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The Andy Griffith show and Perry Mason appear to have been removed from prime. I tried to watch and neither was viewable.
I’m guessing the streaming contract was up on each.

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  1. John*Wells

    The Andy Griffith show and Perry Mason appear to have been removed from prime. I tried to watch and neither was viewable.
    I’m guessing the streaming contract was up on each.

    Happens all the time.

  2. Tino

    Happens all the time.

    Yes it does. Perry Mason is currently on cbs all access. I wonder if TAGS will stream there as well. I am working in Florida right now so I’m streaming a lot instead of watching physical media

  3. dpippel

    One of the BIG drawbacks of streaming.

    It's one of the drawbacks of streaming subscription services. Any titles purchased via streaming sites such as iTunes, Vudu, etc. do not go away. It's really no different than a TV or cable channel no longer telecasting a show.

  4. So now I see that The Andy Griffith show is listed on Amazon prime again. However the season 4 episode Andy’s Vacation is not showing prime eligible while all other seasons and all other eepisodes show prime eligible

  5. Scott Merryfield

    It's one of the drawbacks of streaming subscription services. Any titles purchased via streaming sites such as iTunes, Vudu, etc. do not go away. It's really no different than a TV or cable channel no longer telecasting a show.

    Right. I assumed we were talking about Amazon Prime Video streaming. Obviously, if you've purchased something, it's not going away. As far as we know. 😉

    BUT, I disagree that it's just like TV or cable. Streaming services are on-demand, so customers get used to having the ability to watch, say, Star Wars, at will whenever they want to without actually "buying" the movie. It's included in the monthly fee. It's like having it in my iTunes library. If I want to watch it every night for a week then I can, at any time of my choosing. If that favorite film is suddenly removed from the the service, the customer loses that movie. TV/cable/satellite forces you to watch on their schedule when they want to air something unless you have a DVR. If HBO stops showing a movie, you expect that to eventually happen because they've been using that programming model since the dawn of time.

  6. dpippel

    Right. I assumed we were talking about Amazon Prime Video streaming. Obviously, if you've purchased something, it's not going away. As far as we know. 😉

    BUT, I disagree that it's just like TV or cable. Streaming services are on-demand, so customers get used to having the ability to watch, say, Star Wars, at will whenever they want to without actually "buying" the movie. It's included in the monthly fee. It's like having it in my iTunes library. If I want to watch it every night for a week then I can, at any time of my choosing. If that favorite film is suddenly removed from the the service, the customer loses that movie. TV/cable/satellite forces you to watch on their schedule when they want to air something unless you have a DVR. If HBO stops showing a movie, you expect that to eventually happen because they've been using that programming model since the dawn of time.

    Cable TV companies have On Demand services that offer the same thing to their subscribers as Netflix, Hulu, Prime, etc. Shows and films disappear from there, too – – at least they do with the On Demand offering I get through Comcast.

  7. Adam Lenhardt

    I already face the problem of having too much I want to watch and not enough time to watch it. So if something disappears on me before I get the chance, I just move on to something else.

    Frankly, that's probably what most people do.

  8. I just don’t really get where the idea came from that a subscription service is expected to license third party content in perpetuity. That’s not to say it’s not obnoxious when something leaves a service you’re already paying for, but I just don’t see it as a “Sky is falling” type of scenario. (To be fair, I don’t think that this is a thread suggesting so.)

    I’m guessing that maybe everyone had different experiences with broadcast and syndication TV but like I said before to me this feels very similar to that. It used to be that Id watch my favorite reruns of a show on Channel 11. Then they’d move to channel 9. A few years later, they’d go to channel 5. Some would go to cable, which we didn’t have when I was a kid.

    That feels about the same as now. Sometimes an old show is on Netflix, sometimes it’s on Prime, it may then go to Hulu or a specific network’s app, and then it might come back to where it started.

