Wakky: that's for a Season Pass. And the Help screens show this: << If you buy a TV Pass for a TV season that has already started, you're immediately charged for all previous episodes already available in that season.>>
Some shows are already "in the can" and the season is bought in one fell swoop. In that case, you pay for the whole season and receive all episodes at once regardless of whether or not you have purchased single episodes prior to that.
The episode discount on buying a whole season vs. single episodes is often not that great. In that case, and depending on how many single episodes you have already purchased, it's just as cheap (or cheaper) to just buy remaining episodes one at a time as well.
I think she was pointing out the difference between a whole season that's in-progress, with old episodes already available, and new episodes yet to come, versus a season of a series that's already completed, with all episodes for the season already available. In other words, a "Season Pass" versus buying a completed season.
Wakky: many shows can be bought episode by episode or full-season, immediately. The Season Pass is for shows currently running, and gives you access to each episode as it airs. The poster didn't say what show/season this is, so it could be either a current one or one already completed.
And either way, she is going to pay the full season regardless of whether she bought individual episodes. It's often just as cheap to finish buying the season episode by episode once you have already purchased several.
For example, The Big Bang Theory, Season 7, the current season, you can order a Season Pass.
For The Big Bang Theory, Season 6, you can buy the complete season:
"Season Pass" for a season that's still in progress. "Season" for a season that's completed.
With a Season Pass, you're immediately charged a reduced per episode rate for each episode that's already available, and then charged per episode as new episodes are added. In the case of BBT Season 7, it's $1.88/episode for HD, and $1.45/episode for standard. A charge for each episode as it becomes available.
For a Season, you're just charged one price for the whole season, rather than a per episode. In the case of BBT Season 6, it's $44.99 for HD or $34.99 for regular. One price for the whole, complete season. NOT a per episode price.
I tried it out and found that purchasing per episode then deciding half way through the season to buy the whole thing does indeed cause you to be charged the full season cost on top of what you already paid for... it just adds a license for download on the already bought ones. They should have some disclaimer up about that. I've now paid twice the season cost for one season :(
A disclaimer saying that if you have already bought several episodes (for example, to try the show) and then decide to buy the season, the price of the single episodes that you have already bought will not be deducted from the season price, so in effect, you will pay twice for some episodes.
It is a bad policy because it discourages testing out shows.
Also, its counter intuitive since typically Amazon does not 'allow' you to accidentally buy the same digital material twice. You cannot, for example, buy the same kindle book for the same kindle twice.
Thanks for the info Tani. I am half-way through Person of Interest and was about to go ahead and purchase the whole season. You are so right they should have some sort of disclaimer making buyers aware of that. Thanks again for the heads up. I would have been really _issed if I would have been re-charged for the episodes I have already purchased.
I had a problem today - purchased the first season of a show earlier this week, and got to near the end of the episodes today and found that episodes #7 & #9 didn't show as 'owned' and that I needed to pay $1.99 each to view them. Emailed customer service and they e-mailed back saying they put the episodes in my library - but just went to look, and they gave me the SD ones (I had purchased the HD version).
It does seem counter productive -- I realize it's most likely a programming/billing issue they haven't addressed or solved, but as a customer, I'd like to try an episode before I buy the series and this has sometimes stopped me from purchasing series on Amazon.
iTunes gives you a discount on the season pass if you've already purchased a show. Might be the way to go instead of Amazon. NCIS season pass was 44.99. I purchased an episode for 2.99. Season pass price dropped to $42.