What Netflix needs to do to survive, why Apple hired Sony’s TV presidents, and whether Netflix should warn you about download limits. Brian says no! With special guest Kristi Kates.
CordKillers: Ep. 175 - Netflix Killers
Recorded: June 19 2017
Guest: Kristi Kates
- 80% Cut the Cord Because Cable TV is Simply Too Expensive
- A report from TiVo shows nearly half of pay TV subscribers are at least considering cutting the cord and that 80% of cord cutters made the change because pay TV was too expensive. After price the main reasons for cord-cutting were given as the availability of streaming services and the use of over the air antennas. Of those unsatisfied with their current Pay TV service 81.4% said it was the high price, 32.9% said it was poor customer service and 29.9% said it was the quality of the TV service.
- Netflix has more American subscribers than cable TV
- Leichtman research estimates that as of the first three months of 2017, Netflix has 50.85 million US subscribers and all cable TV outlets combined have 48.61 million. That doesn’t include satellite TV service like Dish and DirecTV but still, Netflix can say they’re bigger than cable. As for Internet-only services Leichtman estimates Sling TV has 1.36 million subscribers and DirecTV Now has 375,000. YouTube TV and Hulu TV hadn’t launched yet in the time period covered.
How to Watch
- Apple has hired two well-regarded TV execs to ramp up its original video plans
- Apple has hired Sony TV joint Presidents Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg. The two men helped bring about shows like Breaking Bad, The Shield, Justified and Shark Tank. They’ll both report to Eddy Cue.
What to Watch
- Star Trek: Discovery Begins September 24
- Star Trek Discovery’s 15-episode first season will start September 24 with the first 8 episodes running until November 5th. The last seven will begin streaming in January.
- Yes, The Dark Tower Movie Is a Sequel to the Books
- About the Dark Tower, Nick Arcel told IGN “It is, in fact, a continuation. It is a canon continuation. That’s exactly what we intended and what Stephen King has signed off on.”
- Bill Nye Saves the World will be back for a second season
What We're Watching
- Brian: Justified, Better Call Saul, Flight of the Conchords
- Tom: Justified, American Gods, Fargo, Better Call Saul, Twin Peaks, Orphan Black, Handmaid's Tale
- Kristi: Star Trek Voyager, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Gravity is Just a Habit
- On the Lookout: Brown Girls
- Musical.ly debuts original mini-shows from NBC and MTV
- The lip-syncing social video app Musical.ly released its first original content to run along side user created videos, after inking deals with Viacom, NBCUniversal and Hearst Magazines Digital Media. The content is designed to be interactive, encouraging viewers to send in responses. The 2-4 minute episodes air weekly from the MTV, E! and Seventeen at launch, free to all users without ads. Shows will be featured in Musical.ly's trending section for 24-hours after dropping.
- Time Warner has signed a two-year deal with Snapchat for 10 original shows a year, including scripted drama and comedies.
- Amazon Prime video users who add Showtime, HBO, Cinemax and Starz will now be able to login to the services individual apps with their Amazon accounts.
- DirecTV Now’s latest attempt to draw new subscribers is a free Roku Premiere
- AT&T is offering two free Roku Premiere boxes for new DirecTV subscribers who pay for two months service up front. The Roku Premiere normally costs $70 and can handle 4K content, though DirecTV Now does not yet stream in 4K.
- Netflix places limits on how many times you can download certain content
- Android Police noted that Netflix has limits on how many times you can download it’s shows for offline viewing. Combined with the fact that every download has an expiration date that requires a re-download, this could catch people who repeatedly run out of time to view a downloaded show or download to multiple devices. Netflix doesn’t tell you what the limit is, and Android Police says it seems to vary by show.
- Sling TV rolls out a better DVR with an option to protect recordings, record from Fox
- Sling TV has added the ability to protect a recording from deletion on its $5 a month 50-hour cloud DVR service. Sling will also start showing the option to a record a show from the franchise screen, not just episode screens. And episodes from the same show will be grouped into folders now on Roku and eventually on other platforms as well. The DVR is now available on the Fire TV and Xbox platforms and finally Fox channels are now available to record.
