Wondering when UFC Fight Pass will make its way to the Roku? Turns out that it’s already available. Kind of.
I touched on this on Saturday when I was watching UFC Fight Night 34: Saffiedine vs. Lim. Technically the fight card was to be available on the new UFC Fight Pass digital network, which is essentially just a rebranding of the UFC.tv service. However, UFC Fight Pass subscribers found that if they loaded up the UFC.tv app on their Roku boxes, they could access the fights–both the prelims and the main card. This is likely because the UFC is taking its time transitioning the UFC.tv service into UFC Fight Pass.
After UFC Fight Night 34 was over, I figured I would explore the UFC.tv app a little further. Before the UFC Fight Pass network was announced, the UFC.tv channel on the Roku had a lot of fights that I could buy for a nominal fee if I wanted to watch them. But, with a UFC Fight Pass subscription, all the fights are supposed to be free. Fortunately, just as I suspected, all of the fights that once cost money through UFC.tv were now free.
Give it a try if you’ve signed up for UFC Fight Pass. You’ll find that through the UFC.tv channel on your Roku you can access the library of fights that are currently available through the service. After UFC Fight Night 34 ended, I spent the rest of the morning going through old fights, free of charge.
When browsing the UFC.tv/UFC Fight Pass library on the Roku, you’ll discover that not all the content is available. You’ll find a lot more stuff through the UFC Fight Pass website, but there is quite a bit accessible through the UFC.tv channel on the Roku. You can also search for specific fighters or fights.
I figured that if this worked with the Roku, it would work on my Android phone as well, but no such luck. I wasn’t able to access the library of older fights through my Android, so Android users will have to wait for an official app to launch. I suspect that iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod) users and Blackberry owners will have to wait for a UFC Fight Pass app as well, though I haven’t tested with those devices.