This forum provides a wealth of information about TV shows, but there is one thing I believe that is missing that could really help educate many of us, and that is frequently asked questions (FAQ) sections on specific subjects that could be "pinned" to the top of the forum threads list. There are such diverse backgrounds within the individuals that frequent this forum that it would be a shame not to consolidate some of this information for easier dissemination to the broader audience. To some this is all general knowledge but I bet to the majority it is what creates the most confusion regarding what goes on with releases in this hobby.
One subject area in particular that I find interesting and that is many times discussed indirectly within threads, but is not entirely understood by many, deals with licensing/product ownership, source print configurations and their costs to transfer, syndication and DVD releases, stalled/delayed series, and differences between studio/independents in approach/capabilities. The fact that many threads about a TV show or studio might indirectly diverge into similar areas of discussion just might indicate a lack of common understanding, which is more the reason for having a single FAQ that can be referenced.
I thought I would go ahead and create this thread as a way for myself and others to ask questions and gather responses that could be reassembled in the future as a FAQ. I will start out providing my understanding on a few subjects to go along with my questions. I have no special expertise in these areas, other than what I have gathered from frequenting this forum. So please correct my interpretation (as needed), add new subjects and questions, and please those that can provide insight for others to learn from, please participate.
If you agree that a FAQ on this subject would be of value, please particpate. Otherwise, if left alone it will fall out of view soon enough.