Why it so damn hard to find DVDs of old tv shows?

Ireland
April 17, 2013 6:39am CST
I really don't understand this cause is this "modern" world surely we should all be able to at least buy all old programmes. I mean with itunes and such you can buy just about any music you could ever want, so why not do the same with tv. One particular example is pinky and the brain, I really wish I could watch every episode again and would pay money to buy a DVD version or even just mp4 files etc. I just don't get why it has to be so hard. I have lists and lists of series that I would love to see again but there simply is no way to get complete versions of them.
1 person likes this
5 responses
@jenny1015 (13390)
• Philippines
18 Apr 13
I am just guessing....maybe they do not find it to be that popular anymore to be worth making a dvd copy.
• Ireland
19 Apr 13
Yes I understand that but selling them as files online surely it's that difficult. I'm sure it will happen eventually.
• Singapore
18 Apr 13
I am fortunate that the old series I love are pretty popular ones hence they are more readily available, such as Seinfeld. That still is one of my all-time favourite series, it is hilarious and despite its age I was still able to find a complete DVD collection a few years ago. However DVDs may soon be going obsolete so even if you can obtain the DVD collection you may eventually need to digitise them or be stuck with another problem when your DVD player breaks down with no replacements available.
• Ireland
19 Apr 13
Yeah but Seinfeld was one of the biggest shows of it's day. I do hope it becomes digitised more cause then they may make the lesser known stuff available.
@Fishmomma (11504)
• United States
17 Apr 13
One big problem is how many people will buy the product, as there is no way of knowing in advance, if the company will make money. Today many people are reducing their spending for things that aren't considered essential to survive. Many of my friends are working part time jobs, as there weren't any full time jobs available in this area. Companies are hiring part time, so they won't have to give their workers health benefits. Companies can't just hope to make money selling older television shows. We are seeing to many companies go bankrupt now.
• Ireland
17 Apr 13
Well yes I totally understand that but as i've said already in comment above. Just put them online as clips and then it's cheap. It's easy as well, I just want to see full series and not have to try find them myself online.
@else22 (4319)
• India
17 Apr 13
Perhaps because there is not sufficient demand for them.I am also looking for the DVD of an old tv serial based on the Ramayana. The shopkeepers told me that DVD of tv serials are not sold and that's why they don't have it.However I somehow managed to get my desired DVD from a metropolitan city.
• Ireland
17 Apr 13
I understand that but putting video files online for sale surely doesn't cost that much.
@gljcleeve (147)
17 Apr 13
One of the main problems is that they can be worth a lot of money, especially if broadcast by a commercial station. For this reason, Sky have bought many of the classic series that used to be around andnow reserve them for their channels which you have to subscribe to. Such a shame for so many of us who can't afford or don't wish to pay even more money to watch the shows. There are a few channels that broadcast classic shows on a free-to-air basis, but no doubt these will eventually be swallowed up by the monster that is Sky.
• Ireland
17 Apr 13
But surely they can make even more money by making it possible to buy them online, although maybe sky doesn't want to risk having them copied.