Apple plays coy with TV, Twitter wants to be a streamer, and yes people do want Netflix on their cable box.

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CordKillers: Ep. 129 - Shut Up and Eat It!
Recorded: July 18 2016
Guest: None

Intro Video

Primary Target

  • Eddy Cue on Apple's TV Plans and Why Netflix Isn't a Competitor
    - The Hollywood Reporter spoke with Apple senior VP of software and services Eddy Cue about Apple's TV strategy. Cue sidestepped the question of offering a TV service saying, "Whether we're providing it or somebody else is, it really doesn't matter to us." He also said Apple is "not in the business of trying to create TV shows" and that Apple is not "actively trying to buy any studio." Cue says Apple is focused on the hardware and making it easy to get your shows with a simple voice command or no command at all. 
  • Apple is launching a reality TV show called Planet of the Apps
    - Apple's first foray into original television content received a name and an open casting call. Planet of the Apps, is looking to cast 100 app creators for a reality competition. The show requires developers to send in information on their app, along with a 1-minute video profile. There's no air date yet but contenstants must have a functioning beta ready by October 21, 2016.
  • Here’s what Apple really meant to say today about its plans to sell web video

Signal Intelligence

  • Twitter Signs Another Live-Streaming Deal, This Time With Bloomberg
    - Twitter has signed another live streaming video partner, Bloomberg Television. Twitter will stream Bloomberg's market coverage throughout the day as well as several programs like With All Due Respect and Bloomberg West. Twitter will sell preroll ads to run before non-live clips through its Amplify platform and share revenue with Bloomberg. There may also be in-stream ads as well. 
  • Twitter's latest sports streaming deal is for Pac-12 college games
    - Twitter's latest sports streaming deal is for Pac-12 college games: Twitter will host over 150 events during the upcoming 2016-2017 academic year. Does not include basketball or football.

Gear Up

Front Lines

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Dispatches from the Front

Please tell me you guys are going to watch ""Stranger Things"" and spoil the hell out of it. I'm very interested in seeing Brian's thoughts on all of the Easter Eggs. I just binged the whole show in one day. 

- Jeff 



Hi guys! Love the show and as a loyal Patreon supporter I will keep you on the payroll as you continue your crusade TW2YW2YWOWDYWT - I was unsure if anybody contacted you about HDR10 vs Dolby Vision but I wanted to recommend two other great podcasts - AVEXCEL Ep 18 (Another great Patreon investment opportunity) and AVRANT Ep 492 (at 23:12) for a technical "deep dive" on this and other AV topics sorting hype from facts. There is an article at
Keep up the good work and looking forward to Cordkiller total victory in the future. 

- Chuck



So I'm trying to find the cheapest legal way to watch a few summer TV series, Mr. Robot, Killjoys, Dark Matter, and the new Top Gear. I see that Sling blue has all of those channels so I sign up for the free (thankfully) 7 day trial. The first two episodes of Mr Robot are available on demand and I get excited, the rest of the shows are appointment viewing only with no way to even set a reminder. So I try the Syfy app to register my "cable provider" and Sling isn't an option. Basically this thing is appointment viewing only with no DVR. I guess I'll be cancelling and buying my shows one at a time from Amazon or Vudu since Amazon prime has none of the shows I watch either.

Love the show.

PS have you noticed it is one cent per episode cheaper to buy shows one at a time rather than the whole season?

- Matt



Hi Tom and Brian
Just wanted to let you know that Joseph Gilgun who plays Cassidy in Preacher is in the new film The Infiltrator and is very good in a small part. He is a completely different character and I almost didn't recognize him. I know you enjoy him in Preacher as do I and thought you might want to check him out in a good film with Brian Cranston.

- Cliff



Hey Brushwood! (Also Dear Mr. Tom Merritt)

What's up with not mentioning The 100 whenever talking about The CW line up? If you've not seen it, please correct this grave mistake immediately. An apt description of The 100 would be taking Game of Thrones, adding Battlestar Galactica, tossing in a dash of Lord of the Flies and finally a pinch of Lost.

Give it until the end of episode 3; I promise you'll be just as hooked as I was.


- Jordan




- Matt in Willimasport subscribes to a Comcast bundle because it's the cheapest way for him as an engineering student and having Netflix on the cable box will bring it easily to the living room TV.

- Tim says "In our AARP home, the addition of Netflix to our X-1 box eases the 'spousal factor' a bit. My wife won't have to fire up the Apple TV, switch the hdmi input to the tv."

