CordKillers: 89 – Win-win-win-win When?
Recorded: September 28, 2015
- Fact: Millennials are not big cord-cutters
- Investment banking firm Evercore has study
- Examined millennials 18-23, 24-29, 30-35
- More than 50% in each group unlikely to cut pay TV for online streaming
- More than half of 30-35 group watch most video on a TV
- For online 1. Netflix 2. YouTube
- Cord-cutting is happening. Really
- Nielsen Q2 audience report US
- In last yearPay TV households decreased 1.2% to 100.4 million
- Broadband only homes rose >50% from 2.2 million to 3.3 million
- SVOD subs rose 18% in Q2. 45% hh subscribe
- Live TV viewing fell by 8 minutes per day on average to 4h 11m
- Online video rose 19%
- App/web smartphone rose 0:36 ’13 0:56 ’14 1:06 ’15
- HBO NOW Is 2015’s Top Video Streaming App By Revenue, Study Finds
- App Annie app analytics year ending July rankings
- YouTube and Twitch largest yoy download growth
- YouTube watch time up 60% yoy
- HBO Now and Hulu topping revenue charts
- MLB number two in revenue, NFL number 4
- Top 10 video streaming apps tripled revenue
- Netflix knows the exact episode of a TV show that gets you hooked
- Netflix identified what episode retained 70% of the audience after viewing.
- across 16 markets, including the US, UK, and Australia,
- Dutch get hooked fastest
- Australia/NZ slowest
- Netflix, Hulu, more bringing video content to VR
- I Watched Netflix In VR and Now Reality Seems Hollow and Pointless
- CNN is going to live stream the Democratic debates in virtual reality
- Hulu, Netflix, Vimeo, Lionsgate, 20th Century Fox, Tivo, Twitch and Facebook are all bringing video content to the new - - Samsung Gear VR headset, which is shipping in November
- VR Cinema presentations. You get a big screen and the chance to look around the ‘room’
- CNN will live stream presidential debate in VR for Gear VR 10/13 on Next VR portal.-
- Netflix has instructions for how to make a button that can power on your TV, launch Netflix, dim your lights, silence your phone, and even order food.
- The BBC is making an iPlayer app just for kids
- BBC is the latest to make a kid-friendly version of its streaming service. The children’s version of iPlayer will include content from CBBC and Cbeebies, two children’s channels.
- Verizon is gathering exclusive series for its mobile streaming service
- Verizon’s Go90 streaming service has three deals for original content. New Form Digital will make six shortform comedies and dramas. Endemol will launch three series two with YouTube stars Cassey Ho and Sonya Esman. And Madonna’s DanceOn will make 80 hours of shows including a reality series.
- Netflix's first original feature film will be shown in UK cinemas
- Netflix’s first feature film, Beasts of No Nation, starring Idris Elba comes to streaming October 16th but will hit some Curzon Cinemas in Britain, October 9th. Beacuse awards.
- Amazon announces fall pilot
- Amazon Autumn pilot season US, UK, Germany, Austria.
- Based on book series by George G. Gilman “most violent western in print.”
- Max Martini (Pacific Rim) as Josia “edge” Hedges
- Ryan Kwanten (True Blood) as Merritt Harknett,
- Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck) as Beth.
- Lethal Weapon writer and Iron Man 3 writer/director Shane Black
Good Girls Revolt
- Female researchers at “News of the Week” ask to be treated fairly in 1969.
- Genevieve Angelson (Backstrom) as Patti, Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect) as Jane, Erin Darke (We Need to Talk About Kevin) as - Cindy, Chris Diamantopoulos (Silicon Valley) as Finn, Hunter Parrish (Weeds) as Doug, Jim Belushi (Show Me a Hero) as - Wick McFadden, Joy Bryant (Parenthood) as Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Grace Gummer as Nora Ephron.
- 19 year old Highston Liggetts has celebrity friends only he can see
- Lewis Pullman as Highston
- Mary Lynn Rajskub and Chris Parnell as parents
- Pilot guest celebs are Flea and Shaq
- Sacha Baron Cohen EP
- Based on life of Tig Notaro as she deals with the complex reentry into her childhood hometown of Bay Saint Lucille, Mississippi, to deal with the unexpected death of her mother, the interminable life of the party, Caroline.
- Coproduction with FX Productions.
- Written and EP Notaro and Diablo Cody (Juno)
- EP Louis CK (Louie), Blair Breard (Louie), and Dave Becky (Everybody Hates Chris)
- Life of intelligence officer John Tavner (Australian newcomer Michael Dorman, Wonderland). His latest assignment is to prevent Iran from going nuclear,
- Terry O’Quinn as Tavner’s father and State Dept. Director of INtelligence
- Bioseries of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Starts before she meets F. Scott.
- Christina Ricci as Zelda.
- Gavin Stenhouse as F. Scott.
- Amazon gets hacker drama 'Mr. Robot' as a UK Prime exclusive
- Mr. Robot is coming to the UK as an Amazon Prime Video exclusive October 16th. It’s never been available in the UK. Mr. Robot will also be a streaming exclusive for Amazon in the US, Germany, Austria and Japan.
