Winter Movie Draft, Triage, Agents of SHIELD, The Man in the High Castle (103), Jessica Jones (101-104), Fargo (206)
01:19 - Winter Movie Draft
05:00 - Triage (Winter Movie Draft)
07:17 - Agents of SHIELD (to date)
12:02 - The Man in the High Castle (103)
20:43 - Jessica Jones (101-104)
33:39 - Fargo (206)
Big 6 broadcasters all lose viewers, Univision launches a streaming service, and TiVO makes a CEO change.
CordKillers: 97 - It’s Official: Broadcast is in Decline
Recorded: November 23 2015
Guest: Kristi Kates
- Another year of decline for broadcast
- This autumn the big 5 broadcasters saw ratings fall 6% (DVR+7)
- Every single network dropped vs. last year.
- Averaging 10.4 18-49 down from 11.1 last year
- NBC 2.8 CBS 2.6 both down 0.1
- ABC went 2.5 - 2.2. Fox 2.1 CW 0.7 both down 0.1. Univision 0.8
- Networks have been slipping steadily 3-7% every year.
- These ratings don’t include apps
-And yet broadcast’s total audience still huge. Last week CBS 2.53 million 18-49.
- Is it cord cutting or just more entertainment choice?
- Video games, social media, smart phones, tablets etc…
- Univision Launches Streaming Service for $5.99 a Month
- $5.99 a month streaming service “Univision Now”
- Stream Univision and UniMás channels live
- Annual sub $59.99
- Prime time for 7 days after air.
- Prior 72 hours full channel
- NY, LA and Houston can watch local news
- Some movies etc won’t be available but sports will.
- UniMás is up 12.5% in primetime viewership this season
- Univision down 22%
- Univision Season to date (Nov. 15)
- #5 rating ahead of CW
- 1.05 million 18-49
- 2.27 million 2+
- TiVo's CEO steps down as the TV industry evolves without it
- TiVo CEO Tom Rogers will step down in January after 11 years
- Will stay on as non-executive chairman
- Search for new CEO begins immediately (Tom hears Chekt Kanojia may be available)
- Company lost 1/3 of stock value over the last year
- Verizon, Google, Cisco, Time Warner Cable and AT&T, all pay patent fees to TiVo, and Samsung is next.
- YouTube Kids entertains children outside of the US
- YouTube Kids is now available in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.Google says the app has been downloaded more than 10 million time. And in a feat of PR spin points out that the 54 minute “Wheels on the Bus” video has more time spent watching than Gangnam Style.
- ‘Lost In Space’ TV Series Remake In Works At Netflix
- Deadline heard Netflix has landed a reboot of Lost in Space. Executive producers are writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (Dracula Untold) Kevin Burns of Synthesis Entertainment, and Neil Marshall and Marc Helwig of Legendary TV-based Applebox. Synthesis has tried reviving Lost in Space many times.
- Netflix continues its movie theater invasion with a new film from Bob Odenkirk
- Netflix has also picked up Bob Odenkirk’s film Girlfriend Day a “noir comedy” about a greeting card writer accused of murder, directed by Michael Stephenson and featuring Amber Tamblyn. Netflix also bought the recently completed film Mercy, written and directed by Chris Sparling. Both films will be released in 2016 online and in theaters simultaneously.
- Vudu is now streaming major 4K ultra HD movies with Dolby Atmos Surround and HDR, but with a serious catch
- Vudu is making 4K Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos title available for owners of the Vizio Reference series of 4K TVs. Viewers would also need a Dolby Atmos capable A/V receiver or pre-amp to take advantage of the sound.
- Google Play Movies and TV shows are coming to your LG smart TV
- LG is adding Google Play movies and TV to its lineup of smart TVs. It’s the first smart TV platform not using Android TV to offer Google Play. Coming to 104 countries starting with US, UK, Canada and Australia over the next two weeks.
- Chill optional: 51 percent of US internet users watch Netflix
- According to a survey by RBC Capital markets 51% of US Internet users say they have used Netflix to watch a movie or TV show in the last 12 months. YouTube was second followed by Amazon, Hulu and HBO Go.
