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Registered: Jan 2003
I don't know if you've had cable recently, but much of the VOD on cable is available at no extra charge. In my market, the cable company offers HBO ON DEMAND service for free to HBO subscribers; this includes every episode of every season of every HBO series, every stand up comedy show, and just about every new movie release shown so far this year. They offer a similar service for Cinemax subscribers.
They also offer on demand access to all episodes of a number of popular network and cable channel programs and events -- all at no charge to digital cable subscribers. For example, every game of the NBA Finals and NHL Stanley Cup is available at no cost. In the not-too-distant future, cable systems in major markets will also offer some HDTV VOD. The only VOD service that costs extra, at least in this market, is their new movie releases -- which is essentially their replacement for PPV service.
DVR does mitigate many of VOD's benefits, but not all of them. For example, if you don't have the latest season of The Sopranos recorded to your Tivo right now, you are SOL, as they are not showing again in June or July, and won't be out on DVD for months. However, every episode of the latest season--and every episode of every previous season--is available for free to HBO subscribers via VOD.
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