Cord-cutting is dead! So why do Hulu’s owners want to make an OTT service? Also FullScreen launches another service and TiVo finally courts cordcutters. But it’s dead you guys! With special guest Brian Ibbott.
CordKillers: Ep. 119 - Cord-Cutting is Over!
Recorded: May 2 2016
Guest: Brian Ibbott
- Comcast: Cord Cutting? What Cord Cutting?
-Comcast grew subscribers by 53,000. Biggest in almost a decade. (last year shrunk by 8,000)
- Inlcudes subscribers to OTT service “Stream TV”
- Interestingly Comcast subsidiary NBCUniversal noted a decline in subscribers to cable networks.
- Charter communications weak video business hurts bottom line
- Added 15,000 subs (last year lost 12,000)
- Time Warner Cable ads subs
- Added 21,000 residential customers (added 314,000 Internet subs)
- Fox and Disney want to sell their own web TV bundle, via Hulu, for $40 a month
- The Wall Street Journal reports that Hulu is planning a new web subscription service that would sell live and on-demand programming from the likes of ESPN, ABC, Fox and FX, for about $40 a month, starting early next year.
- Fullscreen launches YouTube subscription video rival
- FullScreen launched it’s own Platform
- ElectroWoman and Dyna Girl among premiere shows
- British comedians Jack Howard and Dean Dobbs, and US vlogger Shane Dawson
- $4.99 a month
- Comic-Con channel launching this week.
- TiVo is getting acquired by Rovi for $1.1 billion
- TiVo goes after cable cutters with more storage, no service fee
- Rovi has agreed to purchase TiVo for $1.1 billion ($10.70/share) pending regulatory approval.
- The Wrap reports the combined company will keep the TiVo name with Rovi CEO Tom Carson as head. - Rovi provides electronic gudie data to cable companies and others.
- Both companies have analytics operations and make money licensing patents.
- Coming May 2, Tivo’s Roamio OTA will get a 1 TB hard drive and come with lifetime service
- Comcast announces plan to buy DreamWorks Animation for $3.8 billion
- NBCUniversal plans to acquire Dreamworks Animation for $3.8 billion. The deal is expected to close later this year. Dreamworks is the one with Shrek and Kung Fu Panda. The deal does not include Dreamworks Pictures which does live action movies like Bridge of Spies and is owned by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners. AND don’t forget Comcast owns NBCUniversal.
- Amazon Studios may be gearing up to make its own original VR conten
- The Wrap says Amazon Studios is in early talks to produce original VR content. Two months ago a job listing indicated Amazon was putting together a VR team.
- Amazon didn’t get the NFL deal, but it’s getting more serious about sports
- Amazon hired James DeLorenzo as an executive to head up a new sports group in March, according to his LinkedIn bio. DeLorenzo comes from Relativity Media and previously ran digital video for Sports Illustrated and helped Time Inc. launch 120 Sports video.
- Now Turner wants to sell you a web video service, too
- Time Warner is launching an on-demand movie service this autumn called FilmStruck, managed by the Turner Classic Movies People. The Criterion Collection will be moving off Hulu as of November and on to FilmStruck. No word on what day it will launch or how much it will cost.
- Vimeo acquires VHX as it looks to build out business models for indie creators
- Vimeo announced it's acquiring VHX, a service that helps people sell online video episodes and subscriptions. VHX helps sell episodes on the Web and recently added Apple TV support.
- Yep, Marvel and Netflix Are Making a PunisherSeries
- Jon Bernthal will return as The Punisher in a Punisher series on Netflix. That’s the 6th Marvel series on the platform.
- Netflix orders a new Wet Hot American Summer series set 10 years in the future
- Netflix is also bringing back Wet Hot American Summer set 10 years after the movie, and called Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later. (At the end of the movie they agree to meet in 10 years at 9:30 AM.) David Wain and Michael Showalter will write and Wain will direct along with almost the entire original cast. Coming in 2017.
