Netflix switches to thumbs and might edit shows for screen size. Plus, Tom actually watched Iron Fist.
CordKillers: Ep. 162 - Rusted Fist
Recorded: March 20 2017
- Netflix is ditching five-star ratings in favor of a thumbs-up
- Netflix vice president of product Todd Yellin said Thursday that Netflix will phase out its star-rating system in favor of a thumbs up thumbs down system starting sometime in April. The company rolled out the new system to a few hundred thousand users as a test and found 200% more ratings were logged. Netflix will also start showing a percentage below titles of how likely it is you’ll enjoy it based on how others with similar viewing habits rated it.
- Netflix will explore mobile-specific cuts of its original series
- Netflix chief product officer Neil Hunt said the company is exploring different cuts of its shows for different platforms since certain shots meant for a big screen can be hard to see on a phone.
- Deadline reports Netflix has hired Scott Stuber, producer of Kill the Messenger, Ted, Ted 2 and Patriot’s Day.
How to Watch
- Get ready to see more Twitter live streams
- The Information says its sources say next week Twitter will open its live streaming API to media firms and and announce partnerships with, “firms that provide back-end services for live-video streaming." The move would allow streams like NFL and Lacrosse to be set up easier.
- Twitter adds lacrosse to its live streamed sports lineup
What to Watch
- Final Leftovers Trailer Suggests Kevin Could Be the Reluctant New Messiah. The Leftovers returns April 16.
- Saturday Night Live will broadcast live in all time zones the rest of this season
- Columbia Pictures has released the first poster for The Dark Tower, set to arrive July 28.
What We're Watching
- Brian: The Expanse, Legion (episode 1, twice), all of Rick and Morty again, Justified
- Tom: The Expanse (208), Legion, Iron Fist (101-103), Justified (510)
- On the Lookout: A one-minute, spoiler-free pitch for Legion.
- ABC News’ Apple TV app will now let you have up to four of its dozen news feeds on screen at once.
- Unfinished Orson Wells gets a Netflix Commitment
- The New York Times reports that Netflix has agreed to finance a restoration project for the unfinished Orson Wells film The Other Side of the Wind. Producers Frank Marshall, Filip Jan Rymsza and Peter Bogdanovich, had previously secured the rights to the unfinished film in 2014, but raised only $406,605 out of a needed $2 million in crowdfunding to complete the project. Netflix's agreement will require a renegotiation with the films rightsholders.
- The truth about cord cutting? More talk than snips.
- Crimson Hexagon, a social media analytics company, found that discussion of cord cutting is more common than the actual practice. Mentions of cord cutting have risen from roughly 20,000 posts at the end of 2013 to 120,000 last autumn, a 600% rise. But the number of actual number of cable households has not declined by that much of course.
- The Matrix is reportedly getting a reboot
- The Hollywood Reporter has sources who say Warner Bros. is in the early stages of developing a Matrix reboot with Zak Penn being sought to write the Treatment and Creed’s Michael B. Jordan as a headliner.
Dispatches from the Front
Just wanted to throw my 2 cents (or rather yen) in here. In the last episode, you were talking about flipping through channels on analogue cable TV before digital. A streaming service with a similar feature launched in Japan last year.
It’s called Ameba TV and the interface is designed to allow swiping through channels of content quickly and easily, There’s almost zero lag between channels & you can even see the edges of other channels as you browse. It does have a programme guide (which mostly seems to be for their paid premium DVR service) but the app & channels are totally free! 20+ channels of content, available on streaming devices & mobile. (Only in Japan… :P)
Hey I absolutely LOVE the podcast and I did subscribe. Quick thought on Viacom and CBS. I couldn't care less about anything on their channels. I don't think they have anything like walking dead or game of thrones to give them much leverage so they're probably hurting themselves. Also I was really let down by CBS all access. I tried it out but all the classic shows like star trek, cheers, and others have their entire back catalogue available on both Hulu and Netflix and I think some on prime. What I really wanted was Big Bang theory but didn't even get the current season. Just the most recent 4 or so episodes and in my area I can't even get live cbs stream so this is hot garbage as far as I'm concerned.
Thanks guys, love the show!
In response to Jon's question a few weeks ago about pre-ordering a physical disc and getting the digital copy early there are a few options. The first is Vudu's awesome Disc + Digital service where you can pre-order the Blu-ray on Vudu.com or even the mobile apps and you get instant access to the digital copy:
Shipping is sometimes free, sometimes not (it has been for me but I often order within their promotional periods on new movies) and comes from Walmart.com usually very close to if not before the physical release date. The only major downsides to the service is they currently don't work with UHD Blu-ray's (sometimes you can pre-order the UHD Blu-ray from Walmart.com and get the digital copy, what they refer to as Instawatch, when it comes out but it's a crapshoot at best) and neither Warner Brothers or Disney titles are available through the Disc + Digital program. Also the program has been riddled with some technical glitches as of late which never affected me by the way.
