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)

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Want to understand why HBO won’t go Internet only and Comcast will? We have a camel and fig metaphor for you.

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CordKillers: Ep. My mother is part camel
Recorded: August 24, 2014
Guests: Jeff Cannata
Anthony Carboni

Intro Video 

Primary Target

  • 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. 

Signal Intelligence

  • 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. 

Gear Up

  • 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’

Under surveillance

Front Lines 2014

On Our Radar

On Screen

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
Greg 

 

 



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!

 

Chris

 



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.

Thanks,

Dave

 

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patreon.com/cordkillers 
Dog House Systems Cordkiller box

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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?

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CordKillers: Ep. 33 - I remember Coax!
Recorded: August 17, 2014
Guest:  Ewen Rankin 

Intro Video 

Primary Target

Signal Intelligence

  • 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

Gear Up

Under surveillance

  • 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. 

Front Lines

2014 Summer Movie Draft
draft.diamondclub.tv

  1. Amtrekker: $725,945,894
  2. TMS: $652,206,224
  3. DTNS: $613,133,262
  4. Night Attack: $572,123,262
  5. /Film: $563,735,995
  6. GodsMoneybags: $462,690,570

On Our Radar

On Screen

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.

 

 

Hey guys,
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.

Keith

 

 

Hey guys!

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)!
Eric

 



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?

Sam

 


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patreon.com/cordkillers
Dog House Systems Cordkiller box

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