Update (3/3/2012): Doctor Who Season 6 is now available on Netflix. All thirteen episodes are available in HD and surround sound. Well, actually it says all of the episodes are in Dolby Digital Plus but a few of them are only in stereo. I’ll see if I can fix it with my sonic screwdriver. The entire series also features the extended version of the opening credits with a voice over by Amy Pond (which is not included on the Amazon Instant version). At least we have something to keep us busy until season 7 premieres in fall 2012.
The Tardis is materializing tomorrow night on BBC America! Season 6 of Doctor Who will premiere on Saturday, April 23rd at 9 PM Eastern. It will be some time before this season of Doctor Who is on Netflix or Amazon Prime streaming. Unfortunately, BBC America is not part of the Prime HD package on FIOS. Sans sonic screwdriver, what are the options?
- Upgrade to the Extreme HD package on FIOS. Since I am in a bundle, the only way to keep my promotional pricing is to upgrade to the next bundle up. It upgrades my Internet from 15 MBps to 25 MBps (which I don’t need) and adds a whole mess of HD channels. The problem is it costs an additional $30 per month. If I only bump up the HD package, it will bump me out of my package and I will have to pay even more. Either way, it’s a little too much per month to watch the Doctor. Therefore, it’s time to think like a cord cutter.
- Purchase the season on Amazon Video on Demand. Pricing is not available yet, but it appears it will cost somewhere between 99 cents and $2.99 per episode in HD. All of the current Doctor Who seasons are priced at 99 cents but other BBC America first-run shows are at $2.99. Since none of the season 6 episodes are available yet, we won’t know the pricing until then. Typically, if you buy the entire season Amazon, there’s usually an additional discount.
- Similar to Amazon Instant, you can purchase the episodes on iTunes. It appears the cost will be $2.99 per episode. Alternatively, you can rent the episodes on iTunes for 99 cents each. If you only have an Apple TV, this is the best option.
Given the wide variety of streaming devices in the Hub, I will probably go with option 2, Amazon Instant. I’ll post an update on pricing when the episodes become availble on Amazon and iTunes. Until then, you can check out the free prequel on Amazon.
Update: Happy Easter! As of Sunday morning, the first episode, The Impossible Astronaut, is available on both Amazon and iTunes. It appears that the season pass for both services is only for the first half of the season (they’ve broken it up into two halves this year). The half season on iTunes is $19.99 or $2.99 per episode (99 cents to rent). On Amazon, it’s also $2.99 per episode with a 5% discount per episode for the season pass (making it $19.83).
The odd thing was that I was only charged 83 cents for the episode ($2.00 discount plus 5%). I can’t figure out why unless its because of my Prime Membership (apparently I had a credit on my account). I checked and the episode is not available for free streaming on BBC America.
Update 2: Saw the premier and it was awesome; I might even say ‘scary’. Oh, incidentally, Amazon has Doctor Who Seasons 1 through 4 on DVD at 61% off today only (Monday).
Update 3: The first episode of season 6 is now available free on FIOS On Demand even if you don’t subscribe to BBC America. It’s in SD but it is in 5.1 surround. Also, it has a different title sequence than the Amazon and iTunes versions. Thanks to Joki for sending this in.
For those of you who already purchased in HD off of Amazon, you’ve received a $7 credit due some technical problems they had during week one. Brilliant!