Seminar paper from the year 1998 in the subject Communications - Movies and Television, grade: 1, Ohio University (School of Telecommunication), course: New Technologies of Telecommunication, 17 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: There has been a lot of talk about video on demand (VOD) in the last couple of years. Scenarios of a bright future for couch potatoes who had a whole videostore at their fingertips were constantly wandering through the media. When the Internet became a huge success the attention and future fantasies shifted away from the television and video on demand towards the computer. But how interesting and important is VOD really? The following chapters will explain what VOD exactly is, how it works and who's standing behind it - its advantages and possibilities as well as its disadvantages and limitations.