Why Amazon bought Twitch, and excitement for the return of The Tick!

 

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CordKillers: Ep. 35 - SPOOOOON!
Recorded: August 31, 2014
Guest:  Fraser Cain

Intro Video 

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Primary Target

  • Amazon buys Twitch
  • Why Amazon Really Bought Twitch
  • Prime-time Twitch is bigger than CNN, MSNBC, and MTV
  • - Amazon buying Twitch ($97- million in cash, total of $1.1 billion)
    - one hour and 45 minutes on the site per day
    - 1.35 percent of all downstream traffic in the U.S. during peak times
    - Emmett Shear: “ We’re keeping most everything the same: our office, our employees, our brand, and most importantly our independence. But with Amazon’s support we’ll have the resources to bring you an even better Twitch.”

Signal Intelligence

Gear Up

Under surveillance

  • Amazon is resurrecting 'The Tick' with Patrick Warburton for new pilot 
  • -Patrick Warburton made a deal with Sony Television to shoot a pilot for The Tick to try on Amazon.
    - Jeffrey Tambor's “Transparent,” which will drop its entire 10-episode first season on Friday, Sept. 26.
  • Amazon greenlights yet another batch of original kids TV pilots 
  • -Five more kids pilots
    -Three animated
    - "The Stinky & Dirty Show" about a backhoe and a garbage truck that are best friends
    - "Buddy: Tech Detective" aimed at preschoolers
    - "Niko and the Sword of Light" about a young adventurer.
    -Two live action
    - "Table 58" about a motley lunch table of outcast kids
    - "Just Add Magic" about friends who find an old cookbook with magical recipes.
    -Previously announced Sara Solves It which makes 6 kids shows in this pilot season
    -Current children's shows in the coming months: "Tumble Leaf" on September 5, "Creative Galaxy" on October 3, and "Annedroids" on October 30.

Front Lines

On Screen

Dispatches from the Front

  • Questions from the live audience


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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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