Update: As posted by Chucky in the comments, I’m not the only one feeling cheated by this. According to GigaOm, a class action suit has been filed against Apple in regards to this issue.
You may have seen my thoughts about Breaking Bad’s final season. One thing I didn’t mention in that article is the swindle that iTunes has wrought on those following the series with an iTunes season pass.
Back when season 5 of Breaking Bad started, iTunes sold a season pass that offered “all current and future episodes of Breaking Bad, Season 5.” When the producers decided to lengthen the season, and split it into two parts, Apple reneged on their commitment, no longer providing “all current and future episodes.” They ended the season pass at episode 8, and call the final episodes “Breaking Bad, The Final Season.”
Yet AMC, the network on which Breaking Bad is aired, calls this Season 5. Essentially, iTunes season pass purchasers have been snookered. They entered into an agreement with Apple to get all episodes of this season, and have found that, to continue getting the last 8 episodes, they need to cough up more money.
Apple’s dishonesty is shameful. If AMC had called this a new season, which they never have, then their approach would be valid. But these final episodes have always been a continuation of Season 5, and AMC should be ensuring that those who purchased season passes for Season 5 get all the episodes that Apple promised.