The TV Show distribution system on iTunes is absolute bollocks, for several reasons. Allow me to explain how they should fix this.
As you probably know, I not only buy TV Shows, but I buy them off iTunes, and quite frankly, I’m rather annoyed at how messy the whole system is. Take Doctor Who – Series 6 Part 1 for example.
It starts off fine, the proper episodes are there and numbered correctly, but what’s all this 100# shit? That is where the TV Show equivalent of iTunes extras should be. Yes, iTunes already has a solution for this! iTunes Extras is essentially a DVD Menu filled with all the Extras – for a film. Whilst this is great, why isn’t it available on TV Shows yet?!
Things like the trailer and a shit-ton of prequels aren’t episodes!? This styling is down to the BBC, I know, but it’s better than those who would label them as episode 8+ or even worse, put them in this order:
1. Trailer 2. Doctor Who Comic Relief episode: Space 3. Doctor Who Comic Relief episode: Time 4. Prequel to The Impossible Astronaut 5. The Impossible Astronaut 6. Monster File: The Silence 7. Day of the Moon 8. Prequel to The Curse of the Black Spot 9. The Curse of the Black Spot 10. The Doctor's Wife 11. The Rebel Flesh 12. The Almost People 13. Prequel to A Good Man Goes to War 14. A Good Man Goes to War
If that ever happened, I’d switch to PC and get a DVD/Blu-ray ripper and do it myself – DRM free no less. Truth be told, I’ve reorganised the entire series, Part 1 and Part 2, into one and created a new show called Doctor Who Extras, for this shit to reside in. But that’s a stupid amount of effort because Apple is too lazy to fix it.
I’m not going to complain about the iTunes pricing of Doctor Who – Series 6 here, in fact, f**k it, I am.
Here are the current prices for Doctor Who – Series 6 (as of September 3rd, 2012)
Series 6: Part 1 - £16.99 HD, £12.99 SD Series 6: Part 2 - £12.99 HD, £9.99 SD The Complete Series 6 - £12.99 HD, £9.99 SD
You see that! You can buy the entire series for the same price as just Part 2! So why buy them in separate parts? Well… you couldn’t buy the complete series until Part 2 finished, whereas you could get a season pass for Part 1 before the show even began to air! So, if you want to have the show as soon as possible without pirating it, you have to buy it in two parts for insulting prices!
Series 7 just started in the UK, the Series 7 Part 1 season pass is £11.99 (HD). I’m buying it. Why you ask? Because I’m a sucker for Doctor Who. But I’ll be clicking the purchase button with my middle finger.