15      The Cable and Telephone Industries and Your Home

As described, fiber-optic (FO) lines may serve as the backbone of digital-based entertainment and information systems. They could feature interactive and conventional television programming, stock market quotes, and additional services. These offerings can be supported by cable and telephone companies (telcos). The satellite industry is also a player in this field.


A goal of the communications industry is to provide viewers with more control over programming choices, whether it is a television show or a new optional service. A term associated with this development is video-on-demand (VOD).

In brief, VOD, which comes in different flavors that sport different features, and ...

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