TV Shows On DVD Change Music To Avoid Licensing Issues
from the oops dept
Someone recently sent me an interesting article about how a more recent syndication package of the famous old sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati has all different music than the original showing - sometimes even dubbing over dialog in the show to match the music. This was done (of course) because of music industry licensing rules, which would require plenty of extra cash to re-license those songs for syndication (though, some stations still play the old syndicated versions with the original music). Now, however, it appears there's a similar situation with TV shows going to DVD. TV shows coming out on DVD has become a huge business that very few folks in the television industry expected. When the studios licensed the music for the TV show, they didn't include rights for future DVD releases - and, now, many DVDs are coming out with different music than was originally played on the air. This seems incredibly short-sighted (like so many things) on the part of the music industry. Because they want a little extra cash now, they're cutting out all those fans who are going to watch these DVDs repeatedly, where many are likely to remember the music that is played. So, they're missing a huge publicity opportunity in favor of a few upfront dollars.