Is Disney now at war with Netflix? Is Facebook video relevant? What happened with SeeSo? With special guest Andy Beach.
CordKillers: Ep. 183 – Hi-Ho SeeSo
Recorded: August 14 2017
Guest: Andy Beach
- The Walt Disney Company to Acquire Majority Ownership of BAMTech
- Disney announced it is buying a majority stake in BAMTech, the streaming-video company founded by Major League Baseball that powers services like the NHL, MLB, and HBO now. Disney also announced it plans to launch an ESPN-branded streaming service in early 2018, with broadcasts not aired on other ESPN channels, and a new Disney and Pixar streaming service in 2019. Disney will end its agreement with Netflix for Disney and Pixar movies at the end of 2018, though Netflix is still negotiating to renew a deal for Marvel and Lucasfilm content.
- Disney won't renew Netflix deal
- Disney has a streaming service called Disney Life in the UK
- Disney wants to make a huge shift in its business model — but it’s not ready to do it yet
- Your favorite Disney movies will be leaving Netflix. This is where (some of them) are going.
- Netflix doesn’t want to be a better streaming service — it wants to be Disney
- Marvel and Star Wars streaming services still being considered.
- Star Wars and Iron Man may not disappear from Netflix in 2019 after all
- Netflix signs Shonda Rhimes away from ABC in huge coup
- Shonda Rhimes’ production company Shondaland signed a multi-year deal to produce new content for Netflix. Rhimes told the Wall Street Journal, "I'm thrilled by the idea of a world where I'm not caught in the necessary grind of network television.”
- David Letterman is joining forces with Netflix for a new show
- David Letterman has agreed to host 6 episodes of a talk show for Netflix to arrive in 2018. Each episode would be an hour long with a longform interview with one guest as well as segments shot outside the studio. In a statement Letterman said, “Here's what I have learned, if you retire to spend more time with your family, check with your family first. Thanks for watching, drive safely.”
- Netflix lands the Coen Brothers’ Western TV series
- The Coen Brothers will produce, write and direct their first television show called “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” for Netflix. It will be a western anthology with six stories centered around Scruggs. The cast includes Tim Blake Nelson as Buster Scruggs, as well as Ryne Daley, James Franco, Zoe Kazan.
- Netflix snags an Alan Arkin, Michael Douglas comedy series
- Netflix announced a project called The Kominsky Method starring Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin. The series will be written and produced by Big Bang Theory co-creator Chuck Lorre. Chuck Lorre’s series Disjointed starring Kathy Bates premieres August 25th.
How to Watch
- Facebook launches Watch tab of original video shows
- Facebook is rolling out a new version of its video section, renamed Watch, to select users in the US. Some videos are episodic and broken down into categories like “Most Talked About” or “What’s Making People Laugh”. Users can subscribe to updates from favorite shows, chat with other viewers while watching, and connect with creators through Groups. Facebook has funded some of the shows, but anyone can create one and get 55% of the revenue generated. Shows come from places like Tastemade, Major League Baseball, Mike Rowe, Billboard Magazine, National Geographic and more.
- Seeso shutting down
- NBC will shut down its Seeso comedy streaming service later this year. The service launched in January 2016, but laid off staff in June. Seeso originals “HarmonQuest,” “My Brother, My Brother and Me,” “Hidden America With Jonah Ray,” and “The Cyanide and Happiness Show” will move to the VRV streaming service.
What to Watch
- Netflix renewed GLOW for a second season, no word on when it will arrive.
- Netflix takes on JFK in ‘The Crown’ season two December 8th
- The Crown returns to Netflix December 8. It will be the last season with Claire Foy playing Queen Elizabeth II. Michael C. Hall and Jodi Balfour will play John F. Kennedy and wife Jackie.
- Sony’s Spider-Man spinoff Silver and Black will hit theaters in 2019
- Sony announced that Silver and Black, a Spider-man cinematic universe film featuring Black Cat and Silver Sable will arrive February 8th, 2019. Venom arrives October 5th, 2018.
