It's been a long, strange trip for video on demand over the past few years, but thanks to over-the-top streaming, the concept of VOD is finally coming into its own. One person who's excited about the potential of OTT is John Hendricks, founder of the Discovery Channel and until last year the chairman of Discovery Communications. Hendricks spoke with Samantha Bookman, editor of FierceOnlineVideo, about the soon-to-be-launched SVOD service, the content niche it fills, and the parallels he sees between the cable revolution of the mid-1970s and today's online-video disruption.
After pioneering the nonfiction programming template that formed the backbone the cable industry for the last two decades, Discovery Communications founder John Hendricks is looking to become a part of the SVOD revolution that's currently undermining pay-TV.
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