Chiming in a little late here but what really amazes me (even more than the fact that the ABC didn't archive their shows) is their refusal to make some money rather than none at all (to paraphrase Peter).
I don't know what the perfect price for it is but SOMEBODY there must realize that the value of this asset has a curved lifespan (like a Laffer curve if any of you are as dull as me ). We're probably in the maximum phase now and it's only gonna decline over time - how much demand do you really think there will be for a Split Enz video 50 years from now? With a decent budget from Mushroom and still pretty significant demand from the market, the footage was still too expensive to make it practical, as Peter has said. If I were them (ABC and the like), I'd be making the product affordable now and maximizing revenue. Shame on those that make these decisions. I don't think they serve their company well or their customers. So exactly how are they doing a good job I must wonder???