Nielsen begins to rate Netflix, Netflix cuts out Epix's movies, and Apple TV may become a gaming console.

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CordKillers: 86 – Peace Among Worlds
Recorded: August 31, 2015
Guest: Father Robert Ballacer

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Primary Target

  • Nielsen to Measure Netflix Viewing by Middle of This Year
    - Nielsen will begin rating Netflix and Amazon starting mid-year
    - Nielsen box listens for shows. Does not work with Netflix Originals.
    - “Collecting ratings on streaming services is an outdated mode of doing business,” said Cliff Edwards, a Netflix spokesman
  • NPD: Half of U.S. homes with Internet now own a connected TV device
    NPD survey estimates around half of US Internet homes have a “connected TV device” (46 million +4mm yoy)
    - “smart TVs, video game consoles, streaming media players, and Blu-ray Disc players that can connect to the Internet”
    - 45 percent of TVs sold in the U.S. in Q2 2015 supported apps.
    - 69 percent of all installed Internet capable TVs were online in Q2 2015
    - Top TV apss Q2 Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, Hulu, HBO (Go/Now) Crackle fell out

Signal Intelligence

  • Netflix Ends Five-Year Movie Deal with Epix
    -Netflix will not renew deal with Epix.
    - Deal went non-exclusive in 2012
    - Epix will come to Hulu Oct. 1. Already has deal with Amazon
    - Ted Sarandos: “Our focus has shifted to provide great movies and TV series for our members that are exclusive to Netflix. Epix focus is to make sure that their movies will be widely available for consumers through a variety of platforms.”
    - Epix is MGM, Lions Gate Entertainment and Paramount
  • Why Netflix losing Epix could be a good thing
    - “Netflix is a focused passion brand, not a do-everything brand: Starbucks, not 7-Eleven; Southwest, not United; HBO, not Dish,” the company says in its long-term view manifesto.
    - In the most recent quarter, Netflix subs have streamed an average of 75 million Epix movies per month, according to a source familiar with the pact, which would represent about 1.8 movies per U.S. sub monthly.

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Just now listened to episode 84... I agree with Alison Sheridan that I much prefer the giant, all-you-can-eat model vs. nickel-and-dime-me-to-death model.

And your discussion afterwards felt like listening to an alternate history parallel world. I have the opposite experience. I LOVE my DVR. After I spend a few minutes setting it up, I'm done. I have a hand-tailored video feed that has exactly what I want on it. (Although I do have to fix things when I discover that I'm recording SD.) It shows me new episodes that I haven't seen of my favorite [broadcast/cable] shows, in order, as they become available. I go one place and I see a cornucopia of TV that gets me. If I'm not in the mood for a particular show, I can watch it weeks later without wondering if the license will expire. If a show goes on hiatus, I don't have to know when it is coming back. It just SHOWS UP, all by itself, months later. I don't know what channel, day, or time anything is on. It's just there. There's always something on my DVR that I want to watch. I can binge-watch syndicated marathons of shows while skipping commericials*! On-Demand service makes up for any glitches or oversights. I do have to be careful about too much stuff stacking up, but it seems manageable to me. (And I watch a LOT.)

As for online services, they're not quite there yet. (Content, yes. Manageability, no.) I don't know how many shows I've abandoned because I don't even remember they exist....

- Sara in Sunny Seattle

 

 

 

 

Hey guys!

I know you both have viewing "to do" lists that are probably a mile long but I wanted to share something unique. The A&E crime drama "Longmire" was cancelled on that network apparently because it wasn't drawing the right demographic. It was A&E's most popular show.

Due in large part to the fan base providing die hard support and some massive social networking outreach by some folks close to the show, it was picked up by Netflix as a new "original". I haven't heard you talk about this particular show prior to it's demise or after the news of it's rebirth on Netflix. I think it's a very interesting look at how one network may have shot itself in the foot because it didn't believe it had the right viewers.

You can watch the three previous seasons on Netflix or catch the new season September 10th. Hope to possibly hear your take on the show.

- Todd

 

 

 

 Hey guys, I'm listening to It's Spoilerin' Time 85 where you were discussing the weird ordering for Mr. Robot episode numbers. Just a quick note, I took the numbering as a nod to the hacker/developer community because all array's indexes start at 0. The first item in any array or list is at index 0 so if you intialize an array for 10 items, like the episodes, you will have indexes of 0-9. Just another example the show creators trying to tie more of the hacker/dev aspect to the show. Thanks!

