Disney sues Redbox, Apple adds sports to TV app, and Netflix keeps cranking out the hits and Houses.

CordKillers: Ep. 198 - Don't Make It Personal
Recorded: December 4 2017
Guest: None

Intro Video

Primary Target

  • Disney is suing Redbox to stop it from selling digital download codes
    - Redbox does not have a deal with Disney for rental service of DVDs meaning Redbox has to purchase DVDs at full price at retail
    - Redbox has been selling the codes for digital copies that come in the DVDs it buys
    - This is against the terms of the use for the digital downloads
    - Disney is suing Redbox asking for the profits from the sales and an injunction
    - Redbox told the Wall Street Journal that “we feel very confident in our pro-consumer position.”

How to Watch

What to Watch

What We're Watching

Front Lines

Dispatches from the Front
Tom and Brian,

Have either of you used an Nvidia Shield TV? You talk about the Roku and Apple TV a lot but I never hear you talk about the Shield. For me, and my specific requirements, it’s the best set top box I’ve tried. If you live in a country where it’s legal to make DVD/Blu-ray backups, the Shield is one of the few set top boxes that has enough power to play back the files. Kodi + Shield is GREAT!

- Andrew



Hi Tom & Brian,

Just came home from an AMC Theatre hear in Florida. They have changed their terms of service for Stubs members. You no longer get to accumulate points if you use Moviepass. I asked for a manager for clarification. I was given a hard copy of a notice to all theatres dated October 30, 2017. Guests using Moviepass will no longer be able to accrue points unless they use cash or another credit card. I guess that's one way to stop aggressive point accumulation.

- A Scott




Dear Tom and Brian,

These questions are mostly for Tom:

How do you watch the crossover episodes if you buy and binge Supergirl and the Flash? Crisis on Earth X was really good and also had important story arc points for many of the characters. I hope you get to watch all 4 hours of it.

I'm very hesitant about this Movies Anywhere service. I agree it sounds great (though I have a similar service: I ask my son if we own a movie and where; he always knows). My concern is that I can't see any information on who's behind this. Do I really want to trust them with logins for several services that are connected to my payment methods? I think I have 4 different credit cards connected to my Amazon account. Even if Movies Anywhere is not untrustworthy, how do I know they are careful with security? What if they get hacked? I'm interested to know what you think.

- Beelissa



Hey asesinos de cuerdas,

The mythical DVR in DirecTV Now exists. I am one of the lucky “few” that gets to beta test the DirecTV Now Apple TV and iOS apps.

Few interface changes like show info and color logos for the networks. Interface just seems to flow better.

Attached are a few pics. Let me know if there is anything you would like to know.





I just want to second Brian's suggestion of firing all the services and adding things back as you find you want them. I did this when you all suggested it this past spring. It worked great for me. I canceled everything except Netflix and Amazon Prime*. A the end of August I added Hulu Live earlier than I planned - as a back up for my antenna to get the Houston Stations in as many ways as possible due to Harvey. I never lost power or connectivity but my antenna didn't work well in the rain. (All of my family members were lucky to be high and dry. 1 household had to evacuate because they were below a dam but they didn't flood) I've been happy with Hulu plus. Each month I add either a channel from Amazon or Brit Box to binge on series that aren't included in Hulu.

*I use the shipping enough to justify it especially because USPS screwed up multiple times and I have like 11 free months of Prime because of packages that were marked delivered 12 - 24 hours before they actually were delivered.

- Kimberly



2017 Winter Movie Draft

AuthorTom Merritt

New plans for Marvel, Plex can delete commercials from your DVR recordings, and we check in on the gear and services we use to watch our stuff.

CordKillers: Ep. 197 - Kibbles in My Keyboard
Recorded: November 27 2017
Guest: None

Intro Video

Primary Target

How to Watch

  • Tom's device report or Why I still need a Roku even though I find myself using Apple TV more and more.

What to Watch

  • Why Eileen and Tom seemed to have started "collecting" movies again.

