Initially, Mike Nelson, the host of MST3K, wanted continue the show in the form of a direct to DVD format, but didn't for fear of being, "sued out of existence". However, there is no law against making a recording of the appropriate disparaging remarks and creating a media player that would automatically sinc the appropriate dvd (once it has been inserted into a computer's dvd drive of course) with said recording. This is exactly what he did and MST3K lives on today in the form of Rifftrax. It should be noted that another advantage of this format has enabled Nelson to riff more high profile movies, which would almost certainly require truly astronomical royalties to sell on dvd with commentary.
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