This is a significant change from what was expected - indeed, what we were promised. I cannot view content in streaming format, I have to download the files and watch them. I can’t pseudo-download them in whatever apps you’ve got, I don’t have any devices to run apps on.
When the S13 campaign kicked off, I (and a bunch of other people) specifically asked about getting real, downloadable files, because we’d been burned by other TV/movie campaigns that promised downloads, but eventually only delivered streaming, and as I said, I can’t use those options, so I (and others) got screwed.
Enough people asked about this that Joel specifically addressed it in the second campaign update, “Joel Answers Some Questions, Part I”, here:
… where he said:
- I want to own all the new episodes. How do I do that?
Yeah, I’m sorry this wasn’t clearer right away. Let me explain. If you want
to own the new episodes, the options for that are pretty much the same
as our original Kickstarter:
At EXPERIMENT 100 and up, your rewards will include DIGITAL
DOWNLOADS for all of Season 13, which you’ll be able to access starting
right after our “live premiere screenings” in The Gizmoplex.
You’ll note he said, explicitly, they would be available immediately after the streaming premiere. He did not say we would have to wait some unspecified number of months.
I’m kind of pissed off at the bait-and-switch. I was promised downloads, and now here after others have already watched the first episode more than a week ago, only now do you announce, “Hey, ya, you don’t get downloads immediately like we promised, we’re gonna make you wait a few months, not sure how long yet.”
Side issue: I’ve been trying to find out about the downloads since 1301 premiered - there’s been nothing posted to the Gizmoplex or a campaign update or anything. Someone else had to point me to the forums – can you guys please post important info like this somewhere else in addition to the forums? Lots of us don’t use the forums.