Daily Blog – Brian Florian – May 14, 2008: RENTAL APPEAL OF TV-ON-DVD.

I’ve never really understood why TV-shows-on-DVD are such big sellers.  To a certain extent I still don’t, but I’m starting to come around.

While I’ve always been an avid movie collector, I still don’t see the appeal of buying, say, all the Seinfeld seasons on DVD, even though I was/am a huge fan of the show.  Unlike great movies, I just don’t think I would ever say to myself “I think I’d like to watch Seinfeld episode 83 tonight….”.

Nevertheless, a few weeks ago my wife caught a second season episode of a serial-style show we’d never seen.  It seemed interesting so when she saw the proverbial “complete first season” at Jumbo Video, she rented it, and we’ve enjoyed watching a few seasons of mini-series style TV shows.  Appealing points include excellent 16×9 video, non-existent commercials (not even the need to skip past them) and above all no waiting for next week (or next season) to find out the next twist in the plot!

In fact, the experience was so radically different from watching, or even recording, cable TV, I’m now going through the old release section at Jumbo to see what else I might enjoy.  Noble House, recently out on DVD and reviewed by JJ, is next on my list (I had seen a couple episodes back in ’88, but never got to watch the whole thing).

One Response to “Daily Blog – Brian Florian – May 14, 2008: RENTAL APPEAL OF TV-ON-DVD.”

  1. ovation Says:

    I started watching TV on DVD in earnest when Lost (which I’d not kept up with in its initial release) was strongly suggested to me by a friend. I wanted to be caught up by January 2008, so from August 2007 on, I raced through the first three seasons on DVD (with a short break in September to get through Heroes). Since then, I’ve gone through Rome (a series I acquired as it fits in with my professional research concerns regarding history and film) and have begun Prison Break.

    It is a great way to catch up with shows you’ve not seen (especially when you find out they are worth watching) but, unlike films, I am far more selective of what series I would buy rather than rent. Cartoon series are more likely to be bought at our house, for two reasons–we have kids and the ones I liked and grew up with are becoming scarce and/or heavily edited in broadcasts.

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