The bad news is, a strict reading of the Supreme Court is bad news for Aereo, the good news is a strict reading of the supreme court is good news for Dish. Also Marvel movie dates!!!
CordKillers: Ep. Polluted Suggestions
Recorded: July 20, 2014
Guest: Veronica Belmont
- Aereo: So, we’re a cable company, right? US Copyright Office: Um, no
- Aereo’s in a Catch-22 when it comes to cable, rules are rigged against internet TV
- - Supereme Court said “behind-the-scenes technological differences do not distinguish Aereo’s system from cable systems, which do perform publicly.” Therefore a public performance
- AS we mentioned last week Aereo argued they could get a compulsory license under Section 111 of the 1976 copyright act
- Would be tough anyway as the 1992 Cable Act requires retransmission consent.
- To qualify as a cable company Aereo has to qualify as an MPVD (multichannel video programming distributor” which Internet companies do not under the FCC’s current definition. Which Internet companies have been happy about because it means they don’t fall udner MPVD regulations in other ways.
SO the US Copyright Office advised in a letter dated July 16.
- "In the view of the Copyright Office, Internet retransmissions of broadcast television fall outside the scope of the Section 111 license.”
- Dish Anywhere streaming stays alive, despite Fox’s win over Aereo
- SO the narrow definition doesn’t work in Aereo’s favor but it DOES work in Dish’s!
- Fox asked the 9th Circuit to impose a preliminary injunction on Dish based on the Aereo decision.
- Fox objects to the Hopper allowing sling functions as well as sideloading content to mobile
- Dish “engages in virtually identical conduct when it streams Fox's programming to Dish subscribers over the Internet—albeit also in violation of an express contractual prohibition
- Judges found that Fox’s claim that it would be “irreparably harmed” without an immediate block to Hopper was not credible.
- One of the judges in the Hopper case noted that in the Supreme Court’s Aereo decision, the justices outlined numerous caveats saying that the decision applied narrowly to Aereo, implying that it wouldn't apply to a company like Dish
-The underlying case, Fox et al v. Dish et al, will continue to move towards a trial set to begin in federal court in Los Angeles on January 13, 2015.
- Netflix tests private viewing mode to hide your B-movie binges
- - Netflix testing “Privacy Mode”
- Watching in this mode will not show up in history or affect recommendations
- Sling revamps entry-level place shifting box, adds apps and TV guide to premium model
- Sling M1 $150
- Now with WiFi (vs. 350)
- New UI (coming to 500 too) with guide
- Blockbuster VOD, DishWorld, HTML5 TV app compatible
- Desktop apps returning for Windows OSX - Web version leaving
- Want NFL w/o cable?
- Link to DirecTV page
- DirecTV expands the NFL Sunday Ticket online-only offering
- Used to be you could subscribe only if you couldn’t get DirecTV in your apartment building
- That still applies but certain universities as well as residents of New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco
- Washington, UT-Austin, USC, Michigan, Florida, Colorado, Alabama, Syracuse, The Ohio State, Harvard
- $200 on desktop and mobile, $240 on Game console, $330 on all + Red Zone
- Microsoft is shutting down XBox Entertainment Studios thus shutting down our ongoing debate about its purpose.
- -You’ll still get projects currently in production, including the new Halo series.
- QPlay, the streaming clip service that launched in February will close down next Friday.
- International 2014, biggest DOTA 2 video game tournament of the year will get coverage on ESPN2 Sunday night at 8:30 Pacific
- -The Finals are Monday and will stream on WatchESPN.
- 21st Century Fox offered $80 billion to buy Time Warner who coyly said no
- -Time Warner is NOT Time Warner Cable but rather made up of HBO, Turner Networks and Warner Films.
- Marvel announced release dates for six films between 2017 and 2019 all of them part of series called “unitled”
- Netflix performance on Verizon dropped 13-17% from May to June in the US.
- -But of course the two are still implementing their agreement for a direct interconnect.