- Comedians Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson are bringing their hit podcast 2 Dope Queens to HBO as four one-hour comedy specials in 2018.
What We're Watching
- Brian: Preacher, Firefly, Rick and Morty, Game of Thrones, Last Week Tonight
- Tom: Preacher, Firefly, Twin Peaks, Dunkirk, Game of Thrones, Rick and Morty
- Andy: Rick & Morty, Difficult People, Ozark (just finished), Pure, The Sinner, Detroit
- On the Lookout: VRV
- Pandora names Sling TV founding CEO Roger Lynch as new CEO and president
- Pandora announced Sling TV founder Roger Lynch will become the new Pandora CEO. Former head of Sony Pictures, Michael Lynton also joined the Pandora board. Pandora founder Tim Westegren told the Verge in March that video was on Pandora’s list.
- Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman signs deal to develop TV for Amazon
- Robert Kirkman’s Skybound has a new deal to create TV projects for Amazon Prime Video. Kirkman has Walking Dead on AMC, has Outcast on Cinemax and film version of Invincible headed to Universal, so we’re not sure yet what Kirkman might bring to Amazon.
- Michael Sheen, David Tennant to Star in Neil Gaiman’s ‘Good Omens’ at Amazon
- Variety reports Michael Sheen and David Tennant have been cast in the lead roles for an Amazon/BBC co-produced 6-episode series based on the book Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. It will premier first on Amazon Prim then on BBC and be distributed by the BBC in all markets where Amazon does not offer service.
- Amazon is shutting down its DVD by mail service LoveFilm on October 31st. Subscribers will get a discount on an Amazon Fire TV stick.
- The latest no-frills Roku TVs start at $250
- Roku and RCA announced a new lineup of Roku-enabled HDTVS. A 32-inch model costs $249.99, a 43-inch model is $379.99, and the top-end 50-inch model is $499, available now.
- Vizio added the Google Play Movies & TV app to its VIA+ and D-series Smart TVs. It recently added apps like Netflix and Amazon.
Dispatches from the Front
What do you think will happen with Star Trek Discovery if the first episode is a huge hit on CBS television, but the subsequent streaming only episodes are a bomb? Does it move to CBS television? Will they let if fail as a streaming only show? If they move it to television, what will this do for future streaming only series? Will people buy in to CBS All Access if they think there is a chance that streaming only shows will eventually show up on CBS television for free?
Morning Tom and Brian,
Last show, Mickey Neumann made a great point I wish would have moved into discussion. His comment was following the conversation of how CBS moves it's properties around like pawns -- Mickey said he didn't feel "it respects the creator of the art".
Particularly from Brian, who's produced shows (and even reneged his cable cutting tacit agreement so he could watch himself on cable tv)... and no longer controls the distribution of them. I've heard Brian mention in passing he doesn't know where the shows are or how to get them.. so it sounds like he's just let go. I'd love to hear more about that end of the deal process to letting go of your art
Is there a way to request a company to start streaming some of their back catalog? HBO GO/HBO Now does not have some major pieces of their library:
The Tom Hanks produced From the Earth to the Moon mini series...
The Golden Globe winning Don King: Only in America movie...
The classic David Mamet directed magic special Ricky Jay and his 52 Assistants...
And all of the past Young Comedian Specials...
Is it because these things were all filmed and produced for 4x3 television screens that they remain mothballed and not available to stream?
Thanks for any guidance...
Netflix buys a comic publisher, CBS goes international with its streaming service, and we have Khan-concerns. With special guest Mikey Neumann.
CordKillers: Ep. 182 - Traceable Hot Sausage
Recorded: August 7 2017
Guest: Mikey Neumann
- Netflix’s first ever acquisition is indie comic book publisher Millarworld
- Netflix acquired Millarworld, an independent comic publishing company founded by Mark and Lucy Millar, creators of Kick-Ass and Kingsman. Mark Millar was also behind the comic series Old Man Logan. Netflix plans to bring more of Millar’s work to the screen.
