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VOD Streaming: Definition and Benefits for a Business

The emergence of OTT services has changed the media market, providing more convenience and flexibility to consumers. The demand for OTT solutions keeps rising, requiring innovations and more interaction features.

Streaming companies offer services to engage consumers with cross-platform opportunities and original content, delivering high-quality viewing experience. They transmit VOD (video-on-demand) content, live streams, and TV programs leveraging OTT platforms.

VOD platforms offer videos available at all times to the targeted audiences. VOD content revolutionized the media industry, changing how we consume videos compared to traditional television with scheduled air times.

What is VOD Streaming?

VOD streaming refers to any service that makes any video content available to viewers at any time. Videos are accessible to users on any device at their convenience.

In contrast, broadcast channels allow people to access media within a particular period of time only on a TV set.

With VOD services, videos are available across devices connected to the Internet, including smart TVs, tablets, mobile phones, and laptops. As a result, viewers are in charge of their content consumption since a user is the only one who decides what, when, and where to watch.

For this reason, the shift from cable or satellite to online streaming services is ongoing. Customers cut the cord to purchase a subscription to a streaming platform with original content available across many devices.

Top Benefits of Video-on-Demand Platforms  

#1 Monetization models

A business can capitalize on content delivery with various monetization models, including subscriptions, advertisements, rentals, and a hybrid approach.

SVOD (Subscription-based Video-on-Demand) requires a recurring fee for monthly or yearly unlimited access to content. Viewers pay once in a set period to watch as many videos as they want.
AVOD (Advertising-based Video-on-Demand) usually allows viewers to access videos for free. In exchange, they watch brief ad commercials during video playback.
TVOD (Transactional-based Video-on-Demand) requires payment for every video available on the platform. People purchase what they want to watch, and the rest video content remains inaccessible.
HVOD (Hybrid Video-on-Demand) is a combination of several monetization models described above. For example, a content provider may offer viewers to acquire a subscription or pay for rentals.

#2 Wider audience reach

VOD services are present across various devices like mobile phones, desktops, tablets, Roku, Smart TVs, and others. Additionally, content providers can reach viewers worldwide thanks to CDNs (content delivery networks).

Thanks to CDNs it is possible to localize streaming, as Albanian TV app TVALB does for their viewers in the USA and Canada.

The content delivery network includes multiple servers geographically distributed across the globe. CDNs speed up the delivery because they cache content on edge servers instead of transmitting it from an origin server each time.

#3 Analytics

You can easily learn your audience demographics and preferences by leveraging advanced analytics functionality. This data will help you make informed decisions for your business growth.

Moreover, you can utilize it for personalization and tailoring content recommendations to their interests. This will help you increase the quality of experience viewers receive.

#4 People are in control of their content consumption

VOD platforms provide complete control over content consumption to their users. People access videos whenever they want, on any device. Also, they can play, pause, or rewind videos at their leisure.

This is the reason why viewers are cutting the cord and acquiring subscriptions to streaming services.

Final Thoughts

Viewer preferences and requirements evolve, but the demand for quality and convenience remains. For this reason, VOD platforms will continue to be popular for a long time, allowing consumers to watch videos whenever and wherever they want.  

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