The other option is through Bestbuy.com which I am not as familiar with but if you pre-order select titles like Sing they will email you a digital copy code soon after then ship you the disc when it comes out.
Hope this information is helpful.
Hi Tom and Brian,
In your discussion of Britbox, I started thinking "How DO you create a successful back-catalog streaming service?" You mentioned Netflix's lackluster initial offerings when it was called "Netflix Streaming". But that was OK for them because they were a successful DVD-by-mail company. Amazon's initial offerings did nothing to pique my interest, but I didn't care because all I wanted was the 2-day shipping. Any other successful service that focuses on back-catalog falls into the category of being the owners of the content they're making available: Hulu, CBS All-access, HBO Go/Now.
Can you think of any path to success for a streaming service that primarily offers back-catalog without either having some OTHER successful moneymaking venture or by being the content owners themselves?
Love the show,
As a British ex-pat in US (there are 3/4 million of us). This was a huge promise and a total failure in execution. My biggest hate is no news except "the papers". Question time, newsnight, panorama all missing. The classic comedy is just PBS left overs. No classic BBC shows like "Two Ronnies" & "Dave Allen". So I'm going to be sticking with YouTube since it has a better selection of classic BBC TV than this services which should be called BritSoapBox.
Some people get enough TV without cable. Whether Britbox is a failure or genius. What’s coming to Hulu’s live service. With special guests Amos Lemos and Kent Fellure from Ritual Misery.
- Real answers: Why people are choosing to cut the cord on cable
- For the first time, more people subscribe to Netflix than have DVR
- TiVo surveyed US and Canada found
- 17% do not subscribe to pay TV, 1/5 of them just in the past year
- Many said they didn’t feel they needed it between OTA TV and streaming services.
- TiVO determined 18 channels would be the optimum size for most subscribers (as long as it was the right channels)
- Leichtman Research survey of US adults
- 54% have Netflix, 53% have a DVR
- 2011 it was 28% Netflix, 44% DVR
- How many people feel there’s “plenty to watch” and don’t need to have access to everything?
How to Watch
- British TV streaming service BritBox launches in U.S.
- BritBox $6.99 a month
- Classic TV and currently airing in UK
- BBC Worldwide and ITV (AMC)
- Web, Apple TV, iPhone, iPad and Android (Roku and Chromecast coming soon)
- Cold Feet, New Blood, Silent Witness. (1 day or more after airing in UK)
- Blackadder, The Office, Are You Being Served, AbFab, Upstairs Downstairs, Fawlty Towers
What to Watch
- Season 7 of Game of Thrones will premiere July 16, and Season 8 will be six episodes long.
- Someone has created a cutdown of all of Breaking Bad into a two-hour movie. It's already been pulled down.
- Netflix announces it will bring a second season of A Series of Unfortunate Events
- Iron Fist premieres March 17, and it's up to 14% on Rotten Tomatoes. That's right, UP to 14.
What We're Watching
- Brian: Justified 509, The Expanse 207, "Breaking Bad Movie", Stanley Kubrick's Boxes
- Tom: Justified (509), The Expanse (207) , Star Wars: Rebels, The Magicians
- Amos: The Sixties, The Seventies, The Eighties, The Man in the High Castle
- Kent: Star Wars: Rebels, The OA
- On the Lookout: Colony
- Sling TV expands access to its Cloud DVR, as streaming TV competition heats up
- Sling TV brought its cloud DVR feature to Fire TV and began charging $5 a month for 50 hours of storage. Not all channels can be recorded. Roku beta testers will not be charged and get 100 hours. New testers have to have an Amazon device to get into the “First Look” beta program, but once in the users can also access the DVR on Android as well as Roku.
- DirecTV Now is giving early subscribers a free year of HBO
- DirecTV Now is giving its early adopters HBO access free for a year. If you signed up to DirecTV Now before March 6th you should have access to HBO now.
- Nintendo says Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon video ‘will come in time’ to the Switch
- Nintendo America head Reggie Fils-Aime told the Washington Post that Nintendo is talking to a number of companies about bringing services to the Nintendo Switch, “companies like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon — things that will come in time.” But Fils-Aime stressed that how you play and what games you can play will continue to be Nintendo’s focus.