- Jason

 

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Movie Draft Update, Fear the Walking Dead (101), Mr. Robot (109), Rick and Morty (205), The Shield (703)

02:14 - Movie Draft Update

04:21 - Triage/Feedback

06:21 - Fear the Walking Dead (101)

10:06 - Mr. Robot (109)

23:57 - Rick and Morty (205)

30:22 - The Shield (703)

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The children are our time shifters, NBC wants to change Web video, Apple TV needs a comeback.

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CordKillers: 85 - Let’s! Do! The Time-Shift Again!
Recorded: August 24, 2015
Guest: Andy Beach

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Primary Target

  • Kids love time shifting TV
    -Nielsen report on Children viewing habits
    - Two-year period studied 2011-2013.
    - DVRs in half of households with children

Signal Intelligence

  • NBCUniversal Announces $200 million BuzzFeed Investment, Olympics Deal
    -Comcast through NBCUniversal is investing $200 million in Buzzfeed
    - (last week Comcast put $200 million in Vox Media, makers of SB Nation, The Verge and Polygon)
    - NBC planning to work with BuzzFeed on Olympics coverage
    - BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti specifically says his company wants to work with NBCU “to extend our reach to TV and film.”

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 Hi. Love the show. Do you know of an App or Web page that lists what shows are playing on the various services (ie. Hulu vs Amazon Prime, vs Netflix, etc)?

- David

 

 

Hi guys, in regards to a cable company being able to go out of their market to get stations during negotiations, does this open the door for stations to sell themselves nationally?

Meaning, if some small station in rural North Dakota wanted a little extra money, could they just make it known that they are happy to let any cable company rebroadcast them that wants to for 5 cents less than the going rate per subscriber?

And does this rule only apply during local broadcast blackouts, or can it be done anytime?
Seems there may be a small potential of stations undercutting each other, though the local news and weather (and commercials) would still be more useful if it was a local station.

- Andy from Michigan, where the weather is nicer than North Dakota today.

 

 

 



 Hey guys,

I wanted to say that I thought Alison made an interesting point in her video feedback.

We haven't really had to think about how much we're willing to pay for our entertainment when it's come through the cable firehouse, and to get what we want or need we have to pay for that plus what we don't want. If we have to see how much each thing costs, perhaps we will think harder about each service or program. I think that might also step up the game for content creators to consider costs. Are they giving us the value for the price? If not, does that hurt them? If so, do they benefit financially and otherwise?

Perhaps one feature of cord-cutting is creating a smarter audience, and smarter creators? I think it's an idea to keep in mind going forward.

I like the show. Keep up the good work!

- Robert

 

 

 

Hey Tom and Brian, I just received this email from Amazon. I'm very disappointed. I know that GoogleTV never got a lot of traction, but I've been a fan because of the pass-thru capabilities. I've used it to do PiP between my DirecTV and GTV content, or have sports info pop up while watching non GTV content. Aside from the loss of functionality, this will probably finally force me to an older LCD I have that only has a single HDMI port. I haven't looked to see what AndroidTV has to offer, but hopefully they will have pass-thru devices.

Sincerely, listener and Patreon "boss",

- Brian

(from Amazon Prime Video, 8/16/15):

Hello,
We're writing to let you know that the Amazon Video app will no longer be available on the Google TV platform after September 14, 2015, which includes streaming devices from Sony, LG, Vizio, Hisense, ASUS, Netgear, and Hausbell.

This means you won't be able to stream movies and TV shows directly from the Amazon Video app on your Google TV platform device. As we continually seek to improve our service, this occasionally means we can no longer support certain devices or features.

You can continue to stream Amazon Video on hundreds of other devices, including newer Smart TV and Blu-ray models, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Roku, game consoles, Android and iOS phones and tablets, and your computer's web browser.

You can learn more about compatible devices and register a new device at:

Sincerely,
Customer Service
Amazon.com

 

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The FCC hands cable companies a weapon, Comcast wants to unseat YouTube, why you shouldn’t buy that Android box.

