I think that this is a line we, as the fans, shouldn't cross. I, for one, got into this science fiction thing because I wanted escapism - not because I wanted to become a fundraiser.
There has been a lot of talk about "fan financing" in the wake of the Farscape cancellation. Some people on Firefly boards are tossing the idea around, even though both of those shows cost millions - per episode. That's right - if you watched all ten aired Firefly episodes, you watched around TWENTY MILLION DOLLARS cross your screen, all told.
Twenty million dollars, and not even a full season in the can. Do the math - with Firefly's ratings, you're talking thousands, maybe even more, from YOUR pocket. And then you get into DVD production. Argh. Headaches galore. It's like a committee of thousands. And if anybody has ever been in a committee of more than one, you know how crazy it gets...
I don't know about you, but I have groceries to buy.
I liked Rangers (except for the screaming in the minefield and a good portion of the sometimes-embarrassing script). I liked Farscape (except for Jool) and I liked Firefly (sigh - no one else appreciates quality anymore). But I'm not willing to shell out cash for it.
I turn my box on for Fox news, hockey, TechTV, and the SCI(science channel). That is about all I watch also. Mostly Fox news. The SCI channel has great Outer Space shows on Fridays nights, Saturday afternoons.
But back to the ostensible topic of this thread, channe's right on the money about the money. The vast majority of people who watched, say, Crusade, wouldn't pay anything for new episodes. The few who would pay would have to be multi-millioniares to get a season in the can, or on DVDs.
Now that isn't to say no one should try to overcome these obstacles...
I find the system of financing strange. WB depends 100% on a single american networks decisision to send or not send the show. At the same time only a part of WBs income from the show comes from the network, and the income from other sources are not shared with the network.
I would have been interesting to know how the only part of B5 that have been released on DVD has done.
How much of WBs total income has come from:
The first american network (the one that says yes or no)
Later american networks (TNT, SciFi)
If it turns out that the first of these is the far biggest, and the sum of all the other are peanuts, then I would agree that the subscription deal that is the topic here is a waste of time.
On the other hand, if it is as I suspect, that the biggest part of the total income come from these other sources, then an idea like that is maybe not so stoopid.