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Nip/Tuck Season 5 Available Online, Not on DVD
May 2, 2008

I don’t follow the show, about the lives and loves of two plastic surgeons, but I found this studio decision particularly interesting.

In February, Warner Bros. announced that Season 5 of Nip/Tuck would be released on May 20. Later that month, a correction stated that the announcement was “premature”, and no release date was set.

Nip/Tuck Season 5

(In that promo image, Julian McMahon (on the right) reminds me of pictures I’ve seen of a 70s-era Stan Lee, with the glasses and leather blazer. You may also know him as Dr. Doom.)

Now, the company has released the season digitally. Seasons 1 and 2 are also available. (No word on whether the DVD set is still coming or plans for Seasons 3 or 4.) “Get it digitally before you can get it anywhere else.” says the press release. The 14 episodes can be bought as a set for $27.86 (iTunes) or $22.29 (Amazon, Windows only) or for $1.99 each (either site). For comparison, at the time of writing, Amazon has the four previous seasons at $20.99, a substantial discount from the list price of $59.98.

I don’t personally care for this approach, because I like my DVDs. I can watch and rewatch them easily on any TV in my house, instead of worrying about computer connections and hard-drive storage space. Paying for online content doesn’t make me feel like I “own” anything. (And that’s the way the studio wants it, I think.) I also can’t resell it if I want to clean house or make a little extra money. (A growing concern in today’s economy.) It probably saves the studio a good amount, though, what with not having the costs of physical production. On their investors conference call, the figures discussed were that WB gets a 60-70% margin on digital instead of 20-30% on physical media.

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69 Responses  
nancy writes:  

that is so stupid. i hate wb now. i have been waiting for the season 5 dvds to add to my collection since october when it started. the main reason i buy the dvds is because i like having no commercials and i can watch the episodes right after one another. i’m so dissappointed.

 
trina writes:  

That is such a stupid idea. I have been waiting for Season 5 for my collection since I read about the release date. I am not about to pay to watch them online. I don’t watch t.v. online, that’s why I have a television.

 
Tamekia writes:  

i am so mad! i have been waiting for months. i am not about to but this season online and sit in front of a computer to wait them. That’s so stupid.

 
Lynn writes:  

How horrible! I didn’t watch Season 5 on TV because I was waiting for the DVD set to come out. I will not be paying for it online either as that doesn’t go with my current DVD set of the other seasons 1-4. >:/

 
Niall writes:  

I just really hope season 5 comes out on dvd soon, and that this isn’t WB’s way of saving money in anticipation that this set won’t sell well. I think Nip/tuck was as good as ever this season, but apparently a lot of people haven’t liked it. I think fans of the show should avoid buying this season online, which might force them to release the set.

 
Connie writes:  

Thats the stupidest idea ever. I was anticipating May 20th thinking the DVD set would be coming out but I guess not. I’m not gonna download the episodes cuz I want to watch them on my tv, not my computer. I’m sure eventually they’ll release the DVD set, they just have to.

 
Sophie writes:  

This is the dumbest thing I have ever heard of. Why, when this show is so popular, would you not release it on D.V.D.?

 
Brenda writes:  

omggggggggg i’m sooooo pissed. i didn’t watch any of season 5 because I was waiting for them to come out on DVD. this only crap is so lame i can’t even believe it. wow thanks a lot wb for ruining my life.

 
Jess writes:  

Just wanted everyone to know you can watch season 5 of Nip/Tuck at http://www.hulu.com for FREE :) I just found this site after almost buying it online. Would be much happier watching it on DVD but I cant wait!!! Hope this helps!

 
How Mighty Publishers Have Fallen: More on Tokyopop » Comics Worth Reading writes:  

[...] (See, for another example, the outrage over WB doing the same thing with the DVDs of the TV show Nip/Tuck.) [...]

 
Shawn writes:  

So is it official that season five is not being released on dvd at all? Or, are they just postponing it?

 
Johanna writes:  

I don’t know that there’s been any official word on that.

 
Yolanda writes:  

This is very stupid & upsetting!!!! The airing of the show is late, so I am not able to watch it. So i always look foward to buying the dvd set to add to my collection & then watch at my own time.

 
Jessica writes:  

That really pisses me off. i missed a couple of episodes early in the season and so i quit watching and waited for it to come out on dvd so i wouldnt miss anything. my computer is too slow to be able to watch it online, so i guess i just don’t get to see it.

 
JOE MANN writes:  

I AM IN THE SAME BOAT AS MOST OF YOU. I AM HARD CORE NIP TUCK FANATIC AND I ALSO DIDNT WATCH THE SHOW ON TV BECAUSE I DONT HAVE CABLE. DVDS’ ARE SUPPOSED TO BE OURS! WUT ABOUT THOSE OF US WITHOUT FULL INTERNET PRIVILEGES????

