Sale instructions


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If you’d like to buy the Sale episodes of The History of Byzantium then this is what you need to do.

1) Register with the site here. Just input your email address and click “Submit.”

2) You will receive an email from with your password. Check your spam folder if you can’t see it. Click on the link to login or you can click here.

3) Sign in using your email and the password. Then click on Buy Episodes on the right hand menu.

4) You can now choose which episodes you’d like. If you want the RSS feed then just choose that and don’t add any other episodes as they are all included in the feed. Click on “Add to Basket” when you’re done.

5) You can now choose to add a donation. The early episodes are $5 and later ones are $7. A year-long subscription to the feed is $42 (since June 2016). You can simply enter the amount that each item costs if you like. Or you can add a donation by inputting a larger amount. Don’t use decimal points. Just put 7 or 42 or whatever rather than 7.00 or 42.00. Click “Checkout” when you’re done.

6) This is your chance to check the order is correct. If it is click “Buy Now.” If it isn’t click “Back” and correct it.

7) You are now taken to the Paypal screen. Either use your Paypal account to pay or click on the option to pay with debit or credit card (it’s on the right hand side under the Paypal account login).

8) Once you have paid you will receive an email confirming your purchase and information about your episodes or RSS feed. You can always login here and click on “Your Purchases” (top left) and stream or download your episodes. Your RSS feeds will also be there.

Please be patient with the sale episodes. They are on a slower server than the free episodes. You may have to download them in order to listen to them when the server is busy. Email me with any problems: thehistoryofbyzantium at (obviously replace at with the sign).


58 thoughts on “Sale instructions

  1. niikpeters

    It worked! If you listened to ep. 1-27 to these on an iphone using the “podcasts” app (using iOS9.2.1) & you don’t want to change for the purchased ep. 28, do all the steps above, then…

    …on your iphone, open the rss feed emailed to you in your “safari” browser

    … (after asking you to confirm various confusing questions,) your phone opens the rss feed with the purchased episode(s) in your “podcasts” app under a new podcast title “The history of Byzantium – special purchased episodes”
    It ended up being really easy: Thanks Robin!
    Perhaps this feedback will assist someone else

    • Thank you so much for taking the time to send that in 🙂

    • Steve

      This worked for the earlier episodes but not for the current purchased ones (for me at least).
      I found the following works for a Windows PC and an iPhone:
      Download the episodes to the PC using “Save Link As…” and load them into iTunes using “Add file to Library” (where they will appear as songs).
      Sync to your iPhone and check they appear in “Music” on the phone.
      Change the media type to Podcast in iTunes using (right click) Get Info>Option>Media Kind
      Sync again and the episodes should appear in Podcasts.
      Some of the metadata including release date may be lost but at least the episodes appear on the phone. This could probably be fixed using a mp3 tag editor app but I have not tried this myself.
      This also appears to work for the pesky “File type is not supported by the iPhone…” message.

  2. Penguinpiano

    I’m a little concerned that the website where we sign up to purchase episodes doesn’t make use of HTTPS. Basically it’s asking people to enter their email address and password into an unencrypted form, where it is easily intercepted and stolen. It’s a little surprising considering your own website does use HTTPS.

    • My web developer says: “It’s not generally considered necessary to use HTTPS if all you’re asking of people is their email address. I’ve created the system specifically so that it doesn’t handle sensitive data entered by the user. All of the user’s important information is handled by PayPal, which uses HTTPS and a lot of very stringent security measures to make sure that this information is safe on their servers.”

  3. Julio Fernandes

    Just subscribed again for the show. Amazing historical research and storytelling!

  4. Ruben

    thank you for a great Podcast!!!!

  5. Duncan Anderson

    I received my subscription reminder this morning. As a great supporter of the show I tried to renew promptly. My saved password didn’t work. I was sent another which did not work and then a further six all of which did not work. So as things stand you have a subscriber who wishes to renew but can’t. For the sake of the show I hope I am not one of thousands!

