Apple to refund Breaking Bad 'Final Season' purchases

Breaking Bad, often seen as one of the greatest TV shows of all time, has had its final season split over two years, leading to much confusion from viewers, and content providers such as Apple and Google. Even though there was almost a year between runs, each would still be part of 'Season 5', something that many have failed to understand.

Those who had purchased the Season 5 'season pass' on iTunes were left frustrated and feeling cheated when Apple began releasing the final episodes as a whole new season, forcing fans to effectively purchase the sixteen episodes twice. Sony's AMC network showed the first eight episodes of the season in 2012, and is currently broadcasting the final run in the US. For those in the UK, the final episodes are being shown exclusively on Netflix 12 hours after US broadcast.

The refund is coming in the form of iTunes vouchers, and is worth $22.99. It seems as if Apple is sending these out automatically to all those affected.

Despite this move by Apple, Google continue to sell the final eight episodes as 'season 6', which has left Android owners somewhat angry. We expect that there will be some form of compensation in the future from them.

via BBC | Image: AMC

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This isn't specifically Apples fault, AMC screwed around with calling it Season 5a and 5b, and The Final Season or whatever. So they put up the info AMC give them, which is very misleading since when you purchase a season 5 season pass you expect to get all episodes.

So whilst its not exactly Apples fault the responsibility does lie with the retailer so good to see them putting this to bed.

All TV episodes on iTunes are an absolute rip off with Amazon only being slightly better in a few instances. They need to come up with a much cheaper "rental" based season sub model that is at a lower price. "Owning" a video file that can only exist inside of a heavily DRM'd closed system is a complete oxymoron. The model needs to be the same non-DRM model that the music industry has adopted for me to ever be interested in purchasing video content from an online distributor such as Apple.

Want to fight piracy? Stop punishing paying customers with this over pricing of digital goods that have ridiculous restrictions.

Overpriced? They are just as expensive as physical copies of the show.

I can get a show in HD for $50. Or I can get the Blu Ray for $50.

xWhiplash said,
Overpriced? They are just as expensive as physical copies of the show.

I can get a show in HD for $50. Or I can get the Blu Ray for $50.

I think that the Blu Ray is a much better value, however, I do think its overpriced for folks who just want to watch the show once and are probably not interested in owning it.

Value wise, blu-ray should have a lot more bitrate than whatever HD they let you download over the internet. And one would expect internet delivery to be cheaper, since the cost for materials and transportation (really, we're talking fuel-based trucks here) strikes as more expensive as a digital delivery (tho there's the cost of the servers/datacenters, and whatnot)

Yeah you also need to take in to consideration the convenience of digital downloads. To me, this is why digital downloads are more valuable (to me). I have decent internet, so I can buy a tv show and start watching episode 1 in 5 minutes or less. For physical media, I have to go to the store (much longer than 5 minutes) or buy online (and wait days for it to ship).

So for a TV show to be $50, I do not find it overpriced at all. It is the same price digital vs physical in most cases. So I do not see how it can be over priced. I cannot tell the difference between HD downloads and Blu Ray. If you can, and that is what makes physical media more valuable to you, then fine. But it is not over priced for a HD TV Show in iTunes, Amazon, and other services to be $50.

Certainly if Amazon Instant Video has a TV show for $20 where Apple has it in iTunes for $50 (sales and discounts not included in this, physical stores have sales too), then I would agree it would be over priced.

@Shadrack, I agree if you will only watch the show once, and never again, both Blu Ray and Digital HD would be too expensive in some cases. But take 20 episodes as an average with 40 minutes each episode on average. That is 13.33 hours of entertainment for $50. I think that is a good deal. But again, it depends.

Apple cares for it's customers through it proactive actions.

Google just wants your money and does not care about their customers. Google thinks it's customer is all sheep who will buy anything from Google and will take it.

Just the facts!

NeoPogo said,
Apple cares for it's customers through it proactive actions.

Google just wants your money and does not care about their customers. Google thinks it's customer is all sheep who will buy anything from Google and will take it.

Just the facts!


Knowing what you're talking about. Hahahaaaaaaa x ∞

NeoPogo said,
Apple cares for it's customers through it proactive actions.

Google just wants your money and does not care about their customers.

This is why we can't have civilised discussions on the internet.

theyarecomingforyou said,

This is why we can't have civilised discussions on the internet.

You can just way wrong site.

As far as I remember, the season pass was not $50. Therefore, you still only paid for those few episodes. I do not get what the big deal is. The "Final Season" in iTunes was only $25 in HD if I remember right. That covers all the episodes. It is not $50 or $60 that some HD shows are.

Why do they think it's ok to do this? Doesn't matter how long between episodes or the quality of the episodes, they are still part of the same season. This is technically illegal.

Maybe because Sony also relased a DVD of the first 8 episodes and sold it as 'Season 5'? There's confusion all over the place with this, and certainly isn't an Apple only issue.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Breaki...-Season-5-DVD/dp/B0084DYMPE

I doubt Sony are refunding people who buy the proper Season 5 DVD the money if they also purchased their 'other' Season 5 DVD with only 8 episodes on - so good on Apple for doing this..

They're all doing it. I remember the fifth season of another TV show (the name of which escapes me) released in two halves too... it sucks. Especially when they labelled the first half as "Season 5.0" and the second half as "5.5". To every person on the planet, 5.0 is the same as 5. Therefore this was clearly misleading people.

DomZ said,
Maybe because Sony also relased a DVD of the first 8 episodes and sold it as 'Season 5'? There's confusion all over the place with this, and certainly isn't an Apple only issue.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Breaki...-Season-5-DVD/dp/B0084DYMPE

I doubt Sony are refunding people who buy the proper Season 5 DVD the money if they also purchased their 'other' Season 5 DVD with only 8 episodes on - so good on Apple for doing this..

When I say "They" I'm referring to everyone who is involved, not just Apple. The whole thing is ridiculous. I'm aware this has been going on for quite a while, right down to the DVD sales but it's silly.

I personally think they should be classed as 2 separate seasons, as they technically aired in two separate years and therefore 2 separate seasons of time

Youngy said,
The Sopranos last season 6 was split too http://epguides.com/sopranos

No need to even go back that far. Walking Dead's last two seasons have been split into two halves.

[edit]
Ok, it was months, not a full year...but still...

Edited by _dandy_, Sep 25 2013, 8:20pm :