White House asked to investigate Star Wars Rebels season pass complaints

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Star Wars Rebels: Shroud of Darkness

Recently a minor controversy erupted over pricing practices for the current season of Star Wars Rebels on digital platforms. Now, a plea has been submitted to the Obama administration to step in and protect consumers.

As one of our commenters points out, a petition has been launched on the White House website asking the “FTC or FCC” to “Investigate Disney’s splitting the second season of Star Wars Rebels into two after the customers paid.”

(To recap the issue: Rebels subscribers with iTunes, Google Play and Amazon say that they’re being asked to pay for new episodes that should fall under their current “season passes.” The present second season seems to have been divided in half, and the season pass these customers have paid for isn’t being applied to the second half – effectively doubling the price viewers were expecting.)

The way these online petitions work is kind of like Kickstarter — there’s a set goal, and if that goal is met by the deadline then someone from the president’s staff is supposed to at least respond within two months.

If this petition reaches 100,000 signatures by April 9, a response will be expected. As of this writing, there are two. For the petitioner’s sake, let’s hope this doesn’t turn out to be like the Sith: “Always two there are …”

It’s hardly what you’d call “Fire Across the Galaxy.” But it’s a start — more like a “Spark of Rebellion.”


The Force Awakens

Rebels’ season pass isn’t the only Disney digital practice raising some eyebrows among Star Wars fans. The upcoming home release of Episode VII — The Force Awakens is rife with retailer exclusives, and TheForce.Net notes that the much-hyped bonus content in Target’s version will not be included on disc but rather as a download to push people ot Disney Movies Anywhere.

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