Netflix drops a Very Big Bowl-sized surprise--is it a touchdown? Plus, tons of new trailers and YouTubeTV buys some soccer balls. With special guest Jacqueline Coley.

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CordKillers: Ep. 206 - Highly Competitive Misanthropes
Recorded: February 5 2018
Guest: Jacqueline Coley

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Primary Target

  • J.J. Abrams’ The Cloverfield Paradox is now available on Netflix
    - Early on during the Super Bowl a trailer for Cloverfield Paradox was shown with the surprise that it was now being distributed on Netflix.
    - Even more of a surprise was that Netflix made it available immediately after the game.
    - This is the movie previously referred to as The God Particle. It seems to tie the two movies together.
    - Directed by Julius Onah
    - Stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw and David Oyelowo


How to Watch

  • Google releases YouTube TV app for Apple TV and Roku
    YouTube TV announced its app is now available for Apple TV with subscriptions available as an in-app purchase. YouTube TV arrived for Roku Thursday morning. The service includes live broadcasts, a cloud DVR, program guide, and more. YouTube TV costs $35/month and is now available on Android TV, Xbox One and other platforms.
  • YouTube TV Strikes Unprecedented Deal for Pro Sports TV Rights
    - YouTube TV, YouTube's cable replacement service, has the exclusive rights to telecasts of the Los Angeles FC MLS games starting in March. 18 games will be available on an LA FC YouTube TV channel, geofenced to LA subscribers. YouTube won't charge subscribers an additional fee.

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What We're Watching


Front Lines


Dispatches from the Front

Tom, Brian, Bryce, and Guest(?),

I appreciate the services roundup last week in Episode 205, but it did leave once question unanswered. What is the best/cheapest service to gain access to the Olympics. I have an OTA antenna going into a Hauppauge card with my Plex server as my DVR for OTA NBC coverage, but that is only usable for the small portion of coverage. What would be the cheapest service to get all the streams? Are there any Olympics buffet apps, where you pay a one time fee and get access to everything?

Thanks and keep up the good work!
Your Boss,

- Rob

 

 

Dear Cord Killers,

Great episode!!! Very much enjoyed the quick recap of the options for Live Streaming providers...

You could have included Fubo.TV or Philo but I can see why those haven’t yet made it to the next level.

Also, in addition to the Recode link to compare the various services, I’d again support a mention to Suppose.TV which has been discussed previously on your show. That might have been the site Brian was searching for when he posed the question.

Again guys, great work. Definitely will be supporting your efforts and I look forward to more of the same over the next 4 to 5 years.

Warm Regards,
- Armando

 

 

 

Hi Tom, Brian and Guest,

Just finished ep 205, and one thing that I haven't heard mentioned on the show about DirectTV Now is that if you have and unlimited plan with AT&T, DirectTV Now is only $10 per month. This is what finally pushed me over the cord cutting cliff. I went from spending $200 for cable, phone and internet to only having Charter internet, $65, and DirectTV Now for $10. That being said I have noticed that DTV Now buffers a lot. And can be a bit frustrating to watch at peak times, but since cutting the cord I have noticed how little I miss cable. DTV Now is mostly used for Nick Jr, Disney Jr, and Authentication for other services including HBO Go. The real test will be once baseball is back and I no longer can watch Cardinals Baseball on my DVR after the kids go to bed. MLB TV here I come.

Love the show. Faithful listener since before Cordkillers.

Have a Great Day,

- Jason


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What’s the best streaming TV service? MoviePass can make money. Thor: Leak-narok. With special guest Mike TV.

CordKillers: Ep. 205 - MoviePass Takes a Pass
Recorded: January 29 2018
Guest: MikeTV

