Can MoviePass sustain $10 a month all-you-can-eat theater movies? Plus, Apple and Comcast team up to put theater movies in your home anyway.

CordKillers: Ep. 184 – Popcorn is Worse Than Free Towels
Recorded: August 21 2017
Guest: Sean Hollister

Intro Video


Primary Target

  • MoviePass threatened with lawsuit after slashing subscription fees to $10 a month
    - MoviePass lowered its monthly subscription to $10 a month. The service which launched in 2011 at more than $30 a month lets subscribers see multiple movies in a month with some restrictions on advanced purchase and frequency. AMC Theaters which has been a partner in the program said it is “actively working now to determine whether it may be feasible to opt out and not participate in this shaky and unsustainable program.” CNET's Sean Hollister interviewed MoviePass CEO MItch Lowe who explained that his system does not require any cooperation from AMC or others, but just acts as a credit card. 6 percent of theaters are integrated with MoviePass at the point of sale allowing you do things like buy concessions.


How to Watch

  • Hollywood, Apple Said to Mull Rental Plan, Defying Theaters
    - Bloomberg reports its sources say Apple and Comcast are in talks with movie studios like Warner Bros. and Comcast’s own Universal on a project to make movies available for home viewing within as little as 17 days after release in theaters. Prices being discussed are $50 per movie. Theater-owners have objected to the plan, but the studios are considering implementing it without their support. Theaters could then decide not to carry movies from studios who participate.


What to Watch


What We're Watching


Front Lines

  • Has Netflix’s Ted Sarandos Rescued (or Ruined) Hollywood?
    - Ted Sarandos told Variety that Netflix plans to spend $7 billion on content in 2018, up from the $6 billion planned for this year and most of that will still be on licensed content, not originals. He said “We’re still a couple years from seeing it go 50-50.”
  • Roku cracks down on private channels
    - TechCrunch, Cord Cutters News and Torrent Freak report that people are seeing warnings when users add a private channel on Roku. Roku was banned in Mexico after failing to police private channels that infringe copyright. The new warnings advise that the channels may be removed without notice.
  • How Big Is Esports Really? Nielsen Attempts to Figure It Out
    - Nielsen announced it will begin crediting publishers with ratings of video content on Facebook, Hulu and YouTube as part of its Digital Content Ratings. This is separate from live TV from Hulu and YouTube which being counted in traditional TV ratings. Nielsen also is launching Nielsen Esports to create reports focusin on sponsorship valuations, investment strategy and audience measurement.
  • YouTube TV now available to 50% of U.S. households
    - YouTube TV added 14 new markets making it available to 50% of US households if they want it. 17 more metro areas are planed to be added soon. YouTube TV makes a point of having the most live local broadcast stations of any Internet-only service.
  • Champions League Football Coming to a New Streaming Service From Turner
    - Turner will launch a streaming service for UEFA Champions League and Europe League soccer starting in 2018. No price was announced and select live matches will also be broadcast on TBS, TNT and truTV.
  • Sling TV now works in the browser
    - Sling TV is now available in Google Chrome for Windows and Mac as a beta for all users. The grid TV guide and the DVR access are not available on the Web version at launch but should arrive soon. Subscribers can access it by visiting Sling.com.


Dispatches from the Front

Hi guys, can you point me to a site that maintains an updated and detailed comparison of the various cord-cutting services (e.g. PS Vue, Hulu Live TV, Sling, etc.)?
I'd like to see not only pricing and channel listings, but also details on DVR capabilities and limitations as well as options to authenticate with other apps/services (as an Optimum subscriber I'm able to authenticate with just about everything right now, which gives me flexibility to use a range of apps).

Thanks, your boss

- Chris

 

 

Hey guys, thanks for all you do!

I cut the cord about a year ago when I moved across the country and had to choose a new internet provider. Best decision I ever made, and I used your book to help me determine what services were right for me. Thank you!
I am extremely interested in watching the Mayweather vs McGregor fight on the 26th but I am unsure of how to accomplish this. I have 3 Roku's, 2 Roku Premier+ and 1 Roku Ultra. I also subscribe to PlayStation Vue and HBO through Amazon Prime.
I want to have a party to watch the fight, but I don't know how to get PPV with my setup. Can I subscribe to Showtime through Amazon and get the fight? Is there a PPV app? Any help you can provide would be excellent.
Thank you!

- John

 

 

The recent moves by Netflix have made me think more about future of networks. I'm wondering if in the future we don't have networks, we just have content companies. ...

Universal (aka Comcast) owns NBC, USA and a movie studio, so they are set as a massive content company. FOX is solid with an empire behind them, including studios and smaller TV properties like FX.

But neither of them currently have a top-tier distribution service. As cord-cutting becomes more main-stream do they start to seriously look at having their own?

And CBS? What if Netflix buys CBS and maybe some of the smaller networks like AMC?

Oh, and don't forget about Amazon.

In the future I see these big players consolidating and focusing more on becoming the producers and distributors, each having their own services that they charge for. $10/mo for Netflix gets you all their stuff; $10 for Disney gets you Pixar movies, Disney channel, ESPN, etc.; $10 to Universal gets you all the Fast & Furious movies, USA TV shows, etc.

