If you were fast/lucky enough, you were one of the 30,000 people that were granted a free view on the new UFC app on Xbox Live. UFC 141 was going to be the public debut of Microsoft's foray into the world of live beatdowns.
Unfortunately, it didn't work too well. A string of technical issues plagued the event, and Microsoft even sent an e-mail "encouraging consumers to seek alternate means for viewing UFC 141." Microsoft was essentially telling UFC fans to, essentially, run to the nearest bar or just do what they'd normally do: use cable.
So what kind of issues did the UFC app struggle with? The app wouldn't load, or would continuously crash or "reset to an earlier point in that night's event with no way to fast forward to live broadcasting," Bitmob's Dan Hsu lamented. Video quality "would constantly switch between high definition, standard definition, and Vaseline-all-over-your-TV-screen definition."
Ars Technica's Ben Kuchera also experienced the same problems. After resorting to buying the match on his laptop, he concluded that "I'd rather buy the match on pay-per-view or show up early to grab a table at a local bar than make plans to watch via the Xbox 360, only to be disappointed. The Xbox 360 wants to be the only box in your home theater, but I'm nowhere close to trusting it with that task."
That's a pretty damning first run for UFC on Xbox Live. Obviously, Microsoft is trying to woo people back to giving the service another try. "All 30,000 users who registered to view UFC 141 for free will be provided access to a future fight at no cost," a Microsoft rep promised. However, will jaded UFC fans give the unproven service another try and potentially miss yet another live broadcast?