Amazon’s crazy cheap Firestick, Netflix made Coach Taylor do something bad, Roku wants some money.

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CordKillers: Ep. 42 - Gore Porn
Recorded: October 27, 2014
Guest: Scott Johnson

Intro Video 

Primary Target

Signal Intelligence

  • Netflix has two more TV shows for 2015: 'Bloodline' and 'F is for Family'
  • Two new Netflix originals
    - Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler and Daniel Zelman, who were the creators of Damages.
    - Coach Taylor says “We’re not bad people, but we did a bad thing.”
    - 13-episode original, with the plot focusing around "a family of adult siblings whose secrets and scars are revealed when their black sheep brother returns home."
    - March 2015
  • F is for Family
    - Animated by Bill Burr, EP with Vince Vaughn set in the 1970s
    - Voices from Laura Dern and Justin Long
    - Burr will premiere his new stand-up special I'm Sorry You Feel That Way on Netflix December 5th, 2015

Gear Up

  • U.S. TV startup Roku to confidentially file for IPO: WSJ
  • Roku Seeking Secretive IPO: Report
  • Roku planning to file for an IPO in the US - selected bankers
    - Companies with less than $1 billion annual gross revenues can keep confidential
    - Last month, the company announced the Roku Powered program, an initiative aimed at helping Roku strike up direct partnerships with pay-TV providers. (BBC, Dish etc)
    - The Information reported Roku pulled in $190 million in revenue in 2013.
    - Says it is near profitability
    -Could Roku be the box to unify two worlds?

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Dispatches from the Front

What do you mean by "all the spectrum" if you look at the swath of spectrum actually being used for OTA (uhf and vhf) there is very little actually being used when compared to other technologies like Lte, wimax and wifi.

I am looking at it from a wireless engineer / networking side as such that trying to reuse what is there for another purpose.

There is more spectrum that is licensed and used for the private sector than any other form. Direct TV, dish, xm radio, airline cell carriers just to name a few own more spectrum combined than those that are used for public OTA TV services.

So in a way yes I'm saying that for quality of service and sheer reach of consumption OTA is as good as it gets. Now sure we can transition to mpeg4 OTA and get better use of it but to say that we could replace the spectrum in favor of an on demand solution for everyone just could not happen with the limited bandwidth that uhf and vhf have combined.

Thanks for the reply,
Josh

 

 

 

If we end up paying a-la-carte for our programming, then our money will be going directly to the channels we care about instead of being divided across the hundreds of channels that we don't care about. I wonder if that will make better programming or less commercials. Thoughts?

David 

 


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AuthorTom Merritt

HBO will do some kind of Internet service next year. People say Yay! CBS will do one now. People say boo. Google unveils Nexus player. People sort of notice!

CordKillers: Ep. 41 - You would steal a policeman's helmet
Recorded: October 20, 2014
Guest: Kristi Kates

Intro Video 

Primary Target

Signal Intelligence

Gear Up

Front Lines

  • Aereo Asks FCC to Change Definition of Video Distributor
  • - Aereo Chief Executive Officer Chet Kanojia met with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and other officials on Oct. 8 to advocate for online programming to be added to the definition of an MPVD.
    - This would be a big victory for any company attempting to create an online multichannel TV service
    9 Remeber Discovery refused to let Sky Angel carry its channel online. It could not flat out refuse in this scenario)
    - if a programmer has a stake in a distribution service, then it is required to sell its programming to MPVDs.
  • Good News, TV Guys: ComScore Found Your Missing TV Watchers
  • - Comscore survey says the younger a viewer is the less likely they watch on a TV
    - Millennials say they spend a third of their TV-watching time watching TV on computers, tablets and phones
    - 24 percent of 18-to-34-year-olds say they’re not subscribing to pay TV. — 13 percent say they’ve cut the cord, 11 percent never had a cord.
  • Amazon's Instant Video app now shows your homemade movies
  • -Upgraded Amazon Instant Video apps for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and certain TVs from LG and Samsung can show photos and videos stored in Amazon Cloud Drive for users in Germany the US and UK.

Under Surveillance

Dispatches from the Front

Tom and Brian,

Quick note: Quit watching The Walking Dead mid-season 2. Tried last season, quit. Brother tells me to watch current season's premier. Holy crap! I think I'm in.

Fred in Pooler, GA 

 


Do you have an explanation for why movies take so long to be available to rent? It is so frustrating to see DVDs to buy but not to rent. I want to rent Catching Fire, which was released in 2013 and it is only available to buy. Grrrrrr!

Pam

 

Hi,
Thanks for your show, we cut the cord about 3 years ago and finding new shows has probably been the hardest part to get used to! Your show has helped me in this regard quite a few times. I wanted to pass along a show I stumbled upon in Netflix that I am in love with! It's called An Idiot Abroad, I'd love to hear your thoughts on it because know one in my immediate circle seems to love it as much as I do, I want to see if I'm weird, if Brian likes it then I'm legit!

Take care,

Melanie

 



You guys have to give Manhattan (on WGN America, Hulu, iTunes) a try. Wife and I love this show. Fascinating drama about the time period and the science with the A bomb. Purchased the season on iTunes and look forward to it every Monday. Just got renewed for a second season.

Jon

 


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patreon.com/cordkillers
Dog House Systems Cordkiller box

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AuthorTom Merritt