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CordKillers: 84 - Adequate TV
Recorded: August 17, 2015
Guest: Hammond Chamberlain

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Primary Target

  • The FCC could soon give more power to cable companies. Here’s how. 
  • Upgrading media rules
    - The FCC is considering two rule changes governing how cable and broadcast networks can behave when negotiating retransmission fees in the US
    - 1. Lift a ban on rebroadcasting blacked out shows from another city’s TV station.
    “In this item, the Commission takes its thumb off the scales and leaves the scope of such exclusivity to be decided by the parties.”
    - 2. Undertake a “robust examination” of what it means to negotiate in good faith. This could make broadcasters less likely to risk blackouts.
    “The goal of the proposed rulemaking is to ensure that these negotiations are conducted fairly and in a way that protects consumers.”
    -In layman's terms:
    - 1. Let cable companies have another option when fighting a blackout if they can convince a neighboring market's station to let them have their content instead of the more local station. So in Austin if CBS in Austin is blacking out it's channel a cable company coul try to convince a Houtson or San Antonio station to let it have that programming instead."
    - 2. Basically the FCC currently has a hands off approach to interfering with negotiations unless something extreme happens, which has benefited the broadcasters who have the content. Hard to say what they mean here for sure but they definitely are trying to scare broadcasters into being more favorable in negoations with cable companies

Signal Intelligence

  • Comcast to partner with buzzfeed
    - Business Inisder has a source that is telling it more about Comcast’s new video platform we’ve heard rumored
    - Called “Watchable” but that name could change
    - Allegedly partnering with Vox (which it owns a stake in), Buzzfeed (which it is purchasing a stake in) AwesomenessTV, Refinery29, and The Onion, news sites like Mic and Vice, as well as legacy brands like NBC Sports —Full list still being determined.
    - Deals are non-exclusive
    - Positioned as a rival to Verizon’s forthcoming service
    - Come first to X1 cable boxes then to iOS and Android
    - Wants to be digital video advertising leader
    - While Comcast still has the predominance of video viewing in the home it wants to become the tastemaker for digital video

Gear Up

  • Let's clear up this whole Android TV box mess
  • You see a lot of this crap
    - We constantly get emails from people asking “Have you seen this XXX box that prmisies loads of free video for the price of a cheap piece of hardware?”
    - Many companies are throwing open source Android on a cheap processor with HDMI and preinstalling something like Kodi on it and maybe a few other apps and promising “access to free TV and movies.”
    - Most use older ARM processors (Often Cortex A9) and GPUs that are affordable but still handle 1080p
    - Generally include 1GB or 2 of RAM and 8 GB of storage., mostly just for buffering and apps
    - They try to differentiate themselves with different remotes and cables. Remotes often don’t work well
    - You’re just as well off buying an Ouya, Nexus Player or even FireTV and rooting them. Or you can connect your phone with a cable.
    - Really you should just buy a Roku or Apple TV. 

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Hi Tom, Brian, and Bryce,

I am preparing to leave the parents house finally!! I will not be getting cable so i was wondering which over-the-air antennas y'all think is the best and which OTA DVR that does not have a monthly fee is the best?

Thanks so much for the show!

- Lauren from Dallas

Wineguard Flatwave supposedly has better range than the Mohu Leaf, Channelmaster

 

 

 

 

Hi Brian,

Just listened to this week's Spoilering Time and was hoping for some clarification.

I always assumed that the red star ratings on Netflix were part of their "magical" algorithms and represent what they think you would rate something.

So in the case of "Hot girls wanted," Netflix thinks that Brian will give it a 2 star rating after watching it. This of course being based on your viewing habits and what you have rated in the past that might be similar.
Therefore, critical reviews have no effect.

My confusion came when you stated the rating there was based on other Netflix users. Is this the actual case? Have I been giving Netflix too much credit with their ability to make recommendations based on my tastes? Am I gonna have change my discovery habits? Does Tom know? Is this really diet Dr. Pepper? Please help.

Your boss,
- Byron

 

 

 

 

I had a thought about a consequence of cord killing that maybe you haven't talked about. Made y'all a little video:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/57192/cord_cutting_complicates_money.mov

If .mov doesn't work for you let me know,

- Allison

 

 



Tom & Brian,
Do you think this is the last time US presidential election campaigns that will operate in a traditional way? In 2020, with the assumption of massive cord cutting, campaign ads can't run like they do now given limited ad space on hulu, netflix or cbs.com. How do you think that it will change if at all?

- David

 

 

 

I will never be able to convince my wife to cut the cord if I can't reassure her that it actually works. I only have a couple digital movies, but two out of the last three times I tried to watch one I was unsuccessful because of DRM authentication.
One was on a wifi tablet while on a car trip, and Disney Movies Anywhere decided it needed to authenticate. No movie for you!!
Today, I wanted to listen to the Lego Movie while driving, but Flixter decided that it didn't agree with my phone about what time of day it is. No movie for you!
These were both locally downloaded copies of movies I "own".
Wtf.

Thanks for the show.

- Ander

 

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