We interview CEO Chet Kanojia about Aereo's chances in the Supreme Court, what he'll do if they lose, and his plan for dealign with the broadcaster's threats to pull broadcasts from over the air.

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CordKillers: Ep. 15 - Tamping the Musket with Chet Kanojia
Recorded: April 14 2014
Guest: Chet Kanojia, CEO Aereo

Intro Video 


Primary Target

  • Interview with Chet Kanojia


Signal Intellegence


Gear Up

  • Mohu preps Channels TV tuner release after raising $145,000 on Kickstarter 
  • Mohu Channels TV adapter Kickstarter funded! (35K goal 144,890 reached)
    - Mohu spokeswoman Jenni Samp: “The majority of the stretch goal feature ideas were suggestions from backers – the product actually evolved during the duration of the Kickstarter campaign as a direct result of backer requests.”
    - Programming guide for Live TV PLUS browser for additional Web sources, and Android apps. added playback local content, time-shifting 


Under surveillance

  • Amazon OKs two pilots for its next round of original series
  • Debuting later this year as Amazon pilots
    - "The Cosmopolitans" - half-hour dramatic comedy about agroup of young American expatriates in search of friendship and romance in Paris. roduced by Academy Award nominee Whit Stillman, the show features Adam Brody and Chloe Sevigny.
    - "Hand of God" - Hour-long drama starring Ron Perlman as a judge who turns vigilante following a mental breakdown in which he believes God is talking to him through his son. Directed by Marc Forster (World War Z, Quantum of Solace), the show also features Dana Delany as the judge's wife.

     

Front Lines


2014 Summer Movie Draft

  1. DTNS: $158,883,032
  2. GodsMoneybags: $39,327,869
  3. The Morning Stream: $9,783,603
  4. Night Attack: $0
  5. /Film: $0
  6. Amtrekker: $0


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Dispatches from the Front

  • Hey Tom and Brian,

I wanted to let you know something very interesting that has been happening with my parents. Some background on them is as follows: My Father, an Ex-Navy Seal turned High School Math teacher and my mom with two Masters degrees in English Literature and former teacher as well.

I got them to sit down and actually watch episode 1 of Cosmos with me. To see their mouths drop... literally drop when each knowledge bomb was explained... it was the EXACT thing that both you guys keep talking about how the old one did to you.

I have followed up with them since then, and every sunday night they sit down and can't wait to see the next episode. They are blown away every time, and my mom Texts me just dumbfounded, each commercial break.

To see this from people in their 60's, has me convinced that Cosmos was never intended for people who want to compare the original, but to be on its own window into that world. They pay tribute to the original but these are two DIFFERENT shows and as such must be viewed from a new lens.

As always, keep up the great work and I love hearing about how you guys experience this series and look forward to hearing more.


Kyle Kowalik

 

  • Brian,

    You are Wrong about Microsoft programming. I am not a gamer and will not buy an Xbox of any kind, yet I wouldn't mind seeing some that programs coming to Xbox live, but not at a cost of $500.00. I think sets a bad trend. Am I going to need a box for every ecosystem of content? I have a Chromecast, Apple TV, Boxee box, Popcorn hour, Pop Box and a Raspberry pi running XBMC. I am not buying another box to watch tv.

    Robert Taylor

     

  • Tom! You're wrong!

    Microsoft is not forcing anyone to buy an Xbox One to view their content. You are forgetting about the millions of Xbox 360s that have been previously sold. If they don't take advantage of the consumers that own a 360 and do not own a One then they are doing it wrong. The 360 outsold the PS3 in the United States. That gives them a large potential viewer base without counting One owners.

    Bradley Herrin

     

  • I am currently watching a Korean drama called "love from another star". I don't know if you guys have thought about reviewing anything outside of box but this is a good one. Its available on hulu and it has been a bit of a phenomenon in Asia. Not since the popular drama "boys over flowers" has a foreign drama crossed over in such popularity. I know its a bit unusual but try watching an episode and see what you think. I know Tom likes scifi and the lead male character is an alien if that helps sell it to you ;)

    Anyways i know before you had asked for suggestions and I really like all the other shows you talk about so I think its fair to assume you might like a show that I am really loving.


