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Old Sep 8, 2013, 12:50 PM   #1
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Apple Sued Over Failing to Provide All Episodes of 'Breaking Bad' Season 5 for Season Pass Purchasers




An Ohio man, Noam Lazebnik, has filed a class action lawsuit against Apple for failing to provide iTunes users who purchased a "Season Pass" for Breaking Bad with the full season of 16 episodes, reports GigaOM.

Season 5 of the show was split into two eight-episode sections that aired in July of 2012 and August of 2013 and iTunes customers were asked to pay $14.99 to $22.99 (Standard and High Definition) for each half of the season. Lazebnik has levied a charge of false advertising against Apple for not providing consumers who purchased the first eight episodes with the second half of the season.

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When a consumer buys a ticket to a football game, he does not have to leave at halftime, When a consumer buys an opera ticket, he does not get kicked out at intermission. When a consumer buys a "Season Pass" to a full season of a television show on iTunes, that consumer should get access to the whole season.
While Apple is charging $34.99 for a 16-episode run of a similar show, Suits, other television providers like Amazon and Microsoft have also split the two sections of Breaking Bad into two purchases given the year-long gap between airings.

Breaking Bad can currently be purchased on the iTunes Store, and tops both the "Top TV Episodes" and "Top TV Seasons" on the store's charts.




Article Link: Apple Sued Over Failing to Provide All Episodes of 'Breaking Bad' Season 5 for Season Pass Purchasers
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Old Sep 8, 2013, 12:55 PM   #2
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Yeah b...., lawsuit!

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Old Sep 8, 2013, 12:55 PM   #3
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You've got to admit, it's not clear. Bit this is on AMC not iTunes.
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Old Sep 8, 2013, 12:55 PM   #4
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I agree. I bought "season 5" of breaking bad last year knowing that there would be 8 more episodes, only to find that it's been split into "season 5" and "the final season".... Even though season 5 IS the final season. There was no disclaimer anywhere that I was only buying half a season (I checked thoroughly).
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Old Sep 8, 2013, 12:59 PM   #5
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Didn't Apple also do this with Futurama? The season numbers on iTunes are out of sync with the official numbers.
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Old Sep 8, 2013, 01:00 PM   #6
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Old Sep 8, 2013, 01:00 PM   #7
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I was one of the people burned by this. I thought I did appropriate research when I bought my season pass and really thought I was getting the whole thing. Apparently the fine print said otherwise. I complained to iTunes and got some free credits. I realize the same thing happened with Amazon and Microsoft, but I was so turned off by it that I ended up buying the second half from Amazon. The Walking Dead had a similar split season one year and it wasn't an issue (and also wasn't so expensive per episode).
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Fully agree, that was very misleading and if it had been me I'd be pretty damn hacked off. But this has nothing to do with Apple, they just provide the store. It's like me going and suing HMV because Universal split Battlestar Galactica's final season into 2 in the UK to make quick money. Or the whole Family Guy/American Dad seasons in the UK. People will vote with their wallets, but at the end of the day it's wrong to mislead like this.
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Old Sep 8, 2013, 01:02 PM   #9
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I remember last year it was called a 'mid-season break.' I wondered how long it would last and every week for about a month I was waiting for my iTunes email to show up with a new episode.

Eventually, I learned they were due back this summer. I never thought of the pricing and advertising aspect of my purchase until now.

Its been a very long 'mid-season break.'
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Old Sep 8, 2013, 01:06 PM   #10
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This is AMC's fault and not Apple's, but I do agree that it was wrong of AMC to do this.
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Old Sep 8, 2013, 01:07 PM   #11
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Yeah b...., lawsuit!
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Old Sep 8, 2013, 01:09 PM   #12
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Apple did this with South Park Season 10 back in 2006, too. When I purchased the Season Pass it was for "South Park Season 10." After 7 episodes, they changed the marketing and called what I had paid for "Season 10A." They then sold a "Season 10B" separately once new episodes came out, which I never received the episodes of. I wrote to them but could never get a refund or the second half of the season. I just checked and it's now back to just "Season 10."
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The worse thing a well meaning company can do is show people what they can't have. The second worst thing is creating expectations (intentionally or not) and then not delivering.

Seasons got their name because that's how they were laid out. All this stretching and rearranging is creating confusion. It's obviously not apples fault but they're the guys who took the payment.
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Same problem happened several years ago with season 10 of South Park. Nobody sued, nothing came of it.
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Same problem happened several years ago with season 10 of South Park. Nobody sued, nothing came of it.
That's because it wasn't cool-2-sue back then. Now all the cool kids are doing it.
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What suffering this man has endured... The anguish! Somebody should get sued.

Every time a leaf falls from a tree, someone ought to be forced at gunpoint to surrender their lifes savings.

It's the American way.
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What suffering this man has endured... The anguish! Somebody should get sued.

Every time a leaf falls from a tree, someone ought to be forced at gunpoint to surrender their lifes savings.

It's the American way.
Yep, america is litigation nation
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But you'd have to have some common sense to see that they wouldn't sell an entire season for less than a $1 per episode.
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But you'd have to have some common sense to see that they wouldn't sell an entire season for less than a $1 per episode.
So? It seems pretty straightforward that this guy is right.

I have no idea why he wasn't given a refund before getting anywhere close to court though.

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What suffering this man has endured... The anguish! Somebody should get sued.
Why shouldn't he sue for (material) breech of contract?
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The worse thing a well meaning company can do is show people what they can't have. The second worst thing is creating expectations (intentionally or not) and then not delivering.

Seasons got their name because that's how they were laid out. All this stretching and rearranging is creating confusion. It's obviously not apples fault but they're the guys who took the payment.
You can't put it all on just Apple or AMC. Both are at foult here. AMC for splitting the season without any heads up and proper information about it and Apple for not asking AMC why.


The store is still Apple's and that doesn't mean that it all is left for content providers without any curation.
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But you'd have to have some common sense to see that they wouldn't sell an entire season for less than a $1 per episode.
Why does that matter? If a contract isn't abided by, the party that is being infringed upon has every right to pursue it
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I hope they correct this. Nothing like the feeling of getting boned. Shame on apple and AMC.
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The man has a point. But with how some productions take a year-long or sometimes longer hiatus, it's not always crystal clear, where a season ends though.
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