The simple answer is TV reached out to a wider audience. More homes were equipped with TV sets than they were with VCRs. Plus some of the market that is still buying videos have lived through a time when home video wasn't the household convenience it has become today. Before VCRs took off, the only form of on demand video came through expensive film collecting and library screenings.Why do direct-to-video programs tend to have less demand than stuff that had been aired on TV in the past?
Random House is now part of the Penguin Group. But long before the merger of Random House and the Penguin Group, the distribution rights to many videos that used to be distributed by Random House Home Video (such as direct-to-video Sesame Street videos) were sold to Sony Wonder.That’s true, and even videos that reached mass circulation in the 90s disappeared when VHS tapes fell out of fashion. The Puzzle Place had five volumes out with two episodes each. If you can find copies in thrift stores (and still have a working VCR) you’re lucky.
Some vintage titles may be found on DVD or iTunes, like Sesame Street or Disney. These are the two biggest brands, which have the biggest power to release and distribute their product.
Richard Scarry’s titles, I believe were released through Random House Video..
Random House is still a giant in the book industry. Videos, not so much.