Would Kodi be appropriate for using as a PEG (public access) Television station VOD?
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As a small public access television station we currently pay our video server provider a fee to provide video on demand services for us.  There is a big restriction on amount of content we can store.
We are thinking of essentially bringing VOD in house so we can make much more of our programming available.  I am very ignorant about Kodi (sorry).  Where it seem to me to be a very good fit is that the content is available on a lot of platforms.  We do not have a lot of people accessing our content at the same time (1 or 2 max most of the time, maybe 3 or 4 on rare occasions).  For our current VOD we transcode all of programming (Government meetings, sports games, parades, etc) and upload them to the VOD website along with also updating the necessary metadata (stored in a mysql database).   This is one of the areas I am curious about, how the metadata for our programming would be added \ stored in kodi?   I am do not understand how content can be grouped together, example: all of the selectman's meetings (is this a program, with different episodes).  Is there a channel metaphore (we would at a high level group our content by: Government, Sports, School Events).   We would install this on a regular server, we have lots of band width available.

Any direction or suggestions about this would be great.  It is also ok to say this is a dumb idea and I should look at something else.  Any comments are appreciated.
Thanks,
Lance
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#2
I'm not sure the word 'appropriate' fits in this context, after all what works might be sufficient, and without a doubt Kodi over the years has proven to do just about anything and everything. I've heard it was used in airports, hotels and government and given enough will there is a way. I don't think it's a task for a novice, and it's not likely you'll be guided hand held through any of this given the volunteer nature of this forum, but if you get stuck in some specifics I'm sure some kind user will offer guidance.

I would suggest a NAS storage solution,MySQL (wiki) if it's all in an internal network, File servers (wiki) many people have had success with multiple Kodi from this kind of set-up. Syncing and sharing (wiki) 

Hopefully your next message is, it was so simple...
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(2020-06-18, 14:03)lcluster Wrote: As a small public access television station we currently pay our video server provider a fee to provide video on demand services for us.  There is a big restriction on amount of content we can store.
We are thinking of essentially bringing VOD in house so we can make much more of our programming available.  I am very ignorant about Kodi (sorry).  Where it seem to me to be a very good fit is that the content is available on a lot of platforms.  We do not have a lot of people accessing our content at the same time (1 or 2 max most of the time, maybe 3 or 4 on rare occasions).  For our current VOD we transcode all of programming (Government meetings, sports games, parades, etc) and upload them to the VOD website along with also updating the necessary metadata (stored in a mysql database).   This is one of the areas I am curious about, how the metadata for our programming would be added \ stored in kodi?   I am do not understand how content can be grouped together, example: all of the selectman's meetings (is this a program, with different episodes).  Is there a channel metaphore (we would at a high level group our content by: Government, Sports, School Events).   We would install this on a regular server, we have lots of band width available.

Any direction or suggestions about this would be great.  It is also ok to say this is a dumb idea and I should look at something else.  Any comments are appreciated.
Thanks,
Lance
Sound like you are looking for some kind of "streaming server" (streaming media system/platform) as a VOD server solution and not that you are just looking for only a media player (client).

Not sure if you are aware but Kodi is really only a client (just a media player in practice), not a server which is meant to stream media to other clients, so not a good idea to use Kodi as a VOD server in a client-server model. 

Regardless I suggest that you research the different concepts to use the correct terminology when describing what you want to achieve:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Client%E2%...rver_model

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streaming_media

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison...ia_systems

You should as well be aware of open source media servers (such as for example Emby) are designed for personal use and normally also only meant to be used on a LAN (local Ethernet network) and not over WAN/Internet.
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Look at emby or jriver media center. Jriver in particular have experience dealing with that kind of thing but emby might be easier to set up
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