Why everyone loves Star Trek and hates CBS, Plex gets news-y, and Amazon gets a new 4K dongle. With special guest MikeTV.

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CordKillers: Ep. 188 –  The First Trek is Free
Recorded: September 28 2017
Guest: MikeTV

Intro Video

Primary Target

  • Star Trek: Discovery why suddenly everybody resents CBS
    - Generic scenario. A lesser known streaming service that costs less than Netflix but heretofore only has one compelling original gets a HUGE brand name franchise. It will cost $6.99 a month for hulu-like plan that has some commercials or $9.999 a month for a Netflix-like plan with no commercials. The service also has other offerings like back catalog of classic shows, some movies and current shows from broadcasters, just like Hulu.
    - Generic Scenario 2: A TV network that I already get on cable or through a streaming service launches a HUGE brand name franchise but only airs one episode. It then tells everyone they have to pay to get the rest of the episodes and even then will show you commercials while you watch.

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Dispatches from the Front

Hey Cordkillers,

I just went to subscribe to All Access in anticipation of the premiere tomorrow (it's Saturday right now). I'm throwing a premiere party, with friends and games, and we were going to watch the premiere on CBS and then roll right over into AA to watch episode 2. I'm a big Star Trek fan, and my friends just smile and nod about how enthusiastically I enjoy Star Trek.

The brakes were put on when I got to the account creation page. For the longest time all I would get was the error ""Your password is too long. It must be 6 to 30 characters"". I use lastpass to manage everything, and I have it set to use absurdly long passwords just to find sites that have dumb password policies. So I bumped lastpass down to 30. Still got the error. Bumped it to 29. Still got the error. I turned off Symbols in the password and it finally let me through. How could their error messaging be so bad?

The next page greeted me with the plans that I could get. You can get ""limited commercials"" for $6, or no commercials for $10. I clicked on 10. And then I noticed that the trial was only 2 days. 2 DAYS? Who only allows you to try the service for 2 DAYS? 2 weeks is what everyone else does. And then I noticed that the commercials level gets a full week of a trial. Wow. Such generosity.

At that point I changed my plans. We'll watch the TV premiere, and I'll get AA after the entire 15 episode run goes up and I'll just quietly binge it then and cancel. I already pay for Netflix, Prime, Anime Strike, Crunchyroll, Youtube Red, and Youtube TV. I have access to more content than there are hours in the day. I'll just live vicariously through /r/startrek (or other means).





Love the show. I’ve learned so much from you guys and enjoy watching each episode. Thank you.

As a life long Star Trek fan I have to pass on some comments regarding the new show Discovery. For me Star Trek is a grand experience and I thought the first episode on network TV began that way - high definition space vistas in glorious surround sound. And then CBS All Access happened. Stereo sound. Are you kidding me? And you want me to pay for that? This is a huge disappointment. I just can’t do it. You can’t even purchase episodes on iTunes. Since the first episode was in 5.1 surround, the rest must be filmed that way. Why on earth would those idiots at CBS do this. Oh, yeah money.

Keep up the good work guys. I’m doing to go sulk in the corner. By the way I canceled my All Access.

- Art



I have a new game I like to play.
I travel a lot for work to other countries, and being a fan of the show I know that different deals are done for shows in different regions of the world.

So first that that I do when I get to my hotel is log into Netflix and Amazon Prime Video to see all the shows that are not in the USA region. I also use my Android tablet (with a 64GB SD card) to download shows that I know i will not be able to see once I get back to the States.

Thank you guys for educating all of us with options to and "creative" ways to watch what we want how we want.

- Oscar




Over the past week I have been using Playstaion Vue and Hulu live tv. I have chosen to stay with Hulu live tv mainly because it offers cbs,nbc,and fox live in my area whereas Vue doesn't have Fox live and It has far less commercials on the DVR content and demand whereas Vue has lots of commercials. I do have an antenna for over the air content and get all of my local stations from New Orleans and from Biloxi area no problem. Before I had Dish satellite but canceled them 3 months early of my contract running out. I also have Netflix, Prime, Acorn Tv and have always had hulu demand also before as point of reference.