All of that seems obvious, but here's a wrinkle: what happens to commercials? Netflix has shown they don't need them. Do the others follow that model or charge us $10 and still include commercials?

Food for thought. Great show, guys.

 

- Adam



Links

2017 Summer Movie Draft
patreon.com/cordkillers

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AuthorTom Merritt

Rick and Morty (304), Preacher (208), Game of Thrones (705), Firefly (“Safe”).

00:47 - Summer Movie Draft
03:54 - Triage (Your emails to cordkillers@gmail.com)
06:31 - Rick and Morty (304)
13:33 - Preacher (208)
20:55 - Game of Thrones (705)
34:23 - Firefly – “Safe”

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Is Disney now at war with Netflix? Is Facebook video relevant? What happened with SeeSo? With special guest Andy Beach.

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CordKillers: Ep. 183 – Hi-Ho SeeSo
Recorded: August 14 2017
Guest: Andy Beach

Intro Video


Primary Target


How to Watch

  • Facebook launches Watch tab of original video shows
    - Facebook is rolling out a new version of its video section, renamed Watch, to select users in the US. Some videos are episodic and broken down into categories like “Most Talked About” or “What’s Making People Laugh”. Users can subscribe to updates from favorite shows, chat with other viewers while watching, and connect with creators through Groups. Facebook has funded some of the shows, but anyone can create one and get 55% of the revenue generated. Shows come from places like Tastemade, Major League Baseball, Mike Rowe, Billboard Magazine, National Geographic and more.
  • Seeso shutting down
    - NBC will shut down its Seeso comedy streaming service later this year. The service launched in January 2016, but laid off staff in June. Seeso originals “HarmonQuest,” “My Brother, My Brother and Me,” “Hidden America With Jonah Ray,” and “The Cyanide and Happiness Show” will move to the VRV streaming service.


What to Watch


What We're Watching


Front Lines


Dispatches from the Front

What do you think will happen with Star Trek Discovery if the first episode is a huge hit on CBS television, but the subsequent streaming only episodes are a bomb? Does it move to CBS television? Will they let if fail as a streaming only show? If they move it to television, what will this do for future streaming only series? Will people buy in to CBS All Access if they think there is a chance that streaming only shows will eventually show up on CBS television for free?

- Ken

 

 

 

Morning Tom and Brian,

Last show, Mickey Neumann made a great point I wish would have moved into discussion. His comment was following the conversation of how CBS moves it's properties around like pawns -- Mickey said he didn't feel "it respects the creator of the art".

Particularly from Brian, who's produced shows (and even reneged his cable cutting tacit agreement so he could watch himself on cable tv)... and no longer controls the distribution of them. I've heard Brian mention in passing he doesn't know where the shows are or how to get them.. so it sounds like he's just let go. I'd love to hear more about that end of the deal process to letting go of your art

- Joe

 

 

 

Is there a way to request a company to start streaming some of their back catalog? HBO GO/HBO Now does not have some major pieces of their library:

The Tom Hanks produced From the Earth to the Moon mini series...
The Golden Globe winning Don King: Only in America movie...
The classic David Mamet directed magic special Ricky Jay and his 52 Assistants...
And all of the past Young Comedian Specials...

Is it because these things were all filmed and produced for 4x3 television screens that they remain mothballed and not available to stream?

Thanks for any guidance...

- Shannon




Links

2017 Summer Movie Draft
patreon.com/cordkiller

After On

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AuthorTom Merritt

The Dark Tower, Rick and Morty (303), Preacher (207), Game of Thrones (704), Firefly ("Shindig").

01:00 - Summer Movie Draft
03:25 - The Dark Tower
13:44 - Rick and Morty (303)
17:12 - Preacher (207)
22:17 - Game of Thrones (704)
37:04 - Firefly - "Shindig"

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AuthorTom Merritt

Netflix buys a comic publisher, CBS goes international with its streaming service, and we have Khan-concerns. With special guest Mikey Neumann.

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CordKillers: Ep. 182 - Traceable Hot Sausage
Recorded: August 7 2017
Guest: Mikey Neumann

Intro Video


Primary Target


How to Watch

  • Plex brings its Live TV streaming service to Apple TV and Android, adds time-shifting
    - Plex took its live TV and DVR service out of beta Wednesday and expanded the feature to Apple TV and Android apps. Plex also added the ability to pause, rewind and fast forward live television. The feature is available for subscribers to the Plex pass service using a compatible TV tuner.
  • CBS adds 24/7 news from CBSN to its standalone streaming service, CBS All Access
    - CBS All Access is adding its 24/7 CBS News service. The service is available for free on the Web and in apps but will now be integrated in the All Access service on Web starting August 3rd and eventually be added to all apps. CBS also announced it plans to bring a version of CBS All Access to international markets, starting with Canada next year. CBS is also planning a live sports service but no details were given. And sports-focused streaming service fuboTV will add CBSN and several other CBS channels and DirecTV Now has a struck a deal to include CBS & its networks, including The CW, Showtime, CBS Sports Network & Pop.


