Ring of Honor COO Joe Koff today discussed the technical difficulties surrounding Saturday’s ‘Border Wars’ iPPV.
Koff was talking via conference call and said that he had experienced “the highest of highs and lowest of lows” over the weekend. Koff said that ROH had tested the site before the show and that the problems were not related to the actual stream. The problem was down to the server due to the amount of people trying to access the show. He said they were looking deeper into the problems and apologised.
“There’s no blame to be passed,” he said. “We should have anticipated, we should have been better prepared, we weren’t.”
He continued to say that doing iPPVs in-house allows them to control when and how they do them. He hinted that more iPPVs would be done now that ROH are streaming them on their own website. He confirmed that there were around 2,000 buys for Border Wars before the show.
“An incredible amount of replays were purchased on Sunday,” he added. “We do not have an incredible amount of refunds to make.”
He went on to discuss other topics such as traditional PPV (which he described as not being a profitiable venture at this time) and the TV show.
Koff said: “The program is performing very, very well.” He also went on to say that he believed ROH was beating TNA in the company’s strongest markets and that ROH are close to doing 2.0 ratings even when the show is broadcast at an unpopular time.
He said one of the main priorities for ROH was to get the TV show into more markets and that the TV show will likely move to HD in 2013 but may not be the same in all markets. Koff also talked about the lighting problems and poor camera work and said that the company were trying their best to resolve all the issues but may consider bringing in consultants to help out.
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