Posted October 28 2005 - 08:50 AM
|“Ninety-five percent of people who buy TV DVD don’t care [about cut shows],” said Dubelko (Bob Dubelko, president of Carsey-Werner). “Five percent are diehard fans of the DVD medium."|
It would be reckless to comment on the 95% figure, since I have not done a market survey myself, so let's use those figures throughout this reply. But the most absurd part of the quote is actually the inane:
| “Five percent are diehard fans of the DVD medium." |
Um. He actually thinks that people are buying TV Show box sets because they are fans of the DVD medium. That's like saying that people subscribe to TV Guide because they are fans of cathode ray tubes. This joker is actually under the impression that he is in the business of selling shiny circles. I've got news for him. AOL already sends them out for free.
It is in fact the 95% who bought the edited ALF that are diehard fans of the medium. How else could you explain why someone would buy a box of something they can get on TV for free every night.
The 5% are in fact fans of THE TV SHOW! (oh, sorry, I mean, fans of the "revenue stream and a marketing tool")
The thing is: fans of the DVD medium are eventually going to realize they have enough and stop buying. But fans of TV Shows are going to want to own the complete, uncut series in the highest-quality medium possible. They are the long-term market for a given show. They are the ones who bought MASH on VHS and are now buying it again on DVD. Who is going to re-buy their "producer's cut" ALF episodes on HDVD?