If you're in Atlanta this weekend and headed to DragonCon you MUST join us in room A601-A602 of the Marriott at 11:30 PM (Eastern) on Sunday night August 31st. Why?
BECAUSE we're doing a live Cordkillers y'all. Cords will not survive this and you can say youw ere there. Join us! And together we will rule the cord side-- not cord side-- you know what we mean. Better see you there!
Time: Sun Aug. 31, 11:30 pm Location: A601 – A602 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
Want to understand why HBO won’t go Internet only and Comcast will? We have a camel and fig metaphor for you.
- Wall Street Estimates for HBO Broadband-Only Revenue, Profits
- - Barclays analyst Kannan Venkateshwar.
- HBO “windows” all of its new programming for digital-only subscribers. That is, you could stream “Game of Thrones” or “True Detective” on your iPad, but you’d have to wait for six months or a year to get the new seasons. Venkateshwar figures HBO could sell these wait-a-while subscriptions for $11 a month, a discount from the $15 a month the average cable TV subscriber pays for HBO.
- Sell the real-deal version of HBO over the Web, but charge a premium for it, like $18 a month. The theory here is that there are several million people with broadband who don’t pay for TV right now, and it seems unlikely they ever will. So why not turn some of them into paying customers?
- Could generate up to $600 million in new earnings, Venkateshwar estimates.
- Comcast launches internet-delivered cable TV at MIT and several other schools
- - Bridgewater College, Drexel University, Emerson College, Lasell College and the University of Delaware. T
- Included with room and board and can only be used on campu (althoughh HBO Go Watch ESPN, etc.)
- Comcast hopes to add other universities soon.
- A company called Philo provides similar service to Harvard, Stanford and Yale.
- Will Roku bring smart TVs into the cool crowd?
- Roku integration in TCL and HiSense TVs
- TCL on preorder at Amazon and in retail in next few weeks
- HiSense hit stores late September
- 32-inch TCL set $229, $649 for 55-inch
- NPD est. 2/3 of N. A. TVs are ‘dumb’
- BitTorrent's Science Fiction Series Looks Like an American Apparel Ad
- Children Of The Machine Facebook
- BitTorrent, ‘ConTV and Rapid Eye Studios making “Children of the Machine”
- First extended clip
- “Implants” and “jolting”
- Once the 60-minute pilot is completed, it will be available to everyone for free on all platforms at the end of 2014
- If enough people sign up for the flat rate of $9.95, the series will continue.
Front Lines 2014
- ChannelMaster introduced a Leaf-like antenna called Flatenna which they’re selling for $10 with free shipping.
- Simple.TV owners can set up guest passes to stream shows on Web, mobile and Roku.
- -Guests can’t watch live TV or schedule recordings, only access previously recorded shows. Up to 5 users can access a Simple.TV at once without performance hit, they say.
- Firefox for Android got Chromecast support this week.
- -At the same time the Abitcool website started referring to something called “Matchstick” which is likely the Firefox OS powered streaming stick they’ve been working on.
- The good news? A revised online viewing agreement means local games may not be blacked out for online viewing next season?
- -The bad news, you’d still probably need a cable TV plan in order to be able to watch them.
- Steven Spielberg is apparently developing a Minority Report television series.
- -It would supposedly follow the pre-crime unit as they prevent crimes. Godzilla writer Max Borenstein has allegedly been hired to write the pilot.
- Nimble TV has reinvented itself again. It now lets pay TV subscribers in New York or Chicago watch some channels on a Web-connected device for free.
- -Want all your channels and a cloud DVR? You pay from $5 to $30 a month. It’s essentially slingbox/DVR service in the cloud.
On Our Radar
- Brian: The Leftovers
- Tom: Doctor Who, The Leftovers, The Shield (302)
- Jeff: Last Week Tonight, Magic in the Moonlight
- Anthony: Doctor Who, The Leftovers, Last Week Tonight
Dispatches from the Front
Hey Brian and Tom
i have been catching up on the show and was watching episode 32 "cord apathetics" when i heard Brian say something that finally made me disagree with him, as i usually see things from both host points of view. when Brian said we need to get rid of the over the air signals i was taken aback by this. my 86 year old grandmother wants to cut the comcast cord and only have phone service (she needs it for lifealert as much like r.l. stine she lives alone) and she told me that she only wants to get the local (35 miles away) Lansing stations. to make a long story short i am searching for an outdoor antenna as all the indoor ones can not penetrate the walls of her living room and she also refuses to get internet.
Thanks love the show
Brian and Tom,
Just thought I'd mention something for the guy who was disappointed with the lack of content he wanted to watch on Netflix. Canistream.it is a great website that has a mobile web version and even mobile phone apps. It allows you to search for pretty much any TV show or movie and it will tell you what services it is available on for streaming or renting or digital purchase or even DVD rental/purchase. I use it all the time and it's great for those us trying to cut the cord!
Hey Tom & Brian,
Love the show, yada yada yada. Regarding the Movie Draft at Box Office Draft.com. What, who or where is the source for the movie listings for the next draft ? When would it be coming out ? And will the spreadsheet template be available to copy and paste into the league I would like to create ? Need some nitty and gritty on this, as I would like our family who it spread out over much of the country to join in on the fun.
