Downton Abbey Free Streaming Ends on

As we previously posted that Amazon has bought the exclusive rights to stream future releases of Downton Abbey, a check of the PBS website reveals that the last episode of Season 3 has just expired on 3/03/13 at 11:59 PM ET (This was a link to Season 3 Episode 7, but is now gone – clicking “watch online” on now shows only a single episode of “Page Eight” available.). Seasons 1 and 2 are also no longer available on the site.

Seasons 1 and 2 are available for free on Amazon for Amazon Prime members in both regular and HD, but Season 3 is $1.99 per episode for normal, and $2.99 each for HD. This means that, unless you can find reposts from people who pulled Season 3 off of, your only option is to buy it from them, or wait until Amazon makes it free with Prime – possibly when Season 4 aires in September 2013. If you do decide to buy Season 3, be sure to buy it all at once for $14.99/$19.99, currently saving you $2.92/$6.92 off of the regular price.

Downton Abbey Amazon links*:
Season 1: Normal, HD – free with Prime
Season 2: Normal, HD – free with Prime
Season 3: Normal, HD – $1.99/Ep, $2.99/Ep HD

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Downton Abbey and Amazon’s new TV Pass

As Reuters recently reported, Amazon Instant Video will soon be the only place to stream Downton Abbey online. Now we have another clue about Amazon’s future strategy – TV Pass:

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As you can see, Season 3, Episodes 6-9 are available to watch now only with a TV Pass, and seemingly before it airs in the US!  This service leverages a 5% discount (for Downton specifically) and the ability to watch it now, for the chance to automatically sell you new episodes as they become available. We all know that recurring charges can be annoying, especially if you forget to cancel – but for hardcore fans of the series this may be a great option. If you know you’re going to buy it as soon as it comes out anyway, you might as well let Amazon charge you and tell you it’s available as soon as possible.

Let us know in the comments if you try it out. We’re especially interested in knowing if all 3 “Available with TV Pass” episode become immediately available forever for you – and if you can cancel TV Pass after you watch them for the free 5% discount and extra episodes, or if there’s any drawback. As always, we’d appreciate it if you click the link below to let Amazon know we sent you, which helps us run the site.
Downton Abbey Season 3, Episode 6 (Original UK Version)

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