What the heck is YouTube Premium, Spiderman sequel casting rumors, DirectTV Now overhaul, and The Expanse revival rumors. All this and more on Cordkillers! With special guest Martin Thomas.

CordKillers: Ep. 221 - $40. Wait, What?!
Recorded: May 21 2018
Guest: Martin Thomas.

Intro Video


Primary Target

  • YouTube Music launches Tuesday; YouTube Red will be replaced by YouTube Premium, which will cost more.
    - Tomorrow, Tuesday, YouTube will roll out changes to its subscription offerings. YouTube Music will officially launch as a music streaming service (with standalone app) offering a portal to YouTube's immense library of music label and user-generated music. The service includes recommendations based on history and location as well as various playlists. YouTube Music will be free and ad-supported at its base and users can upgrade to YouTube Music Premium for $10/mo for ad-free listening, background listening on mobile, and offline downloading of music. On top of YouTube Music Premium, is a plan just called YouTube Premium. For $12/mo, users get all the features of YouTube Music Premium extended across all of YouTube (ad-free viewing, background play, downloading) plus access to YouTube Originals--this is effectively YouTube Red. Existing YouTube Red or Google Play All Access/Google Play Music users will see a continuance of their features and services at their current prices and YouTube says Google Play Music uploads, playlists, and purchases will not change. Quoting an email that went out to YouTube Red subscribers: "Your monthly membership price isn't changing. As long as your membership remains active, your price stays the same. If your price ever changes, we’ll be sure to give you plenty of notice."


How to Watch

  • DirecTV Now launches DVR features to all customers alongside redesigned app
    - DirectTV Now is roling out a public beta of its DVR to all users which includes 20 hours of content stored for 30 days for free (with paid options starting at $10/mo for 100 hours stored for 90 days). DirectTV also overhauled its interface placing an emphasis on users' msot watched content and to provide picture-in-picture channel previewing. Users can also add a third consequtive stream to their account for $5/mo. Finally, users will be allowed to access local affiliates of network channels when travelling (assuming those affiliates are available on DirectTV)
  • New Amazon Channels Data Shows Why Apple Wants to Copy It
    - Data from The Diffusion Group shows that 53% of HBO subscribers who do not buy HBO through a cable provider subscribe through Amazon Channels, Amazon's a la carte channel subscription service. The same can be said for 72% of Showtime and 70% of Starz's a la carte subscribers. While this data is only gleamed from unofficial data, if it's even remotely accurate, it shines a light on why Apple would want to get into the subscription a la carte game. Last week we reported that Apple would eventually offer a la carte channels like HBO directly through its TV app.
  • TiVo update will add Amazon’s Alexa to select DVRs
    - In voice remote news, Tivos partnership with Amazon A-word is rolling out to users of the Premiere, Roamio, or Bolt DVR set-top boxes. The voice commands are limited compared to Tivo's own "Vox" remote control, but it's another option for voice assistant users. Also, YouTube TV turns on 'voice remote' feature for some users. Using the Google Home speaker or YouTube TV app, users can issue voice commands to control YouTube TV to change the channel, volume, or find a specific program.


What to Watch


What We're Watching


Front Lines


Dispatches from the Front

I DID IT!! I FINALLY DID IT!!!
Cut the cord, turned in my cable box. Cable free for the first time in 30 years. Not only that, Comcast gave me a year deal on its blast internet package for $60 a month and it will be cheaper when i get my own router. Not saying i will not ever go back to cable but I'm planning on buying season pass on Amazon of series i want to keep up with. Other than that, Netflix, Prime is good enough for me. #soexcited

- Mel

 

 

 

 Dear Penthouse Forum...I mean Cordkilkers...I never thought this would happen to me but AMC made me so mad I couldn't watch the movie I paid for and walked out after the first scene. I've been a longtime Movie Pass member (although I quit after they raised the price to $99 during their original phase but jumped back in at $10). On Monday I went to the theater knowing I had $10 in rewards on my AMC Premiere Club card and had decided to use that since I hadn't had a chance to eat anything that day. I bought my ticket with my Movie Pass, went to the concession stand and was told the $10 was used to pay for my ticket. I had always been given the option to use it at the ticket counter or concessions but the manager somewhat gleefully explained the policy had been changed and it takes it out of whatever purchase is now made first. It felt like this may have been instituted as a punishment toward Movie Pass users who get their tickets "for free" but it makes no sense because the theater gets full price for every film I see there and I am a loyal audience member who chooses them as my main theater. I sat in the auditorium as the movie started, grumbling to myself and decided to just leave and cool off while grabbing lunch. Do you think the Movie Pass conspiracy theory I concocted may be true?

