I don't mind double-dipping on the shorts, but this is pretty irritating, particularly as people asked up-front if a DVD release was in the works. Thanks.
I think it's a concern of ours as to whether people would just not buy the VOD if they knew the DVD was coming out, ya know? If we could have all of them available at the same time, that'd be great, but DVDs have a production they need to go through first, which takes plenty of time. Maybe in the future we can time things a little better. I understand your frustration, surely, but since digital products are our "bread and butter" we try to persuade people to go there whenever possible.
I think one thing that might alleviate this problem is announcing them before they are available.
They must be in production for a while. Can't you guys say such and such is coming to DVD in October (or what have you)?
I mean, obviously you mightn't know the exact date as the digital version is released or maybe you'd rather hold off and produce two or three DVDs at a time, but, well... you know?
I was pretty disappointed when the 3-riffer versions of those DVDs were released as they were released about a week or so after I finally made the plunge and bought the DVDs even though we'd been asking if the DVDs were coming.
I think it's a concern of ours as to whether people would just not buy the VOD if they knew the DVD was coming out, ya know?
I know you don't make the same kind of money, and have to risk the production costs and have to do the distribution and everything - so I totally see how you'd prefer that the VOD is what is bought, but on the other hand, it should really be the customers choice as to what format they want if you are offering both.
I know that both of these DVDs were asked about at least as recently as the last two shorts DVD collection's releases.
I say this because I know where Vic is coming from not because I am in any way upset. I've started not buying most of the shorts (unless we really want to see one) and got PoD free due to the live-event-hiccup, and decided that even though I was pretty sure Voodoo Man would come out on DVD, I'd buy it anyway because I really wanted to watch it right away.
I'm going to buy all of the DVDs as that is the format I prefer.