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Dearth of good VOD programming


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#1 OFFLINE   gsslug

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Posted 31 July 2010 - 10:38 PM

Maybe it's just me but after recently getting hooked up to the internet so I could get VOD I'm underwhelmed. I found six programs on the Science channel and a movie so far. The rest was junk. OK. Not junk but not the kind of shows I watch. I hope it gets better.

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#2 OFFLINE   ejjames

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Posted 31 July 2010 - 10:50 PM

I have had this hope for a couple of years now.
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Posted 31 July 2010 - 10:57 PM

you folks in Sac are pretty educated, I hadn't seen that word in awhile or ever. Had to look it up: Main Entry: dearth

Pronunciation: \ˈdərth\
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English derthe, from Old English *dierth, from dēore dear
Date: 13th century
1 : scarcity that makes dear; specifically : famine
2 : an inadequate supply : lack <a dearth of evidence>

Thanks for the new one. Not many folks here I'm sure knew this one.

And I totally agree with your post! Lots of stuff, nothing of substance.
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Posted 31 July 2010 - 11:29 PM

Not sure what you're looking for. Almost all cable original programming is available on demand and its probably the easiest way to get caught up on a season if you're only want to have a premium channel for few months (or are on one of the promotional "3 months free"). I just don't know why I don't see any network on demand programming when its on cable.

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 12:33 AM

I wish D* would add HBO VOD and Cinemax VOD (plus both in HD). Also Starz VOD HD and Encore VOD HD.

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 06:47 AM

VOD in general is pretty much PPV and what's already available on the channels. I know there are some VOD only channels. DTV has Anime Network and I'm not sure what else. I wish they'd add Fearnet and Here!

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 07:41 AM

I just don't know why I don't see any network on demand programming when its on cable.



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Posted 01 August 2010 - 07:47 AM

Especially without a means of adequately monetizing the VOD offering. Ideally, from a full-system perspective, offering VOD via the Internet will result in a net-increase in profit for the industry, not just a cost-savings for the consumer. That's accomplished by cutting non-industry resources out of the mix, i.e., cutting the USPS out of DVD delivery. Cutting the cable and satellite service providers out of the mix is not necessarily going to be a net-benefit the industry, since that'll just devalue what the studios offer to the cable and satellite service providers, and therefore result in less revenue for studios from that revenue source. It seems that the real answer to this is coming via TV Anywhere. Basically, it will mean you're still paying for the content via your cable or satellite subscription, but in doing so you'll be gaining a second means of obtaining the content.

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 08:57 AM

VOD through D* has become an afterthought for us. We have Netflix streaming as well as access to Hulu via Playon. This gives us access to some of that network content that the cable providers say that they have.

Of course, we can always set our DVR to record!

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 03:39 PM

VOD through D* has become an afterthought for us. We have Netflix streaming as well as access to Hulu via Playon. This gives us access to some of that network content that the cable providers say that they have.

Of course, we can always set our DVR to record!


Since I have the HD-Extra pack, which includes MGM, I have at least 6 movies queued up. They were all VOD. They are old, but very good movies, so I'm glad to watch them. I was surprised how many I knew about, but had never seen.

I also have quite a few scenic nature programs that I have VOD'd, as well.

I'm not saying the pickings are great, or even good (at least the free ones), but I have managed to collect more programs than I have time to watch.

I also downloaded the Jethro Tull concert from T101, and it was fantastic.

So, if one hunts around there are probably things you might enjoy, but it does take a lot of filtering (for me) to get there.:)

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 04:45 PM

I pulled down a bunch of Smithsonian programs this weekend to watch.

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 07:07 PM

Since I have the HD-Extra pack, which includes MGM, I have at least 6 movies queued up. They were all VOD. They are old, but very good movies, so I'm glad to watch them. I was surprised how many I knew about, but had never seen.

I also have quite a few scenic nature programs that I have VOD'd, as well.

I'm not saying the pickings are great, or even good (at least the free ones), but I have managed to collect more programs than I have time to watch.

I also downloaded the Jethro Tull concert from T101, and it was fantastic.

So, if one hunts around there are probably things you might enjoy, but it does take a lot of filtering (for me) to get there.:)




I absolutely love those old MGM movies. They all look fantastic. My wife thinks im nuts. "what 70s/80s crap are you watching now?"

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 07:53 PM

I absolutely love those old MGM movies. They all look fantastic. My wife thinks im nuts. "what 70s/80s crap are you watching now?"


The Devil's Brigade (Willaim Holden)
Ulee's Gold (Peter Fonda)
Cutter's Way (Jeff Bridges, John Heard, Lisa Eichhorn)
Birdman of Alcatraz (Burt Lancaster)
What's New Pussycat? (Peter Sellers, Peter O'toole, Romy Schneider)
The Happening (?)
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Farewell to the King (Nick Nolte)
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They Call Me Mr. Tibbs (Sydney Potier)
Pressure Point (?)
Much Ado About Nothing (Denzel Washington)
The Great Train Robbery (Sean Connery)
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Bright LIghts, Big City (Michael J. Fox)
Bull Durham (Kevin Costner)
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That's pretty much it for now. My wife likes the movies, many are classics.

The video quality is excellent, and few if any commercial breaks (only on the really long movies)

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 07:55 PM

I pulled down a bunch of Smithsonian programs this weekend to watch.


Me too, very good programs, just not enough of them.:)

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 08:21 PM

Me too, very good programs, just not enough of them.:)


I wish the History Channel would keep more history programs on and fewer of the stupid "history everyday" crap. I like the documentaries without commercials.

As for HBO, I am convinced that they don't like the download model rather than streaming. They have always been more worried about pirating than the other channels.
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Posted 03 August 2010 - 07:25 AM

They need to add HBO and Disney Channel on-demand. And more HD programs in there.

I basically only use on-demand to get some movies for the kids, because they don't care about the crappy quality that it is delivered in.

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 10:42 AM

The one channel I miss from Comcast is the IFC On-Demand channel. Sometimes even Chicago doesn't show the films that are on the IFC cinema in NYC and I liked being able to watch some of the latest indie films from home

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 10:44 AM

I have to agree with the thrust of this thread. I would love to find more in On Demand, and when I don't find it I go to IPTV alternatives like Netflix.
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Posted 03 August 2010 - 10:52 AM

I hate to admit this - but even Comcast has a much better offering in the VOD area.

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 11:21 AM

I rarely use DoD (VoD) due to the lack of HD options for anything but movies and premium content.

Most of the basic cable channels don't have HD versions available, and until they do, I have little to no interest in DoD.

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