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Old November 12 2010, 10:12 PM   #46
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Re: Would it really matter if the next Trek series were on linear TV?

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Personally, I have heavy doubts that the model that the OP proposes could be sustained at all--there's just too much free programming on TV, as well as dirt cheap programming on Netflix and cable, to attract a large enough customer base to fund a new STAR TREK series.
It's an idea. It's not a model that Star Trek was built on. Trek is profitable but also has a substantial cost per episode to it.

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The problem there is that you're missing out on a massive amount of revenue by not doing a first run network/cable run. Revenue that would be needed to make the series financially viable.
But the problem with first run network/cable TV is the ratings and possible cancellation before syndication of 100 episodes.
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Old November 12 2010, 11:58 PM   #47
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Re: Would it really matter if the next Trek series were on linear TV?

What about airing Trek on a pay network like Showtime, which used to be big on Sci-fi shows and if I'm not mistaken Stargate SG1 and Lexx were first aired on Showtime for their first couple of seasons before going to Syfy. You could make some money on pay tv and then sell your DVD's for additional income.
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Old November 13 2010, 02:18 AM   #48
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Re: Would it really matter if the next Trek series were on linear TV?

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Guess I'm spoiled... but I don't want Star Trek done on the cheap.
Oh, neither do I. Neither do, I suspect, many other people. Which is why I keep questioning the sustainability of a straight-to-DVD series. Sure, Trek fans might gobble up the first few titles, but eventually they're going to get wise and not waste their money on productions that are so cheap.

As for an increased budget making additional installments of "The Lost Tales" unprofitable, I doubt it. But probably not profitable enough to make it worth the time and money of Warner Bros.
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Old November 13 2010, 03:01 AM   #49
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What about airing Trek on a pay network like Showtime, w
Arguments against Trek TV on Showtime go into some detail here.
timelord1010 see this thread:
What channel should a new Trek TV series be on?

While I generally agree with the arguments I'd like to see Trek back on TV in 4 or 5 years.
A linear TV channel or episoide-on-demand-pay-per-view model is still up in the air.

Wouldn't it be amazing if they took a chance with pay-per-view/download and after it made 100 episodes decided to syndicate it in 2020?
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Old November 13 2010, 03:10 AM   #50
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100 episodes isn't taking a chance. It's making a major financial commitment. There's no way a Hollywood studio is going to back what is, quite honestly, total insanity.

A single episode might be produced, for dirt cheap (similar to "The Lost Tales"), as a way of testing the waters, but probably not with a property like STAR TREK (which Paramount wants to keep a major motion picture property for as long as possible).
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Old November 13 2010, 03:17 AM   #51
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100 episodes isn't taking a chance. It's making a major financial commitment. There's no way a Hollywood studio is going to back what is, quite honestly, total insanity.

A single episode might be produced, for dirt cheap (similar to "The Lost Tales"), as a way of testing the waters, but probably not with a property like STAR TREK (which Paramount wants to keep a major motion picture property for as long as possible).
CBS/Paramount would have to commit somewhere in the neighborhood of $275 - $325 million dollars to get to one hundred episodes. Assuming that it's not done "on the cheap". At $3 an episode, each episode would have to be downloaded a million times in order for it to just break even.

Animation on a cable network is probably the only way Star Trek returns to TV for the forseeable future.
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Old November 13 2010, 03:46 AM   #52
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Which is why I rather unsubtly labeled it "total insanity" But I appreciate your figures--they do rather illustrate the point. That's more money than a studio will commit to a tent-pole blockbuster, even one like THE DARK KNIGHT RISES that is sure to approach a billion dollars in combined grosses. A totally unproven (and hardly viable, even in theory) profit stream like the OP proposes wouldn't happen.

Direct-to-DVD is the only way to go outside of television or feature film distribution, and it isn't going to happen, because Paramount wants to "preserve the brand."

I could see the animation on cable route (similar to "The Clone Wars" for STAR WARS) working, as a road to re-appearing on television in the near future.
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Old November 13 2010, 07:26 AM   #53
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Since most TrekBBS members here are actual fans of the show would it really matter if the next Trek series were on linear TV?
Yes, because that's the only way something like Star Trek is going to get a fair shake, the online distribution can reach some people, but not the masses the networks will want. My father is a good example, he likes Star Trek and the movies, spin-offs, etc... and will watch it when it's on TV (or when he finds it, rather), but it's unlikely he'd stream it. He knows the medium is there for TOS, and several other shows (and even reasonably comerical free) that he likes, he just does not stream.

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If I couldn't watch it on TV I aleady pay for, I'd wait for DVDs thru Netflix. I already pay enough for TV and I'm not adding another dime. I can get everything I want thru my cable or Netflix.
Yeah, I know several people that are like that as well, and in someways, I can't blame them, as the streaming is a pain in the ass and under this guideline, would be an extra expense.