- Netflix's next original is Charlie Brooker's 'Black Mirror'
- Netflix announced it has commissioned 12 new episodes of Black Mirror with Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones continuing to develop the show. The series will premiere in all Netflix territories except the UK and Ireland, implying some details need to be worked out with Black Mirror’s previous network, Channel 4. A date and episode rollout plan will be announced later again implying we might not get all 12 episodes at once.
- Brian: Utopia, Rick and Morty, The Shield, Muppets
- Tom: Utopia (3-6), Muppets, Clone Wars, Star Trek: Voyager, Godzilla, Empire (201), Doctor Who, iTunes Music Festival London, Rugby World Cup, Baseball, Once Upon a Time, The Shield (707), Bob's Burgers, Rick and Morty (209)
- Bryce: Strange Empire
Dispatches from the Front
Hi Tom and Brian,
First the tip. Two words... Go Bag. My wife and I travel a lot and have created 2 electronics "Go" bags, one for short trips and one for longer ones. Each bag contains 30 pin and Lightening cables, USB wall plugs, Mini USB, Micro USB, Multi card readers for cameras, random USB drives (some with shows and movies on them), mini plug bars (with USB ports), mini flash light and most importantly an HDMI cable with converter for both 30 pin and lightening to play Hulu, Netflix, Amazon etc... on most* hotel TVs. (Also tape for covering various glowing things around the room.) Recently I've thought about getting a ChromeCast to replace the bulky HDMI cable and adapter. It would be much nicer than having an iPad hooked up directly to the TV which requires getting up and going to the TV to change shows. Having a bright yellow or red one would make it easy to find in the Go bag, so as soon as we arrive I can grab it and throw something on the TV while we unpack.
Just a thought and maybe a tip for those who travel a lot.
*We've had about 90% success rate over the last 4 years.
Hello Tom, Brian and Bryce
I've recently been using an addon for Kodi called PsuedoTV Live and I wanted to share it with some more cordkillers. This addon allows you to build channels from your own media in Kodi and will present the channels in a guide format to simulate a cable service. When the addon is started it generates streams from your library and is already playing. So if you wanted to create your own SlingTV or Cable like experience you can. It even works with a HDHomeRun for antenna channels.
I made a short video (2:30 long) with my brief review and a short screencast on what it looks like. I uploaded to YouTube so I'm not trying to send you a giant file. I love the show and I just wanted to pass along an addon I found that's perfect for cord cutters. I'm in no way affiliated with Kodi or this addon, just sharing my experience.
You guys rock! Thanks!
"I did it! (sorta"
I know, I know, where you want yada yada.
I sent back the fios tv boxes, turned off my home phone, bought a cell phone amplifier. Just me, 75/75 and Netflix/prime/etc.
Except Verizon FIOS has a plan for local channels only that actually lowers the price of the plan by $20. Just send back the box and run the coax into the back of the tv and viola!
Good for me and the sports. But did I hurt the cause? Do we have a cause?
I just wanted to say that another place where offline viewing is important and/or needed is RV camp grounds. As someone who goes RVing several times a year I can say that camp grounds don't always have wi-fi or if they do, it is usually pretty bad. Labor day weekend my wife and I went RVing and it rained and she was sick (great combo I know!). Luckily, I used the DirecTV GenieGO app to download several shows to our tablet and we were able to catch up on our shows without using and bandwidth. I can't imagine the price (since we did have 4G) that that kind of viewing would added to our bill. Unlike the farmer who e-mailed in last week we only have a 4 GB plan.
Brian and Tom are joined by Justin Robert Young, Kristi Kates, Mulango Akpo-Esambe, and Brian Ibbott to bid on the 2015 Winter Movie Draft.
Why the new Fire TV beats Apple TV and BBC streaming is a bad thing.
CordKillers: 88 – Involuntary “Dammit!”
Recorded: September 20, 2015
- Latest Amazon Fire TV Features 4k Video, Alexa Voice Assistant
- Amazon Fire TV $100 ships Oct. 5
- supports 4K HEVC (High efficiency video codec)
- Alexa integrated into voice search (discover content queue up media; it cannot set timers or alarms just yet.full feature set coming next year)
- New 64-bit quad-core processor and a dedicated GPU.
- $50 Fire TV Stick with voice search ships Oct. 22 ($40 w/o voice still available)
- A bundle called the Amazon TV Gaming edition packs a Fire TV with a game controller a 32GB microSD card and two free games for $140. Ships Oct. 5
- Amazon boasts Fire TV is better at turning you into a couch potato
- Amazon says Fire TV ranks among the top for customer loyalty for Internet-television app Sling TV. 16 hours per week on Fire TV
- Amazon says it has more channels apps and games than any other
- Roku claims 2500 channels
- BBC to offer streaming in US
- BBC will offer a streaming service in US
- Programs that aren’t already screened on TV channels or available on existing streaming services
- No price announced
- Coming sometime in 2016
- This is the 2nd gen. Chromecast w/ backdrop feeds, better WiFi, ‘Fast Play,’ more
- 9to5 Google got hold of leaked product materials of New Chromecast
- Round form factor instead of stick
- Three colors, red, yellow, black
- Content feeds on home screen
- Fast Play
- Chromecast Audio, codenamed ‘Hendrix,’ is a separate device & made to WiFi-enable your speakers
- Chromecast Audio (Codename Hendrix)
- WiFi enable any speaker through aux jack
- Can support multiple speakers
- Will support spotify
- Google scheduled an announcement for 9/29-
- French media giant Altice set to acquire Cablevision for $18 billion
- Netherlands-based communications company Altice has reached a deal to acquire Cablevision for $18 billion. Cablevision is the number 5 cable operator in the US.