- Faiz's Dad has basement home theater room but insists on watching TV in the kitchen, meaning he never uses Netflix. Faiz writes, "Our IPTV provider (Bell in Canada) added Netflix support a few months back, and since then he's used it on occasion. Still not regularly, but often enough that it's not just a fluke."


2016 Summer Movie Draft

AuthorTom Merritt

YouTube may roll its own channels alongside big broadcasters, ESPN may launch subscription service after all, Comcast and Netflix make peace. With special guest Mikey Neumann. Check out his Twitter and Movies with Mikey.

CordKillers: Ep. 128 - Nibbling at the Edge of the Golden Calf
Recorded: July 11 2016
Guest: Mikey Neumann

Intro Video

Primary Target

  • YouTube may launch an online TV service next year with ESPN, ABC, and CBS
    - The Information says deals are coming together for a YouTube service with ABC (ESPN) and CBS on board.
    - YouTube may pass on smaller networks like HGTV and instead provide channels made up of similar content from YouTube creators.
    - Bloomberg previously said the service would be called Unplugged and run $35 a month
    - Launch in 6-9 months

Signal Intelligence

  • ESPN Bosses mull an online streaming package
  • SlingTV ESPN
    - The Information also says ESPN is working on a package of live sports to sell as a standalone Internet service
    - It would be of niche sports, so it sounds quite a bit like ESPN3
    - Subscriber counts fell between October 2014 and 2015 from 95 million to 92 million
    - SIDE NOTE: You can get ESPN online only TODAY by buying Sling TV Orange for $20 a month and using it to sign in to the WatchESPN app. 

Gear Up

  • Comcast will put Netflix on X1 boxes
    - Comcast announced it has reached an agreement to include the Netflix app on the Comcast X1 platform. Kara Swisher at Recode cites sources that the integrated Netflix experience will appear in a similar fashion to other cable providers, essentially providing a portal to Netflix, which users can log into and navigate the service. The deal marks an amicable turn in the two companies relationship, as far back as 2012, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings accused Comcast of violating Net Neutrality by favoring its own video service. 

Front Lines

  • Netflix will stream CW shows a week after their season finale
    - Netflix officially announced Tuesday a deal to bring CW shows to its platform 8 days after the season ends. CW's deal with HUlu will expire this autumn. Viewers will have to use CW's apps and website to access shows online while the season is ongoing.
  • Twitter is talking to the NBA, MLS and Turner to buy rights to more sports streams
    - ReCode's Kurt Wagner has several sources that say Twitter is in talks with Turner to get digital streaming rights for NBA and Major League Soccer games. It is unclear if Twitter would get live games or so-called Fringe content like pre and post-game analysis and highlights. And ReCode reports Twitter has reched a deal with CBS to stream the national conventions for the two top parties in the US later this month.
  • Google acquires Anvato, a media streaming and monetization platform for broadcasters
    - Google announced Thursday it has acquired Anvato, a video platform for cloud editing, on-demand and live streaming. NBC, CBS, Fox and Univision are among its clients. This puts Google in competition with Amazon, Microsoft and to some extent BAM. 
  • Google Chrome now comes with casting functionality baked in
    - Google released Chrome version 51 to its stable release channel. The new version includes embedded support for Google's Cast technology, no more need for an extension. The release also allows Chrome to automatically control bitrate, quality, and resolution, although users can still tweak these if needed. 
  • Molotov is now available in France with a freemium model
    - TV service Molotov launched in France on Apple TV with more device support coming soon. The service gives you live and on demand TV with a cloud DVR they call bookmarking. The service will launch with 35 basic channels and 10 hours of bookmarks for free. You can get 100 hours of bookmarks and the ability for 4 simultaneous users for €4 a month and all of that plus 37 more channels for €10 a month.
  • Pablo Escobar's brother asks to review Netflix's Narcos
    - TMZ published a letter from Roberto Escoabr, brother of Pablo Escobar citing inaccuracies in the first season of Narcos and requesting a review of season 2 before it is released. Roberto has "Successor-In-Interest" rights to Pablo Escobar and the Escobar family name. He cites California Civil Code that prevents using a deceased person's likeness for advertising or marketing without permission of the estate. Netflix has not commented on the letter.

Under Surveillance

Dispatches from the Front


PS Vue credentials allow you to sign in and watch live TV on USA Network in the browser. Mr Robot problem solved.