2014 Summer Movie Draft
- Amtrekker: $655,607,718
- TMS: $574,977,117
- DTNS: $574,735,174
- Night Attack: $432,768,488
- GodsMoneybags: $339,959,467
- /Film: $231,901,518
- Brian: Snowpiercer, The Leftovers, Orange is the New Black
- Tom: The Leftovers, The Shield (209), Rome, Orange is the New Black, Weird Al 8 videos in 8 days
- Veronica: Sailor Moon: Crystal
Dispatches from the Front
Hey Tom, Brian, and guest,
Recently we had to cancel our comcast. We had a family problem that required it. Rather than call on the phone though we packed all of our equipment up, put the wires into a separate bag and went to our local comcast office. We have a receipt to prove we returned everything. Despite actually saying we no longer wanted the service, signing documents to that effect we got a bill for $800. Never mind that our bill had been paid and we cancelled our service. The very next week we got a letter from a collection agency! Then, about a month after we cancelled and had returned the equipment, comcast physically sent a worker to our house to collect the equipment. Upon offering to show the receipt of return to him, he merely said no thanks and left.
Comcast is a ridiculous company with inexcusable practices and this is proof. It's why I'm glad, even if it was due to unforeseeable events, we cut the cord.
Love the show!
What it be cordkillers,
I've been a fan of the show since it's previous incarnation and think I may have the answer to one of it's oldest questions. More specifically why companies don't want to buy ads based on actual demographics that can be verified instead of using the old school method of buying ads on shows that are assumed to target said demographics. I recently read an article on how car manufacturers always claim to be targeting twenty somethings both publicly and privately when they know full well the median age of new car buyers is fifty two to fifty three. No matter what company or what car this is the auto industry's strategy (apparently even BMW, Mercedes, and Rolls Royce do this). Market to twenty year olds because the forty and fifty year olds who will buy the car want to believe they're still young. Ever see an old guy in a Cadillac commercial? Think about it, by this logic a show that actually hits the twenty something demo but isn't perceived as hitting said demo is worthless to the advertiser where as a show that's perceived as hitting it is gold regardless of who actually watches it. I believe this holds true at least as a strategy across the board and explains why even though the middle age and up demo spends the most money all the marketing is aimed at twenty somethings. Once again love the show,
Okay, Schwood, I love you, I love the podcast, but your "I refuse to invest in a TV show that I know was prematurely cancelled" attitude has GOT to go! If someone were to offer to introduce you to Buzz Aldrin, Christopher Lee, or Stephen Hawking, would you say, "The heck with that! They're probably going to die soon and I don't want to be invested in a friendship with them when I know it's only going to bring me pain."? No, of course not! You'd scream like a little girl and embrace them heartily. Really excellent TV shows should be treated the same way.
Have you seen "Pushing Daisies"? Seriously, check it out. Some of the episodes are on par with Shakespeare. That it got killed before its time is tragic, but missing out on the witty banter between the characters is even more tragic.
How about "Better Off Ted"? Its like "Office Space/Silicon Valley" and "Mad Men" had a baby. Watch these fake ads from "Better Off Ted" and tell me that they don't fulfill Poe's Law: youtube.com/watch?v=gRQieGR1iUU (If nothing else, they'll provide great openers for Cordkillers.)
If nothing else, by watching these shows and getting attached to them, you learn the importance of supporting quality programming since it really is shockingly rare.
AT&T reduced our bill by $50 & doubled our internet speed when we asked to cancel our cable account.
Glad we (wife was the one who called) finally did it.
Keep up the good work.
How Aereo could still change everything and Netflix Emmys it up.
CordKillers: Ep. Aereo’s Hail Mary
Recorded: July 13, 2014
Guest: Anthony Carboni
- Aereo: Hey, we’re a cable company after all!
- - US Supreme Court ruled Aereo has an “overhwelming likeness to the cable comanies”
- Aereo wrote a letter to U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan Aereo would like to be allowed to pay the compulsory license fee set up for cable companies in Section 111 of the Copyright Act of 1976. - - Broadcasters told the court they found this request “astonishing,”
-The 1992 Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act provides the broadcasters the right to demand Retransmission consent which they can charge for.
-Most likely they could just charge Aereo more than it could afford and be done with them. However the broadcasters don’t want a precedent set that a cable company operating over the Internet is the same as one operating over traditional cables.
- South Park to move behind Hulu’s paywall and end unlimited free streaming
- Sept. 24 South Park catalog moves to Hulu Plus under an exclusive multiyear agreement
- Day after episodes will remain free on Hulu and South Park’s site in addition to a ‘revolving selection of free episodes’
- Previously all episodes were free on South Park’s site.
- TiVo's Summer 2014 update makes it even easier to find something to watch
- -TiVo Roamio updates
- New column under My Shows to browse by category (customizable but hide and order)
- On Demand and Web options coming to traditional guide
- Netflix scores top Emmy nominations for 'House of Cards' and 'Orange is The New Black'
- - Netflix gathered 30 nomintaions for Emmys (compared to 12 last year)10 for House of Cards, 10 for OITNB
- No nominations for Amazon or Hulu Originals
-Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is up for outstanding short-format nonfiction program, -
- Zach Galifianakis' Between Two Ferns episode with President Obama has taken a nomination as well.