- You can watch the First episode of the Expanse online today
- J.J. Abrams’s Other Project Has a Trailer, Release Date
- JJ Abrams executive producing a Hulu series based on Stephen King’s book 11.22.63. A trailer is out and the series will come to Hulu Feb. 15, Presidents Day.
- A trailer for the second season of Transparent is also out. Season 2 premieres on Amazon Dec. 11.
- Brian: iZombie, Man in the High Castle (103), Jessica Jones (1-4), Fargo (206)
- Tom: Bob's Burgers, Clone Wars, Fargo (206), Agents of SHIELD, Haven, Flash, The Man in the High Castle (Season 1), Jessica Jones (Season 1), Doctor Who, The Walking Dead, Arrow, The Leftovers (208), The Expanse (101)
- Kristi: Man in the High Castle (Ep 1-4), Mockingjay Pt. 2, Jessica Jones Ep. 1, American Music Awards
- Bryce: Jessica Jones
Dispatches from the Front
First congrats on closing in on the FIRST 100 episodes of Cordkillers.
Pluto does have an Android (and I assume an IOS) app and that's how I've enjoyed using it so far. I was eager for their Roku app but that quickly faded when I brought it up and found only the barest of channel line up. I get that there might be agreements in place that makes what appears on mobile different from what appears on the web. I don't understand why there'd be a difference between mobile and Roku though. If Pluto can get their act together I'll probably drop Sling TV (and their not so great Roku interface).
Yesterday I noticed how much Netflix really has the user experience nailed.... and Amazon is still far behind them in that regard. I got an email from Netflix telling me about Jessica Jones and giving me a link to add it to my list. Then when I sat down to watch TV, I seem to always start with Netflix to see what's on. Again, right there on the first screen was Jessica Jones. How could I not click it? When I did click over to Amazon (again on my Roku 3) I think I had to scroll around a bit to find Man in the High Castle. Good golly is the Amazon interface on the Roku painful.
Anyway, thank you gentlemen for another good episode of Cordkillers.
Hello Tom & Brian,
I could totally see WalMart selling a USB media player to the under tech educated patrons out there. But there is already a very popular set top box with a USB port (Roku). Although I don't understand why Roku has a mirco SD slot, but its not available for media storage. Anyways, I use a Network Attached Storage device connected to my Roku for local media storage.
Secondly, how can I watch SW Rebels? I have Netflix & Amazon Prime, but it isn't available for streaming. I've searched them but not been able to view SW Rebels without paying? Is this something that I need to go to Hulu for, or somewhere else?...
Any thoughts on a complementary podcast of someone who truly never watched SW? I'm thinking of taking my daughter though the experience when she is older. Until then, I'm shielding her from that ecosystem."
I, finally convinced his wife to cut the cord but they just moved and the only viable option was Comcast:
"Here's the kicker: I decided "sure, let's try out cable TV again since it's about the same price, see all the amazing stuff we've been missing out on." Haven't gotten time to watch sports yet, so that jury is still out, but as far as kids programming we are horrified. What are these things called commercials? And how on earth am I supposed to teach my 3 year old to fast-forward through them? 8 year old doesn't really get it either. What the heck are they trying to sell my kids now? Why is my kid screaming at me when I just wanted to get a break and let him watch one of his favorite shows?
Back to Netflix/Amazon for us... truly we never left, but this has been the perfect bake-off for us to compare with a somewhat fresh perspective, and cable TV will need to do MUCH much more if they think they are going to be competitive. I imagine I will soon be one of those numbers of consumers who is a "new" cable subscriber, and I'll probably continue to pay for cheap cable because of the bundle Comcast will offer me when I cancel TV service...
Or maybe I'll just pay more every month to spite them. "Take your TV service and stick it in an old CRT monitor somewhere in the desert... someone there will love it."
Keep up the great show, cheers!
- Kress from "not sure how I ended up on the east coast" New Hampshire...
This cracked me up. It was at the end of the credits on this week's Big Bank Theory...
- Belinda Orick
Pay TV losses growth again, Time Warner might buy part of Hulu, ABC’s wacky plan to avoid viewers.