Dispatches from the Front
Tom and Brian,
First time commenter long time listener!
I wanted to weigh in on the discussion around why Netflix content has such an memorable impact to the market. I believe Netflix's secret sauce is its ease of access to its service.
If you recall, right out of the gate, Netflix's streaming service was available on multiple platforms including smartphones, tablets, smart TV's as well as DVD/Bluray players and gaming platforms (Xbox 360/One, PlayStation 3/4, Nintendo Wii/Wii U, xDS). Users both technically savvy and not could access Netflix's content and have a very similar experience within their comfort zone. In my opinion, this helped Netflix leapfrog the competition and solidify itself in the space. Even now, Netflix continues to target ease of access by integrating Netflix into cord-keeping offerings like Comcast's voice enabled x1 platform.
Love the show!
Hi guys! Debbie from hot and sticky San Antonio here (oh wait, that's a different show). I'm listening to you guys talk about Katy Perry's livestreaming (show 174) and I feel the need to point out that Katy Perry's livestream was the same basic format as that of CBS's Big Brother. Fly On The Wall Productions, which is involved with Big Brother, produced Katy Perry's five-day livestream. The Big Brother live feeds are on CBS All Access, and a new cast debuts later this month.
I wanted to update you guys on what Vidangel.com. They recently released a new service to filter video content over the top of streaming services like Netflix and Amazon. Thanks for your podcast, I enjoy the up to date news on all things media-ish.
FYI: In order to watch Scam School on the Science Channel when it airs, I found that I can sign up for a free 5 day trial of Playstation Vue. Unfortunately, this means I cannot confirm this will work until after Cordkillers airs. Why only 5 days?
Nicole Lee's complaint about not being able to change the stop time on recordings is one of my biggest pet peeves with PlayStation Vue. When you start a "recorded" show it will ask you if you want to see the DVR version or the On Demand version. The DVR version lets you fast forward commercials. However, way too often the recorded version cuts off before the last few minutes of the show. This happens more often with certain shows (Doctor Who and Better Call Saul are two I can recall). Of course you can't fast forward the on-demand version so you can't jump to the end to see what you missed. As far as I can tell there is no setting to record X minutes longer. So frustrating.
Tom and Brian,
Was curious if you’d ever done any review on the Select TV service or discussed their future SelectTV One set top box.
Their service looks like Just Watch on steroids for $2.99 a month.
Could their SelectTV One box be the ala carte solution Brian has longed for once ATSC 3.0 gets rolling?
Look forward to your next show…
Millennials only know shows come from Netflix and elsewhere. Xbox brings the 4K but should you care? Apple does a TV show. With special guest Nicole Lee.
CordKillers: Ep. 174 Cordkidders
Recorded: June 12 2017
Guest: Nicole Lee
Study shows Millennials forgot about regular TV
- Consulting firm Anatomy Media
- Most viewers age 18-26 can’t match television shows from ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, or Disney to their respective networks. (31%)
- Netflix is the exception. (65%)
- Amazon worse than all at 20%
comScore: cord cutters tend to have lower incomes than pay TV subscribers, watch less television
- A comScore Study of cord-cutters
- lower to middle income ($75K or less annually)
- watch less TV than average viewer. (79 hours vs. 225 hours in a typical month)
- Based on behavioral data not self-reporting (March, 2017 for around 870 cord-cutting homes)
- Slightly less likely than average to use connected TVS or game consoles.
How to Watch
The Xbox One X is Microsoft’s powerful new 4K console
- Xbox 4K and HDR video capable game console
- November 7 for $499
- Premium Dolby Atmos
- 12 GB RAM
- note that Xbox One S ($299) (slim original Xbox One SKU) also has 4K BD, media streaming, HDR, and Prem Dolby Atmos
What to Watch
Apple's first TV series shows what it takes to build an app
- Apple premierered it’s first original TV series “Planet of the Apps” Wednesday. The 10-episode series follows app developers pitching their ideas to a panel made up of Gary Vaynerchuk, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Alba, and series creator Will.i.am. The first show is free for all on iTunes and Apple Music, while future episodes will require an Apple Music subscription.
