Waiting for DVD…

Ok. I’m a bad person.

I watch a lot of TV. I love it. Yet these days I find myself watching much more TV on DVD these days then via broadcast. I no longer watch favourite on-air TV shows (Lost, Gilmore Girls) as they air but instead catch up on DVD during the summer/early-fall. This habit fits into my preferred way of watching TV (devouring 22 episodes in a short span off time) much better then watching a show over a period of eight months.

Yet this is not a good thing. Good shows, like say Arrested Development, died because of people like me. Buying a show on DVD doesn’t equal the sort of ratings that  TV executives look for.

What exactly is the point of this little rambling? Well, I hope that in the future serial TV can move in a new post-broadcast  direction where quality TV can go straight to DVD. The question is, of course, is this economically viable? Certainly not now, advertising pays the insane salaries of produces, directors, writers, and actors, yet maybe as technology improves the market will viable.

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5 Comments on “Waiting for DVD…”

  1. psycholarry says:

    The issue becomes, how do you gauge how many DVDs and of what quality to make of a show. How do you differentiate between a shitty show and a show with a mostly DVD using audience?

  2. A very difficult question to find an answer to. I for one have no idea. It’s the same line as “If something is popular does that mean it’s good?”

  3. psycholarry says:

    I just meant from a marketing perspective. Why would you spend the money to release a dvd set of a show that bombed on the network?

  4. They often do that (with a limited DVD release) to try and make a bit more money off a failed show. Re: Family Guy.

  5. Eudaimo says:

    Don’t beat yourself up. The market is moving towards a personal choice paradigm. DVD. Trade Paperbacks. Itunes. The industries will make the appropriate shifts to read data from the new sources, it will just take a bit longer.


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