Video-On-Demand explodes (including free programs)!

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  1. Michael St. Clair

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    Good gosh.
    In addition to the regular PPV video-on-demand channel (and the inevitable porn channel), my Time Warner Digital now has a flat-rate $6.95 video-on-demand setup where you get a VoD channel for each regular premium channel you get.
    HBO (about 100 different movies/programs at once)
    Showtime (about 100)
    Cinemax (about 20)
    TMC (about 20)
    Of course, no OAR, but I watch HBO for the original programming.
    And, the following channels are free with digital cable, and include about 15-20 programs each at any given time.
    BBC On Demand
    Biography On Demand
    Cartoon Network On Demand
    CNN On Demand
    Comedy Central On Demand
    Golf On Demand
    DIY On Demand
    Food Network On Demand
    HGTV On Demand
    Music Video On Demand
    That's a lot of on-demand programming. Nice for even those with Tivo. Something conflict with South Park? Record the other program, and catch South Park via VoD.
    If only they could get an on-demand HD channel...
     
  2. Scott Littlefield

    Scott Littlefield Stunt Coordinator

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    Does VOD include anything from the major networks?

    If I miss South Park I know I can catch it one of the other 12 times Comedy Central airs it that week. The same is true for just about every other show on cable.

    But with West Wing and Angel up against each other, each airing only once, I could really see the benefit of VOD.

    Otherwise it seems like I'd still be better off with a TiVo, since then I could create my own VOD from all the networks I get.
     
  3. Michael St. Clair

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    Unfortunately, no major networks. That would be a great thing for sure.

    I have two Tivos. Sometimes I might not want to wait for the next showing. And some networks like Sci-Fi and Cartoon Network have some shows that they do not repeat throughout the weeek. Sometimes there are shows that I learn of late, and so on. VoD allows you to catch up on entire past seasons of The Sopranos, Sex in the City, and so on.

    Also, I might have a sudden project come up, and get some help from DIY/Food/HGTV/etc.

    It's just a neat toy for me at this point. I'd sure love to see more channels, and the 'big 4' networks. I don't see the latter happening unless they can lock out that 'fast forward' button from use.

    Tivo is still the way to go for regular viewing.
     
  4. MickeS

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    I'm not sure I'm following. If you order for example HBO, you can pay $6.95 extra/month and get one VOD channel 24hrs/day? Or how do you mean?
    And, does that include porn? [​IMG]
     
  5. CaptDS9E

    CaptDS9E Cinematographer

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    We just got The HBO, Showtime and Max on Demand channels and i use them very often. But we didnt get the other free ones yet

    capt
     
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    Jeff Kleist Executive Producer

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    I'd much rather a service that will let me subscribe to a show VOD w/o having the channel.

    Like $15 to watch Sopranos or something
     
  7. Michael St. Clair

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    Er, ahem. The subject was supposed to say 'free', not 'fee'. [​IMG]
     
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    Thanks for the explanation. I guess we know what the networks will use that digital bandwith for now. [​IMG]
     
  9. Michael St. Clair

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    Micke,

    If you are talking about the bandwidth for DTV/HDTV, there is not any where near enough bandwith there to do VoD.

    However, my local CBS station is stealing bits from their HD bandwidth to send wireless broadband to rural customers (and compromising the HD picture quality). A much larger concern for the whole country in the long run.
     
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  12. Randy Tennison

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    Time Warner KC has a special if you have HBO and Roadrunner, the On-Demand is free.

    Pretty sweet. I've kept up on Oz with On-Demand.

    And, I "think" that the late night shows (Real Sex, Taxicab Confessions, ShockVideo, etc) are also On-Demand (but I wouldn't know for sure. Of course I wouldn't. You do believe me, don't you!?!?)
     

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