On the Lookout: Outlander
Netflix to Sense8 Fans: Nope, We Aren't Bringing It Back
- Netflix responded to fans petitioning it to bring back Sense8. “The reason we’ve taken so long to get back to you is because we’ve thought long and hard here at Netflix to try to make it work but unfortunately we can’t.” Separately Reed Hastings told CNBC “Our hit ratio is way too high right now. So, we’ve canceled very few shows… I’m always pushing the content team: We have to take more risk; you have to try more crazy things. Because we should have a higher cancel rate overall.”
TNT Will Stream the Premiere of New Drama Series ‘Claws’ on Twitter
- TNT streamed the premiere episodes of Claws on Twitter immediately after it premiered on TNT. Claws is a drama-comedy that follows several employees of a fictional Florida nail salon who enter the world of organized crime.
Comcast might have to pay TiVo after losing a patent dispute
- TiVo won an International Trade Commission dispute with Comcast over patents relating to DVR recording and search. Comcast can contest the ruling or pay licensing fees to TiVo.
Facebook introduces new Android TV app, only allows you to watch videos
- Facebook’s Android app now works on Android TV. When installed on an Android TV device it shows videos in several categories: Suggested, Live, Games, and Your Videos. Pretty much the same as the Apple TV version.
HBO is adapting Brown Girls, another hit web series, for television
- Open TV Web series “Brown Girls” debuted on Elle in February and HBO has picked it up. Brown Girls is centered on the friendship between Leila (Nabila Hossain), a queer Muslim woman, and Patricia (Sonia Denis), a young black woman. It comes from screenwriter Fatimah Asghar and director Samantha Bailey.
Dispatches from the Front
On your iPhone.
Click the When Timer Ends
Scroll all the way to the bottom. Select "Stop Playing"
Set your time and start the timer. Then start netflix.
Boom 💥- Netflix shuts off when timer is done.
PS. Remember to reset timer sound option. Otherwise it just stops stuff no sounds
Have a better than good day!
Hey there, long time off and on listener since the TWiT days and current boss/Patreon contributor for the last year. I am currently in a fairly good deal with Comcast for the next year and a half and I'm not interested in completely cutting the cord yet, but I don't feel like paying monthly device fees for cable boxes throughout the house. I have several TVs in my house with Amazon FireStick devices, and I would like to load as many apps with live TV and On Demand streaming content as possible. I'm currently using HBO Go, Disney Channel, CBS, etc., but I'm curious if a) there's a central Xfinity app I can sign into and access all TV channels I'm currently paying for in each room, or b) a website listing all streaming apps that an Xfinity login can be used for.
Otherwise keep doing what you're doing and I appreciate your time!
Hey, guys... I bought the first Tablo. I use It with a ROKU 3. Tablo was very, very buggy at first, but now I love it. I used to have problems every time they would update, but now I believe they've gotten most the kinks out. Yeah...it was kind of annoying about having to get a USB hard drive, but the nice thing about that is...if one hard drive fails, it's easy to just swap out another. I've done this recently...was able to get a 1TB hard drive for around $50. I can also stream my Tablo away from home by streaming it over the internet using their mobile app or logging in with a web browser. It's gotten way better. I haven't checked out the new one yet, but I'm sure it's definitely worth a look.
Love the show!
Were you guys kidding about David Thewlis, because he is Varga, Lupin and ajax from Wonder Woman. He was also great as a medieval priest in Kingdom of Heaven.
A few weeks ago I decided it was time to cut the cord. I disconnected my cable box and took it to my local Xfinity store. My thought was that if I did it in person and took my box with me I would avoid any retention attempts. The gentlemen offered to knock some money off, but I explained it would need to be free for me to stay. I did still want internet though, and to my surprise he knocked twenty dollars off my internet bill. A week later I got a call from a retention agent, and she knocked another twenty dollars off my internet bill. Now I have no cable but, Netflix and Amazon provide me with more than enough content and I'm saving over a hundred dollars a month.
Thank you I never would have done this without your show. If only there was a way to show my thank you other than an email. OH! I know I'll support you on patreon.