Nielsen is inaccurate but HOW inaccurate? Also whether Amazon should join Ultraviolet.
CordKillers: Ep. 40 - I love you for the conditions we are in
Recorded: October 13, 2014
Guest: Derrick Chen
- Last Friday, Nielsen announced (quietly) that it has been overestimating live-plus-same-day deliveries since at least March.
- -Data since the beginning of the broadcast season will be reissued; the first batch of C3 ratings, which Nielsen said are error-free, came out over the weekend.
“This data represents between 0.1 percent and 0.25 percent of all viewing minutes that we credit nationally,” a spokesperson said. “In the vast majority of cases, the impact is small; in a handful of cases, the impact is more significant.”
- Amazon in Talks to Join UltraViolet Digital Video Locker
- -WSJ sources say Amazon held talks about a partnership with Ultraviolet.
- Currently works with Vudu, Target Ticket, Flixster and CinemaNow.
- Using gaps between radio bands, the UK is testing ‘whitespace’ broadcasting.
- -Ofcom has teamed up with ZSL London Zoo for a two month trial to live stream footage of animals to YouTube. Asian Otters, Meerkats or Giant Galapagos Tortoises.
- Apparently Jim Henson company is working on a sequel to Labyrinth. This reminds me of a babe.
- Ubuntu machines now support Netflix streaming in Chrome 37. This is extra good for DIYers using Ubuntu to build their own Home Theater PCs
- Amy Poehler's channel "Smart Girls at the Party" is joining Geek and Sundry and Nerdist.
- -Smart Girls at the Party was created in 2008 by Poehler and her friends Meredith Walker and Amy Miles. With more than 550,000 Facebook fans and more than 5 million views on its YouTube channel
- Netflix’s interconnection agreements are working.
- -Verizon FiOS actually topped all other major ISPs in Netflix performance in September with an average stream rate of 3.17Mbps, Google Fiber is still No. 1 among all ISPs regardless of size with a 3.54Mbps average in September. AT&T U-verse also improved after receiving interconnection payments from Netflix.
- YouTube is opening a production ‘Space’ for video creators in New York next month.
- Netflix users need Platinum plan to stream 4K. $12 vs. $9/mo.
- - That plan also allows 4 simultaneous streams
- 4K TVs from Samsung, LG, Sony, and Vizio, and requires a minimum of 25 Mbps download speed.
- All of Breaking Bad, House of Cards, Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters 2, a nature documentary, and The Smurfs 2
- The Blacklist will come in 4K.
- Customers who have watched 4K on current plan will be grandfathered in
- The TV movie "Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion" will make its prime-time network debut on ABC on October 26 at 7pm.
- -Fans will be treated to a special cameo from Darth Vader himself, voiced by James Earl Jones. Dave Filoni told StarWars.com. "We've added a scene which gives audiences insight into the Inquisitor and includes a cameo by Darth Vader.
- Sony Pictures Television is currently producing a PlayStation Plus-exclusive original series, called Powers,
- -Based on a comic of the same name, and it follows detectives who keep an eye on people with superpowers.
- "What if the world was full of superheroes who aren't actually heroic at all? What if all that power was just one more excuse for mischief, mayhem, murder, and endorsement deals?"
- Brian: Fargo, Transparent
- Tom: Twin Peaks (Ep. 1) Transparent (Ep. 3) Edge of Tomorrow
- Derrick: Arrow, Gotham
On our Radar
- Young Ones
- -YOUNG ONES is set in a near future when water has become the most precious and dwindling resource on the planet, one that dictates everything from the macro of political policy to the detailed micro of interpersonal family and romantic relationships
Dispatches from the Front
Just listened and wanted to point out that in the conversation about Kevin Smith Brian called Tusk a bomb /flop /don't remember. However since he's obviously a Smith podcast listener he probably knows but didn't think about it, but Kevin has really moved away from the traditional money making methods in favor of more musician styled.
I don't know for sure about the financing of the movie, but if it's anything like the Super Groovy Cartoon Movie it's probably mostly self financed. I know he's planning on touring it to theaters with live performances, so ticket sales will hopefully make up the "traditional rocket sales" loss.
For example Super Groovy cost $69,000 to make, and was never really released to theaters. But with the tour it was paid for in the first few shows, and while I don't know exactly what it brought in from what he's said in podcasts I believe it's something on the order of five million. Think of the pure profit from that with none of the marketing overhead.
It's work, yes, but almost his own version of crowd funding... Think of it as interactive Patreon. Possibly something like that could be a vehicle for other well known creators to pay for projects they want to do but can't get a green light.