- Randy




Hi Guys,
Since you guys are in the midst of re-watching all of Firefly I thought you might be interested in a Hollywood prop auction going on today. You can download a PDF of the catalog at the link below. On Pages 236 to 240 it has costumes from Serenity for auction. Who knows with all that Patreon money you might be able to pick up some memorabilia.



2017 Winter Movie Draft

AuthorTom Merritt

Hulu wins the Emmys, JJ Abrams is back on Star Wars, and what we think of the Apple TV 4K. With special guest Scott Johnson.

CordKillers: 187 – Embarrassment of Riches
Recorded:  September 18 2017
Guest: Scott Johnson

Intro Video

Primary Target

How to Watch

  • New Apple TV 4K announced, launches September 22nd for $179
    - Apple introduced the Apple TV 4K with support for HDR10 and DolbyVision. The new Apple TV runs on an A10X processor with a new tvOS. And Major studios, exclusing Disney, will make 4K movies available in iTunes for the same price as HD and Apple will upgrade previous purchases. The TV app is coming to seven new countries starting with Canada and Australia. Apple is also adding live news and sports to the TV app. The new Apple TV is available with 32GB for $179 and 64 GB for $199 for pre-order September 15 shipping September 22.

What to Watch

What We're Watching

Front Lines

  • Emmy winners 2017: the complete list
    - Netflix: Jon Lithgow (Crown) Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe (Master of None) Charlie Brooker writing (Black Mirror) San Junipero Television Movie (Black Mirror)
    Hulu: Bruce Miller writing (Handmaid's Tale) Ann Dowd (Handmaid's Tale) Reed Moranao directing (Handmaid's Tale) Best Actress Elizabeth Moss (Handmaid's Tale) Best series Handmaid's Tale
  • WSJ: Discovery, AMC and Viacom try a sports-free streaming bundle
    - The Wall Street Journal reports that Discovery Communications, Viacom Inc., A+E Networks, AMC Networks, and Scripps Networks Interactive are teaming up to launch a sports-free streaming service. The expectation is it will cost $20 a month. College-oriented streaming service Philo will provide the technology for the platform.
  • Time’s streaming service gets rebranded as ‘PeopleTV,’ passes 100M views in year one
    - Time has rebranded the People/Entertainment Weekly Network free ad-supported streaming service PeopleTV. The network streamed from the Emmys red carpet and provided the stream on Twitter. Time says the service has received 100 million views since launching in September of last year.
  • YouTube TV is expanding to eight more cities
    - YouTube TV expanded to Albuquerque, Austin, Birmingham, Greenville, Norfolk, Portland, Raleigh, and Sacramento. YouTube TV now offers almost 50 networks and costs $35 a month.
  • Hulu reportedly plans to spend around $2.5 billion on programming this year
    - Variety reports that Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins told an audience in New York City that Hulu plans to spend $2.5 billion on content this year. That’s less than Netflix’s $6 billion and Amazon’s predicted $4.5 billion but more than Apple’s $1 billion. If you’re keeping track. Hulu has about 12 million subscribers next to Amazon’s 80 million and Netflix’s 100 million.
  • Sling TV is now giving away digital antennas to those who prepay for its service
    - Sling announced two new bundles. If you prepay for two months of service you get a free Winegard indoor antenna. Prepay for three months and pay an additional $70 and you get the antenna plus an adapter and Sling’s AirTV Player which integrates over-the-air channels into Sling TV. Sling will verify you live in an area that can get OTA channels.

Dispatches from the Front

Hi there, Brian, Tom and Bryce!

In May I recorded a show about film franchises and late sequels. ...one of our guests who works doing PR for some film distribution companies mentioned that he already knows who is going to own the franchise for the upcoming sequels after Sony leaves.

