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Despite the last few lackluster seasons, I’m still a fan of the Fox show 24. So naturally, I wanted to see the 90-minute mini-movie that debuted this week: 24: Redemption. So when I missed it on TV, I decided to load up iTunes to see about downloading it. Then I saw the price: $19.99.

That must be the worst deal on iTunes.

While I think most of the shows in high definition are overpriced on iTunes, this 24 “movie” is utterly ridiculous. When new-release Hollywood movies (as in the kind that actually go to movie theaters) are only $14.99 or less, how can you justify $19.99 for a made-for-TV movie? Because it’s in HD? It’s not like iTunes HD is Blu-ray quality HD, it’s marginally better than the standard definition version.

So am I paying $19.99 for 17 extra minutes of footage? If anything, I’m willing to bet those 17 minutes drag out what is a decidedly bad episode of 24.

Sure, I could pay $14.99 for the standard definition version, but that’s just as bad of a deal. If anything, this video is essentially two episodes of 24, and should be priced as such: $4 for standard definition, $6 for high definition. Or, seeing as it’s really just a promotion for the upcoming season of 24 which starts in January — and a bad one at that — maybe free would be a better price.

That’s exactly the price you’ll find it for on Hulu. If you live in the U.S. and can access it there (or the new Sling.com), do yourself a favor and save $20.

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