How to Watch
- Plex brings its Live TV streaming service to Apple TV and Android, adds time-shifting
- Plex took its live TV and DVR service out of beta Wednesday and expanded the feature to Apple TV and Android apps. Plex also added the ability to pause, rewind and fast forward live television. The feature is available for subscribers to the Plex pass service using a compatible TV tuner.
- CBS adds 24/7 news from CBSN to its standalone streaming service, CBS All Access
- CBS All Access is adding its 24/7 CBS News service. The service is available for free on the Web and in apps but will now be integrated in the All Access service on Web starting August 3rd and eventually be added to all apps. CBS also announced it plans to bring a version of CBS All Access to international markets, starting with Canada next year. CBS is also planning a live sports service but no details were given. And sports-focused streaming service fuboTV will add CBSN and several other CBS channels and DirecTV Now has a struck a deal to include CBS & its networks, including The CW, Showtime, CBS Sports Network & Pop.
What to Watch
- Watch a trailer for Netflix’s summer sci-fi thriller What Happened to Monday
- "What Happened to Monday" an independent film that Netflix picked up at the Toronto International Film Festival arrives August 18th
- seven sisters (named for the days of the week) who — in a near-future dystopian society with a strict one-child policy — are forced to share one identity. Starring Noomi Rapace and Willem Defoe and directed by Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow)
- CBS All Access has more new TV shows to join 'Star Trek'
- CBS announced three new series at the TV Critics Association press tour.
- Strange Angel, Ridley Scott producers based on a book by George Pendle. Jack Parsons practices rocketry by day and "is a performer of sex magick rituals and a disciple to occultist Aleister Crowley."
- $1, a mystery/thriller that focuses on the role of a single dollar bill connecting people involved in a "shocking multiple murder."
- No Activity, which is based on an Australian series that celebrates mundane against the backdrop of a high stakes sting operation/drug bust. It's produced by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Funny Or Die.
- CBS planning a second STAR TREK series...which is also a prequel
- Geekexchange.com says it has two separate sources who say Wrath of Khan director Nicholas Meyer is working on a second Star Trek series for CBS, centered on Khan. The limited series will supposedly follow Khan on Ceti Alpha V after being left there by the Enterprise.
- Netflix reveals new slate of anime originals
- Sword Gai, a modern-day fantasy about a boy who fuses with a demonic sword to battle hordes of monsters.
- Baki, based on the manga, is a 26-episode series about a mixed-martial arts fighter who dukes it out with death row inmates.
- B: The Beguinning from Production IG follows an investigator on the case of a serial killer, who could be part of a wider criminal organization.
- A.I.C.O. Incarnation. Set in the near future, the show features a dangerous artificial life form secured behind a restricted zone. An unwitting young girl is drawn into the action after learning she may have ties to the synthetic organism.
- Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya revives the 80s show starring a team of heroes who don magical armor that matches the designs of the constellations.
- Netflix will also drop a crop of licensed originals shortly after they air in Japan. The list includes Children of the Whales, Cannon Busters, Fate/Apocrypha, and a series about popular Japanese stuffed toy Rilakkuma.
- YouTube Red bought 10 episodes of a Karate Kid sequel series with the original stars
- YouTube Red outbid Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and AMC for the rights to Cobra Kai, a Karate Kid sequel series set 30 years after the events of the original movie. Danny LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) — as they open competing karate schools.
- The Dark Tower TV Show Now Has a Showrunner
- The Walking Dead’s Glen Mazzara will run the Dark Tower series. The series will tell the origins of Roland the Gunslinger. It will be Independent of the new movie.
