Temis the Vorta wrote:
My hunch is that Showtime or HBO would rather develop their own space opera franchise than tap into one that, regardless of quality, is perceived as staunchly mainstream
That's how they justify their price tag.
Paramount Home Video charges the most for a season of television I believe. Showtime & HBO do put out their stuff on DVD & Blu-ray too.
A quick comparison with Buy.com current prices:
This 33 disc DVD collection includes all 86 episodes of The Sopranos!
or by the season:
Sopranos 4th season
granted Trek is 22-26 episodes/season...
Star Trek Next Generation Sixth Season
7 disc collection includes all 26 episodes
Star Trek Next Generation Complete Series
49 disc collection includes all 176 episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation!
It all depends on what kind of audience Showtime wants to bring to itself and new subscribers.
Look what Sirius satellite radio did with Howard Stern a few years ago. It is possible Star Trek could be on a premium cable channel and the fans who don't want to pay the monthly fee can just by the DVD/Blu-ray 6-10 months later. Is Star Trek that mainstream that is beyond being able to have its flagship TV series 1st run on a cable TV channel and it has to be broadcast TV? Can't it be elevated to nuBSG quality for the fans instead of 22 episodes of which 16 would be good. How about just 13 episodes?