TV series getting new lease on life via DVD

'Van Dyke,' 'Battlestar,' 'Buffy' benefit from home bows

As network TV execs ponder where all their primetime viewers have gone, consumers have so far this year forked out $500 million to buy favorite TV series — both vintage and recent — on DVD.

Among the DVD boxed sets of TV series just released are the first seasons of “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “Battlestar Galactica” and “The Incredible Hulk.”

Coming this week are the first seasons of “SpongeBob Squarepants” and “Law and Order: SVU”; the first two seasons of “Dark Angel” and the fourth season of “The Sopranos.”

These will be followed in November by the first seasons of “Three’s Company,” “Firefly,” “King of Queens,” “The Anna Nicole Show,” “West Wing,” the second season of “King of the Hill” and the eighth season of “X-Files.”

And it won’t stop there — the fifth season of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and the seventh season of “Star Trek Deep Space Nine” are coming in December.

Warner Home Video claims a 26% share of the almost $1 billion that consumers spent on TV programs on DVD through October, according to Variety sister publication Video Business.

That’s slightly ahead of Fox’s 22% share. (HBO series like “Sex and the City,” “The Sopranos,” “Six Feet Under” and other HBO fare account for about 11% of Warner’s share.)

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