Amazon now lets you buy UFC pay-per-view events — no Prime necessary

Amazon Fire TV
Bill Roberson/Digital Trends
Bill Roberson/Digital Trends

Despite not offering a live TV streaming service of its own (and apparently not planning to do so) Amazon continues to add features that make it worth considering as a viable replacement for a traditional cable subscription. In January, the company added search functionality to Fire TV devices that lets users search live content airing on the premium channels it offers. Now Amazon has begun selling UFC pay-per-view fights, as spotted by Recode.

Normally, to watch a UFC fight, you either need to buy the pay-per-view through a cable or satellite provider, or watch it on a network that shows these events, such as Fox’s FS1. Amazon is bucking that trend, as it quietly rolled out the pay-per-view for this weekend’s upcoming fight between Cris Cyborg and Invicta bantamweight champion Yana Kunitskaya. It’s not cheap at $65, but it still beats paying for the event and a monthly cable subscription or watching a bootleg stream on Twitch. Even better, you don’t even need to be an Amazon Prime subscriber to watch the fight.

This move makes sense, given Amazon’s recent focus on sports, as seen by its deal with the NFL to show Thursday Night Football. Still, this is the first time that the company has offered a pay-per-view event, and could be a sign of things to come when looking at Amazon’s video offerings. Amazon isn’t giving specifics about its deal with the UFC to show the fight, but terms are likely similar to those with cable providers.

Other live TV streaming services like Sling TV, DirecTV Now, and PlayStation Vue offer a user experience similar to cable, and even the more recent offerings from YouTube and Hulu are more traditional than Amazon’s. Originally, it seemed that Amazon might have had trouble keeping up, but this move shows that Amazon is instead moving closer to what many customers have been vocal about: the need for plenty of choice in their programming.

UFC 222: Cyborg vs. Kunitskaya airs live from Las Vegas on March 03 at 10:00 PM Eastern, and also includes Frankie Edgar vs. Brian Ortega, Sean O’Malley vs. Andre Soukhamthath, Stefan Struve vs. Andrei Arlovski, and Cat Zingano vs. Ketlen Vieira. If you’re looking to watch via Amazon, the pay-per-view is up for sale right now.


Gifts that keep on giving: Last-minute holiday deals on subscription boxes

Subscription boxes truly are the gifts that keep on giving, and they make fantastic last-minute presents. With so many options available, you’re destined to find something to please even the Grinchiest giftee on your list.
Movies & TV

Do you have questions about Hulu? We’ve got answers

Not sure which Hulu subscription is right for you? We're here to help. This is your complete guide to Hulu and Hulu with Live TV, including content offerings for each service, pricing, internet requirements, and more.
Home Theater

Netflix vs. Hulu vs. Amazon Prime: Battle of the streaming giants

Trying to figure out which subscription streaming service to use while sticking to a frugal entertainment budget? Check out our updated comparison of the big three: Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and Hulu.
Movies & TV

'Stranger Things' season 3 teaser reveals the new episodes' titles

With a sophomore season as strong as its first, Stranger Things is now moving on to season 3. Here's everything we've learned so far about the Netflix series' upcoming third season.
Home Theater

What’s new on Netflix and what’s leaving in January 2019

Our complete list of what's new on Netflix for January 2019 and which titles will be removed will help you catch up on your bingeing, and also ensure you don't miss any titles heading into the streaming ether.
Movies & TV

Our first look at 'The Punisher' season 2 hints at January 2019 premiere

The Punisher is getting a second season on Netflix, with Jon Bernthal returning to play Marvel Comics' gun-toting antihero, Frank Castle. Here's everything we know about season 2 of The Punisher so far.
Movies & TV

'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' is one of the hero's best movies ever

One of Spider-Man's most memorable big-screen adventures, animated feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse simultaneously feels like nothing we've ever seen before and a tale that feels familiar in all the best ways.
Movies & TV

Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’ sequel conjures up a director and a release date

Doctor Strange director and co-writer Scott Derrickson will return to helm the Sorcerer Supreme's next big-screen adventure. Filming will begin in 2020, after Strange's mysterious Avengers: Endgame fate is resolved.
Movies & TV

Pedro Pascal officially cast as 'The Mandalorian' as Disney show fills out cast

The Mandalorian, Jon Favreau's live-action Star Wars series planned for Disney's streaming video service, will be one of the most expensive television shows ever made. Here's everything we know about it so far.
Movies & TV

A ‘Venom’ sequel is on its way, and Spider-Man could play a role

'Venom' screenwriter Jeff Pinker confirms that a follow-up to Sony's Spider-Man spin-off is in the works. Could a certain friendly neighborhood webslinger join the action? Pinker says that it's "not impossible."
Home Theater

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ season 2 gets a new, Spock-heavy trailer

CBS has released a new trailer for Star Trek: Discovery season 2, which premieres January 17 on CBS All Access. The new trailer features series newcomers Spock and Christopher Pike prominently.
Movies & TV

Netflix is testing an instant scene-replay feature, but would you use it?

Ever felt like Netflix was missing a scene-replay button? The company is currently trialing a feature that lets you skip back to the start of the scene you just watched, though early tests appear to be annoying some viewers.
Home Theater

From the Roku Ultra to the Fire TV Cube, these are the best streaming devices

There are more options for media streamers than ever, so it’s more difficult to pick the best option. But that’s why we're here. Our curated list of the best streaming devices will get you online in no time.
Movies & TV

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of ‘The X-Files’ with the show’s 10 best episodes

The X-Files premiered 25 years ago, so here are the 10 best episodes of the award-winning sci-fi series. From alien-abduction drama to hilarious satires, these are the best episodes from all 11 seasons of the hit series.