Apple Sued Over Failing to Provide All Episodes of 'Breaking Bad' Season 5 for Season Pass Purchasers

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.

    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
  2. Giuly, Sep 8, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2013

    macrumors 68040


  3. macrumors 6502

    Oct 1, 2007
    You've got to admit, it's not clear. Bit this is on AMC not iTunes.
  4. macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2010
    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).
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 12, 2008
    Didn't Apple also do this with Futurama? The season numbers on iTunes are out of sync with the official numbers.
  6. macrumors 6502


    Jun 12, 2011
    New England
  7. macrumors member

    Jan 29, 2007
    DeKalb, IL
    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).
  8. macrumors regular


    Apr 24, 2007
    Manchester, UK
    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.
  9. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 8, 2010
    Detroit, Michigan
    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.'
  10. macrumors 68040


    Feb 12, 2010
    This is AMC's fault and not Apple's, but I do agree that it was wrong of AMC to do this.
  11. macrumors 65816

    Aug 31, 2013

    Love the Pinkman type quote ;)
  12. macrumors 68030

    Oct 24, 2003
    The Amalgamated States of Central North America
    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."
  13. macrumors 65816

    Sep 5, 2013
    Oregon, USA
    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.
  14. macrumors 65816


    Dec 30, 2006
    Same problem happened several years ago with season 10 of South Park. Nobody sued, nothing came of it.
  15. macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2007
    Atlanta, Ga
    That's because it wasn't cool-2-sue back then. Now all the cool kids are doing it.
  16. macrumors 68000


    Dec 31, 2007
    Colorado & Ontario
    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.
  17. macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    Yep, america is litigation nation :rolleyes:
  18. macrumors 601


    Mar 2, 2012
    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.
  19. macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005
    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.


    Why shouldn't he sue for (material) breech of contract?
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2010
  21. macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2013
    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.
  22. macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    Why does that matter? If a contract isn't abided by, the party that is being infringed upon has every right to pursue it
  23. macrumors 65816

    Battlefield Fan

    Mar 9, 2008
    I hope they correct this. Nothing like the feeling of getting boned. Shame on apple and AMC.
  24. macrumors 6502

    Feb 25, 2003
    Tempe, AZ
  25. macrumors 68030


    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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