What the Nerdist thinks of YouTube these days, the best trailers from ComicCon and Google may still have bought Twitch.

CordKillers: Ep. 30 - Let's Speculate Irresponsibly
Recorded: July 27, 2014
Guest: Kristi Kates

Intro Video 

Primary Target

Secondary Target

  • Nerdist Knocks YouTube’s Stickiness, Commenters at Comic-Con
  • - Google’s video site is not a place where people “hang out,” Hardwick said.
    - He also got an appreciative hoot from the crowd after dissing YouTube’s commenters as “toxic.”
    - “YouTube is a bunch of 13-year-olds who are like, ‘Look at me, I am unattended!’” he joked. “The second comment is always ‘FIRST,’ because they never make it.”
    - Rooster Teeth regularly puts videos on its website a few hours ahead of uploading them to YouTube, and sells paid subscriptions that provide access to exclusive content.

Signal Intelligence

  • Google reportedly finalizes deal for live stream service Twitch
  • -VentureBeat reported Google finalized a deal to buy Twitch for $1 billion
    - Neither Google or Twitch are talking
    - The average viewer watches 106 minutes of Twitch live streams per day. About 58% spend more than 20 hours a week watching videos on Twitch

Gear Up

  • Chromecast turns one: why this small streaming stick became such a big deal 
  • - Chromecast turned one July 24
    - Chromecast users have pressed a cast button 400 million times since the device was first released a year ago.
    - more than 6,000 developers have signed up to add casting to their mobile or web apps.
    - #1 selling electronics item on Amazon
    - COMING SOON: Screen mirroring, personalized home screen 

Under surveillance

  • FXX will marathon the entire 'Simpsons' series next month before releasing it online
  • - FXX will marathon all 25 seasons of the Simpson’s from August 21st to September 1st.
    - FXX will launch the "Simpsons World" digital hub in October, which will allow cable subscribers to watch every episode on demand on their desktops at SimpsonsWorld.com, mobile devices via the FXNow app, and on compatible smart TVs and set-top boxes

Front Lines

2014 Summer Movie Draft
draft.diamondclub.tv/

  1. Amtrekker: $689,515,120
  2. TMS: $598,450,443
  3. DTNS: $595,014,272
  4. Night Attack: $443,836,166
  5. GodsMoneybags: $390,588,309
  6. /Film: $282,356,843

On Screen

Dispatches from the Front

Hi tom and Brian I am one of the reported 250,000 people in Australia who subscrbes to netflix, which as you know isn't officially available here, so i have to use a VPN. I use unblockus.We never have any problems streaming at full quality even though we are yhe other side of the planet.
I hear that in the USA some people are having problems as their isp is slowing down their streams, i was wondering if they would still have the same problem if they used a vpn service, whats your thoughts? Plus it also gives you the advantage of chosing what Netflix region uou want.
Keep up the good work 

Alan

 

 

In a recent show you talked about why Nielsen only counts 18-49. Psychologists in the 1960 and 70's measured Brand Loyalty and found that people over a certain ago become inflexible in the their brand choices. Basically the younger people are then the more effective the advertising. Brand Loyalty is why markets don't advertise to people over 49, these studies have been shown to be flawed. Also the disposable income difference by age has flipped in the last 40 years with college loans and a stagnant job market reducing youth spending power. But given that markets are still focused on broadcast viewership that has been decimated in the last twenty years they can be the brightest group of company executives.

Mark

 

 

Aereo's next work around... Rent me a 1 square inch apartment in the city. Cram an antenna and slingback like device (and whatever additional tech is needed) in how ever many feet tall apartment. Then they are technically just renting a prefurnished apartment. Totally legal.

David

 

 

Hey guys,
I know that we are between Game of Thrones seasons but I wanted to pass on my experience as someone who watched the shows without reading the books first. I love the show and have watched it from the beginning. I have to admit, though, that I would get confused sometimes about who all of the characters are and where the story was going. After the first season I tried to read the first book. At the time I found myself getting bored because I knew what was going to happen. Fast forward to the present and I decided to pick up the books again. After a few years the details of season 1 are a bit fuzzy. I was instantly hooked on the book. Not only that, but I suddenly realized the relations between the characters and why some of them acted the way they do in future seasons. Having knowledge of future events is really making the books enjoyable and I can see the foreshadowing and the mistakes the characters make that lead to their downfall. Of course reading the beginning of book one and seeing the Starks as one big happy family was kind of depressing. My goal is to have all of the books read before the next season starts so I can see what it's like to be on the other side of the experiment. One book down, 4 to go...

Thanks for the great podcast,
Scott from Houston

 

 

Living in South Africa, cord killing is near impossible, as we only have over priced satellite and free terrestrial shit, that is not even HD yet. However I managed to get a Fire TV, and now proudly use Netflix, Hulu plus and Amazon Prime, HBO Go and WatchEspn (via a friends Verizon account). Filling in the blanks with sickbeard, couchpotato and Plex. All this costs me less than $80 a month, including internet. Not bad, compared to what you have to deal with in the USA.
Long live the Cord Killers.
Thanks

John Mac


Links

patreon.com/cordkillers
Dog House Systems Cordkiller box

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AuthorTom Merritt

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!!!

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CordKillers: Ep. Polluted Suggestions
Recorded: July 20, 2014
Guest: Veronica Belmont

Intro Video 

Primary Target

  • 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.”

Secondary Target

  • 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.


Signal Intelligence

Gear Up


Under surveillance

  • 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


Front Lines


2014 Summer Movie Draft
draft.diamondclub.tv/

  1. Amtrekker: $655,607,718
  2. TMS: $574,977,117
  3. DTNS: $574,735,174
  4. Night Attack: $432,768,488
  5. GodsMoneybags: $339,959,467
  6. /Film: $231,901,518

On Screen

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!

 

Tayler
 

 

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,


Kenneth

 


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.

Brian Drake
Gallatin, TN

 

 


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.

Bill
 


Links

patreon.com/cordkillers
Dog House Systems Cordkiller box

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How Aereo could still change everything and Netflix Emmys it up.

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CordKillers: Ep.  Aereo’s Hail Mary
Recorded: July 13, 2014
Guest: Anthony Carboni

Intro Video 

Primary Target

  • 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. 

Signal Intelligence

Gear Up

Under surveillance

  • 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.

Front Lines

2014 Summer Movie Draft
draft.diamondclub.tv

  1. Amtrekker: $576,340,707
  2. TMS: $547,539,188
  3. DTNS: $544,575,754
  4. Night Attack: $409,857,495
  5. GodsMoneybags: $328,852,309
  6. /Film: $200,938,015

On Screen

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?

Nik

 

 

Hello Killers:

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.
Byron

 

 

Hey Guys,

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.

Sandy 

 



Could Areo come to my house, install a digital antenna on my roof and legally carry on like business as usual?

Ken

 



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.

Alan


Links

patreon.com/cordkillers
Dog House Systems Cordkiller box

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