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These days on Amazon.com's Video on Demand service offers a 'season pass'.
some shows are $.94 while others are $2.84 per episode.

Let's compare 2 other 60 minute dramas:
iTunes offers Desperate Housewives for $.99 for a 48-hour rental,
$2.99/episode for HD purchase
or $49.99 for a season pass while another show Glee is $57.99 for a season pass.

If the next Trek series were not broadcast on a linear TV channel in the USA I'm guessing the above would cost the same.
Even if it were syndicated-only I think the price would still be the same cost as above.
Anything with a trek name on the label will often be charged for more then non trek, even under the same format and business model. Take a look at season sets on DVD, when they first game out, they were over 100 dollars, US. Most other seasons I saw were around 50-60. Good bet, that even under this guideline and approach, a season pass of Trek would be 100+, and the per episode price would likely be several dollars at a time as well.

Given at how unstable the streaming can still be, I can see why others are already saying no. I'd be pissed off like none seen before, if i paid that kind of money and half the episodes were not working properly.
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Old November 15 2010, 09:25 PM   #54
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Re: Would it really matter if the next Trek series were on linear TV?

I would not pay to watch a series associated with a franchise I have always been able to watch for free.
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Old November 18 2010, 10:59 PM   #55
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Re: Would it really matter if the next Trek series were on linear TV?

I think we're many years away from a new Trek TV series, for many of the reasons cited here. Most importantly, the current thinking at Paramount is that Trek has once again become a successful, profitable film franchise and there's very little upside to cannibalizing it with a new TV series. They saw the diminishing returns of too much Trek in the marketplace in the Berman days, with multiple TV series and the films running concurrently. I imagine the focus will be on the next few films before we see anything else.
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Old November 19 2010, 03:40 PM   #56
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I think we're many years away from a new Trek TV series, for many of the reasons cited here. Most importantly, the current thinking at Paramount is that Trek has once again become a successful, profitable film franchise and there's very little upside to cannibalizing it with a new TV series. They saw the diminishing returns of too much Trek in the marketplace in the Berman days, with multiple TV series and the films running concurrently. I imagine the focus will be on the next few films before we see anything else.
Except Paramount has NOTHING to do with a Trek TV series. As people have said multiple times in these threads, CBS owns the TV rights to Trek NOT Paramount. If CBS wanted to make a TV series, they could do it tomorrow and Paramount would have no way to stop them. The reason we won't see TV Trek is because it doesn't fit into CBS's TV strategy.
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Old November 20 2010, 12:39 AM   #57
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Re: Would it really matter if the next Trek series were on linear TV?

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The reason we won't see TV Trek is because it doesn't fit into CBS's TV strategy.
Evidently, it doesn't fit anyone's TV strategy. As CBS television is more than capable of making it for consumption on another network or cable outlet.

If anyone was interested.
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Old November 20 2010, 10:11 AM   #58
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Re: Would it really matter if the next Trek series were on linear TV?

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I think we're many years away from a new Trek TV series, for many of the reasons cited here. Most importantly, the current thinking at Paramount is that Trek has once again become a successful, profitable film franchise and there's very little upside to cannibalizing it with a new TV series. They saw the diminishing returns of too much Trek in the marketplace in the Berman days, with multiple TV series and the films running concurrently. I imagine the focus will be on the next few films before we see anything else.
Except Paramount has NOTHING to do with a Trek TV series. As people have said multiple times in these threads, CBS owns the TV rights to Trek NOT Paramount. If CBS wanted to make a TV series, they could do it tomorrow and Paramount would have no way to stop them. The reason we won't see TV Trek is because it doesn't fit into CBS's TV strategy.
I think it's a mistake to assume that just because a corporate split was ordered, CBS Paramount and Paramount Pictures don't have a close relationship. The trailer for STAR TREK (2009) in front of all three seasons of STAR TREK on BLU-RAY would certainly suggest otherwise.
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Old November 21 2010, 01:52 AM   #59
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Re: Would it really matter if the next Trek series were on linear TV?

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The reason we won't see TV Trek is because it doesn't fit into CBS's TV strategy.
Evidently, it doesn't fit anyone's TV strategy. As CBS television is more than capable of making it for consumption on another network or cable outlet.

If anyone was interested.
Except that is happening less and less often. CBS Television Studios does not produce any show not airing on a CBS owned station. And the same goes for most other TV production studios with the possible exception of WB(which doesn't have a great broadcast network option).

You can't justify Trek TV using old business models. Convince CBS they can make money on Trek TV now and going forward, not 10 years ago, and then you'll have a chance to see Trek on TV.
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Old November 23 2010, 05:56 PM   #60
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Re: Would it really matter if the next Trek series were on linear TV?

It a really valid question, I'd probably be for it if it was on a per-episode basis, there are at leat a half a dozen " fluff " episodes per season in the trek world and I would prefer to skip over them, however with a fee I wonder if the writing would be better and eliminate those?
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