I'll post this here in case anyone else has been wondering this, hoping that the proper "power that is" will respond...
I have a Series 3 membership, which I understand lasts at least through this year to watch the remaining series 3 shows (which brings up the related question--if I didn't renew (ok, that is moot because I am planning to renew) would I still be able to re-watch Series 3 next year?).
So if I renew for another year to get next year's Series 4 and 5, AND I want to use the promotion to get a 6 month membership to give a friend, is it correct that I will have to renew on EXACTLY December 31, 2008 to be able to have a current membership through December 31, 2009?
It seemed to me, reading the Membership email that I got, that the renewal begins when you purchase the membership and lasts for one year. In other words, it would NOT begin on January 1, 2009 if I purchased it today because it is not connected to my currently-expiring series 3 membership.
Which leads me to wonder how the going-forward membership plan works for viewing past shows: E.g., will someone joining now be able to watch Series 1 until they expire at the end of this year?
I'm sure it is difficult transitioning from the old system to the new!