- Netflix and the BBC are working on an animated Watership Down series
- The BBC and Netflix are working on a four-part CGI adaptation of Watership down with James McAvoy, John Boyega, Nichola Hoult and Sir Ben Kinglsey. Coming to both BBC One and Netflix in 2017
- Netflix Is Finally Bringing the New Danger Mouse to the US
- And the last of the Netflix show news, Danger Mouse, which aired in the UK on BBC’s kids channel arrived on Netflix Friday April 29th.
- Elisabeth Moss to Star in Hulu Straight-to-Series Drama 'Handmaid's Tale' (Exclusive)
- Hulu is doing a 10-part adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, starring Elisabeth Moss. Bruce Miller (The 100) wrote the script and will EP with Daniel Wilson who did the movie, Fran Sears and Warren Littefield.
- Netpicks: Everything coming and going on Netflix for May 2016
- Brian: Justified 203, Game of Thrones 602, Last half of House of Cards, re-watched Edge of Tomorrow w/kids, played Firewatch, rewatched Gravity
- Tom: Justified (203), Game of Thrones (602), Silicon Valley (302), Arrow, Flash
- Brian: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, 11.22.63, Doctor Who
- On the Lookout: Lucifer
-Lucifer is streaming 13 hour-long episodes on Hulu and FOX apps. Also available on iTunes and Vudu. It's been picked up for a 2nd season, which should air next year.
Dispatches from the Front
FYI Margo Martingdale was NOT in THE Leftovers. The actress you are thinking of was Ann Dowd.
Because of studio paranoia, PC users haven't been able to take advantage of their hardware for video content. Steam is offering full 1080p movies at a user-selectable, locked bitrate -- unlike the Netflix "we'll decide to downgrade when we feel like it" system. Also, Netflix only streams in 1080p with the Windows 8/10 Metro app -- Win7 or Linux are left behind. The killer app for Steam will be if it offers UHD. I have a 4k monitor with Displayport and full HDCP support, but there's absolutely no legal way to watch any 4k movie content on it. None. I hope Steam plans to fill that void.
Sure, the HTPC crowd is tiny, but so are the new generation of HTPCs. Steam is thinking ahead about the PC being the one box to rule them all.
Dear Tom and Scott,
I can speak to technology as I experienced it in 1970, having been 8 years old at the time. Here are some details you may find interesting:
We had 3 channels on TV. 4, if you counted PBS. PBS was on UHF, the rest of them were on VHF. There was a switch on the TV to switch between the two.
In the attic above our family room, there was an antenna. Every once in a while, my father would go up there and adjust it, when we were getting a particularly poor picture.
One thing that was very annoying was when the vertical hold went off kilter and the picture would roll in a strange way that is like nothing we experience now. There was a dial on the TV you had to turn to try and adjust this.
The TV we had in 1970 was encased in a nice wooden cabinet that sat directly on the floor. When it died, my father removed the electronics and made it into a cabinet that held the VCR and the a/b switch we used to switch between cable and VCR, and the TV sat on top of that.
We had 2 extensions, which allowed for some interesting things. Like, I would be up in my parents' bedroom talking on the phone to a friend and my mother would pick up the phone downstairs to tell me dinner was ready.
You could dial your own number followed by the first digit of your number again and hang up quick, and then your phone would ring. A neat trick to play from the upstairs phone to get mom to pick up the one downstairs.
There was a number that you could call that would tell you the time and temperature.
If you didn't want calls, you could take the phone off the hook. The early equivalent of ignoring calls. This was before answering machines, so the phone would just ring and ring until the caller hung up if you didn't answer. Hardly anyone ever just let it ring, though.
We had two special electric switch mini-console thingies in our house, one on each floor. They allowed you to turn on outdoor lights and one light in each room of the house. My mother would "blink the lights" in the family room to alert whoever was in there that she needed them upstairs.
