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Old 14-01-2005, 13:57   #31
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Re: How Video On Demand Works (long and technical!)

this could be a really good advertising ploy for ntl,

sky+ uses the line "create your own tv channel" when effectivly its just recording programs then watching them later.

If ntl programmed a customised scheldular and got together with content providers, a list of program could be made availiable and you just add them to your schedule for when you want them. so you really have got your own tv channel.
9:00 Ultimate Force episode 1
10:00 Battlestar gallacticer episode 11
11:00 slot free --click here to add a programme to your channel --
12:30 Ultimate force episode 3

etc
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Re: How Video On Demand Works (long and technical!)

VOD is coming but not as soon as you think.

Up until the last week before xmas the contract for who would be doing the upgrade work on the head ends had not been awarded, and i believe if i remember correctly that the project was due to start sometime around march/april.
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Re: How Video On Demand Works (long and technical!)

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VOD is coming but not as soon as you think.

Up until the last week before xmas the contract for who would be doing the upgrade work on the head ends had not been awarded, and i believe if i remember correctly that the project was due to start sometime around march/april.
which will take how long ?
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Old 08-02-2005, 23:24   #34
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Re: How Video On Demand Works (long and technical!)

Er - Acropolis, which area is this? Actual pukka working VOD did launch in Glasgow a couple of weeks ago, you know!
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Re: How Video On Demand Works (long and technical!)

this may well just be a test area, or i may be mistaken, but that was the last i heard on it.
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Re: How Video On Demand Works (long and technical!)

18/1/05 was the full commercial launch of the first wave of VOD - several tens of thousands of live paying customers. The tests were a bit before that, unusually for ntl
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Re: How Video On Demand Works (long and technical!)

VOD sounds really cool!!! I hope its doesn't cost the world though.

Is there any free stuff??
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Re: How Video On Demand Works (long and technical!)

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18/1/05 was the full commercial launch of the first wave of VOD - several tens of thousands of live paying customers. The tests were a bit before that, unusually for ntl
... with more areas coming Real Soon Now[tm]
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Re: How Video On Demand Works (long and technical!)

So the "Headend" - the server containing loads of pre-recorded programs - is in the green box in the street, you know the one with the doors that open with a bit of yob-abuse?
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Re: How Video On Demand Works (long and technical!)

no I dont think the green box in your street is the head end.
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Re: How Video On Demand Works (long and technical!)

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no I dont think the green box in your street is the head end.

I would hope it's in a nice, secure, temperature controlled data centre with redundant power supply (doubtful knowing NTL).
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Re: How Video On Demand Works (long and technical!)

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I would hope it's in a nice, secure, temperature controlled data centre with redundant power supply (doubtful knowing NTL).
A head end is a building, generally one per region, where people work, with racks full of equipment. I think some headend buildings double up as depots for installation engineers, etc.
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Re: How Video On Demand Works (long and technical!)

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I would hope it's in a nice, secure, temperature controlled data centre with redundant power supply (doubtful knowing NTL).
A head end is a building, generally one per region, where people work, with racks full of equipment. I think some headend buildings double up as depots for installation engineers, etc.

Well, it was wishful thinking...
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Re: How Video On Demand Works (long and technical!)

I've been pretty impresed with VOD so far, although am slightly disappointed by how few porgrams are currently available.
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Re: How Video On Demand Works (long and technical!)

How do I access VOD. I live in Huddersfield and if im correct we should have been enabled the other week. But I cant seem to find any other options on my box. I have an old Pace box if thats any help.

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