Now Playing is having a Spring 2014 donation drive!
Now Playing is a private podcast with no sponsors or advertisers. We rely on listener support to keep our show on the air. Donations from listeners funds the podcast we put out every week from Die Hard to Superman to Stephen King.
Right now we are providing two special bonus podcast series as a "thank you" to those who donate between April 1 and July 31, 2014!
Update: June 6, 2014 Originally the Silver Level donation ended with a review of the film Jupiter Ascending in July, 2014. However, Warner Bros. has moved that film's release date and it is now scheduled to be released in February, 2015. As such, we are adding a bonus review of Speed Racer to the Silver Level donation, making it 6 podcasts for a donation of $10 or more. So, as promised, Silver Level Donors ($10 or more) get 5 bonus podcasts this summer and Gold Level Donors ($25 or more) get 13. But then when Jupiter Ascending is released in the US we will record, edit, and release that review, as promised, exclusively to those who donate during our Spring, 2014 donation drive! (Note that if the Jupiter Ascending release date changes again our podcast review date is also subject to change).
All the details are below:
Silver Donation Donate $10 or more
Silver level donors will receive our 4-part MATRIX review retrospective series, a review of the Wachowski film SPEED RACER AND, in February 2015, a review of the upcoming Wachowski film JUPITER ASCENDING!
Gold Donation Donate $25 or more
In addition to the Matrix retrospective series and Speed Racer and Jupiter Ascending reviews, listeners who donate $25 or more will also receive an additional 8-part review retrospective series--Planet of the Apes!.
5th Anniversary DVD Donation
We have never made any of our previous retrospectives available for download, but for Now Playing's 5th Anniversary we released a special DVD-ROM set that had every podcast we've ever done, including the old donation series! The DVD printer had a minimum quantity they had to produce, so we have a very small number of DVD-ROM sets still available! Once these sets are gone, they are gone.
These DVD-ROMs were produced in the Spring of 2012 and, thus, do not include the no longer available Evil Dead, Return of the Living Dead, World War Z, 28 Days Later, Pegg/Frost, or Psycho podcasts. Nor do they include the current Matrix or Planet of the Apes donation series. But they DO have every podcast Now Playing had done from its inception through 2012 plus exclusive bonus content only available on the DVD! This is over 250 podcasts, including the following previous donation series
- Every podcast produced by Now Playing before 2013
- All the 2012 and earlier donation series bonus podcasts including
- The exclusive and "Easter Egg" podcasts Now Playing has done
- Exclusive "Behind the Podcast" interview podcast with the Now Playing hosts
- Extended interviews with all six Now Playing podcast hosts.
- An unedited recording session of a Now Playing's Star Trek (2009) Podcast
- An extended cut several of Now Playing's movie reviews including Kick-Ass, Hannibal, and Spider-Man (2002).
- An "enhanced" version of our Howard the Duck review that shows images from the film as we review (movie TBD, requires iTunes, QuickTime, or an iPod to view enhanced images)
- Many of the podcasts are remastered in a higher bit rate for the best possible sound quality
- All audio content (except the enhanced podcast) will be delivered in MP3 format for playback on all devices.
- Three "lost" movie reviews from the very early days of Now Playing.
The donation amount for this DVD-ROM set is $150 plus shipping or more in one donation (Shipping & processing is $19.95 in the continental US; international listeners please e-mail for shipping rates. If you are interested in obtaining one of the last copies of this set please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to check if any sets are still available.
For those who donate this high amount, you get a one-of-a-kind collectible DVD-ROM celebrating Now Playing's 5 years of podcasting! This DVD contains every podcast we produced from 2007 through 2012, as well as behind-the-scenes features. This 3 DVD-ROM set comes packaged in a DVD keep case with original cover and disc art and insert.
I donated but have no show! How do I get my podcast?
This is our most common question. All donations are processed by hand, and an e-mail is manually sent to you. We review all donation e-mails at least once per day. Once we process the donation we will get the DVD in the mail to you.
If you have not received your download e-mail after two business days of your donation please e-mail us at email@example.com and forward us your Paypal receipt showing the e-mail address that made the donation as well as the date and time the donation was made.
Do I have to have the download e-mails sent to the same e-mail address I use for Paypal?
No. You can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and include a forward of your Paypal donation receipt e-mail for your donation and the e-mail address at which you would like to receive the download notices. It may take up to two business days to process the change, so we suggest you monitor your Paypal e-mail initially, but we will then change the mailing address by hand.
How will I receive the bonus podcasts?
After your donation is processed (which is a manual process and may take up to two days) you will receive an e-mail with download instructions specific to you. A variety of download methods are made available.
