Questions about donating and bonus shows? See our FAQ
Since 2007 Now Playing Podcast has strived to bring you unfiltered conversations and heavily researched explorations of Hollywood's most (and least) successful film franchises. Because of your support we are able to release a new show for free every single week, with no breaks. With additional bonus shows, Now Playing listeners are able to hear an average of 55 podcasts annually on our main feed.
But what is free for the you to download is not free for us to make. Now Playing Podcast does not rely on sponsors or advertisers -- we are backed by donations from listeners like you! We could not keep this show on the air without listener support, so if you enjoy these podcasts, please consider donating and we will reward you with the gift of more podcasts!
How It Works
For many years our supporters have received bonus podcasts during our bi-annual donation drives. That catalog of listener exclusive shows has grown, and so has the demand for us to make these reviews available to all listeners.
Now, In celebration of 10 years of Now Playing Podcast you can hear these bonus reviews on our PodBean Hosting Site. Download the shows individually or, if you are a completist (like us), you can download every donation bonus show we've ever offered, plus every new bonus show for 12 months.
If you're not interested in the vault series and just want to help out the show, please consider a donation at ourPodBean Patron Site and we will still reward you with new, exclusive movie reviews.
Read on for the details.
Now Playing's 10th Annversary Celebration -- The Vault Opens
We are, for the first time, making all our previous donation series available to new listeners. More, for the first time ever, you are now able to pick individual episodes from a series!
If you want all our bonus episodes plus every extra show we do in the next 12 mos you can pledge for a 12 month subscription to every episode. Or you can select individual reviews to get by using the links below.
We are in the process of getting all these episodes up on PodBean. You can see all available episodes now through the links below, and check back often as we keep adding new shows!
To get these episodes you will need an account on PodBean.com. To get the episodes requires you to be on a web browser. Once you've donated for the episode you can then listen to it on the PodBean player in the App store, or download it to your computer to listen or sync to your mobile device.
Once you donate or subscribe these episodes will be available immediately! There will not be any waiting as these are processed by PodBean, versus our previous donation shows where we processed all donations by hand.
Support Now Playing Through Our PodBean Crowdsourcing Campaign
For those who want to support Now Playing more than just getting individual episodes, we have started a PodBean Patron page.
You can help our show and get some campaign rewards -- including exclusive, bonus podcasts! These shows will not be available for purchase -- they are only available to our backers, or those who get an annual subscription for all our shows.
Backers of our campaign also have access to other rewards, including chances to pick a movie for us to review or to even guest on an episode!
How much do individual episodes cost?
Why does this episode cost what it does?
The shows are offered at a price based upon the original required donation. Our donation drives have had minimum levels of $10, $15, $25, and $35. Then Easter Eggs were available for specific variable donation amounts as well. The set minimum donation for those episodes was put into a formula that allows the original donors to have gotten the series at a savings over the individual episode prices.
For example, the Thing series was a Gold donation of $25 -- $15 above the Silver donation. That meant they paid $5 per episode. To make sure they got the best price we just added $0.99 so now they are $5.99. However Child's Play was 6 shows for $15 on last release, so $2.50 ea, so we are able to offer those at 2.99 now.
Can I get entire series in a bundle?
At present PodBean does not allow us to have multiple subscriptions with different episodes in each. We would really like to offer an Aliens or a Child's Play specific subscription that gets you all those episodes, but right now their only subscription gives you every episode. So for the time being series will need to be purchased on an episode-by-episode basis.
We are nagging PodBean to give us this option, and they have indicated they will look into it. You can Tweet to @podbeancom and tell them it's something you would like as well.
Do you plan on doing a 10th Anniversary DVD-ROM set?
We hadn't planned on doing a 10th Anniversary DVD-ROM set, however listener feedback could change that. If we did, it would ship in January, 2018, and contain every show released from 2013-2017. There would be bonus content but no reviews exclusive to the set. It would likely be 6 or 7 DVD-ROM discs with a cost of around $300. We could also reprint the 5th Anniversary DVD-ROM sets for those wanting all 10 years. If this is something you would be interested in e-mail email@example.com. If there is interest we will seriously investigate making it.
I am having a problem with a PodBean donation or pledge
I'm having a problem accessing episodes bought on PodBean
PodBean is now handling all payments, and they can provide you support on any issues you're having with payment or accessing your shows. You can reach PodBean through their Support Portal.
How can I listen to bonus PodBean Shows?
Exclusive PodBean shows are available once you log into the PodBean App (available for iTunes and Android). Or through the PodBean web site you can download the show MP3s and then listen on your computer or sync manually to your mobile device.
Why can't I purchase a show on the PodBean App?
That is just not a feature PodBean offers (currently). At the moment to sign up and pledge for episodes you must go to the PodBean site.
How do I find your bonus episodes that are now available?
PodBean sorts our episodes by date and, at present, doesn't offer a view of just the donation episodes. You can use this page to find links above that take you directly to all the bonus episodes.
What does the annual subscription provide?
Those who subscribe for the 12 months receive access to all the shows listed above, plus every bonus show we do for 12 mos after you donate. This includes all new donation shows, as well as all podcasts exclusive as Crowdsourcing Rewards for our Patrons.
If I support the Patron Crowdfunding will I get access to the old donation drives?
No. The old bonus shows are only available individually, or through the annual subscription. But backers of $10 or more you will get a new exclusive show every 2 to 3 months
Will the Patron-exclusive shows also be available for individual purchase?
We have no plans to do that. These bonus shows will remain exclusive "thank yous" to the monthly Patrons.
Are you crazy with the price for an annual subscription?
We do realize the annual subscription price will cause sticker shock. It is a lot of money. But you are gaining access to 167 bonus podcasts by the end of January, 2017. Then as we put out more bonus shows over the next 12 months, that number will climb. By the end of 2017 that will average only $3 per podcast.
More, if you donated for every drive we've done over our 10 years of podcasting, including extra amounts for secret releases and this year's drives, the total is over $500. Those who donated initially did get these shows for less money than we are offering them for now, but not considerably.
What about the Twin Peaks podcast NOW PEAKING? How do I get those?
Now Peaking is a spin-off show that is not part of Now Playing. It will have its own site. Now Peaking is a donation series, and will be available by individual episodes or with a season pass. Details on those shows will be coming soon. However anyone who gets the Now Playing Season Pass will get the episodes of Now Peaking as well.
If you have any other questions please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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