With that in mind I have most of what I viewed back then, and a lot more that I never knew even existed. So my initial reaction would be "how much could still be left?" that would be a great interest. Obviously, when you participate in a forum such as this you find out quickly how little you really know about the shows of that period, and how much interest there still is. So for me now, it is about finding the gems I never knew about.
However, there you have a problem:
- Age and interest wise, I am probably a better then average candidate for the studio's to market to. And if my demand for TV shows from the b/w era is waning based on what is left on my wanted list, and my knowledge of TV shows from that period in general, how must that look to the studio's making the decisions on what to release.
Other then some noted titles that have had large cult followings for decades (e.g., Twilight Zone), releases from this period have not exactly been flooding the marketplace. Many titles have even tended to only trickle out slowly and stall occasionally. So with even more obscure titles from a general knowledge standpoint, I would say it is unlikely they will ever be released.
So Yes, I agree with the assumption that as the focus continues towards more and more obscure titles, the end is coming closer and closer due to smaller returns on higher risk titles.
Speaking for myself, I've been noticing the same thing for 1980's era shows in genres I'm interested in.
I'm around a decade younger, where I was a kid of the late-1970's and 1980's. I was mainly into cheesy action type tv shows, with lots of gunfire, explosions, destruction, car chases, etc ... and other forms of physical violence. (Shows like The A-Team, Knight Rider, Airwolf, Miami Vice, Dukes of Hazzard, MacGyver, etc ...).
In the 1980's cheesy action tv show genre, at this point it appears to be mostly slim pickings left. Most of the major action shows and some of the lesser known ones, have already been released on dvd.
I've been reading through wikipedia and other websites, searching for other 80's action shows I forgot about or missed completely. So far I haven't found many which greatly interest me.
I've also been looking into action and cop type tv shows from the 1950's, 1960's, 1970's and 1990's. With the exception of shows I watched in reruns, for some reason very few of these non-80's action/cop type shows have struck an "emotional resonance" for me. (I've been "blind buying" the dvds of some of these non-80's shows, such as: Baretta, Renegade, The Commish, early seasons of Hawaii Five-O, Dragnet, etc ... ). As far as I'm concerned, to me these shows are not much different than watching episodes of modern shows like CSI, Law & Order, etc ...
At this point, I don't have much hope in seeing many further dvd releases of yet-to-be-released cheesy action type tv shows, which could interest me.
B&W tv shows aren't the only niche, where this is happening.