I have to share one other thing, that's probably from later in the 70s, just because it's so hilarious. Our first cable TV came with a box that literally looked like the bottom part of a blender -- you know the ones with rows of buttons, and if you push one down the one that's pushed down pops up. Ours had 2 rows and a switch to switch between them, and a dial to adjust the picture. And a really long cord (yes, a cord) that reached from the TV to the couch or easy chair, so you could sit and change the channels without getting up. Our first remote control.
Love the show!
How the FCC helped cablecos explain why they resist innovation, Apple might make its own original TV shows, HBO NOW FINALLY gets popular.
CordKillers: Ep. 118 - Steam's Stream Dream
Recorded: April 25 2016
Guest: Jaime Ruiz-Avila
- Comcast will bring its Xfinity app to Roku and Samsung Smart TVs this year
- Comcast announced its HTML5 Xfinity app is coming to Samsung Smart TVs
- A custom app is coming to Roku.
- Subscribers to Comcast’s Xfinity cable service can access the channel guide, cloud DVR, and live and on -demand TV.
Comcast believes this shows the FCC does not need to mandate set-top box compatibility.
- The FCC told the Verge the new app does not "integrate or search across Comcast content as well as other content consumers subscribe to."
- Disney, CBS, Viacom worry FCC cable box proposal would do to TV what iTunes did to music
- Several companies inl. Disney, CBS, Fox, A&E, Time Warner, Scripps and Viacom filed feedback to the FCC’s proposed rules to require MVNOs to support third-party cable boxes
- Companies object that they would lose revenue if they can no longer control the order in which channels appear
- particularly concerned that these new set-top boxes will offer up shows individually, instead of presenting entire channels as cable boxes
- Worry about “commitments to secure and protect content”
- Comcast made a separate filing
- Added arguments are technical burdens to support the new boxes, might require more bandwidth
- "In any event, at a minimum, the [FCC's proposal] vastly understates the level of work, and associated costs, that would be necessary to implement its Set-Top Box Mandate," it writes.
- Apple talking original content
- Feature by Nicole Laporte on Fast Company
- Apple held a private dinner at Sundance and heard pitches in LA in the weeks that followed.
- Fast Company says it would be for an “exclusives” app on Apple TV
- Two “lanes”
- 1. Beats-driven programming meant to promote music
- 2. Multiple original series.
- Alibaba Pictures set up in Pasadena.
- Run by Zhang Wei, former talk show host and Harvard MBA
- HBO Now comes to the Xbox One
- New HBO Now users are bugged and can't get their 'Game of Thrones' fix
- HBO NOW surges in poularity despite complaints
- HBO Now comes to Xbox One and Samsung Smart TVs
- Samsung’s been getting a lot of apps.
- Is Xbox now a complete replacement in the US?
- Comedy Central, BET, MTV, and more are coming to Sling TV
- Viacom and Dish settled their negotiations not only by avoiding an outage but also agreeing to add channels to Sling TV. Comedy Central, BET, Spike, MTV and Nick Jr. will be among the new networks , but NOT Nickelodeon. They’ll show up in the coming months.
- Comcast to Launch Sony’s Crackle on Xfinity On Demand
- Meanwhile Crackle is now available through Comcast’s Xfinity on demand offering both on TV and Comcast’s app. Select titles are available at launch with additional programming added over the coming months.
- 12 Netflix Originals That Will Be Streaming With HDR Video
- 12 Netflix properties were officially announced as coming in HDR although not timeline was given. They are A Series of Unfortunate Events, Bloodline, Chef's Table, Hibana, Knights of Sidonia, Daredevil, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, The Defenders, The Do-Over, and The Ridiculous Six.
- Lionsgate Launches Distribution Through Steam, Includes ‘Hunger Games’
- Video game store Steam is now renting movies from Lionsgate. More than 100 films will be available including Hunger Games movies, Saw, Divergent and Twilight.