- John




Brian wrote in and wanted us to remind folks considering cutting the cord that they should make sure their ISP either doesn't have data caps or has a plan that can accommodate the increased data of streaming all your video.






I wanted to let you know that I found episode 127 extremely interesting and useful, particularly because my wife and I at this time are looking at both Sling TV and Playstation Vue. We are very ready to cut the cord but need a little extra urging from you guys to do so. Some background: We recently contacted our cable company (Blue Ridge Cable-Central Pennsylvania) about lowering our monthly bill as it is approaching $200.00. There were several different packages on the website that we were interested in but alas. They were all for NEW customers and not for loyal customers who have been with the company for 10+ years. The sales rep told us the best she could do was add a land line (how archaic) and that would lower our price, but we were not eligible for any other incentives. My wife was super angry and fired off an email to them about loyal customers only to get a response (we think from the same sales rep) that stated they value our loyalty but will do nothing to incentivize us, only new customers. So...we've had it. We immediately killed HBO because we can get HBO Now cheaper and knocked off a ton of our channels but we want to go further. Except...! The dreaded sports channels as you talked about on Ep 127. We are a house of Pittsburgh sports fans and even though we live 5 hours from Pittsburgh we are still blacked out from MLB TV and NHL services because our cable company carries Root Sports Pittsburgh which broadcasts Pirates and Penguins games. Finally, my question. A family member uses a service called Un-locator which I think is a VPN to get around this restraint where they live. Is this service legal? Can we get in trouble for it? I know people use VPN's all the time but we are a little fuzzy on them. Could you guys explain them? I apologize if this has been covered before but I am a fairly new listener and can't recall hearing you talk about it. Any help you can give would be great.

Thanks so much,

- Craig from Pennsylvania







Thanks for putting together a show for the Fourth of July. I was very surprised to see it show up in my feed, but then realized it was another State of the Cordkillers thing. I loved it. I really appreciate the extra work that you have been putting in to make sure that there is something for me to watch on my commute (via bus). You guys deserve a raise, ohh wait, that's my job.

Keep up the awesome,

- Tim, Boss #1372







I just wanted to thank you both Tom & Brian for all the info. you have provided and continue to provide. I recently Cut the Cord with Directv. It was amazing just how much they don't want to lose customers. They offered to nearly cut my bill in half, upgrade my channel package, give me the top of the line NFL Sunday ticket package, all premium channels for free for 3 months, and a $200 visa card! It was almost enough to pull me back in.. They threw out the argument that I already spent what they were offering on my Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and Sling TV. Thanks to your show I could also point out I already had Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon so the price difference was $20 for Sling to what they offered with discounts at $62. No contest.. Since cutting the cord I discovered they added the Playstation Vue app to Roku which is a better deal for Sling Tv since it offers up to 5 streams, and cloud DVR. Been loving being free from contracts and high bills. Listening to you guys has helped me find all the programming my family needs. Roku's are installed on every tv in the house and everybody can find exactly what they need. Takes a little adjustment but well worth it! Thanks again guys.. After finishing this email I'm going over to sign up and sponsor the show.. I think I owe you that for all the information that helped me eliminate Directv.

Thanks again,
- Jeff





Hey guys,

My wife and I decided to cut the cord a couple of years ago. We were tired of the huge cable bill, and live in an area where over the air TV is non-existent without a possibly expensive external antenna we're just not willing to fork out the money for. So we're simply on Comcast internet service. We do fine with Netflix, Hulu, occasionally CBS All Access (my wife is die hard fan of Survivor and Amazing Race), and Amazon Prime here and there. We manage well with our watch habits as well as what our 2 year old twin boys want when they get TV time. We mostly live in the Apple ecosystem to buy & watch stuff, and have purchased several series for the boys to watch on the Apple TV and on an iPad for road-trips in the van. Otherwise, we're watching on the Xbox One, which we also have for gaming and as a Skype machine for keeping in touch with family. So that's how we roll!

Now I have a question for you. Just wondering if you could help us out and tell us(cordkillers) the best ways to attempt to watch the Olympic summer games without a cable subscription. Again, in our case even over the air TV isn't an option, so what is? Will there be any decent live options online? Will he have to just deal with highlights?

Help us Obi-Wan-Tom&Brian, you're our only hope!

- Audie




2016 Summer Movie Draft

AuthorTom Merritt