Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Fans of 'Breaking Bad' rejoice as Apple refunds season pass charges for second half of final season

Fans of "Breaking Bad" are no doubt addicted to the show, and that was shown after a furor arose over the iTunes Season Pass for the AMC series. Not only was there a huge uproar when it became known that the season pass was being into two, as was the airing of the season. Apple, though, has made up for the issue, by refunding purchases to customers (via 9to5Mac, late Monday).

The season pass was split into two season passes, with one iTunes purchase being known as “Season 5″ and the other as “The Final Season,” based on it being split into two by AMC, with one half being premiering on July 15, 2012, while the second half premiered over a year later, on Aug. 11, 2013.

Following the uproar -- as well as a lawsuit -- Apple sent the following email to those who had purchased "The Final Season."
Dear Customer, We apologize for any confusion the naming of “Season 5″ and “The Final Season” of Breaking Bad might have caused you. While the names of the seasons and episodes associated with them were not chosen by iTunes, we’d like to offer you “The Final Season” on us by providing you with the iTunes code below in the amount of $22.99. This credit can also be used for any other content on the iTunes Store. Thank you for your purchase.
The announcement comes just weeks after University Hospitals gynecologist Dr. Noam Lazebnik sued the company in a class-action lawsuit filed in San Jose, Calif., claiming Apple breached its contract with viewers.

Although, looking at Wikipedia, the final season is indeed listed as Season 5 and is said to be split into two, it was split into two parts on iTunes. As the suit said, when the second half of the season began to air on AMC and became available on iTunes in early August, iTunes customers who had purchased the season pass "did not have access to the new episodes." Instead, the suit says, Apple chose to treat the final eight episodes as a different season and expected viewers who had already purchased a "Season 5" season pass to pay again.

However, Apple's email makes it clear that the decision to split the season in iTunes was an AMC decision, not its own.

Nicholas DiCello, an attorney for Lazebnik, said he has heard nothing official from Apple or the court, and added that the lawsuit is still pending. However, he added,
We see this as a positive outcome for consumers in response to the class-action lawsuit we filed.
"Breaking Bad" focuses on Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who, after learning that he has terminal lung cancer, puts his chemistry knowledge to work cooking methamphetamine. The serie's final episode airs on Sept. 29.

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