VHSGoodiesWA has opened a fascinating time capsule into the summer after the Wing Commander Movie premiered in theaters. Long before streaming video was a thing on the internet, cable companies offered Pay Per View programming for people interested in a convenient home option. "On demand" meant something different than it does today though, and people would pay to unlock their desired movie at given scheduled broadcast times. DVD players were still years away from becoming commonplace in 1999, so this and VHS rentals would have been one of the primary ways that typical viewers of the day would access the film. It might seem trivial when anything and everything is just a Netflix click or iTunes rental away now, but those options are a relatively recent development!
At the edge of the universe, all hell is about to break loose! The final battle for Earth begins on Pay Per View. Take a high flying thrill ride through time and space. For the first time on television, Freddie Prinze Jr., Matthew Lillard, Saffron Burrows: Wing Commander! Sci-fi excitement comes home on Pay Per View.