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Costs for past season episodes

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Im curious - we recently discovered we liked a TV series. We watched a season of recordings this year. We went back to get season 1, but it  was $2.99 ea for 24 episodes. What the heck?  I abandoned Comcast and went to NetFlix, and it was all free. How can it be ~$72 on Comcast for season one, but $0.00 on Netflix?

 

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ComcastElena wrote:

Hi Mr.Scott1,

 

 

The content available On Demand and pricing is determined by the On Demand management. 


That is not a correct answer to the question.

 

Content owners (network, producers, studios) determine what, if anything, to make available for On Demand viewing.

 

In the case of past season episodes of programs, the owners decided to charge for them for On Demand.

 

Comcast is not the only provider with a charge for past seasons. If they are available in On Demand from other tv providers there will also be a charge for them.

 

As for it being free on Netflix, it could contractual between Netflix and content owners-no extra charge for Netflix viewing




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Hi Mr.Scott1,

 

 

The content available On Demand and pricing is determined by the On Demand management. 




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Yes, I figured as much. There must be people lazy enough to pay it, that they would even attempt to charge for something that is free elsewhere.

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ComcastElena wrote:

Hi Mr.Scott1,

 

 

The content available On Demand and pricing is determined by the On Demand management. 


That is not a correct answer to the question.

 

Content owners (network, producers, studios) determine what, if anything, to make available for On Demand viewing.

 

In the case of past season episodes of programs, the owners decided to charge for them for On Demand.

 

Comcast is not the only provider with a charge for past seasons. If they are available in On Demand from other tv providers there will also be a charge for them.

 

As for it being free on Netflix, it could contractual between Netflix and content owners-no extra charge for Netflix viewing




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It's not exactly free, you have to pay Netflix $10 a month. It can be removed from Netfilx at anytime if they decide to stop paying for the series.Smiley Happy

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dwhitam,  You do make an excellent point.

 

The services are paid for but the difference is that with Netflix you don't pay again to watch what is charged for in On Demand for past seasons of a show.




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This is all very interesting. and one more nail in the coffin for traditional providers. I left DirecTV to downgrade to Comcast. Comcast is rapidly making its own argument that I should just dump traditional providers altogether.

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Yeah, I think the real answer is, "because they can." 

I agree with Evie, and the previous answer was completely lacking. What is 'On Demand management,' anyway? Is that within Comcast, or the network/content provider?

Anyway, the point I want to make: It's not enough that I'm paying about $200 a month!?! (with all the boxes, etc.) You have to make me PAY for shows that are free during the season, and that are commercially supported? You should be ashamed, whether it's Comc ast, or the network.

I know, this isn't timely, but I ran into it recently, with Walking Dead and AMC, and I wanted to add my complaint. So tell you what, I 'll skip the show when the new season starts, and urge others to do the same. And if you see the viewership slipping, maybe it's the greed.

 

 

 


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ComcastElena wrote:

Hi Mr.Scott1,

 

 

The content available On Demand and pricing is determined by the On Demand management. 


That is not a correct answer to the question.

 Content owners (network, producers, studios) determine what, if anything, to make available for On Demand viewing.

 In the case of past season episodes of programs, the owners decided to charge for them for On Demand.

 Comcast is not the only provider with a charge for past seasons. If they are available in On Demand from other tv providers there will also be a charge for them.

 

As for it being free on Netflix, it could contractual between Netflix and content owners-no extra charge for Netflix viewing


 

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We are also paying for OnDemand and I can't find 2017 season for Greys Anatomy nor Scandal.