The online fight is not only on WWE Network and YouTube. Streaming has experienced a boom since the consolidation of Netflix and its more than 100 million subscribers. Following in the steps of Netflix exist now Amazon Prime, Disney +, YouTube Premium, HBO Go and others.
As of the emergence of videocassette players in the seventies, the so-called «begantape trading»Or exchange of tapes. Tape trading and satellite dishes were the only ways to see the struggle of other territories and other countries.
With the emergence of the internet, video streaming was envisioned, but due to the low speed of the internet at that time since they had not developed adequate data compression technology, it was almost impossible. WCW did an experiment with Halloween Havoc '98, which was broadcast free of charge through WCW.com as part of the movie promotion Bride of Chucky. But very few could see the event satisfactorily.
That is why WCW also struggled online in another way: in audio. In 1997 and 1998 he transmitted his PPVs in audio, but also produced six exclusive events in that format, the first two free and the remaining four paid:
WCW Saturday Nitro (June 28, 1997).
WCW Battle in Seattle (September 19, 1997).
WCW Boston Brawl (January 31, 1998).
WCW Malice at the Palace (April 2, 1998).
WCW Profiles in Pain (May 2, 1998).
WCW LA Melee (July 10, 1998).
Those events, which were broadcast only in audio, they have the status of lost, it is not known if WWE acquired them along with the WCW material, since they were recorded by another company.
► Start the iPPV
In 2007, The Move Networks company developed a new technology that prevented video streaming from totally dependent on bandwidth. Now files could be transmitted in small pieces using the HTTP protocol, while the video player monitors the download speed and accordingly requests files of a larger or smaller size.
In 2008, the same year Netflix developed a similar technology, the website was launched Go Fight Live, that began broadcasting Internet Pay Per Views (iPPV) in combat sports: lFreehand, boxing, MMA, muay thai, kickboxing, etc.