I started watching Vikings from the beginning a couple of weeks ago. Got to Season 4 and all episodes were there a few days ago. Watched through episode 4. Friday, I wanted to watch and saw that episodes 1-6 were no longer there. Season 4 now only has episodes 7-10. What happened to episodes 1-6 that were there just a couple of days ago? I need episodes 5 and 6 before continuing. Please fix. Thanks.
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Keep an eye on the expiration date for episodes. It's normal for episodes to only be available for a few weeks.
They have expired out. It looks like History is using a roughly 1 month expiration from the original airdate of each episode. This is History's decision, not Comcast. Some networks only allow 1-2 weeks!
I have seen all episodes available through iTunes and Amazon, at $2.99 each.
apparently the History channel doesnt want you or anyone else watching Season (4) episodes 1-6,
and hasn't made them available to, or has removed them from, Comcast's on-demand.
they also may not be available at Hulu or Netflix etc.
Season (4) episodes 1-6 aren't available at History channel's web site either,
and episode 7 is only available for 3 more days there.
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Please explain why seasons 1-3 are fully available to watch, but the current Season (4) only shows episodes 7-10.
This is unacceptable.
I use an app called Justwatch that shows where you can stream episodes. I checked season 4 ep 1 and found it is only available on iTunes. I'm guessing same app on android will show a similar listing in their 'store' too. It is just a way to monetize.
It's normal on most networks for CURRENT season episodes to only be available for a few weeks. Those will be free. At some point, after they all expire and the season is over, they may reappear as PPV, most commonly just before the next season begins.
As I mentioned in another post, for most networks, CURRENT season episodes are typically only available for a week to a month. Then, once all of them expire out, they may eventually become available for a price. Typically, just before a new season begins.
Then why are season's 1-3 fully available? I've never seen anything expire. Do you work for Comcast? I think Comcast is splitting the fee's the History Channel is making for the $1.99 options where people have to pay for the missed episodes.
Thanks for your comments and feedback here.
Answering your question directly, basically it comes down to licensing agreements. The content providers (owners) are the ones that determine which movies, shows and specific episodes of a show are available (and duration), as well as pricing guidelines.
We follow what has been specified as per the current negotiated contract. For any content that does cost $, I can tell you that the large majority of that money goes directly to the content owner.
As per our current agreement with program providers (the owners of the content), previous episodes of some programs (mostly non-current seasons) are currently offered On Demand on a per episode or a per season cost.
This situation is not unique to Comcast and pricing for this program and other selections (including availability) are often comparable across other platforms and providers.
I can't get episodes 1-6 of season four. When can I expect the glitch to be resolved.
Apologies. This is not a "glitch". The History Channel does not allow us to offer this season On Demand at this time.
That is NOT cool. there is no good reason for Comcast to stop the episodes. except $$$ for Comcast .
Apologies. The History Channel does not allow us to offer this season On Demand at this time. This is at their direction as per our current contract with them for this series.
At&T didn't charge exta , they showed the full season on their On demand. what is your problem?
Apologies. Their contract terms may be different, I can't speak for why they may have it available.
The History Channel does not allow us to offer this season On Demand at this time. This is at their direction as per our current contract with them for this series.
The 4th season was split in two sets of 10. 1-10 aired early 2016, and 11-20 are airing now. So, 1-10 are available as a form of 'catch up'. 11-13 have probably expired. You shouldn't see 19-20, as they have not aired yet. Also, from what I can see, the current season shows up as the air date, not as episode numbers.
This is not just a comcast issue or a history channel issue. This happens because when season 4 of Vikings comes out on dvd/blu-ray, the network doesn't want to give the public a free alternative to buying it. I'm usually all for complaining about comcast & just about every network on TV for way too many commercials at extremely high cost. However, the History channel is actually doing us a solid by offering the episodes on demand for a while during the airing of the new seasons until the dvd's come out. Some shows (ex. Chris Hanson's Crime Watch Daily) is never offered on demand at all by Fox.