Gather around your podcasting viewer of choice and watch as our league of movie draft legends compete for dominance in the 2014 Winter Movie Draft. Starring Tom Merritt, Brian Brushwood, John Teasdale, Justin Robert Young, Brett Rounsaville, and Scott Johnson.
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Amazon’s crazy cheap Firestick, Netflix made Coach Taylor do something bad, Roku wants some money.
CordKillers: Ep. 42 - Gore Porn
Recorded: October 27, 2014
Guest: Scott Johnson
- Amazon Fire TV stick
- Amazon takes on Chromecast with Fire TV Stick
- The mixed-up math of Amazon's Fire TV Stick discounts
- Fire TV Stick coming Nov. 19th available for preorder. Ships Nov. 19
- Coming to UK and Australia soon
- For first two days of preorder $19 for Prime members
- Free month of Prime for non-mebers
- Dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage
- Netflix, Hulu Plus, Plex, YouTube, TWitch, Spotify, Vevo A&E etc.
-(Chromecast is $35/ Roku stick $50)
- Netflix has two more TV shows for 2015: 'Bloodline' and 'F is for Family'
- Two new Netflix originals
- Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler and Daniel Zelman, who were the creators of Damages.
- Coach Taylor says “We’re not bad people, but we did a bad thing.”
- 13-episode original, with the plot focusing around "a family of adult siblings whose secrets and scars are revealed when their black sheep brother returns home."
- March 2015
- F is for Family
- Animated by Bill Burr, EP with Vince Vaughn set in the 1970s
- Voices from Laura Dern and Justin Long
- Burr will premiere his new stand-up special I'm Sorry You Feel That Way on Netflix December 5th, 2015
- U.S. TV startup Roku to confidentially file for IPO: WSJ
- Roku Seeking Secretive IPO: Report
- Roku planning to file for an IPO in the US - selected bankers
- Companies with less than $1 billion annual gross revenues can keep confidential
- Last month, the company announced the Roku Powered program, an initiative aimed at helping Roku strike up direct partnerships with pay-TV providers. (BBC, Dish etc)
- The Information reported Roku pulled in $190 million in revenue in 2013.
- Says it is near profitability
-Could Roku be the box to unify two worlds?
- Comcast lost 81,000 video customers in Q3, its best result in 7 years.
- -A year ago Comcast lost 127,000 video customers. The company ALSO added 315,000 broadband subscribers bringing it close to parity with 22.38 million video subs and 21.59 million broadband subs. The company increased overall customers by 82,000.
- Nielsen, and Adobe are launching a measurement system across Internet-connected devices.
- This includes desktops, smartphones, tablets, game consoles and over-the-top boxes. The system will launch in 2015 with ESPN, Turner Broadcasting, Sony's Crackle, Viacom and Univision already signed up. It’s called Nielsen’s Digital Content Ratings, Powered by Adobe and uses Adobe Analytics and Adobe’s ‘Primetime’ TV delivery platform.
- Brian: Legend of Korra season 3, Twin Peaks to ep 3, Transparent, Fargo ep 10
- Tom: Fargo (Ep. 10), Haven, Agents of SHIELD, Star Wars Rebels, Arrow, The Flash, Transparent, The Shield (309), Continuum
- Scott: The Sopranos, Arrow
Dispatches from the Front
What do you mean by "all the spectrum" if you look at the swath of spectrum actually being used for OTA (uhf and vhf) there is very little actually being used when compared to other technologies like Lte, wimax and wifi.
I am looking at it from a wireless engineer / networking side as such that trying to reuse what is there for another purpose.
There is more spectrum that is licensed and used for the private sector than any other form. Direct TV, dish, xm radio, airline cell carriers just to name a few own more spectrum combined than those that are used for public OTA TV services.
So in a way yes I'm saying that for quality of service and sheer reach of consumption OTA is as good as it gets. Now sure we can transition to mpeg4 OTA and get better use of it but to say that we could replace the spectrum in favor of an on demand solution for everyone just could not happen with the limited bandwidth that uhf and vhf have combined.
Thanks for the reply,
If we end up paying a-la-carte for our programming, then our money will be going directly to the channels we care about instead of being divided across the hundreds of channels that we don't care about. I wonder if that will make better programming or less commercials. Thoughts?
HBO will do some kind of Internet service next year. People say Yay! CBS will do one now. People say boo. Google unveils Nexus player. People sort of notice!
CordKillers: Ep. 41 - You would steal a policeman's helmet
Recorded: October 20, 2014
Guest: Kristi Kates
- TV’s Move to the Web Can Strengthen Its Cable Business
- HBO Says It’s Going to Start Selling on the Web Next Year
- -HBO CEO Richard Plepler said at Time Warner investor presentation
-“in 2015, we will launch a stand-alone, over-the-top, HBO service in the United States. We will work with our current partners. And, we will explore models with new partners. All in, there are 80 million homes that do not have HBO and we will use all means at our disposal to go after them.”
-Martin Peers of “The Information” reports $15/ mo.
