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September 15 2006

Amazon Unbox reorder Firefly episodes. Stephanie Reid-Simons, Amazon.com's TV editor, drops by the Firefly download section to fix the episode order and shows some personal love for Firefly. It's selling at #2 in the Amazon Unbox chart.

Warms my heart to hear it.
Not sure this merits a headline of its own, but iTunes has dropped three episodes out of its Firefly collection: Serenity, Safe, and Trash. I guess they sold out of these.

I have no idea who is responsible, but it would be nice to get this fixed.
It baffles the mind that you can "sell out" of digital downloads, its not as if its a tangible item.
I can only guess that Itunes has a license that allows them to sell so many of them. Once that number is reached they are removed from downloading until more licenses are availible.
In terms of download, one can't "sell out", can they??? You should(or I can to), email Apple to ask them to put it back.
This is awesome news! Shows that there is a very healthy demand for Firefly. I hope they renew the license for the sold out episodes soon. Always good to have the full choice of episodes available.

I was pondering on why these three particular episodes were the ones to sell out first...

Serenity ~ That's fairly obvious because it's the pilot, introduces the 'Verse, and wow, you get double your Firefly value for the same price!

Safe ~ This episode has a lot of River in it... which might attract those who were brought into the 'Verse via the movie Serenity.

Trash ~ Perhaps folks are drawn to the magnificent natural scenery displayed in the opening scene.

Edited to add: Silly me, there was an even better view of that scenery in the closing scene...

[ edited by 11thHour on 2006-09-15 18:05 ]
Now that it's all in the right order, you can link all your friends to it without worrying. The first episode is free, so it's a great way to introduce people to the 'Verse.
How is the first episode free? They are all $1.99, aren't they? Altho' the first episode is longer in length... is that what you mean or am i missing a way to get it free?
foofaraw: http://www.serenitymovie.org/browncoats/forums/Free-1st-Download-Of-A-Firefly-Episodeand33-Amazoncom-t9521.html
Anyone interested in buying Amazon's Unbox movies might want to check out the following
BoingBoing.net posting on Amazon's users agreement to understand what exactly people are getting into. Hopefully, future online movie services will get better and won't be as restrictive as Amazon's Unbox, otherwise I can't see it ever expanding beyond a small niche market.
Since iTunes just transitioned to selling higher-resolution episodes, I wonder if they're just slowly re-encoding things. I've noticed that other shows (BSG) are missing episodes as well and that, in some cases, those episodes later reappear. ETA, in fact, it looks like Safe is back.

Don't let them off the hook, though, definitely write in to let them know that we've noticed that things have gone missing.

[ edited by Biff Turkle on 2006-09-15 19:15 ]
Anyone interested in buying Amazon's Unbox movies might want to check out the following BoingBoing.net posting on Amazon's users agreement to understand what exactly people are getting into.


Amazing... if you pardon me the pun.

People don't read licence agreement, hence Amazon Unbox could have a lenghty life time.

In france, a law was recently voted (in fact, it is a local translation of a european law) to protect and enforce DRM and such protection systems (do you believe this? there's a law protecting something that protects something else!), making it illegal a great deal of things many people currently do on their computers, without violating copyrights (such as use free software to go on the internet... one can read the law in a way that makes illegal giving source codes for 99% of free software, including text editors).

When laws are made by people that have no idea of the subject on which they legislate...
Since iTunes just transitioned to selling higher-resolution episodes, I wonder if they're just slowly re-encoding things.

Yes, they are; I just bought two more episodes of Buffy that were twice the file size, and much less brutally compressed.

The business about "selling out" was a joke.... I would assume that iTunes' license allows them to sell as many as they can. It's harder to sell items that aren't listed, though.
Please be aware some serious privacy and general rights concerns have been raised about Amazon's Unbox terms of service. They are far from the same as their regular website (and rather creepy IMHO).

Make sure you know what you are agreeing to, including all the purchases being 1-click (no refunds for accidental clicks) and that they can revoke your right to play the video at any time in the future for any reason. Unlike a DVD, you do NOT own the video for "life.

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