Ron1973, music licensing is the number one cause of why TV shows aren't released and all the complaining that it's not true, I suggest you direct your questions to Bill Hunt at Digital Bits or Gord Lacey at TVShowsonDVD. It's obvious that you have no idea what you're talking about. ChiPs, WKRP in Cincinitti are some of the shows that used a lot of classic music from the 70's and 80's of which they didn;t have the lciensing rights to that music for home video releases.
Sony, Universal, MGM, Fox ... all of these studios need to pay for the licensing rights for the music that is included in those episodes. 99% of the time, the shows are never released. Instead, all we hear is moaning and temper tantrums from the fans of these TV shows because they seem to think that music licensing should be free and that the artists who created that music should not be compensated.
If you expect these TV shows to be released, you need to start complaining to the movie studios to pay for those music licensing costs.
Disagreed. I highly doubt music is the #1 cause. Does it rank high on the list? I'm sure it probably does. Again, you're not going to exactly win friends or influence people when you talk down to them.
If you can find even ONE instance where I said or even suggested musicians shouldn't be compensated, I'll do handstands in the middle of the road and post it here (I jest....lol). Just how much compensation are they entitled to? I'm all for a free market economy and making as much money as you can but at some point, common sense says you're pricing yourself out of the market. While I don't think the studios are exactly clean as a whistle, at some point they have to make a decision to have replacement music if there's a holdout.
Music licensing seems to be a thorny point for CBS is all I was trying to point out. You have The Beverly Hillbillies, Room 222, Gomer Pyle, USMC, Petticoat Junction, My Three Sons, The Fugitive and many others that have suffered with cut and/or replaced music and it's been well documented. But, hey, it's all the fault of the consumer that the releases don't sell and other seasons get stalled according to you.
It isn't just the music companies who are greedy but the studios as well. I remember well watching Phil Donahue back in the 80's interviewing Donna Douglas (he may have interviewed Buddy Ebsen and Max Baer as well but I don't remember). Donahue said that they attempted to get a 30 second segment of The Beverly Hillbillies from CBS to air on the show and they wanted $10,000 for that short segment. If you'll go on YouTube you'll find the cast together on The Jerry Springer Show (before he went trash TV) and you'll notice no clips of the show. I'm sure CBS wanted the same nonsensical amount of exorbitant money to show a clip there as well.
I see that Universal had no problem clearing music for The A-Team which did include popular music of the day including a whole episode devoted to Boy George. No music cuts there. Warner managed, to my knowledge anyway, to keep The Dukes of Hazzard intact even with all the musical guest stars. Boss Hogg was always setting up speed traps and catching the popular artists of the day such as Buck Owens, Loretta Lynn, Roy Orbison, The Oak Ridge Boys and others. We're talking POPULAR music here, not incidental background stuff. Now tell me again that music is why 99% of shows don't get released.
Quit making assumptions and start looking at facts.