Your own mother-in-law isn’t acerbic enough so you need your dose of the Dowager Countess. There aren’t enough outdated inheritance laws mandating your distant cousin inherit all of your dad’s assets. Or maybe the season finale of Mad Men left a fashion void in your life. Where will you get your vintage hat fix now?!
If any of the above struck a chord, it sounds like you’re planning on kicking back this summer with some Downton Abbey. (Go on, admit it. Your Blog Hostess is, so you’re in excellent company.) Not so fast! If catching up with the Crawleys on Netflix was your plan We have some grave news.
As of July 1st “Downton Abbey” will no longer be available on Netflix streaming. Sometime later this year Seasons 1 & 2 will no longer air on Hulu Plus either.
(cue dramatic music. the soft thud of somebody fainting and dropping to the floor is heard.)
It appears the less popular Amazon Prime Instant Video has purchased the rights to be the exclusive “digital provider” of the popular PBS series. Amazon already owns the streaming rights to Season Three as well as the two upcoming seasons. As far as We can tell, the first three seasons are still be available for for purchase on iTunes. However, We cannot say if Downton 1 – 3 will still be available via the traditional Netflix disc-by-mail system as we discontinued that service the second they jacked the prices up 200%.
We can see some of you rolling your eyes. “Duh, Blog Hostess. this info is soooo two months ago.” We just noticed now, as “available until July 1” now appears in very fine print underneath the program description on Netflix. It wasn’t there before. So it’s news to Us.
Whether you, dear reader, already knew this or happen to be a member of Amazon Prime (We are not), there is one universal truth that applies to us all.