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VOD: The race is on!

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#1 of 7 OFFLINE   Trace Downing

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Posted September 17 2001 - 07:48 AM

EDIT: Hey, could a MOD change my subject header from os to is? It was the one-armed man that did it.

This just came in from my intra-company newsletter today.

"CABLE OPERATORS RACING TO OFFER VIDEO-ON-DEMAND - [The Newark Star-Ledger, online.] Cable-TV operators around the country are making plans to boost their revenues by using a new technology that lets individual customers set the viewing schedule simply by punching a few buttons on a remote. It is called video-on-demand, and it has the potential to shake up the way Hollywood, cable operators, and video-rental chains do business in the future. The closest thing to it that the cable-viewing masses have right now is so-called pay-per-view programming. Comcast expects to charge $3.95 for relatively recent movies and $1.95 for so-called "library titles," the industry's marketing euphemism for older movies and television programs. A few hundred titles will be available initially, the company said. Comcast is testing its video-on-demand offerings and expects to market the service commercially by the end of the year. As with a video tape or DVD, customers can view an ordered movie as often as they want to during the 24-hour rental period. Unlike a rented video, there is nothing to return -- and no late fees. The server sends the movie as digitally encoded light pulses that travel over a fiber-optic network; unlike some other video-on-demand systems, Comcast's does not transmit video over the Internet. It should be some race: Everybody in the video entertainment business is looking at video-on-demand. "Video-on-demand is something we know customers are very interested in," said Tracy Baumgartner, a spokeswoman for AT&T Broadband, the cable-TV division of AT&T."

Well, I'm not "very interested in" it, so there. Posted Image

[Edited last by Trace Downing on September 17, 2001 at 10:52 AM]

#2 of 7 OFFLINE   george kaplan

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Posted September 17 2001 - 02:39 PM

VOD would certainly not be a replacement for owning movies I want. I'll still buy those. It would only be a replacement for renting movies I haven't seen. But unless they offered me the same 5 day viewing I can get at Hollywood Video, my answer would be: zero interest. ------------------ 13-time NBA world champion Lakers: 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1972, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 2000, 2001
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Posted September 17 2001 - 03:02 PM

I think it sounds awesome. My only problem with it is that I don't expect to see many movies presented in their OAR, in which case I guess I'll stick to rending DVDs.


#4 of 7 OFFLINE   Glenn Overholt

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Posted September 17 2001 - 03:12 PM

I figured this would come around sooner or later. As for myself, I have never used PPV, so VOD is out for me too. I have no idea how popular they are, but with Blockbuster's sig on them, they are a no-no for me. Glenn

#5 of 7 OFFLINE   Michael St. Clair

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Posted September 17 2001 - 04:13 PM

Video-on-demand is likely to have the same picture quality as regular digital cable or DBS satellite. Screw that!

#6 of 7 OFFLINE   Mike Voigt

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Posted September 17 2001 - 04:19 PM

Trace: done. As for VOD, we'll have to see. If (IF!) the video quality is as good as DVD, then I can see folks using it with some regularity. OTOH, if it is of any lesser qualities, then I think it will flop. As with the old DIVX (spit), there is still the issue of someone having a database of the movies ordered. Something I do not care for. Mike

#7 of 7 OFFLINE   David Lambert

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Posted September 17 2001 - 05:15 PM

...there is still the issue of someone having a database of the movies ordered. Something I do not care for.[/quote]

Same as everytime you order from Amazon or any other on-line retailer. Same as when you use Best Buy's coupons that come to your mailbox with a barcode on them.

Same as anyone who uses the Kroger Plus card. Posted Image

Privacy. We take it for granted. This is one of the reasons why I buy at B&M's but toss out Best Buy's piddly little 10% coupons.

I want to own what I want to own and I don't want someone analyzing my purchases and trying to figure out things about what I may or may not like. If you "target" me with specialized marketing, how am I ever going to know that something else is out there? Besides, I rather get nothing in the way of junk mail at all, and using that stuff is tantamount to begging them, "Spam me".


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[Edited last by David Lambert on September 17, 2001 at 08:15 PM]
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