- Subscription movie service Epix will let subscribers download movies for offline viewing starting this month.
- BBC iPlayer offers picture-in-picture TV viewing on your iPad
- Hulu and BBC iPlayer are two apps taking advantage of iOS9’s ability to allow picture in picture. In other words on Pad mini 2 and 3, iPad Air and Air 2 you can keep your video playing in a smaller box in the corner while you work on a spreadsheet or play crossy road.
- Fullscreen Announces Its Own Streaming Service Targeting The YouTube Generation
- YouTube multichannel network Fullscreen announced this week is plans to launch its own streaming service featuring content from its creators in the coming months. Fullscreen’s lineup includes Grace Helbig, the Fine Brothers, and more. Pricing and launch will be announced later. Electra Woman and Dyna Girl will be one of the launch titles.
- Andy Samberg Gives Out A Functioning HBO NOW Login On Tonight’s Emmys
- Netflix teases images from upcoming Marvel series 'Jessica Jones'
- Brian: Narcos (1-4), Utopia (1-2), The Shield
- Tom: Narcos (1-4), Utopia (1-2) Doctor Who 901, Clone Wars, Star Trek: Voyager, The Shield (706), Rugby World Cup, Rick and Morty (208)
- Bryce: House of Cards
Dispatches from the Front
On your last show you guys talked about how it would be nice to easily be able to download Netflix shows for off- line viewing. I've been able to download shows from all the major online sites ( Netflix, Hulum amazon, YouTube, the networks, and many more using a companion program to playon called Playlater. HD quality, easy to use and then to transfer to my Tivo using Tivo desktop or my ipad using itunes. one time cost right now for both programs of $49 and no monthly fees
Do you know of a way to translate DVDs into digital format? I know DRM makes this hard, but I was hoping the production studios would get behind this as we transition from DVD to digital as a society.
Secondly, what options do you know of for renting movie content? iTunes and Amazon are great for this, but subject to delays in the studio's distribution plans (movie is available to buy only for a few months before rental is an option).
I was listening to episode 87, where the listener wanted to use an antenna and split it off to multiple TVs. Let me tell you what I did. I bought four "flattenas" from Channelmaster.com. Each cost me $10. I went to Alltex computers in Austin Texas and bought some coaxial cable, some end thingies, and a crimper thingy. Oh, I also bought four switches that could switch from cable to antenna. I did not want to run the cable from my attic to the TVs. I just split the existing cable from Time Warner (that was already in the attic) and added the splitter. I then added a piece of new coax that went to each of the flattennas and connected it to the splitter (that was mounted where I cut the Time Warner coax). I mounted the antennas with a pushpin toward the bottom of my roof (as high as I could get them). I then put the switch to the antenna side and now each of my cable connections in the house go to the antenna instead of to the outside cable box. Now I can always switch it back to the cable side in case I ever want to subscribe to cable again. I learned how to create those correct cables by watching YouTube videos. It was simple. And cheap. I get about 23 English-speaking channels here in Cedar Park Texas. Works great!
Thank you for all you do,
Cedar Park, Texas
Dear Tom and Brian,
I want to keep you updated on the new revolution in cord cutting in the Middle East and North Africa: icflix.
The Netflix clone just surfaced in the area with a huge selection of movies and TV shows and it costs just 8 US$ a month. It comes pre-installed in all new LG and Samsung smart TVs and has apps on consoles, smartphones, and tablets.
The price includes simultaneous streaming for 5 devices of libraries of movies of Hollywood, Bollywood and Jazwood (the latter two are Indian and Arabic movies.)
The Walking Dead is the first thing I searched for and surely, it was there.
And since all major Football (soccer) are already available for paid streaming on Bein Sports, and NFL Game Pass available for the middle east, everyone in the Middle East and North Africa can finally cut the cord and never go back.
I can already stream Cordkillers on my Apple TV, through the Podcast channel.
- Sara in Sunny Seattle
Brian and Tom,
On the most recent show, you were talking about scenarios where offline streaming would be useful outside of planning trips. I watch a ton of video on my tablet in my tractor. I've got an unlimited data plan, so the 70 gb or more per month of mobile data doesn't cost anything, but there is a lot of my farm where Verizon doesn't work well enough for streaming video. I usually fill up my tablet at night using Plex, which isn't always as legal as I'd like, so having an offline option with Netflix would be huge. Imagine burning through a 12 episode season of TV every day for a month, and you can see just how nice it would be to have to work a little less hard at sourcing content.
- Aaron @Traffas from smoggy Sharon, Kansas