    Mitch Couey

     

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Amazon unleashes their set-top box, the Fire TV, but we get word from The Verge that Google might fire back with their own TV box, but don't they have the Chromecast? Also HBO Go becomes HBO No, and WWE is either a hit or a failure, depending on who you ask.

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CordKillers: Ep. 14 - Will Google Light a Fire?
Recorded: April 7 2014
Guest: None

Intro Video 

Primary Target

Secondary Target

  • This is Android TV 
  • "Android TV is an entertainment interface, not a computing platform,"
    - Controller arrow keys, enter, home, back. Optional game controller.
    - Voice input and notifications. Picks up where phone or TV left off.
    - Recommends content on home screen.

Signal Intellegence

  • WWE Smacked Down as Online Subscribers Fall Short of Estimate
  • Profit in Sight: Nearly 670,000 Subscribe to WWE Network
  • Sunday’s “WrestleMania 30,” which took place in New Orleans, selling out the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
    - World Wrestling Entertainment reported 667,287 subscribers
    - Shares of WWE sank (WWE:US) 15 percent to close at $23.90 in New York, the biggest one-day drop since July 2001.
    - VARIETY: The WWE Network is close to turning a profit less than two months after launching.
    - The company will next roll out the WWE Network in Canada, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and the Nordic countries in late 2014 and early 2015.

     

Gear Up

  • Xbox One original TV shows will include interactive extras 
  • Microsoft already has six TV series lined up for Xbox and more are coming
  • Ridley Scott is Master Chief of Halo 'digital feature'
  • 6 series coming to Xbox One"
    Users can unlock bonus scenes, mini-games and subplots not featured in the actual show itself.
    IN PRODUCTION
    -“ Halo" television series, executive produced by Steven Spielberg
    - A multi-film documentary series produced by Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn of Lightbox. The first project centers on the rise and fall of Atari
    - Live event coverage of the Bonnaroo music festival in June 2014
    -"Every Street United," an unscripted series focused on the global search for soccer's most gifted and undiscovered street footballers
    -"Halo" digital feature project with 343 Industries and Scott Free Productions (EP Ridley Scott— Sergio Mimica-Gezzan directing)
    - a sci-fi show about robots called Humans -- based on Swedish programme "Äkta människor"
  • IN DEVELOPMENT
    -“Fearless," an unscripted series starring Paul de Gelder, an Australian Navy bomb clearance diver and shark attack survivor
    -A sketch comedy show with comedy collective JASH – founded by Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, Tim and Eric, and Reggie Watts
    -A hybrid stop motion animation project by Stoopid Buddy Stoodios (Seth Green), creators of the longest running stop-motion show on television, "Robot Chicken"

Under surveillance

Front Lines

2014 Summer Movie Draft

  1. DTNS: $95,023,721
  2. Night Attack: $0
  3. The Morning Stream: $0
  4. GodsMoneybags: $0
  5. /Film: $0
  6. Amtrekker: $0

On Screen

Dispatches from the Front

  • CBS said maybe they would pull out of broadcast. Tom mentioned what they might do in changing programming on over the air broadcast. But doesn't CBS statement go counter to their primary reason for lawsuit, and that is rebroadcast fees and how big a money maker it is. 

    Woody

 

  • Hope your week is going well! Not sure if you guys caught this story, but now that it's officially public, I can talk about it.YouTube to Offer Advertisers Some Guarantees. With upfront season in full swing, Google is taking some new approaches in their agreements with advertisers. What is of particular interest is this. YouTube also plans to reserve space for advertisers that agree to buy in advance in the best performing 5% of its content across channels such as Beauty & Fashion, Comedy, Food, Music, and Sports. In the last few years, MCNs have been building up business models around selling ads around original content on YouTube. With YouTube looking take that top 5% of the best content on their platform, we may see a shift in how these companies work. There have always been questions about the profitability and sustainability to how these MCNs operated. In fact, as of late, we've seen major changes with companies like Machinima and Maker Studios, both of which made deals with major studios (well, Maker Studios got entirely acquired by Disney). It'll be interesting to see how this new arrangement works out for all parties. Personally, I think we're still in the middle of this shift in content delivery - we'll probably continue to see these companies evolve over time. Anyways, this wasn't meant to be an in-show email; just thought it might be a topic of interest for Cordkillers this week. Love to hear what you guys make of it.

    Best,

    Derrick


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