A question regarding TV on DVD

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Nicholas Martin, Apr 15, 2003.

  1. Nicholas Martin

    Nicholas Martin Cinematographer

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    Does anyone have any theories as to why some TV
    box sets cost more than others?
    It couldn't possibly have to do with the quality of the
    shows themselves.

    One box set of "Angel"(my favorite series) is a critical
    favorite as well, and has not reached syndication yet.
    It's cost: around $50 for 22 episodes.

    One box set of "The X-Files" or "Star Trek TNG",
    both have praise and have been syndicated for years.
    (TNG is on television almost too often)
    Yet a box of 22-26 episodes cost around $100-$200 each, why? because of three or four more episodes?

    So why the big differences in price?
     
  2. Jason Seaver

    Jason Seaver Lead Actor

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    (A) Back-end royalties. The casts and crews of The X-Files and Star Trek could quite possibly have negotiated themselves a good chunk of royalties for video sales.

    (B) What the market will bear. More people are willing to pay more money for these shows, at least initially - there's really not much precedent for these sets dropping in price yet.
     
  3. LennyP

    LennyP Supporting Actor

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    Well, most of the ones you're asking about are from the same company, Fox, so you'd think the prices would be about the same, but The Shield and 24 are more of a marketing releases and need to be cheaper to promote their 2nd seasons, plus some like Buffy and Angel are more mainstream, and therefore have loads of casual viewers that need to be enticed into buying by a lower price. They still make money because it's very cheap to duplicate discs themselves, packaging probably costs more than all the discs inside. But with X-Files and Star Trek TNG & DS9, you got an army of geeks that they figure they can rip off that will pay anything to get the full seasons, therefore $150 retail.
     
  4. Matt Pasant

    Matt Pasant Second Unit

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    It could be because shows like TNG or X-Files have such a built in audience and that $100 is where the supply and demand curve intersect for the demographics targeted.

    - Matt
     
  5. David Lambert

    David Lambert Executive Producer

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  6. Jeff Kleist

    Jeff Kleist Executive Producer

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    Basically correct- Back-end royalties eat up a HUGE chunk. Buffy/Angel and other Fox shows are more or less on standard SAG deals, not like TNG where about $30/set is eaten up in Cast/Crew royalties
     

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