- -Outstanding drama series for House of Cards
-Outstanding comedy series for Orange is the New Black. House of
-Kevin Spacey - outstanding lead actor in a drama series
-Robin Wright - outstanding lead actress in a drama series as well. Ricky Gervais lead comedy actor category for Derek,
-Taylor Schilling lead comedy actress category for Orange is the New Black.
- YouTube talking with Hollywood and indies about another round of premium content
- - $1-$3 million funding plus marketing support
- Shorter than 30 minutes
- YouTube needs higher quality content to boost what it can charge
-YouTube trying to boost organic creation (push from behind) vs. commission shows directly like Netflix and Amazon
- Verizon created a page with many charts accusing Netflix of intentionally choosing a congested path to route its traffic to Netflix subscribers
- - Thus making it Netflix's fault if its content buffers. That is true. Netflix says that Verizon won't upgrade that connection or it would work fine. That's also true. Both companies would like you to cheer for them in order to pressure the other side into saving them money. You will not see any of that money they save no matter which side you cheer for.
- abetterqueue.com/ helps you find movies you’ll like and add them to your Netflix queue
- -Set the filter to exclude movies rated under a certain amount on rotten tomatoes, select what years you want the search done in and then check boxes by genre. The site returns movies currently available for streaming on Netflix. Click the cover art to go to that title on Netflix.
- iTunes extras which mimics DVD extra features for desktop viewers of rented and purchased movies is now available to viewers on Apple TV.
- -It will be retroactively added to previously purchased movies.
- Parks Associates compiled sales data for streaming devices.
- -Worldwide Apple sold more than 20 million Apple TVs since its launch in 2007. Roku has sold 8 million devices although limited to US, Canada, UK and Ireland. Google sold 3.8 million Chromecasts in the half year after it launched in 2013, about equal to Roku’s total 2013 sales.
- Orphan Black has been renewed for a third season
2014 Summer Movie Draft
- Amtrekker: $576,340,707
- TMS: $547,539,188
- DTNS: $544,575,754
- Night Attack: $409,857,495
- GodsMoneybags: $328,852,309
- /Film: $200,938,015
- Brian: Dawn of Planet of the Apes, The Leftovers, Orphan Black
- Tom: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Leftovers, The Shield (208)
- Anthony: The Leftovers
Dispatches from the Front
Hey Brian and Tom
I watched the first X-men movie tonight first time in years. I had a DVD copy of it years ago and from memory it looked perfectly fine. Tonight tho I watched it on Blu-ray for the first time and was kinda shocked at how the CGI visual effects just didn't quite look right.Kinda low res and off colour.
A good practical special effect like the fight over the Death Star in Star Wars A New Hope tends to keep looking good forever. And the practical special effects on the new Blu-ray's Star Trek The Next Gen look amazing. Do you think we will see movies with older CGI effects that looked fine on DVD start to look dated especially with the move to 4K coming down the pipe?
Listening to the last show I was confused with the comments about chromecast being too many steps to use.
Let's say I want to watch Rifle Burs on YouTube. If my TV is on at all, I open the app on my phone. Search for the video, hit play and touch the cast button. The Chromecast automatically switches to the correct input for me.
I for one thought that was super convenient. I can have "cord" enabled dumb TV on, look for want I want to watch on the many different apps on my phone and when I find it, it will switch over. No dead air.
Love the show!
Not yet your boss.
I just started watching The Boss on Netflix and WOW! This is a really great show! I think it is even better than House of Cards. I was wondering if you have watched this show and what you thought.
It was originally done for Starz and according to the internet it was not picked up after the 2nd season....can't imagine why. So is there a way to find out if someone else will pick it up like they did Community and others?
Thanks for your show...I rushed to support you on Patreon when you left TWIT tv.
Could Areo come to my house, install a digital antenna on my roof and legally carry on like business as usual?
All of the people on your show who have tried to ditch cable have gone about it the wrong way. They CALLED the company to cancel. That gives the cable company the advantage. I did it the right way. I had Charter. I unplugged all the cable companies hardware, packed it in a bag and took it all back to the custom service desk at their service center. They didn't even try to dupe me into anything. All I did was keep internet, and I'm saving $100/month.