Every new day brings new challenges and opportunities. Nowhere is this truer than in today’s world, especially in the light of recent global health pandemic situation, where our lifestyles are changing like never before. Earlier, when you heard the term ‘Video on Demand’, you would have instantly remembered either the TV channels from your cable operator, or the online entertainment video streaming services. Today, however, this term expands every day to include new dimensions. For those still wondering about the different layers of VOD platforms, here is a little guide to prepare you for the new future: –
Media & Entertainment
The first thing one thinks of when one hears the term VOD is the plethora of content-on-demand available for entertainment purposes. People love to watch movies, documentaries, news, TV series, soap operas, a re-run of old shows, and sports or other events, as per their convenience. This takes it one step ahead of linear channels where the viewer needs to stick to a pre-determined schedule. But with VOD, it is their convenience and preference. This means you need to ensure scalability for seamless streaming across the world for millions of viewers. In fact, there is talk of the current global lockdown extending for a long time, which would mean more people living indoors and spending their time online watching or re-watching their favorite shows.
Educational & Informational
The traditional brick-and-mortar school is very much alive and kicking. Still, the changing circumstances are making two scenarios-one, the global emergency lockdown is forcing schools shut, and children are spending all their time online. Two, there is increasing use of remote technologies to reach kids in less-developed nations. You may be a witness to any one of these situations, but the bottom line remains that the video streaming solutions become a critical lifeline in these scenarios. Again, the crucial factors remain seamless streaming of lessons, and unhindered communication between students and teachers.
The VOD platforms of today are emerging to be the most versatile destinations for myriad processes that will take humanity to the next level of technological evolution. In fact, the online video streaming process is a harbinger of futuristic usages in different fields. With the constant technological churn of today, we are bound to see a new infusion of applications and usage techniques for VOD too.