CordKillers: 96 - It’s Wizards
Recorded: November 16 2015
- Cable TV Providers Lost 350,000 Subscribers in Q3 Due to Cord-Cutting
- Sling TV Web TV Service Has 394,000 Subscribers, Analyst Says
- MoffettNathanson report
- US Pay TV lost 357,000 subs Q3
- Twice what they lost in same quarter last year
- Dish lost 175K not counting Sling
- Sling added 155K (up to 394K :: Hulu 10mm Netflix 42mm)
- Better than 605K lost in Q2
- Hulu reportedly wants to sell part of itself to Time Warner
- Hulu in talks to make Time Warner (HBO, Turner) owner of 25% (alongside equal shares from existing 3 nets Fox, ABC, NBC)
- Hulu valued at $5 billion
- Peter Kafka from Recode’s sources say discussions haven’t gone very far
- TV Networks May Contemplate Change to Hulu Licensing
-On licensing of shows to Hulu
-21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch during latest earnings call:
“Look, I think our commitment to Hulu is self-evident. We’ve invested a lot in it. We continue to license to it, where it makes the most sense for our creative partners and us to do so. But also, we want to grow our app distribution, as well. And I think we’re seeking to license rights to distributors of all kinds, if it’s on the right terms.”
- TV Programmers Push Netflix for Promotions, Branding
- One thing nets want is more cross-promo. Hulu gives them that. Now Netflix too
- How to get away with murder has a 4-second glamor shot of Viola Davis and ABC logo
- ABC logo on icon in menu as well
- FX gets logo on some shows on Netflix as well
- CAST makes TV social as it tries to out-stream the Slingbox
- Kickstarter for CAST by GENII (through Jan. 9 2016)
- Hub, smartphone app, wifi camera, HDMI dongle
- Send what’s accessible on the Internet to another CAST user (up to 6) limited to “a normal circle of family and acquaintances”
- Chat along with cameras
- $299 for box $399 for hub September 2016
- “a wireless home video system and console that smartifies all of your home devices”
Thanks to folks who’ve pointed out similar services.
- When done online it brings in a central server which makes the legality question different.
- When broadcast from your own doc, like sling box….
- Judge: Internet broadcaster FilmOn isn’t a cable system
- US District Judge Rosemary Collyer ruled last week that FilmOn is not a cable system and can’t get statutory licenses. Collyer’s ruling contradicts a July LA federal judge’s opinion in the 9th circuit. Both rulings will likely be appealed and could lead to another Supreme Court hearing.
- ABC Lines Up Original Series for New Streaming Effort
- ABC is developing series for its WatchABC app, the first coming from comedian Iliza Schlesinger. How you can watch the shows is yet to be determined but will likely involve some kind of cable service authentication.
- NBC's comedy streaming service starts free beta preview December 3rd
- NBC’s Seeso comedy app ill be available for a limited free public beta December 3rd. The trial will be web only. The service is scheduled to go live in January for $4 a month.
- Pluto TV Brings Its Streaming Video App To Apple TV With Improved Look, More Licensed Content
- Pluto TV the streaming service with a more familiar traditional channel guide is now available on Apple TV with plans to come to Roku soon. Pluto is already available on Android TV and Fire TV.
- Sony’s PlayStation Vue streaming service expands to Amazon Fire TV
- Sony’s PlayStation Vue TV service is now available on Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV stick and support for Chromecast is coming soon. The service is currently available in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, and Miami.
- Comcast begins launch of internet-only TV service
- And Comcast launched its $15 a month “Stream” service which allows subscribers to Comast Internet to get Internet TV from a dozen mainstream networks and HBO. It includes a cloud DVR and some on-demand programming as well. Its launching in the greater Boston area.
- Amazon picks up Drive director's new movie The Neon Demon
- Amazon acquired the rights to the movie “The Neon Demon” from director Nicola Winding Refn, known for Drive and Only God Forgives. The movie's cast includes Elle Fanning, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Jena Malone, and Abbey Lee. Coming next summer.
- Netflix backs South Korean monster movie starring Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal
- Netflix is investing monster movie Okja from director Bong Joon-ho, known for Snowpiercer. Okja's cast includes Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Bill Nighy, and Kelly MacDonald. It comes out first half of 2017.
- Joel Hodgson is trying to Kickstart a revival of MST3K.
- Jason Momoa will star in a Netflix drama about the 18th century fur trade
- Jason Momoa has signed on to star in Netflix's original series, Frontier, set to premier next year with San Andreas director Brad Peyton.