-Derek in Chattanooga
PS. Brian is completely right, Myst was the streaming pile that Seventh Guest stepped over on its way to level 'Awesome'
Hey Brian and Tom,
I'm the science teacher in Taylor whose email yall read on the last episode about Netflix offering channels that streamed the same content to everyone at the same time. I was working my Saturday part time job with Austin Moonwalks (Brian: hit me up if you want a deal for one of the girl's birthdays!) when I heard it and about flipped out. Thanks guys, it was awesome to hear yall talk about it. I don't expect you to revisit it on the show, but just to clarify: I think I overstated how much I cared about the "communal" experience of watching what everyone else was watching. I didn't mean for that to be the main focus. That was more of a side-effect. For me, its more about the giving-up of control that I need. For example:
My favorite TV show growing up was Star Trek The Next Generation. I watched it at 9pm every night on FOX 42. (Do you remember before it was KEYE, Brian?). I didn't get to decide what episode I watched. I watched whatever came on: good or bad, whether I liked it or not. Because THAT was the one that was on, and there was nothing I could do about it. Now, I have every episode of the series at my disposal, but I can't pick one out to watch. It's impossible! I even devised a randomizing system to pick one out for me, but even that didn't quite work because I could still stop and change it if there was a part I didn't like.
It's not just TV shows. Do you guys remember before DVRs, just going through the channels and happening on a movie that you liked? Maybe you even had it on DVD or VHS, but hadn't watched it in years. You could have pulled it out anytime and watched it, but you hadn't and probably wouldn't for years to come. But there was something about it being ON TV that made you stop changing channels and watch the whole thing.
That's the feeling I'm talking about. Watching and ENJOYING something by chance, because that's what was on, and there was nothing you could do about it.
If Netflix had a Sci-Fi "channel", it could play movies, TV shows, or even documentaries (all of which came from what Netflix already has), and you could just put it on and watch what was there (knowing that other people were watching it too). Maybe I'd come across a TV show I never would have watched or a good movie I hadn't seen in a long time and never would have picked-out even if it were suggested. If I don't like what's one the Sci-Fi station, I can click on the comedy station and see what's there.
I guess some might call this "vegging out," but that's exactly what I need to do sometimes.
Anyway, sorry to write so much. Just wanted to make sure you understood what I meant, whether you agree or not.
-Andy (better known by 11 year olds as Mr. Morris)
Hey Brian and Tom,
I was listening to this week's show and I had an idea. When you discuss the number of "bosses" you have and how to support the show on Patreon, I think you should call the segment "The TPS Report" (Total Patreon Supporters). You could do it with or without a fancy bumper since Tom usually leads in with a factoid from the relevant year but what will he do when you pass 2014 bosses after all? :-) Maybe a running gag about new cover sheets would be in order? Just a thought and I am also one of your bosses!
Brian said a few times in the last episode that the chromecast is 'open'. I've looked into developing for the chromecast and I want to say it definitely is not. If you want to make your app chromecastable you need to have your application approved and your application signing key signed by google. And there's no way around this. It's not like Android where you can check the 'unknown sources' box and do whatever you want. It is totally controlled.
This may be why the firefox stick could be better. If it's truly open you may see things available there that you will never see on chromecast. Particularly I'm thinking porn and piracy apps like popcorn time, or even legally grey apps like grooveshark (an app which google has just banned from chromecast see http://thenextweb.com/apps/2014/09/09/grooveshark-longer-supports-chromecast-following-riaa-claim-infringes-artists-copyright ). That freedom and real openness might be just enough to give the firefox dongle an edge.
Why Comcast is almost giving you what you want and driving out competition at the same time. And why Chromecast is winning the dongle war!
CordKillers: Ep. 39 - Dongle War
Recorded: October 9, 2014
- Netflix and IMAX will get 'Crouching Tiger 2' on the same day
- -The Weinstein Company and Netflix will produce Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend- It will arrive on Netflix the same time as in IMAX theaters - August 28, 2015
- Big theater chains team up against Netflix's first movie
- - Regal, AMC, Carmike and Cinemark, Cineplex and Cineworld have all stated they don't plan to screen Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend on their IMAX screen. IMAX screens in China are still in!
- Why Adam Sandler is making four films with Netflix
- With Four New Adam Sandler Films, Netflix Takes Aim at Theaters
- -Adam Sandler will produced and star in 4 films for Netflix.
- Sandler’s films are among the most popular on Netflix
- First one could be as soon as 2015
- "The TV model is broken,” says ISP that stopped offering pay-TV
- -Oklahoma comapny BTC Broadband dropped TV service for its 420 subscribers because of the expense.
- bills would rise from $60 to $130
- National Cable Television Cooperative negotiates on behalf of small cablecos. but also todl the WSJ “small companies "representing about 53,000 customers have shut off cable-TV services or gone out of business" since 2008”
- Comcast beefs up X1 cloud-based cable in San Francisco
- -Meanwhile Comcast has X1 a service that is just a hair’s breadth from being Internet-only cable
- full TV lineup on any connected screen in their home, and they can download any programs recorded on their cloud DVR to a gadget to watch them outside the home too.
