Ring of Honor to launch an OTT streaming service in 2018, COO Koff says he wants to move away from PPV model

By Wade Keller, PWTorch editor

ROH ring (photo credit Wade Keller © PWTorch)

Joe Koff, ROH’s COO, tells CBS Sports that Ring of Honor will be launching a streaming service via an app launched in the first quarter of 2018.

“We have an app coming out in the first quarter,” said Kofi. “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.”

He said there will be an enhanced “Honor Club,” which was tested during the Global Wars Tour where they streamed 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,” he said. “[When we tested] streaming for two shows, our response was terrific from a quality standpoint and from an accessibility standpoint.”

He said he’d like to move away from traditional pay-per-view through cable and satellite providers.  He said he’s not ruling out PPV, “but the world is going that way [toward streaming].”

Check out the full article including Koff’s thoughts on Austin Aries, The Young Bucks, the New Japan relationship, Brandi Rhodes, and more HERE.

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