There's a huge difference between the Hyperspace content and a wrestling match apart from watching sweaty guys in tights roll around and embrace on the floor together.Originally posted by Darth Jax
to me the easiest way to look at this is to look back at pro wrestling as an example. wrestling's big events were not always pay-per-view. but they realized there was more money to be had by charging those that couldn't get tix to watch the event as well. there were still the weekly matches you could watch on your regular cable channel but to get these exclusive matches you had to pay to see it.
starwars.com is taking the same approach. you can get your regular information, but if you want additional it will cost you. no one can force you to pay and visit the site. can you live without the new 'exclusive' content on hyperspace, SURE. can you miss a wrestling pay-per-view, ABSOLUTELY. but there are enough people out there that feel its a valuable enough way to spend their money and will purchase a membership for hyperspace.
The Hyperspace content isn't an "event" with limited seating. It's just information. The wrestling match is a limited time sporting event...it exists for a specified amount of time (live), and then it is done. Of course we're talking about WWE so it is scripted, but ignoring that for a minute, no one knows how it will turn out so there is an element of immediacy for the audience. The Hyperspace content is just there, and it will always be there as long as the webmaster wants it to be.
Apples and oranges.