  6. ryanvandyke

    Added the rss feed in podcast addict. Cant wait to keep on going with the history of Rome

  7. Giovanni is returning an error 503. Please solve that as I want to buy some episodes!

  8. Troels Lange

    Hi. I an not sure what is meant in Sale instructions #4 “If you want the RSS feed then just choose that and don’t add any other episodes as they are all included in the feed”. I cannot see a RSS feed under Episodes for sale. Is it the $42 subscription that is meant?

  9. Natalia Kisnanen

    Hi! I am a returning subscriber, I took one year subscription 2 or 3 years ago, and now I would like to do that again. However, I have forgotten my password. And I have more than once tried to get a new one by following “Forgot your password?” link and giving my email address, but it just isn’t sent to me. An attempt to subscribe as a new user is also not working, because the site tells me this email address already has an account.

    • Hey, I just sent you an email and I got this message: Recipient inbox full
      Your message couldn’t be delivered to (your email). Their inbox is full, or it’s getting too much mail right now. Can you message me on facebook or twitter or a different email and I will get you your login 🙂

      • Natalia Kisnanen

        What bad luck, I noticed this problem with my inbox soon after writing feedback here and fixed it immediately, but you already had to suffer of it! Please try again, now there is no problem with my email, and it only occured today so it shouldn’t be the source of my problem with tvcritic as I have tried to get new password several times on different days.

  10. Pat Cronin

    Are you still down? Tried to renew
    subscription but still get message
    down for maintenance

  11. basti1302

    Hey Robin,

    I bought a subscription a while back and now I am wondering if this the kind of subscription that renews itself automatically each year (so I would need to actively cancel it if I don’t won’t to continue) or if instead I actively need to renew it each year (that is, I do not need to cancel if I am no longer interested).

    I could not find any info about this.

    Judging from the other comments it is the latter rather than the former. Maybe it would be good to mention this explicitly here on the sales instructions page?

    Kind regards and keep up the great work


  12. Brian Appel

    Robin, I’m unable to buy any of the sale episodes. Are they still down?

  13. Abigail Frost

    Is still down? I was hoping to buy a few of the episodes I’ve heard you mention in your delightful website, but I can’t register! I’ve tried multiple browsers. Thank you!

  14. Elan

    Are you still maintaining the site? Am trying to register w the site and donate to buy the paid episodes and the site hangs up at the handoff to for the past couple of days. I know it’s been a long time so wanted to check.

  15. This is the autoresponse I just set up on my email in case it’s of any help to you…


    I’m off trying to get married and have a honeymoon. On the day before my wedding people start telling me that the sales episodes are inaccessible. Apparently the servers they are on used too much bandwidth and so the site was shut down the end of the month. But no one informed me! You can imagine how angry I was. Not quite Justinian II levels but getting there. I’m told that on September 1st it will reset and all will be normal. In the meantime I’m pursuing other solutions while trying to remain calm. Thank you so much for liking the History of Byzantium enough to email me. I hope you like the show enough to be patient in waiting for both the members feed to work again and for me to have time to reply properly.


  16. Jim

    When I went to buy episodes at it says the site is not secure. Can you fix that?

  17. Julio

    Hi, Robin

    I’ve been a subscriber for the last 3 or so years, but after an update on my MacBook Air, it seems I’m no longer a subscriber on your website. Should I just start over again or is there a way to reboot my subscription.

    BTW, such a great show ! Sometimes I listen to earlier episodes (the plague one with Yercinia pestis at centerstage was a masterpiece) and I truly enjoy it.

    I’m already in for whatever new project you might have, let us know what your plans are 🙂


    • Hey, the servers have gone down today and I’m waiting for them to come back up then I’ll reply asap. It may be that that’s causing the problem. Thanks for your patience, Robin

      • Just letting you know that I’m having the same problem with buying the episode still. Also thank you so much for an amazing podcast I love it so much.

        Your episodes on the Persian war and conquests of Africa and Rome sound so similar to Extra Credits History, I’m sure they must have been influenced by you!

