Three weeks ago we told you
that Desperate Housewives
was coming to DVD, and that the behind-the-scenes talk at the Golden Globes ceremony was that "the first-season Housewives DVD drops in August.
It looks like it will actually be a month later than that. We have some new information now: last week, on Jan. 31st and Feb. 1st, The Walt Disney Company held their annual Investor Conference for 2005, and again and again they talked about the revenue generated by the DVD business. TV-on-DVD releases were mentioned often as being a great source of ancillary income from the television programs developed by their Touchstone Television company.
("DH") is certainly one of the foremost among the properties Touchstone Television owns, along with Lost
. Both were mentioned by ABC Networks President Anne Sweeney in her presentation during the afternoon session on the second day. She was talking about the success of both shows, and she said this about them:
DVDs for both DH and Lost will be released this September.
If you would like to hear that quote for yourself, you have a couple of days to do it. The recording of the entire 2005 Investor Conference can be found online
, and if you select the "1:00 PM - 6:00 PM ET Walt Disney Investor Conference - Afternoon Session" link from the "Tuesday 2/1/05" section, it will pull up four hours worth of sessions. If you head to the 2 hour, 38 minute time index (give or take a minute), you will hear the above quote. Sweeney also repeats the information in her Q&A session later on. But hurry if you want to check those recordings: the site says they will only be available through Feb. 8th.
Our thanks go out to reader Peter Skliros for all of his assistance in putting this story together. We're just as excited about these releases as you are, and can't wait to hold them in our hands! Kudos to Touchstone Television, ABC, and Sweeney for these great shows, and for the DVDs as well. We'll have more info about them just as soon as we can, of course, so stay tuned!