Intro Video


Primary Target

  • How does MoviePass make money
  • Theater subscription service MoviePass snaps up its first film
  • MoviePass stops support for some large AMC theaters
    - Wired's Brian Barrett has an excellent article called "HOW DOES MOVIEPASS MAKE MONEY? WE'RE STARTING TO FIND OUT"
    - Costs are for the actual tickets which it pays full price for plus customer support which has had some failures.
    - More users means more data which MoviePass hopes to use as leverage.
    - MoviePass subscribers go for indie movies. Indie studios can benefit most from a surge in ticket sales.
    - 3% of all domestic box office is purcahsed by MoviePass. That jumps to 10% when MoviePass promotes a movie. It has more than 4 contracts for promoting movies.
    - As they get more subscribers the potential lift gets better which attarcts big studios not just indies.
    - MoviePass investing in films
    - MoviePass also is using its data to decide what ckind of films to buy at Sundance.
    - Bought American Animals for $3 million alongside indie studio the Orchard.
    - This also can pay off in streaming and rental revenue down the line.
    - How to deal with Theaters.
    - MoviePass has stopped allowing customers to use its service at 10 premium AMC theaters in Los Angeles, New York and Boston in order to get the theater chain to cooperate with the service. MoviePass offers unlimited tickets for a monthly fee while it pays full price to the theaters. It wants a cut of the ticket prices and concession sales which AMC refuses to consider.
    - MoviePass subscribers spend more on concessions because they're not paying for the ticket.
     


How to Watch

  • PSVue
    - PSVue is best overall at the moment. Solid DVR that even with the 28 day limit is hardly noticed since most channels rerun things. Wide selection of channels. Downside is mobile restrictions to app which can be offset by logging into network-based apps with PSVue account but can be wnnoying if you want to watch DR'ed shows while traveling
  • Hulu
    - Hulu - This is an up and comer and makes a lot of sense if you watch a lot of shows in the basic Hulu service already. The channel lineup is competitive and the DVR service is solid. It does have an annoying habit of substituting on demand for DVR'ed content which isn't a problem if you pay fro cmmerical free but keep that in mind when comparing costs. Has a great way of tracking things like sports for your favorite team. Interface needs work but that work is in beta and should come out soon, taking away one of its biggest downsides
  • SlingTV
    - Sling TV - Weird package setup makes figuring out best buy a little difficult. But it has Viacom channels and although it's DVR isn't flawless it's getting ebtter. Sling TV seems best for people who want to watch both in home and mobile.
  • YouTube TV
    - YouTube TV - This one's great if you want broadcast nets and big acable channels at a solid monthly pricve without having to decide between packages. It has an unlimited DVR and no mobile restrictions in the US. One big disadvantage used to be you could only use a mobile device, which meant you needed to chromecast or airplay it to get it on a TV. But apps are out for Xbox and some smart TVs and coming for the Apple TV. So the main downside is the smaller channel lineup.
  • DirecTVNow - DVR someday
  • Recode's channel lineup guide tool


What to Watch


What We're Watching


Front Lines

  • Netflix’s ‘Mudbound’ scores four Oscar nominations
    - The Academy award nominations were announced last Tuesday. Netflix original movie Mudbound got nominations for best supporting actress (Mary J. Blige), best adapted screenplay (Dee Rees and Virgil Williams), best original song (“Mighty River”)and best cinematography (Rachel Morrison). Mudbound is the story of two families farming the Mississippi Delta. Netflizx documentary features Icarus and Strong Island also got nominated. Amazon's The Big Sick got nominated for best screenplay (Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon).
  • Thor: Ragnarok leaks onto the web a month early after huge Movies Anywhere mix-up
    - A bug in Movies Anywhere let people who preordered Thor: Ragnarok from Vudu download it from iTunes on Apple TV. Thor: Ragnarok is scheduled to become available February 20.
  • Redbox Demands Disney Lose Right to Enforce Movie Copyrights
    - In response to Disney's lawsuit against Redbox for selling download codes from Blu-rays, Redbox is suing Disney for copyright misuse, interference and false advertising. Redbox alleges Disney is telling retailers not to sell copies of discs to Redbox. The suit also objects to Disney's claims that a purchaser may not rent or sell the components of a package that includes a download code.
  • Damien Chazelle Drama Scores Straight-to-Series Order at Apple
    - Apple has ordered a series from La La Land's Damian Chezelle. No word on what the series will be about but Chezelle will write and direct every episode of the series, as well as serving as executive producer/ Chezelle is also EP on a Netflix musical drama called The Eddy being shot in France.
  • Robert Zemeckis Is Producing a TV Show That Sounds a Little Like Lost
    - Robert Zemeckis is producing a pilot for NBC called Manifest about a plane that disappears mid-flight and reappears years later. No time has passed for the passengers on board though.
  • Meg Whitman to lead Katzenberg's mobile media startup NewTV
    - Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co CEO Meg Whitman will become chief executive of DreamWorks co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg’s mobile media firm NewTV. The company plans to make Hollywood level short-form videos for mobile.


