Yes, very much niche. I got those catalogs but couldn't justify the ~$18 per tape for the series. Keep in mind a half hour series had 4 episodes per tape and an hour series had 2. It could get quite pricey. The first Star Trek release by CH was the same individual tapes that Paramount sold at retail. You got 2 tapes per month with a price structure as if both episodes were on a single tape - ~$22 after shipping - ~$900 for the full series! You can see why I don't like to think about it much. In a second cycle they changed it to 2 episodes per tape. That's also how they released Star Trek: The Next Generation with that service.
Just for laughs, i checked Ebay,
and right now you can buy all 84 tapes of ST:TNG for $75 !!
That's right, it took 84 vhs tapes!!
There are a ton of Columbia House released VHS sets on Ebay,
I had no idea that so many series were sold by them.
Edited by derosa, July 13 2013 - 11:53 AM.