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Television series DVDs selling well

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 22 Sep 2007 21:28 User comments (3)

Television series DVDs selling well Sales of television DVD box sets continue to grow in popularity, spurred in part by last year's hit Heroes. The show's DVD release coincided with a marketing blitz promoting the second season, which premieres in the United States next week.
“We are absolutely on fire,” said Craig Kornblau, president of Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Universal Pictures Digital Platforms, which markets NBC series Heroes: Season 1 on DVD. “We put out a number of good titles already [this fall] on the TV side, and they’re really cooking.”

Between last week's Emmy Awards and next week's full slate of series and season premiere's, Kornblau sees a lot of free marketing for television DVD products. After mini series Broken Trail received an Emmy last week sales got a slight boost according to Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Vice President of Marketing Marc Rashba.

Although there is potential profit from television series DVDs, there has been increased competition in recent years, both of recent content and older series. As the market expands even further, the role of DVD sales is likely to become more important for television networks' business models. DVR useage is quickly eroding the perceived value of advertising time, and downloads haven't been able to reach a mass market, due primarily to the challenge associated with playback on a television screen.

DVDs are both established technology, and a more reliable source of revenue with DVRs devaluing network time. We could be seeing the beginnings of a new business model where networks subsidize traditional broadcasting with sales of Streaming, downloaded, and especially sales of DVDs or whatever next generation technology becomes dominant. It may even become networks' own advertising for their other methods for delivering video. Assuming, that is, the networks are willing to adapt to what consumers are asking for.

Source: Video Business

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3 user comments

124.9.2007 8:40

Know why I like the series on DVD so much more than watching it on TV when it airs? Because of the stupid "amount of show to amount of commercials" ratio. I live in the U.S. and they kill regular TV with all the commercials. I would much rather buy the DVD and watch it that way.

228.9.2007 16:21

I tell you for me the only reason why i get the shows on DVD is due to the fact that i like the shows and that it comes ad free and i do not have to worry about converting the files etc...

328.9.2007 21:21

Originally posted by ugc:
I live in the U.S. and they kill regular TV with all the commercials. I would much rather buy the DVD and watch it that way.
That's why I rent them or even buy them if I like them.

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