 
KELLEY writes:  

I AM A DIE HARD NIP/TUCK FAN AND I AM DYING FOR SEASON 5 TO COME OUT ON DVD! I DID NOT WATCH IT ON TV…I LIKE WATCHING THEM ONE AFTER THE OTHER! I WAITED ON MAY 20 FOREVER!!!! AND NOW THEY DO NOT RELEASE IT? I CHECK CONSTANTLY FOR IT! DOES ANYONE KNOW WHEN THE RELEASE DATE IS NOW???

WHEN IS SEASON 6 STARTING?

 
JR writes:  

N/T will be released in the Fall on DVD, as it always is (with the exception of Season 1).

I say late August – September as a likely release date, especially considering that S6 will not air until January of 2009.

 
Johanna writes:  

Is that just a guess, or have you heard anything for certain?

 
JR writes:  

Whispers around town. Not really a guess, but not confirmed from anyone at WB, either.

 
JR writes:  

However, I might note that Ryan Murphy himself has noted that S6 will not air until January of next year, because the final eps of The Shield will drop in the Fall.

 
EMK writes:  

does anyone know that if you buy it online can you burn it to a dvd?

 
Jen writes:  

So I would like to know why did the WB start to do this releasing it online now? I mean how many different shows are there and now all of a sudden these ppl want to do it now and with Nip/Tuck? What the hey!! I just got season 4 for my b-day and I’m watching it now, thank goodness I watched season 5, but there are some episodes I missed. This isn’t fair to the fans. As if the WB doesn’t make enough money, they can afford to make to dvd’s. I shouldn’t have to pay to watch it and then pay for cd’s to burn it. I just want my season 5!!!!

 
Emily writes:  

That is a bunch of bull. I checked out the website for the free nip tuck eps, but there all unorganized. Its enough to make me laugh.

I am in the same boat as all of you. I watched one episode, but because of difficulties I wasn’t able to watch five episodes and I didn’t want to move on until I saw all of them. So I stopped watching it. This blows

 
Rosie writes:  

And then they wonder why people illegaly downlaod.

Im in Australia and the network that was showing N/T took it off half way through season 3 two time now. we just got season 4 on dvd but im assuming we will have to wait at least 2-3 years b4 we get anything more than that, if they do end up releasing it to dvd in usa.

 
monica writes:  

This sucks sooo much! Nip Tuck doesn’t play in Canada regularly (a network will pick it up and play a few episodes here and there) so I am always a season behind and have to buy the dvd, which is ok with me, because I love the show. After reading this post, I went to the amazon link and it says that Canadians can’t even purchase it!! WTF am I supposed to do now? DISCRIMINATION against Canadians, much?!

 
Maria writes:  

well consider yourselves lucky…here in Australia we can’t even get it for another year ie 2009. I can’t buy it online nor can I watch it on http://www.surfthechannel.com or http://www.hulu.com I have to wait a whole year. I would love to be able to buy it and watch it online- its better than nothing

 
jennifer writes:  

I NEED to see season 5 before season 6 starts!!! I have season 1-4 and I HAVE TO HAVE season 5 on dvd!!! I watch the show while I work at home at my desk–I can’t sit in front of the damn computer and watch it!!! PLEASE PUT IT ON DVD!!!! (And then I’ll need season 6 on dvd, too, since I WONT WATCH IT prime time as I have not seen season 5 yet.)

 
Johanna writes:  

You make a good point – I don’t know if Warner has considered how this might affect ratings and future sales.

 
rebecca writes:  

I am frustrated with the show itself, Amazon for advertising it, and all of the internet information that said it would come out in May. I almost got digital tv just to see this show but decided to wait for the DVD just like with the other seasons. Now I just want to scream. I have lost any hope of ever getting the DVD collection.

 
Aliya writes:  

Wow. the wb does suck. I was looking forward to buying this season 5 to watch with my husband when he returns from deployment. We have been waiting for it’s release…this sucks.

 
joshua writes:  

Yea this blows that its not on dvd but for those of you that have an xbox360 and can get on xbox live season 5 is there for you to download.. i guess thats the way im going to have to go about getting to finally see season 5 and its not to bad price about 30 bucks for the whole season or so….

 
Tony writes:  

Financially, it makes sense: take a popular TV show, promise a release date, delay that date, and then release on internet only. Even with all of the hype built up, people will still pay for it…twice! Once the DVD drops later, die-hard fans will buy it even after they paid online for it.

 
Johanna writes:  

Some will buy it twice, yes, but I’m not sure that that strategy works long-term, once people catch on — and I’m not sure it’s worth the bad feelings it raises towards the studio.

 
Roy writes:  

I agree with everyone, i NEVER miss Niptuck and not only do we have to wait another 6 MONTHS for season 6 BUT season 5 does’nt even have a release date! What the hell is this digital version online? Thats why i spent 1500 bucks on a big screen so that i can watch my DVDs. I bought seasons 1-4 as soon as they came out, so get off your a$$ WB and do it!