It's been two days and I still dont' have an e-mail! What do I do?
First and foremost please check your spam filter in your e-mail. 99% of unreceived e-mails were put in a spam folder by your e-mail client. If you've checked your e-mail and still cannot find it please e-mail us at email@example.com
Do I have to use Paypal to donate?
Yes. Due to the digital delivery of the files we need to have an online payment method and Paypal is the most universal form of payment. As we are a small operation we would not have the ability to keep track of mailed payments or payments made through alternate methods. Multiple payment methods creates more overhead. However, you do not need to have a Paypal account - you can enter credit card information without having an account.
Do I need a computer to download the podcasts, or can I get them right from my phone/tablet?
This depends very much on the mobile device you use. Android and Windows devices allow downloading from links and storing on your local device. Apple's native iOS Podcast app also allows subscriptions to custom feeds. iOS (Apple) instructions are provided to donors. So I suggest researching the capabilities of your specific device if you do not have a computer. All devices can stream our donation podcasts, the only limitation may be downloading for off-line listening and automatic downloading of new shows.
I donated previously. Will I receive these bonus podcasts?
Our donation drives are limited time "thank you" gifts. While we are very, very appreciative of all donations to keep our show going, only donations made between April 1, 2014 and July 31, 2014 will receive these thank you podcasts.
Where is my Jupiter Ascending review?
Studios change movie release dates regularly. Jupiter Ascending was originally scheduled for release July 18, 2014, and we planned our donation drive accordingly. In early June, 2014 Warner Bros. announced they were pushing out the release of Jupiter Ascending to Feb 6, 2015. As such, we have provided Silver Level donors an extra review of the Wachowski film Speed Racer. Then, when Jupiter Ascending is released in the US, we will watch, review, and deliver that promised podcast to Spring, 2014 donors as well. We anticipate the review being delivered to donors within 2 weeks of the film's release. However, if the release date changes again we will have to adjust our schedule accordingly.
I donated for The Matrix/Speed Racer/Jupiter Ascending, can I donate the difference again to get the Planet of the Apes movie reviews?
Yes, but we ask that you please donate in one swoop. Paypal takes a per-transaction cut of every donation, so if you donate twice Paypal takes twice as much, so if you add an extra dollar to help cover the fees it is appreciated. Additionally, if you donate to add to a previous donation please e-mail us to tell us to add the donations. We process all donations by hand and without this e-mail we may not realize we need to add the two donations together. Due to the Paypal fees no more than 2 donations will be added together.
I want a DVD-ROM set AND the Spring 2014 Apes and Matrix podcasts. What do I have to do?
The Platinum DVD donation is a separate donation not tied to the Matrix and Planet of the Apes podcasts being offered. As the DVDs were produced before the Spring 2014 Donation Drive those shows are not included. If you want the Planet of the Apes and Matrix podcasts please add the appropriate amount to your DVD donation.
I missed out on the Spring 2013 zombie podcasts for Return of the Living Dead, etc. and/or the Fall 2013 Pegg/Frost and Psycho podcasts. Those aren't on the DVD. How do I get those?
Our donation drive podcasts are only available for a limited time. There is no way to get the Spring or Fall 2013 donation podcasts any more. Be sure to donate by July 31st if you want to get the Matrix or Planet of the Apes podcasts as those cease to be available after July 31, 2014!
$150 plus shipping for the DVD!??! Are you nuts?
If you donated for our every show on every donation drive we did through 2012 the total amount donated over Now Playing's five years would be $110. And in addition you are getting a collectible disc with loads of bonus content. Beyond that, on our donation drives we have a small number of listeners who blow us away with their generosity. We have wanted to reward those listeners with something special. This 5-Year DVD is not intended to have a normal $10 donor increase their donation, it is made to be a special thank you to the top 5% of Now Playing donors. The amount was set by looking at previous donations. There are no bonus podcast reviews on the DVD. If you do not donate for this DVD set, you will still have had a chance to listen to all our reviews if you donated with every previous donation series.
I don't want a DVD with all your shows, I just want one previous donation series. Can I get that?
No. None of the previous donation series are on our web server; none of those shows will be made available for digital download, they will only be available on the physical DVD-ROM. More, we are a very small team and our focus is movie reviews, not web sales. We simply are not set up to deliver a'la carte shows.
I know you've done previous donation podcasts. Can I get those in addition to the Matrix and Apes series?
No. Our thank you podcasts are available for a limited time as a donation incentive and once the donation drive is over the podcasts are no longer available individually. There are a few Platinum Donation DVD-ROM sets available that do contain these older podcasts.
If you have any other questions please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org