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theatrical release

The date a new movie is entered into the theater distribution system for public viewing. Alternate formats of the movie, such as DVDs, Blu-ray discs and video-on-demand, are scheduled for distribution a set number of weeks or months after the theatrical release. See video-on-demand.



video-on-demand

The delivery of a movie, TV program or sports event to a TV set when the customer requests it. Video-on-demand (VOD) comprises free and paid programs from satellite TV, telephone and cable companies, as well as streaming services on the Internet.

Internet-based video-on-demand, initially aimed at the user's computer, migrated to the TV set with services such as Netflix, Hulu, VUDU, Amazon Instant Video and iTunes. See digital media hub, Internet TV, home theater streaming, streaming video and IPTV.



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