- Hulu adds A&E, History and Viceland to its live TV lineup
- Hulu announced Friday that A&E networks will be available as part of its live TV service when it launches later this year. That includes A&E, History, Lifetime and Viceland. However, Bloomberg reports Viacom may be backing out of a deal with Hulu. CBS, Fox, Disney and Time Warner channels are expected to be available at launch.
- Facebook will stream live MLS soccer matches this season
- Facebook signed a deal with Univision to stream 22 Major League Soccer matches in 2017. There will also be 40 Matchday Live analysis shows exclusively on Facebook. The first match available on Facebook will be Chicago Fire at Atlanta United FC at 4PM ET on March 18th. Facebook has a deal with Liga MX and is reportedly in talks with Major League Baseball.
Dispatches from the Front
Hey Tom, Brian and Bryce,
I am forwarding this link to an article that extols the virtues of the new ATSC 3.0 digital over the air broadcast standard. From what I see it could be very beneficial for cordkillers. The broadcast signal is going to be stronger and have adaptable frequencies that can travel farther from the source and penetrate deeper into the home for much better reception. You will also be able to get a receiver box for the signal that can be hooked up to your home network so you can distribute it throughout the house from one source. The new standard will also allow broadcasters to deliver their signal to targeted areas for specific purposes. Portable devices such as smartphones and or tablets will also be able to receive the signal.
Just wanted to drop a note saying we signed up for YouTube Red explicitly for no commercials and YouTube Red originals. We always use the YouTube Music app and I have a teenager so we had to get access to the Dan and Phil Live Tour content that is exclusively on Red. To be honest, I'm so used to YouTube not having commercials now I forget people get ads and get very angry when I see one because I forgot to login.
Thanks for the great show!
I am one of those people that loves my YouTube Red subscription. How can you not love not seeing ads?
Some background: Our primary source of content for our Living Room TV is YouTube. Last summer, I was getting really annoyed with YouTube showing me ads for R-rated horror movies on the TV. While they were actually relevant to my interests, my 6 year old daughter was watching with me most of the time! And I really didn't want a separate account for the TV. Right about then, YouTube offered me Red for the entire summer for $3, so I jumped on it, and just kept it after the three months were up. Can't imagine going back to ad infested YouTube.
Amusingly my experience is opposite of Tom's: I HATE GOOLE PLAY MUSIC! I used the Google Play Music App with my own (legit purchased) music before getting Red, and really liked it. Now the voice search is useless: There's no way to tell it to play *my* music, and instead it's bound and determined to stream! Meaning when I ask for a song by The Returners while driving home from work, suddenly I'm listening to Frank Sinatra! Even though the song I want is on my phone! Even if you tell it use downloaded songs only, it turns that feature off the moment you voice search.
Honestly if I could get Red without Google Play Music, I'd take that in a heartbeat.
Long time listener, Ben, here. I'm a software engineer by profession and recently have heard more and more of my co-workers are using Android/Kodi boxes to access day-of movies and to stream any shows they want for free. We all know doing this is illegal (I'm not a lawyer of course) but I was wondering if you guys could lay down some facts for these wayward coworkers for me?
Their argument for doing this seems to hinge on 2 insane points:
1. It doesn't say it's illegal to do this like it does at the beginning of DVDs/Blurays.
2. Streaming isn't the same as downloading, and is therefore legal.
I know I've read recent articles about some re-sellers of "fully loaded" Kodi boxes in the UK getting into trouble with the law, but I'd really appreciate it if you could scare straight the folks that think it's Ok to steal.
Keep up the great work on the show, and thanks.
"I was inspired by a recent emailer's Chicken Challenge result with his DIRECTV account. I have the HD Genie DVR with two additional miniGenies and pay $150 a month.
I anticipated having no DIRECTV for the weekend but the chance of saving a good chunk of change outweighed the possibility of missing the next The Walking Dead, if I had to wait for customer retention to call back in a day or two.
I got a regular service rep and I explained that, based on my viewing habits, I could buy the shows I wanted to watch and it would be much cheaper than my $150 a month bill, so please cancel my account. Between you and me, I hadn't looked at a single price comparison.
The rep offered to reduce my bill to $106 a month but I said that was still too high and to please cancel the account. He quickly came back to me with a price of $86 a month for the next year and could throw in a special they were running where I'd get HBO, Showtime, and Cinemax for 6 months with no need to cancel when the time was up. (I declined the free sportsball package as no one in our house watches sports.) I felt that was quite fair for the package and equipment and ""reluctantly"" accepted his offer, saving me about $65 a month.
Onward, Chicken Challengers!
Keep the great work!