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Life is a great TV show. The performances are terrific, the murder cases are interesting, there’s mystery and humor and insightful observations. You should watch it. To help convince you, here’s an interview with cast members Donal Logue and Damian Lewis from Comic Book Resources.

Why outsourcing doesn’t work: The CW sort of rented out its Sunday nights to an independent production company. Now, the deal is off because no one watched the shows. (I hadn’t even heard of some of them.) The low ratings were hurting the CW affiliates (and the network’s rep, I would imagine). Time to protect the brand by running reruns and movies.

DVDs aren’t doing as well as expected, and since Hollywood now depends on them for profits, that’s a matter of concern. Companies are pinning hopes on Blu-ray, because they cost more and thus the studios make more money. But since they’re not compelling for customers — why spend more to get a more restrictive product? — many don’t feel the need to switch to yet another format. Instead, buyers are looking for deals or buying digital copies, which don’t have objects to clutter up storage.

Last year was the first year sales of DVDs didn’t increase. I blame three factors: more people, like me, realizing they owned plenty they hadn’t yet watched; the economy; and studios trying to raise prices. I’d buy movies at $5-10, at which point they’re a better deal then two of us going to the theater, but more and more seemed to be closer to $20, even after discount.


5 Responses to “Visual Media LinkBlogging”

  1. Jim Kosmicki Says:

    If you can find a copy somehow, give “Easy Money” from the aborted CW Sunday experiment a try. If you like shows like “Breaking Bad,” this should be up your alley, as it has a similar feel (and location). It’s about a family that runs a payday loan office, and the oldest child who is uncomfortable with the ethics of that occupation. As far as I know, only 4 episodes actually aired, but each one was well worth watching. I know that “Valentine,” their other hour drama has it’s proponents as well, but I never tried that one.

    I’m really hoping that MRC puts out a DVD collection of “Easy Money” to try to recoup some of its investment – I’ll buy it, and I’ve cut back on the DVDs that I buy anymore.

  2. James Schee Says:

    I wonder how the CW outsourcing of their Saturday mornings went. Since they canceled their Batman and Legion of Super-Heroes toons for it.

    I still think counting on Blue Ray to be a big seller is a recipe for disaster. Is the technology great? Sure. Is it that much better than DVD? I don’t know, I like my DVD collection its nice and large and I have no interest in buying it AGAIN. Especially at what amounts to twice or more the price of what I paid for my DVDs.

    Especially when I now have access to digital copies to get, that I can play on my Ipod.

  3. Johanna Says:

    James, some technology analysts have said the same thing, that the battle between HD and Blu-Ray happened while the window for selling more physical discs was open, and now it’s rapidly closing.

    Jim, thanks for the recommendation.

  4. Nat Gertler Says:

    All of the aired episodes of Easy Money can be viewed at Hulu.com:

    http://www.hulu.com/search/Easy+Money?company=all&showname=all&type=episode

    This was my favorite new series of the fall season, and if there are episodes in the hopper, I hope they find their way out in some form.

  5. Johanna Says:

    More on the digital/DVD battle: More want internet entertainment but it doesn’t make nearly as much money.




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