This falls under the "people familiar with the matter" category. Long story short: the rights go to 20th Century Fox. They already have the distribution rights for home video (BD, DVD) since 2002 so that's the main reason they are up front of everybody else in the race for The Bond, besides any extra deals that they have been negociating.

However (and this is very interesting) since both Amazon and Apple are apparently on the race for the rights of the franchise, I wonder if the original plans have changed with a better offering. Video Streaming and Digital Sales have a stronger arm with any of those companies. Way stronger than Fox. This makes me think that perhaps they could acquire the rights if they make the right proposal to Barbara Broccoli, but since they already have a stablished bond (pun intended) with Fox, I doubt it.

You can see the video with the interview here and the comment from Jaime is at the 1:42:00 timecode. It's all in Spanish and unfortunatelly there are no subtitles available. That's the video for our Patreons so if you want to link it, please use the Patreon Post instead.

- Dan



Howdy Brian, Tom, Bryce, and Roberto:
Enjoyed the discussion in Cordkillers #186 about the Multi-cultural approach of Netflix.

I am a big fan of Japanese Anime as I watch Crunchyroll and Funimation and more. Been a fan of Anime since the 70s. Unfortunately, Anime still suffers from prejudice which is not deserved because many people still associate Anime with sexy fanservice and violence. Many Anime contain parody and often reference other anime even with cross-overs with characters in other anime animation. So the new title "Neo Yokio" seems to be a typical style for Anime. Parody is very common in Japanese Anime.


I am very happy that Netflix is expanding it's Anime offerings and even producing original Anime titles. It may not appeal to some people, but there are many Anime fans out there like me.

Love Cordkillers! Keep up the Great Work!

- Michael




Tom and Brian,
I think you're underestimating the number of people who use Kodie on a Fire TV Stick. This topic comes up all the time on our neighborhood Facebook page and based on the number of people who brag about owning one I would say about 10% of my neighbors have one (so about 50 to 100 households).
I don't think they realize it's pirating or at least they have convinced themselves it's not becuase they agure that since they bought it from a vendor it must be legal (with that agruement all the pot I bought and smoked in high school must have been legal too).
They talk about how nice it was to watch the fight or big game for free but I don't think they realize it's piracy since they are using an app and stream, like Popcorn Time, and not going to some shady site to download something.

You rock!

- Charles



Hey Tom and Brian,

I really do have a friend who has the Fire Stick with all the "free" stuff, and he's actually made fun of me for being a cord cutter without one. He bought the Stick from Amazon and sent it to a guy who loaded Kody and all the extensions onto it. Bottom line, it's crap. Live streams were incredibly low quality (like RealPlayer in 2002 low quality) and they kept buffering even over our other friend's gigabit Comcast, and movies were mostly guerrilla-cam or Blu-Ray rips with GIANT Korean subtitles. I stated my "it's crap" opinion to him, and his response was "Who cares? It's free!" - which comes from a guy who makes six figures. Personally, I would rather spend my money on better quality legal versions of content, whether it's a subscribing to a service or renting/buying a digital copy of a show or movie. Anyway, love the show.

- Joel




I know it's not exactly related to the conversation, but I've found a fairly comfortable setup for over-the-air TV in my house.

-I have a cheap HTPC hooked up to my TV
-I have this USB TV dual-tuner ($70): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015IL0FIW/
-I use this antenna which picks up pretty every station in Seattle ($26): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01FUB4ZG8/
-I use NextPVR for all my scheduling and TV viewing (Free): http://www.nextpvr.com/
-I subscribe to Schedules Direct for the TV listings that NextPVR uses ($25/year): http://www.schedulesdirect.org/

It wasn't the most user friendly thing to set up initially, but after that initial setup it's been working really well ever since.

- Jordan


2017 Winter Movie Draft


AuthorTom Merritt