Al Jean, Executive Producer and Writer for popular and long-running The Simpsons TV show, has confirmed via Twitter that there will be no more seasonal The Simpsons DVDs released.
— Al Jean (@AlJean) April 8, 2015
Past episodes of The Simpsons are available on FXX in the U.S., while FXNOW has video on demand rights in the U.S., and the series is syndicated around the world. Simpsons World, a website produced by FX Networks, also allows viewers (in the U.S.) to view any past episode on demand online. A source told The Hollywood Reporter that the DVD releases are being discontinued due to the availability of pretty much every episode digitally.
“There’s so much happening in the digital space, it made more sense to focus on that,” the source said.
Unfortunately, most of the on demand digital means for watching The Simpsons cover the U.S. market only, leaving other countries out in the cold. The news isn’t sitting well with fans, especially those who absolutely need to have every episode of The Simpsons on their shelves to make their collections complete. It doesn’t sound like Jean is sitting idly by though and has responded indicating that he’ll be passing comments up the ladder.
— Al Jean (@AlJean) April 10, 2015
— Al Jean (@AlJean) April 11, 2015
With easier access to digital formats – at least in the U.S. – do you think it’s the right choice to stop producing The Simpsons DVDs? Let us know in the comments below, or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.Source: The Hollywood Reporter