Dispatches from the Front
On the topic of international shows on Netflix, one potential use is for language learning. It used to take months or years for translated shows to come out on rental DVDs or cable TV here in Japan. But now, Netflix originals have a global release, and some US broadcast shows, with English & Japanese subtitles, go live on Netflix shortly after their US airdates.

This is a game changer, giving language learners an easy way to watch some current shows, instead of always being a season behind. And staying current allows them to participate in the global conversation on social media in real time!

Not to mention Netflix’s model allows for the release of subtitled versions of shows which would otherwise be unprofitable to release internationally, allowing me to get you hooked on Terrace House while also FINALLY being able to show my namesake TV show, Firefly, to my non-English speaking Japanese friends.


- Kaylee

 

 

I live in NW Wi. 5 miles from either of 2 small town and get 65m internet from Charter. 2 providers within sight in opposite directions provide 1g service. Sunday a young lady from one of these shows up at my house offering to bury fiber to my house for free. I said yes and we talked about pricing. I suggested the best value might be if I included TV. She looked at me like I was an idiot and said "You don't want that. It's too expensive and we just raised our rates"

- Jim

 

 

 

I believe you guys touched on VPN's a maybe 6 months or so ago but as I remember it a good chunk of the conversation was about being able to make it look like you're in a different area than you actually were to watch some sports and other things.

I've heard that now that net neutrality is no more that if your isp were to slow down certain services like Netflix that going through a vpn might prevent them from doing so.

I was curious what your thoughts were, what vpn companies you like, and what's the best way to set it up? For example can you get a router set up so that all the devices connected to it are always going through the vpn? With several roku's around the house I don't want to have to log into something every time I use it.

Thanks for all the help, love the show!!!!

- Bill

 

 

Hey guys. I'm really enjoying your show. First I want to give some feedback from the last two shows. John wrote in asking about Hallmark. I guess you guys aren't aware of Hallmark Movies' new Netflix -like offering of Hallmark Movies Now (www.hmnow.com ) for $5.99/mo. We were visiting my parents over the holidays and my wife made me watch a bunch of the Hallmark Christmas movies and we saw the advertisement for their new service. Just one more option for cordkillers out there with wives who want more crying in cordkilling.

Second, I am one of those who like the theater-like environment to watch my movies at home with surround sound and floor shaking bass. My kids love when I turn up the bass for the opening train scene in Polar Express so they can feel the rumble of the train pulling up next to the kid's house.

Also, I guess I am one of the few that cut the cord in order to save money and have actually done so. I created my own dvr setup with a Raspberry Pi with LibreElec (minimalist Kodi), an HDHomerun tuner and OTA antenna. We only subscribe to Netflix and Amazon Prime (although we don't watch much on AP). The hardware setup cost about as much as 3 months of cable bills, but we haven't paid for TV for the last 5 years. I'm just waiting for ESPN and FoxNews to start their own streaming options (apart from Cable verification) and then they'll get my money each month too.

Thanks for the show. Keep up the great work.

- Tim



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Piracy as a business model for a feature film, Netflix conquers the world, and Movie Pass’s evil genius. With special guest Nicole Lee.

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CordKillers: Ep. 204 - Amazon’s Master Stroke
Recorded: January 22 2018
Guest: Nicole Lee

Intro Video


Primary Target

  • Sequel To 'Man From Earth' To Be Released On Pirate Sites By Its Creators
  • Man From Earth: Holocene
    - Richard Schenkman directed a film called The Man From Earth.
    - It was low budget and had no marketing.
    - A screener got posted to The Pirate Bay
    - A week or two before the DVD release date the IMDB Moviemeter jumped 11,000%
    -Eric Wilkinson, a producer for the film, reached out to those sites to thank them.
    - They began asking people who watched and liekd the film to donate on Paypal
    - Schenkman is on the record stating that filesharing was key to the success of the film
    - The movie now has a healthy audience and shows on platforms like Netflix.
    - The sequel Man from Earth: Holocene is available on Vimeo
    - MovieSaint.com viewers can get a refund if they don't like it.
    - They have now uploaded the sequel Man From Earth: Holocene to Torrent sites themselves this time
    - The Pirate Bay has rich information and notes on the movie and includes tips on how to share it with others.
    - The torrent version includes a brief introduction from Schenkman asking folks to make a donation at manfromearth.com if they like it.
     