    For the shows/movies I want as close as possible to permanent, no questions or hassles access to, I buy on a digital storefront or on physical media. For everything else that I’m happy to pick up as it becomes available and leave when it’s no longer there, streaming is fine. Which for me mirrors how I used to watch TV, where some shows I’d watch because they were available and some shows I’d go to the hassle of taping off TV or getting Columbia House VHS so it was always up to me.

    Its funny how the tech changes but the approach I’ve had doesn’t seem to change much. I feel both modern and dinosaur-like simultaneously. 🙂

  9. John*Wells

    The Andy Griffith show and Perry Mason appear to have been removed from prime. I tried to watch and neither was viewable.
    I’m guessing the streaming contract was up on each.

    Those two and The Brady Bunch all moved to CBS All Access (or whatever it's called). I'm REALLY going to miss Perry Mason!

  10. Matt Hough

    I hate that they are gone (very convenient to watch them there even though Perry only had the first five seasons available if I'm remembering correctly). Thankfully I have the discs.

    The Amazon seasons were full of holes with random episodes skipped. After I got the 4-6 box I had to check Which ones Amazon skipped and catch up on them from the DVDs.

  11. mark-edk

    The Amazon seasons were full of holes with random episodes skipped. After I got the 4-6 box I had to check Which ones Amazon skipped and catch up on them from the DVDs.

    Amazon does this with many series: Green Acres, Brady Bunch, Outer Limits, many more. I don't understand whey they would carry 95% of a season and skip 1 or 2 episodes.

  12. John*Wells

    So now I see that The Andy Griffith show is listed on Amazon prime again. However the season 4 episode Andy’s Vacation is not showing prime eligible while all other seasons and all other eepisodes show prime eligible

    Yeah, I'm watching this for the first time, and I'm enjoying it quite a bit. Very well written series.

  13. Josh Steinberg

    Its funny how the tech changes but the approach I’ve had doesn’t seem to change much. I feel both modern and dinosaur-like simultaneously. 🙂

    Nothing archaic about owning the shows you like. In any physical format.

  14. David Deeb

    Amazon does this with many series: Green Acres, Brady Bunch, Outer Limits, many more. I don't understand whey they would carry 95% of a season and skip 1 or 2 episodes.

    Taxi is terrible. large chunks of the episodes are missing. But other than that Amazon Prime is the real winner for classic TV. They have more content than Hulu, and Netflix.

  15. MatthewA

    How many of the missing episodes of CBS/Paramount/Viacom shows are music-heavy ones?

    The Odd Couple (1970-1975)
    Happy Days (1974-1984)
    Laverne & Shirley (1976-1983)
    Mork & Mindy (1978-1982)
    Bosom Buddies (1980-1982)
    Family Ties (1982-1989)
    Cheers (1982-1993)

    ~Ben

  16. MatthewA

    How many of the missing episodes of CBS/Paramount/Viacom shows are music-heavy ones?

    When The Brady Bunch was on Hulu (later on Prime) the same episodes weren't available…many were music based, notably the talent show with Carol and Marcia singing "Together" (I THINK that's the name of the song), and the TV show were they sing "Sunshine Day".

  17. EricSchulz

    When The Brady Bunch was on Hulu (later on Prime) the same episodes weren't available…many were music based, notably the talent show with Carol and Marcia singing "Together" (I THINK that's the name of the song), and the TV show were they sing "Sunshine Day".

    I suspected as much. Webster was on Hulu until recently and had huge gaps where Ben Vereen song-and-dance performances (and those by others, like two parts of a three-part season opener about a jazz musician in San Francisco) used to be. The pilot for Family Ties was only available 100% uncut on the Columbia House VHS version; what's on Amazon Prime is no longer or shorter than what's on DVD. I guess everything else is the same. Laverne & Shirley had some pretty crippling edits that I can recall.

  18. In reference to The Brady Bunch on CBS All Access, how is the picture quality. Primarily I’m interested in knowing if the online PQ is in any way superior to the current DVD offerings?

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