AMC’s critically acclaimed drama Breaking Bad will premiere its fifth season on Sunday, July 15 and Apple just opened up iTunes pre-orders for a season pass on downloads, claiming that the show will hit the store that very same day. For non-Apple fans, the series will hit Amazon Instant Video a few days later on July 18.
It’s unusual for Apple to claim that an episode will hit the day that it airs; there’s usually a 24-hour delay before the downloads appear on iTunes. You can bet the first episode won’t show up on iTunes before it actually airs on AMC, but it’s possible Apple will release it a couple hours after the premiere. But don’t be surprised if you have to wait until the next morning, either; we’re skeptical of the claim.
Either way, the show is coming to iTunes and you can pre-order it now!
Breaking Bad is a crime drama about Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who turns to dealing meth to pay his medical expenses and support his family after he is diagnosed with lung cancer. Showrunner Vince Gilligan’s aim for the show is to depict a truly evolving character who changes from Mr. Chips into Scarface over the course of the series.
AMC has also made inroads with critics with its other two prominent original series, Mad Men and The Walking Dead. The network’s clearly angling to become the basic cable equivalent of HBO. The iTunes season pass pre-order costs $21.99, and episodes will likely run $2.99 individually.