From the Internet straight to DVD

From the Internet straight to DVD 1You won’t find Broken Saints, Floaters or Soup of the Day on network or cable TV’s fall lineups.

Yet these series are generating talk on the Internet, where they began. The fantasy epic Broken Saints, for example, attracted 5 million viewers during its three-year, 24-episode run — enough to inspire a DVD box set ($50, Fox).

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Internet serials are growing in tandem with video-sharing websites that promote and air them.

Soup of the Day launched in May in three- to eight-minute “webisodes” posted every Monday, Wednesday and Friday to YouTube, and others, “sometimes within hours of completing the editing,” producer Scott Hettrick says.