- Mark



Links

2018 Summer Movie Draft
patreon.com/cordkillers

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AuthorBryce Castillo

Complicated feels about Daniel-san on Cobra Kai, Two Grown Men Try To Interpret Or Even Remember Two Episode Of Legion, and we're warming up to a trippy new Westworld.

01:10 - Summer Movie Draft update
04:57 - Triage (Avengers: Infinity War)
07:57 - Cobra Kai (101-102)
16:14 - Cobra Kai (101-104)
23:09 - Legion (202-203)
33:27 - Westworld (204)

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AuthorBryce Castillo

The Expanse is looking for a new home, more info on the coming live-action Star Wars show, and Rick and Morty a hundred years dot com, Morty. All this and more on Cordkillers! With special guest Chris Cox.

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CordKillers: Ep. 220 - SyFy Is All About The Expense
Recorded: May 14 2018
Guest: Chris Cox

Intro Video


Primary Target

  • Syfy Says This Season of The Expanse Will Be the Last One on the Network
    - SyFy will no longer carry the Expanse after this season. NBCUniversal exec Chris McCumber called it a difficult decision. Deadline says the decision was driven by the fact that SyFy got no digital rights, combined with lower ratings. Alcon, the production company that makes the show, says it’s going to shop it around. In a related note, LAST SEPTEMBER, Dark Matter creator Joseph Mallozzi explained on his blog that one of the factors causing SyFy to cancel Dark Matter was that SyFy didn't own all the rights and is moving toward fully owning all shows on the network.


How to Watch

  • Google’s new Android TV dongle is for developers only
    - Google gave developers an 8GB 4K Android TV dongle called ADT-2. It runs Android P which includes autofill for passwords and auto-install of apps from other Android devices tied to the same account. The idea of giving developers the dongle is to encourage them to make apps for Android TV.
  • Hulu’s live TV guide is here for your late-night channel surfing
    - Hulu is rolling out a traditional channel guide for its Hulu Live service. The guide will show up in the Hulu apps for Xbox One, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Nintendo Switch first with more apps getting ti later. The guide works like most guides with the addition of an option to show the last ten channels you watched. Another new addition is a part of the menu that shows the last channel you were watching.


What to Watch


What We're Watching


Front Lines

  • NBC picks up 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' after Hulu, Netflix pass
  • Roku Earnings Beat Expectations as Ads, Services Surpass Hardware Revenue
    - For the first time, Roku made more money off ads and licensing fees than from hardware sales. Roku brought in $61.5 million from devices in Q1, and $75.1 million from advertising and licensing fees. The company beat expectations with $136.6 million in revenue up from $100.1 million last year and a loss of 7 cents a share down from a loss of $.79 last year. Roku also counted 20.8 million active accounts up from 14.2 million a year ago. And half those users don't have cable. Half of their new users came from TVs with Roku built in. 1 in 4 TVs sold in the US in this quarter had Roku software built-in.
  • Apple Plans to Sell Video Subscriptions Through TV App
    - Bloomberg sources say Apple plans to begin selling subscriptions to certain video services directly via its TV app, rather than asking users to subscribe to them through apps individually downloaded from the App Store. This might pave the way for Apple's original content to be available as a subscription in the TV app as well.
  • Hulu to stream New York Times docu-news show ‘The Weekly’
    - FX and Hulu have acquired the rights to broadcast The New York Times' 30-minute documentary news show called The Weekly. FX gets 30 episodes that will air on Sundays starting later this year. The next day, they'll be available on Hulu.


Dispatches from the Front

Killers of cords,
I think there may be a more accurate way that MoviePass can market their plans by creating a new tier. There can be a Daily Plan which is more accurate for the Unlimited Plan they are currently offering. And the new tier would be the Weekly Plan which is the temporary plan they just eliminated which was 1 movie per week (4 per month). Maybe even a monthly plan (1 per month) which would match the sinemia $4.99 Plan.

- Ian

 

 


Hey guys,

It was funny listening to you dissect MoviePass' marketing of 'Unlimited' movies. In the UK we have
a self-regulatory organisation for the advertising industry called the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

If something bugs us about claims made by a company, we can simply raise it with the ASA who will investigate and potentially tell them to change their messaging.

Their website has a public database of all rulings, and lists what people have complained about, and whether the ASA agreed;

https://www.asa.org.uk/codes-and-rulings/rulings.html

Do you have an equivalent organisation in the US?

Thanks,

- Matt



Links

2018 Summer Movie Draft
patreon.com/cordkillers

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AuthorBryce Castillo