- X1 is in 8 cities
- Google Chromecast Is The Top “Connected Device” App
- -App Annie analytics firms analyzed aps associated with connected devices and ranked Chromecast app Number 1 (followed by Fitbit, DirectTV, HP eprint).
- Game consoles most widely used video streaming devices in US
- - Parks Associates survey 10,000 broadband heads of household
- Which Internet connected device used most 1. Game Console 44%, 2. SmartTV 3. DVR/Streaming Media Player 4. Blu-ray player 5. Chromecast
- Redbox Instant finally shut down October 7th
- -Information on applicable refunds will be emailed to current customers and posted on October 10. Verizon look slike they may be pursuing a TV over LTE service which may or may not be the same as the OnCue service.
- The New York Post says Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins is considering reducing the ad load on Hulu’s paid subscription tier.
- -The Post says ad executives would cheer the move as too many ads frustrates users and makes ads less effective. Hulu has been showing users more than 80 ads per month, compared to 32 on YouTube.
- Matchstick revealed its first Firefox-OS based streaming stick.
- -It lets you fling video, websites and other content from Firefox, Chrome and supporting apps. It’s a completely open platform that’s compatible with the Chromecast API. It will sell for $25 this February.
- Lifehacker has an in house developer now and they’ve put out a Chrome Extension called Flix Plus.
- -Adds new features and tweaks to Netflix.com, letting you filter its recommendations, remove spoilers, use keyboard shortcuts, and more.
- Plex Pass subscribers will be able to pull up their Plex library on their Xbox One and soon Xbox 360 too.
- -If you're not a subscriber to Plex Pass you'll be able to buy the Xbox app.
- Amazon announced Transparent is the top-ranked series on Prime Instant Video. And Amazon has approved season two.
- A new Twin peaks series will pick up 25 years after the season finale, coming to Showtime in 2016 for 9 episodes.
- Myst' is getting a TV series. Legendary TV & Digital Media signed a deal with Cyan Worlds. There's also a companion game planned.
- Netflix has signed up Executive Producer Avi Arad (who also produced the Spider-Man, X-Men and Iron Man movies) to create a King Kong animated series.
- -Set in 2050 with Kong as mankind’s only hope against robot dinosaurs. Full-length film comes in 2016 followed by 12 half-hour episodes.
- Brian: Fargo 6, Transparent (Ep. 2)
- Tom: Fargo (6, 7,8), Haven, Transparent (Ep. 2), Once Upon a Time, Gotham, Agents of SHIELD, The Shield (307)
On our Radar
Dispatches from the Front
Hey Brian. Hey Tom. Sorry it took so long to become yall's boss. I've been listening since the beginning of FrameRate. Anyway, Brian, I am a 6th grade science teacher up in Taylor (about 16 miles east of Round Rock). If you're ever in the area and want some Louie Mueller BBQ, hit me up; I owe you some! Also, if you've ever got a free day and feel like doing magic for some 11 year olds, Taylor Middle School would be a great place to do it . . .
Anyway, I real question:
You guys have talked about the Netflix problem of not being able to decide what to watch. One solution I've heard is for Netflix to have a station that would automatically pick something it thinks you will like and play it for you, kinda like Pandora.
But here's a different solution I don't think I've heard anyone suggest:
I don't want a personalized station just for me. I want to watch something I know that thousands, or millions, of other people are watching at the same time. What if Netflix had genre specific stations that showed the same thing to EVERYBODY at the same time. It would be great to tune to the Netflix Sci-Fi station and catch a show or movie I know nothing about right in the middle, like we always used to. If I like it, then I could tweet out 'hey, check out what's on Netflix Sci-Fi right now'.
My Amazon Prime subscription just renewed and was the first time at the $99 rate. I use prime for so much, the $99 didn't bother me at all. But, it got a question in my mind regarding Amazon bundling everything and their dog under the "Prime" umbrella.
If you had to choose just one, Netflix or Amazon Prime, which would it be?
To me, although I watch Netflix much more than Amazon Prime right now, the choice would absolutely be Amazon. There is just too much other value to be had there.
Just a question I thought might be interesting.
Thought I'd write in and tell you guys what happened to me the other day. My friend sent me a link to a youtube video the other day, and I decided to Chromecast it to my TV. I turn on the TV and a preroll ad starts playing... and then another, and then another! I was so confused, because you usually only get one ad before a youtube video.
All of a sudden I realized my chromecast hadn't switched the input for me, and my TV was displaying the signal from my OTA antenna...
Oh, right... this is how people used to watch TV!
Sam a Cord-Never
P.S. Transparent on Amazon Instant is one of the best TV shows I've seen all year, thanks for the recommendation.