With all of the different technology that can be used to bring TV programming into your home, video on demand is one that's provided by a lot of TV services, but isn't talked about that much. When you look at all of the other ways to enjoy TV- like watching programming off of Pay Per View, a digital video recorder, a DVD, or just plunking down in front of the screen and watching whatever happens to be on at that time- it isn't too surprising that video on demand doesn't get much attention, but it still has a fair number of benefits.
Video on demand services operate a lot like digital video recorders. Basically, along with all of the other programming that's being delivered to your home through your satellite or cable TV service, your receiver receives and stores about a dozen recent run movies on its built in hard drive at any given time. When you "order" one of those movies from your TV service provider, you're given complete access to it for some set length of time. During that time- typically twenty four hours- you can watch the movie as many times as you want, and many service will also give you the option of stopping it so you can go do something else for a while and then come back to it when you're done. You can also skip over different parts of it. The fees for on demand services tend to be comparable to Pay Per View and are definitely less than what you'd pay to haul the whole clan to a commercial movie theater in order to watch the same movie.
The main advantages of video on demand service are that they allow you to watch the recent run movies that you'd otherwise have to pay a lot more to see in a theater or on DVD. You'll also have much more flexibility when it comes to watching movies this way than you would if you were watching them in a theater or on Pay Per View. You also get to see these movies much sooner than you would if you waited for them to be shown on normal movie channels or if you waited for the price of the DVD version to come down to a comparable level. One advantage of video on demand over digital video recording is that while you have to wait for the DVR to record the video that you want to watch, which may not be on right away, with video on demand you can start watching it right away.
Of course, that said, there are a number of advantages that digital video recording technology has above and beyond video on demand services. For example you can gain greater flexibility with a greater variety of programming with a DVR than you ever could through video on demand. That's because the programming that's accessible through video on demand is limited to the programming that's present on your receiver at any given time. By contrast, with a DVR, you can record whatever programming you want.
While video on demand technology does have its limitations, there are a number of circumstances in which it's useful.
Posted by larry dixon at 11:00:00. Filed under: General