Waiting for DVD…Posted: November 4, 2006
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.