What to Watch

  • Watch a trailer for Netflix’s summer sci-fi thriller What Happened to Monday
    - "What Happened to Monday" an independent film that Netflix picked up at the Toronto International Film Festival arrives August 18th
    - seven sisters (named for the days of the week) who — in a near-future dystopian society with a strict one-child policy — are forced to share one identity. Starring Noomi Rapace and Willem Defoe and directed by Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow)
  • CBS All Access has more new TV shows to join 'Star Trek'
    - CBS announced three new series at the TV Critics Association press tour.
    - Strange Angel, Ridley Scott producers based on a book by George Pendle. Jack Parsons practices rocketry by day and "is a performer of sex magick rituals and a disciple to occultist Aleister Crowley."
    - $1, a mystery/thriller that focuses on the role of a single dollar bill connecting people involved in a "shocking multiple murder."
    - No Activity, which is based on an Australian series that celebrates mundane against the backdrop of a high stakes sting operation/drug bust. It's produced by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Funny Or Die.
  • CBS planning a second STAR TREK series...which is also a prequel
    - Geekexchange.com says it has two separate sources who say Wrath of Khan director Nicholas Meyer is working on a second Star Trek series for CBS, centered on Khan. The limited series will supposedly follow Khan on Ceti Alpha V after being left there by the Enterprise.
  • Netflix reveals new slate of anime originals
    - Sword Gai, a modern-day fantasy about a boy who fuses with a demonic sword to battle hordes of monsters.
    - Baki, based on the manga, is a 26-episode series about a mixed-martial arts fighter who dukes it out with death row inmates.
    - B: The Beguinning from Production IG follows an investigator on the case of a serial killer, who could be part of a wider criminal organization.
    - A.I.C.O. Incarnation. Set in the near future, the show features a dangerous artificial life form secured behind a restricted zone. An unwitting young girl is drawn into the action after learning she may have ties to the synthetic organism.
    - Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya revives the 80s show starring a team of heroes who don magical armor that matches the designs of the constellations.
    - Netflix will also drop a crop of licensed originals shortly after they air in Japan. The list includes Children of the Whales, Cannon Busters, Fate/Apocrypha, and a series about popular Japanese stuffed toy Rilakkuma.
  • YouTube Red bought 10 episodes of a Karate Kid sequel series with the original stars
    - YouTube Red outbid Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and AMC for the rights to Cobra Kai, a Karate Kid sequel series set 30 years after the events of the original movie. Danny LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) — as they open competing karate schools.
  • The Dark Tower TV Show Now Has a Showrunner
    - The Walking Dead’s Glen Mazzara will run the Dark Tower series. The series will tell the origins of Roland the Gunslinger. It will be Independent of the new movie.


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Front Lines


Dispatches from the Front

Hi Tom and Brian,

I was fascinated by your comments about how Amazon wants to become a movie distributor while Netflix is doing things to make itself unpopular with the big movie companies.

I noticed something interesting the other day. I was looking at a list of the most read Kindle books (https://www.amazon.com/charts/mostread/fiction)
And almost every title is a book that’s been (or is being) made into a movie or a TV show. Handmaid’s Tale. Game of Thrones. Harry Potter. Ready Player One. Stephen King’s It. American Gods. One of The Dark Tower books. And number 2 was the new book by Michael Connelly, who is the author of the books the Amazon original show Bosch is based on (the book that’s at number 2 is not from the Harry Bosch series, FYI, just his latest book, with different characters).

Seems like Amazon is also mining their user data to get hints about what types of content will be popular.

Love the show!
- Beelissa

 

 

 

Tom, Brian, and Crew,

This might be most appropriate for Cordkillers, but since you mentioned Simple.TV during your plex discussion I thought I'd send it to the DTNS address as well.

Unfortunately, Simple.TV is shutting down and because everything runs through their servers my device is going to be bricked on the 5th. I figured that it would be happening sooner rather than later ever since their service outage and database crash in 2015. We always liked the system because we could locate the box near our attic mounted antennae and use the signal throughout the house without running a bunch of wire and could watch our home broadcast channels when traveling. We haven't had traditional cable service since we bought a Simple.TV with a lifetime subscription in 2013 so we probably got our money's worth, its just a bummer that we need to research and spend the money on a replacement now.

OTA broadcast television continues to become less important. It probably has some life left in it I think we are whittling down to a couple of major players who offer technology around it. The Roamio, ChannelMaster, and Tablo devices are the only options I'd be willing to try and set up for someone who is less comfortable with technology.

I've pasted their message to subscribers underneath my email.

Thanks for the shows,

- Brian

 

 

 

Hey Brian and Tom,

I decided to become a patron again because of the Spoilerin’ Time library show pick. I've wanted to watch Firefly but never gotten around to it. I tried to watch it once with my wife but about 20 minutes in she decided that it was a show I'd have to watch on my own time. I also tried to watch it with a buddy of mine but he didn't want to watch a show that didn't get a “proper ending”. Now I can watch it with you all and not have to worry that my geek reputation will be called into question.

Your Boss again,

- Tyler


Links

2017 Summer Movie Draft
patreon.com/cordkillers

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AuthorTom Merritt