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CordKillers: Ep. 37 - Crozakistan
Recorded: September 23, 2014
Guest: Bill Doran

Intro Video 

Primary Target

Signal Intelligence

Gear Up

Front Lines

Under surveillance

On Our Radar

Dispatches from the Front

Hey guys, know you've been working hard, but it is really out of step of taking a vacation without giving your 1900+ bosses a heads up before doing so. Some sort of note from a doctor's or checking with others in your workgroup so your job responsibilities don't get forgotten while you are away, or something.

and could you check that the TPS reports have the up-to-date covers next time thanks

Your Boss
Sean from Queens


Hi Tom & Brian,

I was listening to your discussion of the OnCue service in episode 36 and I think you guys are reading too much into it. This is still the traditional paradigm of cable television. Consumers will just be trading one set top box for another that uses a different delivery medium. Instead of using the wire to your cable provider, you will be using the wire to your ISP, which may or may not be the same company. The a la carte channel option is the truly exciting news for consumers.

The concept of "Internet TV" seems exciting to cord cutters because we associate "Internet" with expanded options and availability. However, the OnCue service is still just providing TV service tied to a set top box. The networks/providers were slow to come on board because this word "Internet" is scary to them. But once they realized that it's still the same setup just using a different pipe they were more comfortable with the idea and willing to give it a shot. This is not the huge step forward on the part of the content providers that you made it sound like. They are still just as unwilling to turn it all loose online in the way we cord cutters wish they would.

With the exception of a la carte, OnCue is not doing anything new for the "what we want, where we want" mantra that the cable providers haven't already been doing as part of their traditional service. Is this an important step that could eventually lead to more? Maybe. I hope it does. So say we all. But I think Brian's skepticism is prudent.

Love the show guys. Keep up the great work.



Is there going to be a winter movie draft this year?



Just wanted to let Brian know that The Legend of Korra is back on Oct 4th with the final book.

So how weird is it that Book 3 ended on Aug. 22 and 6 weeks later Book 4 starts up? This may just be Nickelodeon getting rid of it as soon as they can, but how often would we see this in the future with other properties? I'm not complaining and can hardly wait for the finale of the show. If Book 4 ends better than book 3 then we're in for a great ending.

Your Boss,
Bill Russell (not the basketball player)

Dog House Systems Cordkiller box

AuthorTom Merritt

We may actually have Internet-delivered TV by mid-2015 but we get a little more excited by Netflix’s chaos monkeys.

CordKillers: Ep. 36 - Rise of the Chaos Monkeys
Recorded: September 15, 2014
Andrew Zarian

Intro Video

Primary Target

Signal Intelligence

Gear Up

  • SlingTV review: Convenient TV place-shifting, with an underwhelming new interface
  • -$150 M1 WiFi
    -SlingTV ($300) replaces Slingbox 500
    - Retooled UI coming to 500 as well
    - Gallery feature, which is an overlay on your actual TV, showing you what’s on in a more visual manner
    - Browse current sports scores—and see them ranked by recommended viewer interest via sports website Thuuz
    - Rotten Tomatoes scores and icons in the movie listings

Front Lines

Under surveillance 

Dispatches from the Front

First of all wanted to say that I LOVE THE SHOW and that i finally started watching Breaking Bad, I'm on season 3 and even though i heard almost all the spoiler zone episodes related to the show i dont feel it has ruined my experience.
I also wanted to share with you the fact that i got 416th place in the Summer Movie Draft and I'm really proud of that cause last year I was in the 500 range. Pertaining to the draft is there any way to find the results of previous drafts I kind of want to see my progress through the past years.
Keep up the great work.

Alejandro  Guadalajara Mexico.


Now that Bezos owns the Washington Post, how long until a live anchored, online WashPo news service appears on TWITCH to compete with the cable news networks?

Also, the Tivo Roamio may be cheap hardware, but they still want $15 a month for the guide. That's $230 for the first year, $180 thereafter. For that money I'd buy the ChannelMaster OTA DVR and pay no monthly fee.



One of your bosses here who just upped his pledge. Just wondering if you guys would put a Donate section on the website so people could donate via PayPal or Bitcoin. I like Patreon and all but sometimes I just feel a need to donate money to stuff that I like. And Cordkillers definitely falls into that category. I see Daily Tech News Show now has a donations page and I plan to use it. Just want Cordkillers to jump on board too.

Cheers guys. Love the show.



Another summer has come and gone. And while fewer and fewer of us are enjoying these warm months (or cold if you live in the southern hemisphere) at the movies, I walk away from this season with a question. How in the hell did a flying turd on a stick like “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” end up being the number one movie in the draft? Sure you can explain the math to me all day long, but there is no reason that Michael Bay’s passively racist abomination should be the draft leader. Not only should a just and loving God have denied such an occurrence, but the way the movie draft is set up needs to be drastically changed.

Made $137,224,768 more than the winning host team,




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