- 'Twilight' author Stephenie Meyer is making a show for Hulu
- Twilight author Stephanie Meyer is working on a Lionsgate TV show called Rook, headed to Hulu.
- Brian: Peanuts movie, Star Wars Rebels, W/Bob and David, Fallout 4, Fargo
- Tom: Attack of the Clones, Agents of SHIELD, Fargo (205) Star Wars Rebels (204), Flash, Arrow, Muppets, W/ Bob and David, Clone Wars, Doctor Who, The Walking Dead, The Leftovers (207), Once Upon a Time, Last Man on Earth
- Bryce: John Mulaney's "The Comeback Kid"
Dispatches from the Front
Hey guys, I'm about to add to the physical media vs. digital content argument. I bought the DVDs for the first season of Rick and Morty to give as a give to a friend of mine, and when they opened up the case to play one of the disks, a "The Good Morty" religious tract dropped out. If you're familiar with Chick Tracts, then you know exactly what this looked like. Digital is great for some things, but it can't yet replicate such a great gag as having a faux religious tract packaged along with the content. And when I posted a pic the tract on Facebook, a bunch of my friends immediately posted that they were now ordering the DVDs because of it, so I just boosted sales of the DVDs (and hopefully increased the odds of there being a 3rd season, you're welcome, America).
I'll still probably continue to buy mostly digital content, but I'm certainly not going to overlook physical media for certain items. Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to order my own copy of Rick and Morty on DVD.
Hey Brian and Tom
I was listening to your conversation about the possibility of removing a few minutes of commercials from TV shows and increasing the amount of time that we have for content. If we could eek out 3 to 5 more minutes for content by reducing commercials we might see a resurgence in those classic TV theme songs.
- Steve from TooMuchScrolling.com
Brian, Tom and Bryce,
I, along with many others, have a bone to pick with the CBS executives and their decision to make the new Star Trek series only available on their app. That bone is: their app sucks.
In the pioneering days of cord cutting, people tolerated bad UI's, repetitive commercials and endless buffering, but I feel the cordcutting community has moved beyond that now. We're being asked to pay for more and more, and rightfully so. But if I'm going to be $6/mo I expect something to work just under the high standards set forth by Netflix. CBS All Access has a long way to go to catch up to this standard.
Am I happy they're looking to the web for the future? Yes. Am I happy to pay for their content on the web? Yes. But only if they can provide it in a way that doesn't frustrate and me and send me back to Netflix to rewatch Firefly yet again simply because I know it will work.
Thanks for all that you do!
- Melissa from Lincoln, NE
Hi Brian and Tom,
As you probably know in Australia we have a single cable television provider - Foxtel. Compared the US it seems pretty good value EXCEPT when it comes to sports. For US sports in particular we are very poorly serviced. For example Foxtel is showing 3-4 NBA games a week on their EPSN channel. 3 to 4!!!! A week!!! And some of those aren't even live! This is versus the 13-15 games that are actually played.
So, after the Rugby World Cup (Go the All Blacks hey Tom!) I cancelled my $25 per month sports package and signed up for a $27.90 NBA League Pass. So I am paying MORE money per month for ONE SPORT, as opposed to LESS money for MORE SPORTS. Madness? No. It is what I want. When I want it. On whatever fricken' device I please.
I would much rather pay $25 a month to each sport that I am interested in watching (or at least have the choice of watching) than to pay a "cheap" $25 for a limited selection that I can only watch on one TV in the house (Foxtel has Foxtel Go which is a streaming service, but it is not HD and streaming is inconsistent at best).
Sporting codes, take my money - it's just sitting here doing nothing...
Just to add my 2 cents about Plex.
I was using Plex to watch the episode of Cordkillers where you discuss the legal uses to which Plex can be put.
One aspect of the change in the media landscape is that more and more content is not behind DRM. Folks such as yourselves that put stuff out and want your niche to get access in any way possible. Most of what I watch these days is that sort of thing, and Plex is a great service for doing just that.
You know these things, I'm sure. But since much of the media I want to watch, when I want, where etc. is video like you produce, Corkillers should reference Plex as a tool to achieve that goal.
BTW, the Plex Dimondclub.tv channel is excellent.