- The full cast list for Twin Peaks, which comes to Showtime in 2017, has been released: Eddie Vedder, Trent Reznor
- Peabody Awards Recognize Jessica Jones, Mr. Robot, and The Leftovers as Damn Good Shows
- Mr. Robot, The Leftovers and Jessica Jones won Peabodys for excellence in broadcasting.
- Jones “unpopular questions about power and consent, while constructing vivid and compelling characters”
- Leftovers - “challenging, deeply philosophical, boldly imagined drama.”
- Redband Trailer for The Do-Over (sandler, Spade) coming May 27 to Netflix.
- New trailer for season 2 of Chef's Table coming May 27.
- Mr. Robot's second season is coming July 13th (Sam Esmail directing all 10 episodes)
- Stephen King's It comes to theaters Sep. 18, 2017
- Game of Thrones renewed for seventh season to air in 2017
- Brian: Better Call Saul, Game of Thrones, Justified 202
- Tom: Better Call Saul, Lemonade on HBO, Orphan Black, Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley, Justified (202)
- Jaime: Better Call Saul, Silicon Valley, Game of Thrones, Outlander season 2, Legends of Tomorrow Space 1999 Story of Maths on Netflix
- On the Lookout: Deadbeat, Thunderbirds
Dispatches from the Front
Just listened to last week's show and was wondering if either of you have tried the Xbox One for its media options.
I am not sure how common this set up is for everybody but an Xbox with kinect, HDMI pass through for a cable box and a harmony remote let's me easily access anything I want using the Xbox - One Guide.
The One Guide lays out suggestions for movies to rent or purchase, what is popular in most video apps like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube or if you chose to look at your cable provider's channel guide will list categories such as live TV shows trending on Twitter.
What has really surprised me is that I recently realized how easy it is to be able to say """"Xbox on"""" which will wake it up and turn on the TV and follow it with """"watch ESPN"""" and it just finds the channel for me. (No need to memorize #s) Or I can use a remote, a game pad or cell phone to control everything.
I know one of the features (that admittedly might bother some) is that the kinect will recognize when I'm sitting in front of the TV and have favorites/suggestions loaded based on my profile and the same based on my wife's profile if she is watching TV.
If you guys have tried it out would love to hear your thoughts.
Hi Brian, Tom, Bryce and guest,
I know they are several months away but I was thinking about how I was going to be able to watch this summer's Olympics. Since I cut the cord I have found ways to get some of the live TV I was missing but sports has been the hardest to find. This will be the first Olympics since ditching cable TV so I was wondering if you know if NBC makes the Olympics available to those of us without a cable box.
Thank you for making my commute enjoyable and educational. I'm happy to say I am one of your bosses.
- Jennifer, Stuck in traffic on the Mass Pike
Hey gentlemen got to say something....... YOU JJEERRRRKKKKKSSSSS. You guys just had to say Animaniacs was on Netflix didn't ya. I was dumb enough to watch the first episode AND NOW I CANT GET THE DAM ANIMANIACS THEME OUT OF MY HEAD AND WANT TO BINGE ON EVERY EPISODE phffft :P Jerks ;) . Even after all these years I remembered the theme word for word, I missed that show. Keep up the awesome work
- Robert E from Oklahoma
The love affair is over. The sling streaming beta blacked out the blues Blackhawks game. I had to prove where I lived to get the channel. Sling is saying they are subject to the same blackout rules as everyone else. This is a lie since local dish and cable subscribers can watch. I got to watch the game earlier this week on Fox sports Midwest without issue. Maybe Playstation view is right for me.
Bryce asked about netflix country availability:
That will do more than what you want, but it will do what you were talking about.
Summer Movie Draft, Triage, Jungle Book, spoiler-free Batman v. Superman impressions, Better Call Saul (209), Justified (201)
01:13 - Summer Movie Draft
05:13 - Triage
09:16 - Jungle Book
20:22 - Spoiler-free impressions of Batman vs. Superman
21:34 - Better Call Saul (209)
29:55 - Justified (201)