Unlike previous seasons where you could view Fringe (and other Fox shows) on Fox.com or Hulu the next day after it aired, this season has introduced an 8-day delay (unless you are a Dish Network customer.)
In addition, Fringe season 4 is NOT available at all on iTunes or Amazon.
I contacted Fox for an explanation, and received this reply:
“Unfortunately, FRINGE is unavailable to subscription services like iTunes, Amazon and Hulu. We are working with Warner Bros. Television, the studio that produces FRINGE and owns the rights to the show, to make the show available to fans through other channels. We hope to have this matter resolved soon but in the meantime, please watch or DVR FRINGE on Fridays at 9/8c on FOX.”
I don't believe the only reason for the change is to drive people people to watch Fringe live, since other shows are affected as well.
My guess is that it might have something to do with the recent Fox/Amazon deal, but that's wouldn't explain why Fringe is not on Amazon either. I'm sure whatever the real reason is, it comes down to money. Hopefully this will be resolved soon, and we will let you know if we hear any news.
Out of curiosity, how did you watch Fringe last season (see poll), and how has this season's changes affected your viewing?