The video-on-demand concept has been attracting much interest lately. This is not surprising at all, of course, because what most people know as merely a means to consume content through an online library is a wonderful tool that is and continues to take the user experience to the next level. There are countless benefits for businesses as well. For starters, it allows companies to prepare the content, i.e. record and edit, exactly as they wish to. VOD or Video on Demand is not just the present, but it can be termed as the future of the streaming industry. Interestingly, there are hundreds of VOD businesses out there in the market right now, and the most famous ones at present are apps like – Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and HBO Max.
Video on Demand or VOD stream refers to publishing popular videos across global platforms. It is made available at all times to the targeted viewers. The key reason for the popularity of Video on Demand is that consumers watched the TV sets at the scheduled times when end-users choices were quite restricted. Not only that, but VOD also offers companies the scope to strategically integrate and execute their marketing strategies and also adapt their content to drive better engagement rates. Suffice it to say that there are plenty of reasons why VOD just makes sense for companies looking to jump on the video streaming bandwagon. These are not just apps anymore, they have become a very crucial part of our daily lives and how we prioritize entertainment. This in itself is enough to explain the importance of VOD.
To give you better insights into why VOD makes for a terrific business choice, let us now walk you through the main VOD monetization models currently available in the market:
- Advertising Video on Demand: Under the purview of the advertising VOD model, users are given access to content free of charge albeit on the condition that the viewing experience will include sponsored ads. The prime example of this VOD model is YouTube.
- Subscription Video on Demand: This is the model that underpins Amazon’s Prime Video, Netflix, Hotstar, etc. What that means is that with the subscription VOD, users pay a monthly fee to access content via the VOD solutions.
- Transactional Video on Demand: Though not as popular as the other models on this list, the transactional VOD model involves charging users on a pay-per-view basis, i.e. charging them specifically for the content they choose to stream and the number of times they choose to stream content.
Now, let us also take a look at the key steps in the process to implement VOD for your business:
- Equipment and infrastructure: The first step on the way to adopting VOD for your business is the infrastructure and equipment you will need and among them, picking a VOD platform remains the most crucial choice. To choose a platform, consider factors such as the quality of streaming on the platform, if it enables streaming different devices, etc.
- Type of VOD: Essentially the only other step in the process of implementing VOD for your business is deciding the type of VOD you wish to use for your offering. So, carefully evaluate your business goals, expectations, etc., and then compare them against the different VOD models to decide if advertising VOD, subscription VOD, or transactional VOD is best suited for your business requirements.
There you have it ladies and gentlemen, a quick but handy guide to the world of video on demand. It may seem like a daunting endeavor in the beginning but a well-thought-out and strategic approach to building your VOD offering will go a long way in ensuring the success of such an offering. So, if you too are thinking about developing video-on-demand apps for your business, we highly recommend putting together a prudent plan before you get started on the programming and such.