If Apple's making billions of dollars on Apple TV, what do they do with it next? Can and should Microsoft buy DailyMotion. Who wants to Q with the TiVo co-founder's new TV streamer.
CordKillers: Ep. 9 - Apple's billion dollar baby toy
Recorded: March 3 2014
Guest: Andrew Mayne
- Aereo got a 14-day grace period from a six-state preliminary injunction handed down last week.
Current customers in Salt Lake City and Denver, sites in the affected states where Aereo is already available, should be able to continue enjoying the OTA service. According to Deadline, the court granted Aereo a brief reprieve, because it "finds some benefit in allowing [its] customers uninterrupted service" while waiting for the Tenth Circuit's decision regarding the firm's appeal.
- Hulu Japan is being acquired by the local broadcast giant Nippon TV.
Nippon TV will continue to run the service under the Hulu brand, and Hulu will provide the company with Western content as well as services. Hulu Japan launched without ads.
- Drone 2 Home demo video imagines Netflix's famous red envelopes being delivered by quadcopter.
Wherever you may be (camping, in the office, in the bathroom -- wherever). Posted by a couple of employees, it was apparently produced for the DVD division's annual meeting.
- Amazon has signed a deal to save cancelled BBC drama Ripper Street.
Unlike other online video agreements, however, the BBC will be entitled to broadcast the series a few months after its Amazon-UK-based debut. Will remain on BBC America in US.
Comcast is considering an option to "[spin] them off in a new publicly traded company,"
Bloomberg reported, citing anonymous sources, rather than selling off territories to existing cable companies as a condition of the TWC merger.
- Comcast revealed Monday that it continues to negotiate with multiple online video distributors to let those companies transmit live feeds of NBC’s networks over the internet.
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Andrew: True Detective
Dispatches from the Front
- I watched both of the episodes of hack the system Saturday. I have Charter cable and I recorded it on my Windows Media Center (WMC) Home Theater PC (HTPC). In the spirit of alternative methods of watching television, but yet still existing within the modern system I was wondering if the way I watched your shows was accounted for with the current rating systems? Is my WMC HTPC sending a report to Microsoft or some third party when I watch a recording?
I didn't do anything nonstandard with your show, but since it is a computer and the recordings are just computer files sometimes I do creative things like trans code the WTV files using MCEBuddy. I doubt ratings are able to account for activities like that.
Bill near Athens
Let me start by saying, I am someone that cut the cord, before cutting the cord was even a thing (almost 5 years now).
That being said, the complete dismissal of Google TV, really bugs me... It's the one platform that does pretty much everything people want, including integrating with other devices via pass through.
Now i understand, why people may dislike or don't understand GTV, but I was blown away, when It wasn't mentioned once, in the special episode dedicated to streaming devices. not even a snarky jab...
Brian is constantly saying he wants a something, like a guide, that allows access to everything, from a single place... Well, Google TV has had that forever, it's called "prime time" . pick any show/movie, it shows you where you can watch it for free, where you can purchase it, and also when/where it will be airing OTA. all of which is accessed directly with a single click. when you're done, it brings you right back into the Prime time app where you started.. No need to traverse multiple apps, it does the heavy lifting.
If you can't get over the preconceived notions about Google TV, you should really check out it's predecessor "android TV" as Hisense is the first to offer.
Their Smart TV hit the market a few weeks back and is stellar, and the set top box (pulse pro) should be releasing in the next month or so.
I got to play with them at CES, and as a GTV fan, i can honestly say, this is what the market has been waiting for.
Thanks, and keep up the good work
PS: yes, Iyaz responded to the question about "android mini pc's, in this weeks episode, but it must be noted, that they are not the same as GTV or Android TV.
- I want to copy my DVD's to a cloud based storage or local based storage. Want to have a simple easy way to have access to my media on a media center. Is there a single solution that everybody likes?
Just wanted you to know that you CAN get internet without any cable at all. It’s called HughesNet hughesnet.com. It’s high speed (high enough for streaming HD) down and up over satellite. It costs about the same as any other ISP. Works with a dish antenna that has
a special LNA horn that can send enough power back up to the bird for decent upload speeds.
Engineer at large,
We take some time to debunk a few things about the Comcast-Netflix deal, and raise a few real concerns about it, and use a pie metaphor that leaves everybody hungry. Plus Aereo suffers a loss, but the makers of the Mohu antenna have an interesting way to integrate live TV with Netflix, Hulu and pretty much everything on the Web.