  18. Thank you for the kind words. Please see this update I will message you as soon as things are fixed

  19. ABM

    Hi, I finally caught up on your podcast which is amazing, but now it means I can’t binge content. So I am buying a subscription so I can continue to binge. I am using an iPhone and I listen on the native “Podcasts” app. What is the best way to buy the episodes so I can listen on the “Podcasts” app?

    I see comments about older versions of iOS, but I’m not sure if they still apply.

    Thanks and keep podcasting!

  20. Will Hansen

    Hi Robin, love the podcast. I am having trouble signing up to purchase episodes. The sign up page hasn’t triggered an email to my inbox (and yep I have checked spam and tried a separate email address but still no luck after a couple of days) Any advice would be much appreciated.

    • Hi Will, I’m afraid there may be a problem with your email. The xvii at gmail one. I just messaged you with all the info and it bounced back straight away 😦 if you could email me from a different address then I can sort it out for you. Thanks, Robin (thehistoryofbyzantium at

  21. Tenko

    Hello, I’ve been trying to access the tvcritiv-link in order to register (in order to buy an episode), but no matter the browser or device, I currently always get a “The server at is taking too long to respond.” message and it doesn’t load 😦 Is this just a temporary issue/a specific one just I have?

    • Hi, sorry for the delay. The site is undergoing some maintenance. I’ll report back as soon as it’s done,

    • Hey,The site is back up and running but let me know if you can access your episodes,

      • Tenko

        Thank you kindly. Admittedly I am trying to register and then buy an episode, so there aren’t any episodes yet I could access yet. What is working is, that I can register. But I don’t get the email to active the account. I checked the spam-folder, too.
        Password-Recovery to prompt a second mail yielded the same results unfortunately.
        Your quick responses are very much appreciated!

    • I have emailed you

      • Tenko

        Everything worked out fine after following your e-mail.
        Thank you so much for your time and dedication to helping me! 🙂
        And even more so, for the wonderful work you are doing.

  22. You’re very kind. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any problems.

  23. Peter

    Hi. I’ve made a suscription and I downloaded a few episodes. Is there someway to use these in iPhone podcasts, like I do the regular episodes. I only see how to listen in iTunes and that’s not as good for various reasons. It would be nice to just have them all in one place, like the podcast.

    Also I only see John Chrysostom parts 2, 3, and 4, but no part 1. Is it available? Thanks!

  24. Hentie Jordaan

    Hi Robin. I am so grateful for the podcast – hours of fascination. I appreciate your rigour, sensitivity to and evident love for the subject.

    I would very much like to order some of the sale episodes, but when I click on the link I get the following error message:
    “This page isn’t is currently unable to handle this request.
    HTTP ERROR 500”

    I have tried 3 different browsers and 2 different devices. No dice. Any idea how I can get past this barrier?

    All the best,

  25. Manuel Schmidt

    Hi Robin
    I’m trying to buy the origins of Islam Episode, but can’t even get to TV Critic. I also can’t see it on Paterson.

    Could you help?

    BTW, Love the podcast! Would never have imagined I would listen to Byzantine history for so many hours.


  26. Manu

    Thanks, I’ve signed up with Patreon, was super easy, and downloaded the episode to my phone. Can’t wait to listen to it. Cheers!

  27. Henry


    I’m sorry to disturb you during your time off. I was hoping to register via your website rather than on Patreon but am getting the following error message when I click on the link to register:

    Fatal error: Cannot re-assign auto-global variable GLOBALS in /home/thetvcri/public_html/cart/index.php on line 744

    Is this related to the move to the new servers you mentioned on December 1st or is it something else?



  28. Hey everyone,
    Apologies for the impersonal reply. I am away from work for a bit now until the New Year. The bonus episodes should be working again. If you have any problems getting your episodes let me know. I will reply about any other issues in January. If you want to switch to Patreon (where you can get all the bonus episodes) please do and I can refund any time left on your subscription.
    Thanks for your understanding,

  29. Brian White

    Hi, I see you’re taking a break but just wanting to let you know that I’m not seeing an episode that I just purchased (the one on the Crusaders entering Jerusalem). Maybe it’s just being slower than normal? Anyway, really enjoying your podcast as always.

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