WWE Jukebox to test the quality, and came across a pretty major problem: the webcasts offer no Mac support. That's pretty suckerish if you ask me.
I watched one of the first streamed PPVs because it was only $15 back then. While I was underwhelmed, I was definitely able to watch it on my Mac. I wonder what it is about his service that makes it platform specific. I have Windows Media Player 9.0 and everything! Oh well.
Originally posted by Juggalo101 As for your problem, I'd try calling some of your local bars to see if they're showing the event. There aren't any blast areas on WWE.com (http://www.wwe.com/?schedules/?blastareas/?) for Connecticut. I'm not sure that the only ones WWE.com lists are the only ones that show them. Nearest one listed to you seems to be in Rhode Island...
I wouldn't trust the "official" list of Blast Areas. The bar I watch PPVs at is one, and it ain't on the Pennsylvania list.
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I have ordered the webcasts since they first started doing them, and obviously they're a LOT better now than when they started. They just started doing a 500k stream, which is pretty decent. It's not TV of course, but I don't have digital cable so I can't order PPVs.
I would say it's worth it, since I can't order the PPV another way. And now they have the glitches, downtime, etc. issues ironed out, so you won't have to worry about any of that.
Already ordered the ECW PPV, watching the bonus matches as we speak. Unfortunately, they're only offered in 300k, which is kind of crap.
In any case, kudos to Douglas for not calling for a quick end to the match when he was having problems, and going through with the rest -- including, I have to mention, a pretty awesome Raven Effect DDT off the middle rope through a table.