Xbox helps out over-the-air users in Europe, but do we care? Also broadband outpaces cable TV for the first time. And why Brian is so excited about Vimeo?
CordKillers: Ep. 33 - I remember Coax!
Recorded: August 17, 2014
Guest: Ewen Rankin
- Cable Companies Sell More Broadband Than TV
- - Leichtman research reports broadband passed TV in subs among cable cos.
- 49,915,000 Internet v. 49,910,000 TV
- Netflix latest weapon to take on HBO: Cosby
- Netflix has 4 new comedy specials coming this year
- Bill Cosby 77 Nov. 28
- Jim Jeffries BARE August 29 (Aussie)
- Bill Burr “I’m sorry you feel that way” Dec. 5
- Chelsea Peretti “One of the Greats” (Brooklyn 99) Nov. 14
- Mohu Unboxing
- Thanks to TV streaming, the Xbox One is about to get more useful to your phone or tablet
- Xbox One getting updated media playback later this month (early access)
- Stream live television through smart glass (only in regions that can use the tuner dongle)
- Media playback from connected USB or DLNA source
- Vote for which new shows Amazon should give the green light to
- - Amazon’s third pilot season is uncerway
- The pilots arrive August 28 in US and UK
-The Cosmopolitans - White Americans in Paris looking for love and friendship ( Adam Brody and Chloë Sevigny )
-Hand of God - Hard-drinking judge seeks venegance and believes he has messages from God (directed by Mark Forster Quantum of Solace)(Ron Perlman)
-Hysteria - Austin neurologist tries to stop a diseases spread through friendship. (created by Shaun Cassidy, starring Mena Suvari)
-Really - Comedy. Chicagoans in their thirties deal with being in their thirties.
-Red Oaks - coming-of-age in the 1980s.
- Microsoft is in preliminary talks with Warner Brothers to buy the Xbox Entertainment Studios
- Xbox One is the first set top box to get YouTube’s new look for TV-connected devices.
- -It includes a pop-up guide, latest videos from subscriptions and curated channels. This makes YT a lot easier to use to watch series.
- @SteamDB found references to film, tvseries and music apps in the source code for Valve’s Steam video game service.
- -Could there be a new storefront in the marketplace soon?
- Pluto.TV launched a version of the service for Amazon’s Fire TV. This is Pluto.tv’s first native app.
- Warner brothers box design for the Blu-Ray edition of Edge of Tomorrow uses Live, Die, Repeat almost as the title
- -With the name “edge of tomorrow” very small and out of the way.
- Vimeo launched a new Roku app with a custom inteface. You can watch staff picks and curated Collections without needing an account now.
2014 Summer Movie Draft
- Amtrekker: $725,945,894
- TMS: $652,206,224
- DTNS: $613,133,262
- Night Attack: $572,123,262
- /Film: $563,735,995
- GodsMoneybags: $462,690,570
On Our Radar
- Brian: The Regular Show season 8, The Leftovers, Fargo ep 1, Quick Draw on Hulu
- Tom: Going Deep with David Rees, The Leftovers, The Shield (301)(This may be my favorite Shield episode overall yet), Quick Draw
- Ewen: Hannibal Season 2 and finished Season 1 of The Bridge
Dispatches from the Front
Hello Cord Killers
So the WWE Network launched outside the US this week and I tried it out as it's the first major cord cutting service here in Australia. While I haven't been a fan of the content since the early 2000's I thought it would be fun to try.
I was so impressed with the quality of the WWE's offering I decided to use Unblock-us.com to sign up for Netflix which is still in limbo here. I was left scratching my head at one thing tho. Netflix is often touted as having a massive library of content but I found lots of content I'd like to watch missing, both new and old content that is available on DVD and Blu-ray. For instance all 4 of the Transformers home released movies are missing (1986 and the 3 modern movies). I was really disappointed to also see the 3 Stargate series are not available.
What is the rule of thumb for what content is and isn't available on Netflix and other services?
Nik your newest boss.
I'm such a huge fan of the show, please keep doing what you're doing! But as your boss I would like to direct you both to something that you have failed to mention. I am the Producer on a show called Quick Draw on Hulu. We have just started releasing the second season of this very funny show and yet no comment from you both. Since I am your boss, and I make my living producing this show, I feel that your own careers rely on the success of this show. Please watch at your earliest convenience and I'm happy to take any notes.
Piggybacking on the draft conversation from episode 32… I’d like to setup a small movie draft with a few friends. Is there a set of rules or a summary/description that I can pass around to get them up to speed?
I’m the only Cordkillers listener of the bunch (I’m working on them!) and am therefore the only one who’s ever heard of the draft. While I know the basics from listening to the show, I’ve never actually watched a draft episode …or is that all I need to do and it’s all spelled out there and I’m a dummy for asking?
Love the show(s)!
Okay, had to write in again to address Brian's issue with over the air TV. Does he not realize that over the air has the best picture and sound quality of all the other options available?