Forgive my cynicism that says they earn a fair few dollars from people forgetting to de-register after the 7 day free trial which is why we see so many free offers from them.
Yeah, because everything they make is complete garbage and not worth paying for. If I want batreps I can get the for free on youtube, if I want painting guides I can get those as well! It doesn't matter if MWGs videos are of a MUCH better standard! I DEMAND TO GET IT ALL FOR FREE!!!!
I'm a silver lifetime member, paid $80 CAD when they had that offer a some years back. It's been worth it, I get all their DVDs for free and I find about 80% of the videos they put out to be worth watching. They put out too much stuff sometimes, inbetween watching their vids and listening to podcasts I sometimes have no time left to play games or do "work".
I take it you dont understand the idea behind their "free" offers, it's no different than anyone with the slogan "We guarantee 100% satisfaction or your money back!". Difference is the MWG slogan is "Here, take the stuff we have spent many hours making, just take it for free. While you're at it look at all the other stuff we have available as well for free. If you like what you see then you can continue with the subscription, if you dont you can cancel within 7 days and not be billed or you can cancel within 30 days and get a full refund!".
The only reason they can afford to produce videos is because of the subscribers, people like me who got Gold or Silver to help jumpstart the vault are now just freeloaders as GW would put it. We helped start the vault but now demand everything for free, without the subscribers there would be no vault which would be a great shame as the stuff they put out is of very good quality (Ok, it depends allot on what you are looking for. I can't stand the Banter Batreps but I love the style they have with showing the dice getting rolled etc).
I dont know of anyone who puts out the same type of videos as MWG does now, at least when it comes to the batreps. Blue Table Painting did a few where they showed the dicerolls etc but a single battle ended up being 2-4hours to watch.
Everyone else like the BOLS battlereps and a few other random people pretty much only have turn based synopsis's. I moved here, I shot this, that thing died etc.
With MWG videos you get a greater feel for the game, it's like you are there watching it but at a much faster pace. You get to see the dicerolls, the epic fails and incredible strokes of luck.
For the amount of videos they put out I think the price would be worth it, then again 80% of their stuff is free. They put up most of their videos on youtube 30 days after it has been put on the vault. So if you dont want to pay you can just watch it on youtube. Oh you want their DVDs for free? Then sign up, download them, then cancel the subscription...
It's not different than the free to play model, you get most of their stuff for free. If you want some of the extra stuff they put out then you have to pay, then again it has been possible to get every single DVD they've ever made for free by signing up and cancelling the subscription.