What We're Watching

Front Lines

  • House of Cards 'hopes to resume soon' - without Kevin Spacey
    - Production on House of Cards season six is expected to resume December 8 without Kevin Spacey. Writers have been working during the hiatus, presumably to figure out what to do with Spacey's character, Frank Underwood.
  • Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige says the next 20 Marvel films will be ‘completely different’
    - Marvel has 22 films from the release of Iron Man to the end of Phase Three with a fourth Avengers film in 2019. But in an interview with Vanity Fair, Kevin Feige said “we’ve got another 20 movies on the docket that are completely different from anything that’s come before — intentionally.” As well as “There will be two distinct periods. Everything before Avengers 4 and everything after.” The only films acknowledged in this fourth phase are Spider-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy sequels.
  • Plex’s DVR now lets you skip the commercials… by removing them for you
    - Plex confirmed to TechCrunch that it is a rolling out a feature for it's over-the-air DVR function that will automatically remove commercials from recordings. Plex's documentation warns the feature can take some time and cause high CPU utilization. It's available in beta now for PLex Pass subscribers.
  • YouTube TV gets picture-in-picture support on Android Oreo
    - YouTube TV subscribers lucky enough to have a device that can upgrade to Android Oreo can now do picture in picture. That means you can keep the video from TV streaming while you do other things on your phone or tablet. Netflix, Chrome, VLC, and Facebook also support the feature.
  • Netflix's She's Gotta Have It tells a familiar story in a new way
    - Spike Lee has created a Netflix series based on his 1986 debut movie "She's Gotta Have It." The series focuses on struggling Brooklyn artist Nola Darling who's in a casual relationship with three very different men. It premiered on Netflix November 23rd.
  • This Could Be the First Look at Altered Carbon, Netflix's Very Expensive New Scifi Series
    - A Reddit account called Last Envoy has been posting images that look to be art referring to Netflix's upcoming 10-episode series "Altered Carbon" based on the book by Richard K. Morgan The GIFS depict the Skin Jobs Dive Bar, Smokes N Vapr shop, and a noodle joint. Netflix isn't commenting.


Dispatches from the Front

Hey guys!

Just wanted to follow up after my email caused a stir regarding how I have been using Moviepass.

It does take 7 movie tickets in order to get enough points for a free small popcorn, and I upgrade it to a large for $2.00. Before Moviepass, I NEVER bought conscessons (I'm in my mid 20s) and now I spend $2 almost every time I see a movie. It's not like they are losing money I would have spent, I wouldn't buy popcorn at all and just see the movie. Based on the ticket cut and how cheap popcorn is to make, I believe Regal is still benefiting from my Moviepass adventures.

Regarding the Moviepass terms of service, I'll need to take a closer look...

Thanks for the show,
- Joshua



Hey guys,
I cut the cord yesterday and stumbled across your podcast (and love it!). Since I've only listened to a couple episodes so far, maybe you've already addressed these topics (and sorry if that's the case) but I had a couple of questions for you.
A little background first - I live in West LA, my cable company was Spectrum, I currently have Netflix and Hulu subscriptions and view them on the Roku. I also ordered an HDTV antenna to install on my roof and suspect I'll be able to get the main channels for free. Now, the questions - 1) I need a new internet provider... not sure where to go... were you guys in the same situation? What was your solution? (Spectrum was charging too much and wouldn't budge on price so I cancelled it on a whim, it will be shut off on Dec 12).
2) My only real issue now is how I'll watch my favorite show (Better Call Saul!). There's no AMC on Hulu and I really don't want to pay Sling $20/month for ONE SHOW. Is there another way to watch it when it airs again? Should I buy episodes as they air on Amazon Prime? Assuming they're available the next day. Is there a better way?
Thanks again for the podcast. Great job, and I'll pass the word along to my friends!
- Lisa



Hello Tom and Brian,

I wondering if you think Disney’s new streaming service could be the return of the “Disney Vault”?

For the audience members who might not know what this it. During the VHS era, Disney would pull movies from stores and they would disappear for years to be re-released in some sort of new edition that had nothing new about it.

I am wondering if we could something like that happen with all Disney content. You go on iTunes, Google Play, Netflix, etc. and movies like Star Wars, The Marvel Cinematic Universe and Disney Animation can not be purchase or watched unless you subscribe to Disney’s Streaming Service. Then every time there is an anniversary of a films release they allow it to be sold on other platforms for a limited time at a marked up price.

Also, I could see Disney tier their service where you pay different prices for access to more popular content.

What are your thoughts on this? Speak to me oh Captains of Cordkilling!!

- Josh



2017 Winter Movie Draft

AuthorTom Merritt
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