Unfortunately most studios are in the "why bother" mode, or the "lets not risk losing money after going to the trouble of remastering the shows" mode.
i think they are coming closer to us, actually. look what they did for the fugitive. and there have been other shows that were put put poorly at first, only to get good releases later.
i think the evidence shows that the studios are starting to fall in line with what the consumer wants - complete shows as they were originally aired. if we get some extras, like interviews - a little icing on the cake.
we are finally getting bonanza, and from what i have read, it is a very good release. the last years should be done within the next 2-3 years.
i grant you that some shows will make more profit than others. which has a lot to do with the ORDER in which shows are being released.
but there doesnt seem to be a week go by when we dont hear about some new show coming out. there is a current thread about sugarfoot. that was not a hugely popular show, and yet it is coming out.
once the studios get caught up, they will release shows that were once in the "why bother mode".
including the very popular happy days, with the original music.
i can recall a few years ago someone saying that beaver was not popular enough. and i recall telling the poster that they must not have lived at that time. it was very popular, and a sure bet to come out.
guess what - it came out.
i even think we will get the mrfd first seasons, despite the emotional issues currently attached to it.
personally, i dont see streaming as taking the place of dvds. the people that are buying dvds (like me) want to OWN their stuff. i dont want to be dependent on what might be playing, etc. i want to be able to watch episode 45 of the abc show whenever i want to.