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Amazon Instant Changes How Season Pass Works

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Update: We now have learned that the new Season Pass system charges the same price even if you own some of the shows already. You can learn more about this by clicking here.

Amazon has changed how season pass works for some shows. In the past season show charged you as the shows where released. Now some shows charge you for the whole season upfront and delivers the shows after they are aired.

From Amazon.com website:

TV Season Pass gives you the option to buy the entire season of a currently airing TV show up-front with your 1-Click payment method.

When you order a TV Season Pass, any episodes of the show that have already been broadcast are immediately available to watch from your video library. New episodes become available as soon as possible after their original network air date (usually the following day). We’ll send you an e-mail notification to let you know when they’ve been added to your video library.

You own each episode and can stream or download it on any compatible device. For more information about ways to watch, go to Amazon Instant Video Compatible Devices.

You can start a TV Season Pass when browsing Amazon Instant Video on your computer’s web browser. For shows with TV Season Pass available, the purchasing options on the detail page include the price to order the full season. TV Season Passes charge to your 1-Click payment method when you click Buy.

Note: Some TV seasons still have the option to purchase a TV Pass that charges episodes to you one-at-a-time. If you purchase one of these older passes or already have one active on your account, episodes will continue to be charged and delivered to you in the same way until the end of the scheduled season. You can view and manage these passes from the Passes and Pre-orders page in Your Account.

Source: http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201480590

It seams that it is up to the publisher to decided how they want this to work. TLC shows now charge you upfront but BBC shows allow you to pay as you go. Currently it seams that most network still charge you as you go.

It will be interesting to see how this effect sales. Will people pay upfront if they are unsure how many shows they will receive? Is there still a 5% discount for buy a season pass? I know many people happily pay $1.89 for each show as they come out but will they pay $22.98 with out knowing the number of episodes?

There is also the issue of cost if you buy 4 seasons in September that will cost you $91.92 if you pay upfront. In the past paying $1.89 would only cost you $30.24 a month for 4 new episodes for each show. Will sticker shock cut back on the number of people buying seasons on Amazon?

Are you happy with this change? Do you wish it was a option rather than being forced on you? Will this effect how many shows you buy at once now? Let us know in the comments.

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7 Responses to Amazon Instant Changes How Season Pass Works

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    Emily September 15, 2014 at 11:29 pm #

    Very disappointed with this change. I usually pay for 10 or more tv passes every year, but paying upfront is too much of a cost and in the end the bluray purchase will be cheaper after the season airs. Wish they would reverse this. There will be losing close to $300 a year from me.

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    Chris Bryant September 16, 2014 at 6:51 pm #

    I just found out about this change when I was about to purchase a TV Pass for this season’s “Hell’s Kitchen”.

    Two other interesting changes: I didn’t see the mention of a 5% discount, and I’m assuming that there’s no more cancelling a TV Pass once the season begins. In the past, if you didn’t like a show, you could cancel the pass and you wouldn’t be billed for further episodes — but you had already gotten the 5% off.

    I can’t imagine that’s the reason Amazon made this change, but I can only speak for myself — when I looked at the $27 price tag for the full season of Hell’s Kitchen, I thought “ah, I’ll just buy the one episode tonight”. I bet I’m not alone in that. When you’re paying 1.99 or 2.99 an episode, you might not give the purchase a ton of thought, but when you’re looking at that season price….

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    Maggie October 5, 2014 at 10:27 am #

    I am now much less likely to buy a season pass because I can’t cancel if I don’t like the show. The sticker shock is startling, but the all/none aspect is the main thing for me. I guess I’ll just watch tv at my friends’ homes instead of having them over to my place.

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    mellowyellow November 10, 2014 at 10:35 pm #

    This is pretty sneaky and I was a big customer of Amazon until I tried to cancel Bar Rescue season pass and found no longer possible. Won’t be using Amazon any more. How short sighted of them to make a change like this — they’ll lose big in the long run.

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    Kathi March 9, 2015 at 5:04 pm #

    Very unhappy with the change. I purchase several season passes in the summer, and having to pay full price all at once may just make it out of my range. Not to mention any new shows that come out. Without the ability to cancel the season pass, I could be stuck with a show, that I don’t like. Not a good move on Amazon’s part.