More evidence cord-cutting is not imaginary, AMC’s commercial-free service, Vudu’s disc-to-digital for phones, and the essential Expanse.
CordKillers: Ep. 163 - Anthology Suicide
Recorded: March 27 2017
- Whoa: Almost a third of Millennials have cut the cable cord
- Surprise: There's one area where TV viewing is actually soaring
- Pivotal Research analyzed Nielsen numbers and note
- February english-language broadcast and ad-supported cable down 10.3% 18-49 and ad impressions down 7.2%
- TV usage 18-49 for connected devices is 9.9% up
from 6.2% last year and 3.6% two years ago
- This does not count non-TV devices like laptops/tablets
- Morning Consult survey
- 29% adults 18-29 have no Pay TV
- 33% cited cost, 20% cited quality of content on SVOD
- More than half of Millennials, 54 percent, say they stream more than they watch regular TV. That’s compared to 40 percent of adults 30-44.
How to Watch
- AMC Plans Ad-Free Streaming Service
- AMC Plans to launch a commercial-free online video streaming service (sources told Reuters)
- Require cable authentication
- Feature digital-only spinoff shows
- Cost $4.99 - $6.99 a month
- Vudu can turn your old DVDs into HD digital copies, and all you need is a smartphone
- Walmart's Vudu video service now allows users to "convert" movies on disc to UltraViolet digital copy. Users scan a movies barcode on their smartphone, and have the ability to buy a similar quality digital copy for $2, while upgrading from standard to high definition costs $5. Over 8,000 movies are supported, with support from Lionsgate, Paramount, Sony Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal, and Warner Bros.
What to Watch
- Death Note trailer out: Comes to Netflix August 25
- Full Trailer for Handmaid's Tale which comes to Hulu April 26
- The First Trailer for the Return of Mystery Science Theater 3000 to Netflix April 14
- Technology Terrors Come Alive in First Teaser for Hulu's Scifi Series Dimension 404, coming April 4.
What We're Watching
- Brian: Justified, Legion ep 2 & part of 3, part of The Expanse
- Tom: Justified, Legion, Star Wars: Rebels, The Expanse, The Magicians
- On the Lookout: Good Girls Revolt
- The MLB Network is now available on PlayStation Vue
- Sony announced that MLB Network is now part of the Core tier for its Playstation Vue streaming service. The service has recently emphasize live sports, streaming both NFL and NBA games in 2016, and introducing a multi-view feature in March for the NCAA basketball tournament.
- Netflix still has a huge lead in the streaming wars, but Hulu’s smaller service has loyal users
- Comscore measured video streamed over WiFI at home in the US in December. Netflix led with 40% penetration. YouTube is at 30%. While Hulu and Amazon are behind, Hulu users and Netflix users both tie at 25 hours a month.
- Twitter starts letting users live stream from more than just their phones
- Twitter announced its Periscope Producer API which lets you live stream without using the Periscope phone app. Partners at launch are camera maker Livestream Mevo, Wirecast, Switchboard Cloud and Teradek.
- Apple releases iTunes 12.6 with new ‘rent once, watch anywhere’ feature
-In iTunes 12.6, Apple now allows users to continue watching movie rentals on other devices. The "watch anywhere" feature requires iOS 10.3 and tvOS 10.2, which are both still in beta. Rentals are still subject to time limits on viewing.
- Netflix launches support for Firefox on Linux
- In a blog post, Netflix announced that Firefox on Linux can natively play the service's video. Due to its DRM encoding, Linux users had previously been forced to use Chrome with the Encrypted Media Extension, or use a workaround.
Dispatches from the Front
Hey Tom, Brian and Bryce
I was listening to your discussion of the new ATSC 3.0 standard and Tom's concern that the spec included DRM. I wanted to let Tom know that the original ATSC spec (1.0 I guess) actually includes copy protection as well. A TV station can enable what's called a "Broadcast Flag" or rather a flag in the signal that limits how and where that video can be viewed.
I used to use Windows Media Center as my DVR and one of the local stations in Boston had that flag enabled. So I could record their content on my computer, but I could only watch it on that machine. If I tried to copy it to another computer or stream it, it would not play. Most stations, particularly local broadcasters, do not enable this flag.
So hopefully the inclusion of DRM in the new spec Won't cause any issues.
Here is an article about the "Broadcast Flag"
Love the show, keep the the great work.
- Chip from Boston
A sign of things to come? Canada has a sports duopoly, with almost all english sports broadcasts done by Bell or Rogers. This week they invormed bars and restotaunts that they can no longer subscribe to regular packages to show games(at largely similar costs to home users) They must pay $120 on top of regular packages to get the 2 sports channels.
As subscription revenue drops, how long till US sports channels do the same? As ESPN goes through layoffs and crisis as it loses revenue, how long till they realize bars are a captive market that is able to be gouged much more than it currently is?
Hello Tom and Brian,
I wanted to mention a couple of developments with Plex that I heard about recently and am looking forward to testing out. Plex is currently in the process of rolling out a DVR feature that eliminates the need for a separate recording program, and one which will hopefully solve another issue that I discuss below. The other is Plex cloud, which allows the use of a user's cloud storage program such as Dropbox or Google Drive as a media folder in the device and make it much easier to watch videos anywhere one can connect to the cloud.
If I could, I'd like to pose a question to the Cordkillers community concerning DVR functionality. The setup I have now works reasonably well, with one exception.I have never been able to find a method for enabling subtitles and/or closed captioning within any of the programs I use. While not an absolute need, having some type of on-screen text can occasionally be helpful & I wondered if anyone else has a method for enabling this feature.
Thanks again and keep putting out these great shows!
I'm not sure if this has been mentioned before, but I just found The Expanse's "Interactive Story Guide" at http://www.syfy.com/theexpanse/enterthefuture/inside.
I'm finding this pretty late into the second season, but it fun to see where everything was relative to each other. You're presented with a diagram of the solar system, and you can highlight different areas, seeing where different ships are, who's on them, and what they've been doing. Best of all, you select what episode you're currently on, so you only see information up to that point in time and avoid any unwanted spoilers. I've not read the books, but this would have helped me keep track of things in the first part of season 1.
Love the show!
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.