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VOD is something TiVo makes obsolete.


However, with TiVo what need is there for VOD? Why do I need to pay extra money to my cable company for each VOD channel I want, when I could just program my TiVo to record what I want, so I can watch it when I want.

VOD is just a cash cow for cable companies.

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skaeight,

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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That does sound pretty cool. However my cable company isn't offering VOD yet. I may be interested if they do decide to start offering it. So there is no extra charge at all for VOD? I really find that hard to believe, it seems that cable companies (and satellite companies for that matter) love to nickel and dime you any chance they get.

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However, with TiVo what need is there for VOD? Why do I need to pay extra money to my cable company for each VOD channel I want, when I could just program my TiVo to record what I want, so I can watch it when I want.

VOD is just a cash cow for cable companies.


Is there an echo in here?

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Is there an echo in here?


Ha, ok I must have dyslexia setting in or something. I read that as the opposite, I thought you said VOD makes tivo obsolete. My bad.

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K, thats fine, my wording could be confusing if read quickly. At leat we agree.

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So there is no extra charge at all for VOD? I really find that hard to believe, it seems that cable companies (and satellite companies for that matter) love to nickel and dime you any chance they get.
That's correct. The only VOD you pay for is their PPV movies, at least on Comcast.

Now, when cable companies were talking about VOD five years ago, they were saying that it would bring in all sorts of new, incremental revenues. However, the popularity of DVR and Tivo threw a big wrench in those plans. They've had to give VOD away for free just to remain competitive with satellite.

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