Lost: The Complete Second Season – The Extended Experience is, predictably, number one on the DVD sales chart in it’s first week of release. First day sales were said to be as high as 500,000 copies.
TV-DVD’s are changing both the way we watch television and the way TV shows are produced. 24 received middling ratings during it’s first season, but found it’s audience on DVD. Shows that are serial in nature (meaning their storylines are ever-evolving and it hurts the viewer to miss an episode) are particularly well-suited for the DVD format. Watching shows on DVD is simply more enjoyable (and flexible) then catching them live.
I’ve only watched 24 on DVD and can’t imagine waiting a week between episodes. Sometimes you want to just hit the proverbial crack pipe and crank out five or six episodes in one sitting. Lost fans are buying the DVD to catch up before the new season and Lost virgins are frantically catching up before the season premiere on October 4th.
And, think about this: these sales don’t even count the hordes of people renting the DVDs from Blockbuster and Netflix.