Ring of Honor announced recently that they would make some major changes to their streaming service, Honor Club. In the announcement, Ring of Honor brings changes to the pay-per-view aspect, archives and features of Honor Club, with the “first wave of upgrades” to the service.
A statement from Ring of Honor’s website:
“As part of Ring of Honor’s ongoing commitment to make HonorClub the best subscription service in professional wrestling, the company has implemented some exciting new features, effective immediately.
Never Miss Another Moment – Now, starting at just $9.99/month, every ROH pay-per-view is included with ALL subscriptions. When ROH returns to presenting live events, ALL HonorClub members can watch every single show LIVE as it happens. In addition, all past pay-per-view events are now available for all members, including last year’s Final Battle, Death Before Dishonor, Best in the World, Crockett Cup and G1 Supercard.
The Archives – HonorClub is beginning to add to its library of historic events. A number of ROH events from 2010 are now available and content will continue to be added over the next couple months after it is finalized for publishing.
Match Menus – Another feature of the new and improved HonorClub is the addition of match menus, which will allow users to skip to their favorite matches from the video player. This currently only works when watching via rohhonorclub.com on your computer or mobile device, BUT there are future plans to provide this experience on the apps, as well as to make the matches searchable across the platform . Match menus are currently available for the 2020 ROH Events and will be available for all shows going back to 2016 in the coming weeks. Check out this new functionality now by opening your favorite 2020 show and finding the menu icon in the video player’s function bar.”
My Take: By making all pay-per-view events available to all subscribers, ROH are giving extra for a smaller amount of money, hopefully gaining new subscribers. The service was clunky and complicated for new fans to understand with the old model as fans have been conditioned to expect everything under one price, with services such as the WWE Network, Netflix and more services that are currently available. While ROH attempt to bring in new fans, they risk alienating more loyal fans who are currently paying, or have previously paid for the VIP Honor Club membership. If ROH don’t make good with these fans, they could be left with less fans and less coming in per month. As for this being the “first wave” of updates, I look forward to seeing what comes next.