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.
- 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
- 'The Expanse' Revived for Season 4 at Amazon
- The Hollywood Reporter is reporting Amazon will be reviving The Expanse just over a week after its cancellation from SyFy. Amazon has not confirmed the deal, which is reportedly not closed.
- Jake Gyllenhaal May Play Mysterio in the Spider-Man: Homecoming Sequel
- Sony is reported to be eyeing Jake Gyllenhaal to play Mysterio and Michael Keaton to return as Vulture. in the upcoming Spier-Man Homecoming sequel
- Amazon gives 'Mrs. Maisel' third season just months after premiere
- Amazon confirmes the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel will get a third season even before the second has even premired. This isn't a complete surprise as Mrs. Maisel won two Golden Globes in January and recently won a Peabody award. The first season was originally greenlit after winning an Amazon Pilot Season vote. We reported about a month ago that the yet-to-premiere Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan was picked up for a second season.
- Robert Downey Jr. is making a YouTube Red series about artificial intelligence
- Robert Downey Jr has signed on to a new YouTube Red (Premium?) original series about artificial intelligence. He'll host and narrate the show which will explore how AI transforms the way we work and live in the present and future. His wife Susan Downey will produce.
- At Long Last, Terry Gilliam Has Screened “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote”
- After 30 years, Terry Gilliam finally was able to screen The Man Who Killed Don Quixote at the Cannes Film Festival Saturday Night to a well deserved 15 minute-long standing ovation that, kinda symbolized the decades wait on this film
- Barack and Michelle's next act: TV deal with Netflix
- Barack and Michelle Obama have entered an multi-year agreement with Netflix to produce series, documentaries, and feature films. Reports say the first item to appear from this deal would arrive around May 2019.
- Netflix lands political comedy with Jennifer Aniston and Tig Notaro
- Netflix acquired a new political comedy starring Jennifer Aniston and Tig Notaro "First Ladies." Tig Notaro and her wife Stephanie Allynne wrote it.
- Netflix snags Guillermo del Toro horror anthology series
- Netflix ordered a horror anthology series from Guillermo del Toro horror called "10 After Midnight." del Toro will curate, write, and direct alongside a team of writers and filmmakers. No release has been set.
- Netflix snaps up two Cannes award winners despite feud
- Despite the feud, Netflix also acquired two new films at the Cannes Film Festival. "Happy as Lazzaro" won Best Screenplay for the story of a naive man wrapped roped into faking a kidnapping. "Girl" is the story of a young transgender teen ballerina. The purchase includes North and South American distribution rights, but no release date has been announced.
- Netflix and ESPN are working on a Michael Jordan documentary series
- Netflix and ESPN are working on a Michael Jordan documentary series, "The Last Dance." It will cover Jordan's ascent to the throne in the '90s and his time with the Chicago Bulls during their final championship in the 1997-98 season
- Netflix picks up ‘The Big Short’ author’s Wall Street exposé
- And finally, Netflix picked up the rights to a Wall Street expose fromMichael Lewis, auther of "The Big Short" called "Flash Boys," on the high-frequency trading loophole.
What We're Watching
- Brian: Evil Genius, Cobra Kai, rewatch Westworld 203, Deadpool 2
- Bryce: Cobra Kai, Halt and Catch Fire, rewatch, Deadpool 2, Westworld, Legion
- Martin: Counterpart, Legion, Westworld, Barry, Atlanta
- On the Look out: The Who Was?, A Little Help with Carol Burnett
- Netflix wins a BAFTA, but the BBC’s still king
- Netflix won a BAFTA for The Crown (Best Supporting Actress went to Vanessa Kirby) out of 6 noms. Hulu wins Best International Series with The Handmaid's Tale.
- ‘Cobra Kai’: YouTube Red’s ‘Karate Kid’ Sequel Outperforms Netflix, Hulu Shows
- Data from Parrot Analytics claim Cobra Kai outperformed other original programming including 13 Reasons Why season 2 and Arrested Development from May 6 to May 12. Seems like a hit?
- YouTube TV adds The Young Turks and Tastemade channels
- YouTube TV adds The Young Turks and Tastemade channels which will produce 14 new series between the two for their coming 24/7 channels.
- Netflix will split the fifth season of ‘Arrested Development’
- Netflix will split the fifth season of ‘Arrested Development’ with 8 episodes releasing on the announced May 29th date. Netflix is doing a similar split with Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's finale season the next day. It is likely these splits were to qualify for the Emmy's.
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
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?
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)
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.
CordKillers: Ep. 220 - SyFy Is All About The Expense
Recorded: May 14 2018
Guest: Chris Cox
- 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
- ‘Karate Kid’ lives on in a second season of YouTube’s ‘Cobra Kai’
- YouTube Red's Cobra Kai debuted two weeks ago and it's been greenlit for a second season for 2019. Also hey, we're gonna talk about a couple episodes of Cobra Kai on It's Spoilerin' Time this week. Huh!
- First season of Apple’s 'Carpool Karaoke' will be free on its TV app
- Hey Brian, know how you love all these great shows coming to Apple's upcoming video something? Well what about this: Apple is releasing Carpool Karaoke season 1 for free through their TV app week-by-week. Season 2 has been greenlit for a second season for the Apple Music service.
- Leaked Tremors TV Show Trailer Shows the Sandworm Schtick That Could've Bee
- Kevin Bacon tweeted a link to a trailer for a TV show version of Tremors. Bacon and Blumhouse have been working on the series but SyFy apparently passed on the pilot. Io9 points out the serious Tremors fans may be put off by the idea that the Graboids disappeared after the first film, invalidating all five sequels.
- Rick and Morty's Coming Back for 70 More Episodes, But Aw Geez, Don't Ask When
- Justin Roiland took to Twitter to announce that there are at least 70 more episodes of Rick and Morty now officially in the works. Adult Swim says the new episodes are part of a new long-term deal with the network.
- Jon Favreau reveals more about the live-action STAR WARS TV show
- Jon Favreau says the forthcoming live action Star wars series will be set seven years after the events of Return of the Jedi and twenty-three years before the events of The Force Awakens. It will use Jungle Book level CG to create aliens. Half the season has been written too. Disney is expected to use the show as one of its launch titles for its over the top digital service coming in late 2019.
- RuPaul will take the drag show on the road in new Netflix series
- Netflix snags 'Next Gen,' a star-studded animated film about robots
- Netflix is giving us more Ricky Gervais whether we want it or not
- Netflix is adapting Stephen King and Joe Hill's 'In the Tall Grass'
- Netflix has ordered and acquired a handful of new shows including a scripted comedy from Ru Paul and Michael Patrick King called AJ and the Queen. Netflix also acquired the non-Chinese rights to the animated childrens film "Next Gen." At $30 million dollars, Deadline estimated it was the biggest buy at Cannes. Netflix also ordered a new series from Ricky Gervais called "After Life," about a man who, following the death of his wife, chooses to punish the world--much to the chagrin of his friends and family. Finally, Netflix has picked up the rights to Stephen King and Joe Hill's novella "In the Tall Grass." They supposedly plan to make a film starring James Marsden to be directed by Vincenzo Natali, known for "Cube" and "Splice." The story is about siblings who can't leave a field of tall grass after hearing a little boy crying for help.
What We're Watching
- Brian: Cobra Kai (1-4), Westworld, Legion 202-203
- Bryce: Cobra Kai (1-2), Westworld, Legion, rewatching Halt and Catch Fire, Red Originals
- Chris: Counterpart, Barry
- On the Lookout: There's Johnny
- 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.
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;
Do you have an equivalent organisation in the US?