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updated 06:40 pm EST, Fri March 7, 2008

Classic Disney TV shows

Disney has announced that it will begin offering classic TV shows over the internet via its website. The company already sells full-length feature films and modern hit TV shows through Apple's iTunes Store, but classic shows which still remain unnamed will debut directly on, according to the New York Times. "In the near future, you'll see more of that product available on, either for free or through some sort of subscription," said Roger Iger, CEO of Disney. "Providing physical goods on DVD is tougher and tougher these days because shelf space is limited."

Disney produced classic series such as 'Davy Crockett' and 'Zorro' in the 1950s, and is building Web revenue by offering ad-supported episodes online. Iger refrained from naming which classic shows will appear on, but promised shareholders at a meeting on Thursday that the company will soon expand its Web offerings.

by MacNN Staff



  1. chulitomio

    Joined: Dec 1969



    There's just no room in those tiny Wal•Marts and Targets to shelve those humongous DVDs. Amazon is run out of a suburban garage - *and* has to stock *every* item they sell online... like they have room!!!

    Oh goodness, what will the evil merchants put the squeeze on next?!?!

  1. cartoonspin

    Joined: Dec 1969


    missing the point

    You obviously don't understand how selling merchandise works. If you think Walmart sells everything, boy are you mistaken. It depends on how an item sells. There are thousands and thousands of titles they don't sell and will never sell.

    The movement to online video has begun a while ago. We are seeing a major move to this now. Mixing pay and free movies is the way to go to get folks to adopt to the format.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: yep

    cartoonspin is right. Wal-mart isn't going to buy and display every DVD set out there. There just isn't the mass market for it. Amazon can do better, since they've just got the warehouse to fill, but even they will skip some.

    On top of that is just the fact that the market may not be there at all to even justify a DVD pressing, distribution, etc.

    The iTMS held great promise when they first started doing video. Several old TV shows appeared, making one think of how much of the back-catalog (both TV and Film) could be made available for a low price.

    But Apple made the mistake of sticking to it's $1.99 per show (so a new episode of Lost is worth the same as a 40 year old episode of Adam-12?). And someone out there (probably the studios, but could also be Apple) found they weren't raking in the cash, so decided to just not bother adding more (h***, even the ones they added, they never completed).

    So, on the iTMS, we get the enjoyment of loads of crappy reality programs from various cable outlets (because it's new, and "real", someone's stupid enough to pay!), but not one sniff of the quality programming, let alone the enjoyable programming, of the last 50 years.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Robert, please

    CEO of Disney is Robert or Bob Iger, not Roger.

  1. Kainzow

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The NBC effect

    This could be construed as a blow to the ITMS. I think studios have been studying what NBC has done since leaving the store and may now realize that there is no compelling reason not to go it on their own.

    I'm not inferring that it's a smart move on their part, but you certainly can't blame them for testing the 'direct to user' waters. Certainly affords them the opportunity to experiment with variable pricing, etc.

    I'd personally prefer that Apple just allow the studios to set the price for their content in an effort to keep everyone on board - and the ITMS the one-stop shop for everything.

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