What We're Watching
- Brian: Firefly (shindig), Ozark, Dark Tower, Game of Thrones, Rick and Morty, Voltron, Preacher
- Tom: Defenders (101-104), Preacher (207), Firefly (Shindig), Game of Thrones, Rick and Morty
- Mike: Movies
- On the Lookout: Patriot
- FX will launch an ad-free streaming service for $6 a month
- FX announced a deal with Comcast to offer a commercial-free streaming version of FX programming called FX+, launching September 5th for $5.99 a month. The service will only be available to Comcast subscribers and will have current shows, along with a select back catalog. AMC soft-launched a similar service called AMC Premiere with Comcast in June.
- Code hints the next Apple TV will support 4K and HDR
- In code leaked for the Apple HomePod smart speaker were references to 4K and HDR support for an upcoming version of the Apple TV. The code mentions support for Dolby Vision, HDR10 and Hybrid Log-Gamma.
- Charter is expected to make Netflix available through its set-top boxes, joining 13 top U.S. pay television operators.
- Amazon outbid SKY TV for the UK rights to tennis’s ATP World Tour for the next five years. The deal includes ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and Masters 500 events.
- Vizio updates its Google Cast-only TVs with an actual interface and apps
- Vizio began updating its P and M-Series Google Cast enabled TVs with the SmartCast UI. This brings back the ability to navigate to apps rather than relying entirely on mobile devices.
Dispatches from the Front
Hi Tom and Brian,
I was fascinated by your comments about how Amazon wants to become a movie distributor while Netflix is doing things to make itself unpopular with the big movie companies.
I noticed something interesting the other day. I was looking at a list of the most read Kindle books (https://www.amazon.com/charts/mostread/fiction)
And almost every title is a book that’s been (or is being) made into a movie or a TV show. Handmaid’s Tale. Game of Thrones. Harry Potter. Ready Player One. Stephen King’s It. American Gods. One of The Dark Tower books. And number 2 was the new book by Michael Connelly, who is the author of the books the Amazon original show Bosch is based on (the book that’s at number 2 is not from the Harry Bosch series, FYI, just his latest book, with different characters).
Seems like Amazon is also mining their user data to get hints about what types of content will be popular.
Love the show!
Tom, Brian, and Crew,
This might be most appropriate for Cordkillers, but since you mentioned Simple.TV during your plex discussion I thought I'd send it to the DTNS address as well.
Unfortunately, Simple.TV is shutting down and because everything runs through their servers my device is going to be bricked on the 5th. I figured that it would be happening sooner rather than later ever since their service outage and database crash in 2015. We always liked the system because we could locate the box near our attic mounted antennae and use the signal throughout the house without running a bunch of wire and could watch our home broadcast channels when traveling. We haven't had traditional cable service since we bought a Simple.TV with a lifetime subscription in 2013 so we probably got our money's worth, its just a bummer that we need to research and spend the money on a replacement now.
OTA broadcast television continues to become less important. It probably has some life left in it I think we are whittling down to a couple of major players who offer technology around it. The Roamio, ChannelMaster, and Tablo devices are the only options I'd be willing to try and set up for someone who is less comfortable with technology.
I've pasted their message to subscribers underneath my email.
Thanks for the shows,
Hey Brian and Tom,
I decided to become a patron again because of the Spoilerin’ Time library show pick. I've wanted to watch Firefly but never gotten around to it. I tried to watch it once with my wife but about 20 minutes in she decided that it was a show I'd have to watch on my own time. I also tried to watch it with a buddy of mine but he didn't want to watch a show that didn't get a “proper ending”. Now I can watch it with you all and not have to worry that my geek reputation will be called into question.
Your Boss again,
Rick and Morty (301-302), Preacher (206), Game of Thrones (703), Firefly - Bushwhacked, Summer Movie Draft. With special guest Chris Cox.
01:09 - Summer Movie Draft
04:02 - Rick and Morty (301-302)
10:07 - Preacher (206)
14:58 - Game of Thrones (703)
26:36 - Firefly - Bushwhacked