I know many people here only started with this hobby when shows started to be released on DVD. But there are a few of us who go back further than that. In 1976, the first collectors' publication started when Betamax first came out. I found this article in an early issue and I have to tell you, the guy really got it right and had great vision. I tried to paste it here but that didn't work, so here's the link: http://www.betainfoguide.net/tvnpage3.6.htm Basically, what he said was the networks and studios can't be relied upon to save shows. To them, its just product, which either does or doesn't have a commercial value and if it doesn't there is no reason to expect them to retain it or even if they do, to ever make it available again to the public. So, if the public, i.e. us, wanted to make sure that shows would still exist in private hands, it was up to the collectors to save them. Private collecting didn't start in 1976 with Betamax. There were people taping on 3/4 Umatic and 1/2 inch reel to reel since the late 60s. Not to mention film collectors. Betamax just made it more mainstream.