 
Travis Thornton writes:  

I really dont understand there reasoning.I to wasnt able to watch it from the beginning and purposly waited for it to come on dvd to see from the beginning.I own all the sets and I really hope that this is all untrue.That to me if true sounds like they are nothing but cheap and are basically denying a great show that has tons of fans to a real let down.Thats not good business.They should be ashamed!!!!!!!!1

 
JENNIFER writes:  

This really blows!! I absolutely love Nip Tuck, me and my sis have been waiting for Season Five to come out for ever it seems. This idea that WB has is ridiculous, why should they deny fans the right to watch their favorite shows on their own TV’s just to make a quick buck? It really shows you what this world is coming to when all these corporate big wigs can think about is how to make more money off of the consumers!! This has been a terrible disappointment and hopefully the show won’t gain a bad name from all of this.
I didn’t even get to watch Season 5 on FX because at the time we didn’t have cable, so now how long do I have to wait to see my favorite show???!!!

 
JENNIFER writes:  

I JUST FOUND A WEBSITE WHERE YOU CAN WATCH EPISODES FROM NIP TUCK SEASON 5 FOR FREE!!! I DON’T KNOW IF IT CONTAINS ALL OF THE EPISODES FROM THAT SEASON, BUT IT CAN GET YOU STARTED UNTIL THEY COME OUT ON DVD!!! THERE IS NO GIMIC OR DOWNLOADS JUST ENROLL, CLICK, AND ENJOY THE SHOW. THE ONLY PROBLEM I HAD WAS A FEW SKIPS IN THE WHOLE ONE HOUR SHOW. IT WAS GREAT TO BE ABLE TO WATCH IT EVEN IF IT WAS ON MY PC!! TRY IT GO TO http://WWW.HULU.COM

 
josh writes:  

look back at EVERY single release date of previous box sets, they ALWAYS correspond with the new season of the show..usually a month in advance, its a marketing stradegy to get the name out there more often before the show, and since we know the show is being postponed, obviously thats why the dvds are being postponed.. but yeah, that does suck.. =/

 
JOANNE writes:  

OMG
I have been waiting FOREVER. It’s now been a year for the DVD to come out!

What is going on ?! Did they get into some legal troubles? This is probably why it is being delayed.

Look at Grey’s Anatomy! The DVD Set comes out just 4 months after the season finale aired on TV!

I changed into a Grey’s Anatomy fan after waiting for so long for Nip Tuck season 5 to come out

 
Michala writes:  

I’ve been keeping an eye out desparately for season 5, on another website the 2nd September has been touted as the new release date. We can but hope guys!

 
Kate writes:  

the reason people buy televisions and DVD players is so that they can watch movies. no one wants to sit in front of a little computer screen to watch their favorite shows! i dont think anyone should buy the show from wb online, that way they will be forced to release it on DVD when the realize they are not profiting from it. If wb gets enough complaints, they will have to comply.

 
Katrina writes:  

I was browsing Netflix the other day and was looking to see if they had Nip/Tuck Season 5 to watch instantly. Unfortunately, I did not find it. BUT I did save it to my queue and according to the site, the 5th season will be available on November 4th. I am not sure if this means on DVD. But I cannot wait for the season to be on DVD. I need to watch it again before the second part of the season comes on!

 
Malorie writes:  

I use blockbuster online to rent movies and it says season 5 became available on dvd Augugst 26. They have not shipped the set to me yet so I am hoping that this is true.

 
Michala writes:  

On http://www.niptuckforum.com one user states the 26th August release date has been delayed by a week to 2nd September and she reckons she’s had confirmation from Amazon that her copy will be shipped then. I’m not convinced though as I’ve heard nothing from Amazon and have asked for an alert when available. How difficult is it to get a correct date?

 
Ja'Mel writes:  

Dude i can’t believe they did that…i’ve been waiting for this season to come for months! i’m highly upset!!

 
Jerry writes:  

It’s just not the same. I’ll NOT pay to watch it online and it’s too bad I might not be able to continue my collection. Shame on you Warner Bros.

 
Heather writes:  

If WB is smart, they will still make the 5th season on DVD available for the die hard fans…

 
monica writes:  

i’m in the military stationed over seas and cannot always use the internet. this really stinks because DVD is my only option for watching TV series.

 
Aileen writes:  

Stupid, stupid idea! I have seasons 1-4 and I want to be able to purchase season 5. Why would I want to watch a tv show on my computer? Please release it on DVD!!!

 
louise writes:  

I am sooo mad about this! I live in Canada too and I’ve waiting patiently for season 5 to come out… and NOTHING.. today i find out about having to buy it online?!? first of all Canadians CANT… second of all, NO THANK YOU!! my friends and i have nip/tuck parties… there is no way we are going to sit around a computer to watch this…. bull crappy!!

 
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