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On Demand is not a DVR service. It shouldn't be relied upon to binge watch / catch up with a season. Some episodes may not be available on "On Demand" for various reasons (Network decision, music clearance rights, etc.). Assume that no more than four weeks of shows will be available at any time - and not necessarily the most recent four - but the last four that have aired.
Many content owners (such as CBS) WANT you to pay for their content above and beyond your cable subscription (such as CBS All Access).
I consider on-demand a "throw in" to the linear feeds of channels I sub to.
Neither of these is helpful. I am not looking to binge watch anything, they are current shows/episodes. And if a network like CBS would want us to pay for their own service, why would they put any of their content on the On Demand at all?
There are obviously issues with how Spectrum's service works or it's something that messes up when the networks enter whatever they do.. I can see essentially what it is (many very recent episodes become unavailable if/when they become listed with a new (repeat) future viewing date) but continually just get excuses instead.
All I'm trying to determine is that the On Demand feature is often pointless, which I have.
There is a reason why CBS started "All Access" instead of joining up with Hulu. But as we've said, we are peer-to-peer support. We cannot force content to be on-demand.
One would need to compare Spectrum offerings with legacy TWC offerings, Brighthouse offerings, and offerings by other independent providers (other cable companies and/or sat companies), along with examining the actual carriage agreements to see if this is actually a technical problem or a carriage problem.
I am only speculating, but it is possible that the agreement between Spectrum and CBS stipulates that only certain shows / episodes are made available on-demand. For all we know, Spectrum could have balked at an extra 25 cents per month per sub to carry the full slate of CBS shows, and instead took less of an on-demand pacakge to keep rates down. We just don't know enough to draw any conclusions.
There are other ways to get shows if one is willing to invest and pay.