The mysterious affair of the price discrepancy

Have been putting off watching Series 13 of Poirot because (1) I have less free time these days, and (2) I don’t want it to end 😦

I looked at ways to watch it legally on the three major platforms, with some curious1 results:

Format

  • Google has one version available and it isn’t clear whether it’s SD or HD (though looking at the thumbnails, I’m guessing the former).
  • Amazon has both SD and HD options
  • iTunes has both SD and HD options

Individual Episode Pricing

  • Google has each episode priced at $6.99
  • Amazon has the SD version priced at $6.99 and the HD version at $7.99
  • iTunes has the SD version priced at $4.99 and the HD version at $5.99

Whole Series Pricing

  • Google has the series (in SD ?) priced at $24.99
  • Amazon has the same price for SD, and $29.99 for HD
  • iTunes has the same prices as Amazon, minus 4 cents
  • Amazon also has the DVD version for the series, at $17.96, and the Blu-Ray version at $34.54

Which format to watch ?

  • If you want to watch a single episode (why ?!), iTunes is the cheapest 2 (both SD and HD)
  • If you want to watch the whole series online, ditto (though not by much)
  • If you don’t mind watching it with a physical disk, Amazon is the cheapest.
  • If you want to play it on the maximum number of platforms, go with Amazon3.

Edit: I ended up going with Amazon since one of the platforms happens to be a Sony PlayStation.


  1. Curious, because I had naively expected iTunes to be the most expensive
  2. By quite a bit, almost 30 percent less than Google or Amazon! 
  3. Unless you’re Apple-only, in which case iTunes, obviously. 
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