CordKillers: Ep. 8 - Comcast-Netflix explained with pie
Recorded: February 24 2014
Guest: Iyaz Akhtar
US District Judge Dale Kimball ruled that Aereo’s retransmission of Plaintiffs’ copyrighted programs "is indistinguishable a cable company and falls squarely within the language of the Transmit Clause." He didn't buy Aereo's argument that its system of renting a tiny antenna to each customer allows it to avoid the "Transmit Clause" of the 1976 Copyright Act, which determines what kind of "transmissions" of copyrighted material must pay licensing fees. The Supreme Court argument over Aereo is scheduled for April 22. A decision will likely come by June.
Find and Watch TV Shows on YouTube with CouchTube.net - Sébastien de Larquier made it as part of a workshop and then got hired at Netflix.
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Thought you guys might like some info on the WWE Network since in launched today.
Sign up issues but that was expected. The archive of content is great but the action doesn't look that good. It looks like you are watching on the "internet". You generally don't get that feel when watching movies or TV shows on Netflix or Hulu. Live sports just doesnt look right....
720p on a 65 inch TV just doesn't look good..
Brian: House of Cards, on episode 10
Dispatches from the Front
So, I'm new to your show, and actually new to podcasts in general. When I saw the title of your show listed in my current podcast app of choice (Pocket Cast for Android) I knew that I had to have you in my ear for the morning commute.
I am a long-time cord-cutter; I streamed on a Roku 1-- back in the day, son-- when Roku had Netflix, Revision3, and that's it . Today I favor my Chromecast. Any way:
I currently work as an installer for a major national ISP/Cable//telephone company. (Let's not get started on the subject of inner turmoil.) Y'all's show plays over my Bluetooth ear-buds as I reluctantly wire up Americans to the sub-par internet infrastructure that I have to offer.
So, on to my gripe.
I would like to make your show an important part of my lineup. Except: .. ARE YOU GOING TO RUIN MY SHOWS FOR ME?!!
Guys, I’m so psyched and impressed by how quickly you stood up this show, and I’m proud to be a patron!
The WiPNET that a listener wrote in about last week is a MoCA connector. These are great for slinging network signals over Coax to otherwise hard-to-reach places in your home—whether you’re a cordkiller or not. They're WAY more reliable than powerline network carriers. MoCA never gained wide adoption but is baked into a surprising number of devices, including things like DVRs and even many service provider’s routers.
I have Verizon FiOS, and my router already supports MoCA, so that means I can piggy-back network over the CoAX. That worked really well in the home I bought last year, which was completely devoid of Ethernet cable. If your router supports MoCA, you don’t really need a pair of these, just one as an endpoint to connect a computer or switch to your Coax. I get great throughput on my network, using my MoCA bridges on my work and home computers for everything—browsing, large file transfers, HD video streaming services, hangouts, and Skype. I even use it for my main podcasting connection for audio and video. Officially, I think it has a throughput of about 250 Mbps.
Worth noting I’m also still using my Coax for cable service (don’t hate me). My point is that this doesn’t seem to in any way impede its ability to also carry network traffic.
Can you talk a little about "dual" cord killers? I dropped cable and internet. For example, can you use plex without internet? Can you use areo without internet. Can you use simple.vt without internet. It seems my only option is: outdoor ota antenna ($150) with simple.tv ($250) with roku 3 ($100). It will take me awhile to break even with the upfront cost of $500.
Thanx... Love the show.
I have been faithfully listening to, and watching both the old, and new show over the past couple of years, and love where you guys are coming from. I wonder, after all this time, why I have never heard any discussion about any of the myriad of Android mini pc's on the market. I have an MK808 which turns my TV into a 42 inch tablet. All apps from the Play Store are available. If you can watch it on a tablet, you can watch it on your TV. The size is small, and the price is cheap. No walled garden like the Roku, or Apple TV. If you want to play around, it is rooted. It runs Netflix beautifully, and I can only assume that Hulu, and Amazon, would run the same. If you want to go deeper then you can run XBMC. This device seems to me to be as close to being a perfect streaming device as is available right now. As tech savvy as you are I'm sure you must be aware of these devices, and yet you never bring them up. Why?