Video on demand (VOD) is a media distribution system that allows users to access videos without a traditional video playback device and the constraints of a typical static broadcasting schedule. VOD makes television programs, movies and other video content available to users at any time.
With VOD, viewers can choose what to watch, when they want.
Popular examples of Video on Demand businesses include Netflix, Disney+, Hulu and many more online streaming services.
Video-on-demand has 3 core advantages. It allows viewers to:
- Watch at any time. Users can play content whenever they want. Unlike “linear” TV programming, which only broadcasts in real-time, VOD doesn’t rely on a set schedule.
- Control what they watch: Users have more opportunities to pick and choose what they watch, compared to traditional TV scheduling.
- Use media controls: Users can play, pause, rewind, fast forward, and completely control how they watch content. This way, they’ll never miss anything important.
Flussonic Media Server supports playing video files to client devices and apps. A virtual filepath, called a VOD location, must be set up to enable this feature. One VOD location can contain multiple directories — multiple VOD locations can be used to organize video files and apply different sets of settings to files in each location.
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