- Diffusion group survey 6% moderately or highly likely to sign up
- HBO’s Online Pricing Trap
- CBS launches its own TV subscription platform for $6 a month
- -CBS launched $6 mo. streaming service.
- 6500 classic episodes
- 15 shows day after air
- Live TV in 14 markets with more to come
- No NFL
- Never say never: why TV networks are suddenly ready to unbundle
- Lions Gate to offer streaming movie service in 2015
- -LionsGate: The service, Tribeca Short List, will offer movies such as the dystopian teen hit “The Hunger Games” beginning next year, according to the studio.
- Netflix's growth slows down just as HBO joins the streaming fight
- Netflix's U.S. growth slows, shares plunge
- -Netflix earnings
- US growth slowed to 980K customers, down from 1.29 million a year ago (had predicted 1.33 million)
- Netflix's international subscribers grew 72 percent to 15.84 million from a year earlier.
- Net income rose to $59.3 million, or 96 cents per share, from $31.8 million, or 52 cents per share, in the year-ago period.
- Here comes the Nexus Player: Google and Asus release first Android TV device
- Pre-order page
- Nexus Player
- Available for preorder US and Canda
-$99 (Game pad sold sep. for $40)
- Bluetooth remote, voice search
- 28 apps (Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, Plex, Pluto.tv, YouTube)
- Compatible with GoogleCast
- Aereo Asks FCC to Change Definition of Video Distributor
- - Aereo Chief Executive Officer Chet Kanojia met with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and other officials on Oct. 8 to advocate for online programming to be added to the definition of an MPVD.
- This would be a big victory for any company attempting to create an online multichannel TV service
9 Remeber Discovery refused to let Sky Angel carry its channel online. It could not flat out refuse in this scenario)
- if a programmer has a stake in a distribution service, then it is required to sell its programming to MPVDs.
- Good News, TV Guys: ComScore Found Your Missing TV Watchers
- - Comscore survey says the younger a viewer is the less likely they watch on a TV
- Millennials say they spend a third of their TV-watching time watching TV on computers, tablets and phones
- 24 percent of 18-to-34-year-olds say they’re not subscribing to pay TV. — 13 percent say they’ve cut the cord, 11 percent never had a cord.
- Amazon's Instant Video app now shows your homemade movies
- -Upgraded Amazon Instant Video apps for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and certain TVs from LG and Samsung can show photos and videos stored in Amazon Cloud Drive for users in Germany the US and UK.
- Netflix's next original series is a collaboration with Canada's Rogers
- -Netflix is co-producing a series with Shomi, a VOD service from Canadian TV channel City and telco Rogers. Between is a six-episode series that follows the story of a strange disease in a small town that has abolished everyone under 21 years old. Created by Michael McGowan, director of Still Mine and One Week.
- Last week Netflix announced every episode of Friends is coming to Netflix January 1.
- MST3K's Joel And Dr. Forrester Reunite On Paul Feig's New Webseries
- - Joel Hodgson and Trace Beaulieu will reunite on Freaks and Geeks' creator Paul Feig's new webseries on Yahoo. Other Space is "a journey in unknown space set in the early 22nd century, when the human race has mapped most of the known universe, failed to find alien life, and frankly gotten a little tired of the whole thing."
- WB Announces A Ton Of New DC Movies, Including Who's Playing The Flash
- -WB Announced the lineup of DC Movies: Suicide Squad will be the next DC movie released after Batman V. Superman in 2016. In 2017 you get a standalone Wonder Woman along with a Justice League movie directed by Zack Snyder. In 2018 a Flash movie starring Ezra Miller and Aquaman starring Jason Momoa. In 2019 is Shazam (Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam) and Justice League 2. Then in 2020 a Cyborg movie and a new Green Lantern.
- Brian: Legend of Korra, rewatching Avatar: The Last Airbender, playing Far Cry 3, Fargo, Transparent, Twin Peaks
- Tom: The Shield (308) Transparent, Doctor Who
- Kristi: Agents of SHIELD, Firefly fan film "The Verse," Warehouse 13, bit of Doctor Who
Dispatches from the Front
Tom and Brian,
Quick note: Quit watching The Walking Dead mid-season 2. Tried last season, quit. Brother tells me to watch current season's premier. Holy crap! I think I'm in.
Fred in Pooler, GA
Do you have an explanation for why movies take so long to be available to rent? It is so frustrating to see DVDs to buy but not to rent. I want to rent Catching Fire, which was released in 2013 and it is only available to buy. Grrrrrr!
Thanks for your show, we cut the cord about 3 years ago and finding new shows has probably been the hardest part to get used to! Your show has helped me in this regard quite a few times. I wanted to pass along a show I stumbled upon in Netflix that I am in love with! It's called An Idiot Abroad, I'd love to hear your thoughts on it because know one in my immediate circle seems to love it as much as I do, I want to see if I'm weird, if Brian likes it then I'm legit!
You guys have to give Manhattan (on WGN America, Hulu, iTunes) a try. Wife and I love this show. Fascinating drama about the time period and the science with the A bomb. Purchased the season on iTunes and look forward to it every Monday. Just got renewed for a second season.