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Lots of shows no longer coming to DVD

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 19th 2006 9:40AM
Night CourtAre you a fan of Boy Meets World, Night Court, Who's The Boss, Murphy Brown, or Airwolf? I hope you really enjoy the first DVD sets that were released recently, as those are the only ones you're going to be getting.

Seems that the DVD sets of those above shows didn't sell as much as the studios had hoped. For example, the season two set of Boy Meets World was off 12% from the first season, and the third season was down 39% from the second, so they're not going to release anymore sets of Boy Meets World. And that's one of the better examples, as the other shows did even worse. But I don't really get the math here. The reason why more Who's the Boss sets won't be released is because the first season set didn't sell as much as compared to the season 1 and 2 set of Seinfeld. And the reason why you won't see more Night Court is because that first season set didn't sell as well as Friends' last season set.

Why are they even comparing them to sales of Seinfeld and Friends, two of the most popular sitcoms of all-time?

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Aaron

Waiting to dump it on HD-DVD/Blu-ray wouldn't be a smart move at this time. See link:

http://www.homemediaretailing.com/news/html/breaking_article.cfm?article_id=9287

The studios are greedy and wanna strike gold all over again, but fact is, they can't force people to switch to these formats. The consumer decides in the end.

Also, while it's true that Season 4 of Boy Meets World is likely never coming out on DVD(sad, but true.. :), this stuff about Airwolf is merely assumption without any fact behind it. Universal has NEVER come out and said Season Two was not being released. It's unknown at this time what they're planning to do. The Season One set actually sold fairly well considering it was a cheaply made set with no bonus materials that was poorly marketed. Most fans of the show still snatched it up because it's higher quality than any bootleg DVDs out there. It's rumored that Universal is waiting until the Holidays to release Season Two... There's also a petition with over 10 thousand signatures and counting to get the remaining seasons of Airwolf on DVD. I urge all of you guys to please help out and sign it.

http://www.petitiononline.com/nm54910c/petition.html

June 22 2006 at 2:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
The Wraith

the sad thing is Airwolf, did'nt truly peek till season 2/3 to wich it did'nt peek for long, but its got millions of fans.

The thing with Boy meats world (its on TV all the time)
flick through the cable (in the UK) and their it is on about 3 channels {whos going to pay £30 for a box set} when thats all you ever see on Tv

i think if a studio is going to KEEP hold of a copywrite, then its Their job to distribute the merchandise (or SELL the franchise to somewere that will market it for fans)

Airwolf is never on Normal tv anymore and its extremely rare its on cable, universal studios have to be the worst marketing people on the planet.

their airwolf Release stratergy for season 1 was exclusive to 1 store (a store that did NO instore OR Tv advertising OR even put it on shelves or had it in stock) talk about a joke :'(
HMV and wallmart are to blame for lousy airwolf season 1 sales, funny enough have you tried to get hold of season 1 ?
its pritty hard to get it (unless ye pay through the nose)
yet you'll find the odd store with it on the shelf for £27.99

so
Dear Universal
Poor Sales = Pathetic Marketing and Distribution :(



June 20 2006 at 11:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GrumpyOldMan

There will be not justice in this world until WKRP and My Three Sons get the proper DVD treatment....

June 20 2006 at 8:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lacey

Are you kidding me?

Okay, I'm a huge Boy Meets World fan, and I loved watching it when I was young, but I really liked the later seasons a lot better, and was waiting for those to come out.

I REALLY enjoyed the later years of that show, especially when they're living and dorming together.
This sucks.

June 19 2006 at 6:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Fred

They're also forgetting the fact that some (maybe many) viewers don't *want* to see the early seasons, that some shows didn't peak or find fans until later in their runs. Yes, there are completists and new viewers who will want to start with season 1 and work their way through the show from the beginning. But some people may only want season 2, 3, or whichever.

June 19 2006 at 3:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Todd Lokken

It's a good thing that the folks making the decisions on what to sell don't run the tv networks. I mean, if something doesn't get ratings as high as the Superbowl, why even bother putting it on?

June 19 2006 at 1:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
nick

Reading the article, the comparison to Seinfeld and Friends was just as a reference. I dont think they are actually expecting Night Court to do as well as Friends. But only 6% of Friends or (for Who's the Boss) 2% of Seinfeld? yeah, maybe they expected better.

Regardless though, yes, comparing sales to your #1 title is rather silly. It seems clear that per-title sales are down across the board, but is that because there are simply more titles? Are overall sales going up/down?

June 19 2006 at 11:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kevin

Perhaps the plan is to dump *all* seasons of each TV show onto HD-DVD/Blu-Ray, and force the people who bought the first season to buy it again (at a premium), as well as invest in a next-gen player. They probably figure the demographic for these shows is the one that'll have the money to support this.

June 19 2006 at 10:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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