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What to Watch


What We're Watching


Front Lines

Dispatches from the Front

Hey guys,

I thought I’d offer my two cents on both the importance of sound and using an Echo to control home theater equipment...

First, sound: I am on the audiophile spectrum but not hardcore. I like good quality sound and particularly surround sound for the best cinematic experience at home. A great picture just isn’t immersive enough for me without full, enveloping sound to accompany it. However, I really can’t tell the difference between most low-mid range sound systems and formats during general listening situations. So, I have a relatively cheap Yamaha 7.1 AV receiver, which also acts as my HDMI switcher. Everything connects to it and I have just one cable out to display. For those in apartments or places with thin walls, most systems like this have a “quiet listening” mode. This mode reduces the dynamic range for all the channels so you can keep the volume lower without missing those subtle surround effects. It’s not the way I prefer to enjoy it but I typically watch “my” shows after my wife goes to bed and she doesn’t want to hear them in the next room.

Keep up the good work!

- Tony

 

 

Hi Tom and Brian,

I may have an explanation for the sudden increase in Hulu subscribers. My son has a student Spotify account and in September they added the lowest tier of Hulu for free. This is just for the student Spotify paid membership, which costs $4.99 a month. Spotify is saying they have 70 million paid members, though I couldn't find data on how many of those have the student plan.

If these students are counted as Hulu members even if they're not using it, does that artificially inflate their subscriber numbers?

- Beelissa

 

Hi Cordkilllers,
Australia here. I was very interested in the email on show 203 about language. Before anyone gets too excited, yes, Australians use swear words all the time, but the words themselves aren't especially offensive. They are used for emphasis and expression more than anything, and even then visitors here are almost disappointed with how much we don't actually swear or ride kangaroos to school or work.
What did my head in was the comments about too much swearing in recent TV shows. What nearly all Australians can't understand about US TV is why in Breaking Bad someone can bet shot and stabbed repeatedly and have that shown in full and yet an F word is censored with a noticeable gap in the dialogue while their mouth is still moving.
How does that work?
I think both aspects, the visual violence and use of language, are appropriate to the scenario, but to censor a single word is jarring and completely out of context.
What the eff?
Thanks, love the show, etc etc.

- Tim

 

 

Hi guys, I wanted to add a thought about Steve's Dispatch from the Front on Episode 203. My wife and I agree that we really don't want to hear people continually using profanity. It may be true that some people habitually use that kind of language, but we don't hang out with them, and don't really want to invite them into our home either. We just turned off the new Phillip K Dick anthology after 5 minutes, deciding the proportion of profanity was just too much for the situation seen onscreen. It just seems like extreme laziness on the part of the writers. Another great example was Kingsmen The Golden Circle. After the Kingsmen organization spent all the time and trouble to teach Eggsy to be a gentleman, surely they would have taught him to express himself with eloquence and erudition in any situation. Again, it just seemed to be extreme laziness on the part of the writers. There is nothing wrong with using a vocabulary with a wider range, and there are plenty of great invectives that don't have to be scraped from a gutter.

- Dave

 

 

Hey Tom and Brian, I am your boss from other works you both do. I just wanted to give my opinion regarding last week's email about excessive cursing. I wanted to write in saying I was having the exact opposite feeling of TV lately. I was wondering if it's because I haven't watched much HBO or other premium network shows lately (since True Blood). I watch a lot of superhero shows (CW, Netflix) though and there are so many times when they are awake and getting stitches or simply being hit so hard that bones break and they DO NOT CURSE ENOUGH! I stub my toe and a word or two will come flying out of my mouth. Is it because I'm a millennial or am I simply not watching "adult" content?
I also watch House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Narcos, and The Walking Dead (please go back to watching this show, Neegan and Jadis breathe new life into it).
Sincerely, your boss,

- omgmuffins

 

 

Dear John, I mean, Dear Cordkillers,

I heard your response to my question about Hallmark's new channels. I played it for my wife and when she heard that she can get THREE Hallmark channels her eyes lit up. Guess I'll be checking about Sling TV soon.

Keep up the great work,

- John

 



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