Cordkillers 49 - Did You Just Quote Frozen?
What would you pay for HBO online? Amazon might soon be award-winning TV, YouTube stops waiting for Apple TV.
CordKillers: Ep. 49 - Did You Just Quote Frozen?
Recorded: December 15, 2014
Guest: Amber MacArthur
- HBO Outsource, coming April
- HBO CTO Otto Berkes Resigns After Network Enlists MLB to Build OTT Platform
- - Fortune sources say HBO has outsourced to MLB Advanced Media for online-only service
- HBO GO *seems* to have stayed in house
- CTO has left
-From leaked memo: “Our top priority: Fully support the work needed to enable the external solution for April.”
- Amazon gets its first major award nominations with Transparent
- -Amazon gets Golden Globe nomination for best comedy TV series and Best Actor (jeffrey Tambor)
- House of Cards up for Best Drama, Best Actress (Robin Wright) Best Actor (Kevin Spacey)
- Orange is the New Black Best Actress (Taylor Schilling)
- Derek Best Actor (Ricky Gervais)
- YouTube Updates Apple TV App, Adds Ads
- - YouTube updated on Apple TV
- Ads will run, meaning more videos available
- Does this mean no overhaul of ATV soon?
-Apple TV also added Conde Nast’s “The Scene”, Fusion, Dailymotion
- UFC.TV will offer its $10-a-month “Fight Pass” subscription service on its new app.
- HBO Go is now available on Amazon's Fire TV.
- -Owners of the Fire TV Stick dongle will have to wait until this spring. Comcast and Charter cablecos. are not supporting the device though so no HBO GO for their customers.
- Hulu offers free streaming on Android over the holidays
- -Hulu has a “Share the Joy of the Seasons” promo that makes more shows available on its Android app without needing a subscription. Episodes from current seasons of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Sleepy Hollow and South Park among others are part of the promo.
- Netflix hopes to have as many as 20 original series running in five years
- -At the UBS global media conference last week, Ted Sarandos, Chief content officer at Netflix said the company hopes to have "as many as 20 original series" running in the next five years. Netflix aims to premiere new content every two-and-a-half weeks or so. He said: ”We're trying to create shows for the audience that will love it.”
- Netflix wants to hook up with your cable company in 2015
- -GigaOm has a source who says Netflix is close to finalizing a deal with a major cable/satellite operator. And Netflix is speaking to a number of US Pay TV operators.
- Dish cuts a deal with CBS, agrees to hit “pause” on ad-skipping DVR
- -CBS and Dish reached an agreement this weekend that will end all pending litigation between the companies, as well as put CBS content back on Dish. In addition, during a seven-day window following the airing of a CBS show, the AutoHop feature will be disabled.
- Amazon announced 4K Ultra HD streaming is now available in the US.
- -Offerings include some of Amazon's own shows like Transparent as well as non-Amazon shows like BBC America's Orphan Black, as well as a selection of Sony movies. Videos are encoded with h.265 meaning the TV has to have an HEVC decoding chip inside.
- Brian: Firefly, Marco Polo, Black Mirror (all of series 2)
- Tom: The Shield (402), Marco Polo, Agents of SHIELD, Arrow, The Flash, Once Upon a Time, Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Wars Revisited
- Amber: Newsroom, Stampylonghead, Art for kids hub (with son)
2014 Winter Movie Draft
- Scott: $351,988,390
- Tom: $281,672,839
- Brett: $102,327,373
- Brian: $89,040,494
- Justin: $50,479,380
- John: $41,807,277
Dispatches from the Front
I just wanted to tell you about my experience with Disney Movies Anywhere now that the first "major" release came out this week on BluRay - Guardians of the Galaxy. In short- holy crap it works!
Linking the accounts a few weeks back took no time at all since I already had a Disney Rewards account and LastPass autofiled my login information for my AppleID and Google Play accounts. (I even did Google Play from my Nexus tablet.) Then when they added Vudu two weeks later, it was so cool to link that account in and have a dozen or so movies show up all at once in that collection. Before to do something like this, you had to redeem the UltraViolet copy and then hope that whoever was releasing that movie also let you redeem an iTunes copy. Some movie studios made that a piece of cake others would make it more difficult.
When I got my copy of Guardians, delivered from Amazon I thought. "This was going to be the real test." I plugged the code into the Disney website and it added my digital copy to Disney Anywhere then went over to log into Vudu. Was it there? - Yup! Google Play? - Check! iTunes? Yes, Sir! I couldn't believe how smooth that was. So now, I have options when I want to watch any Disney/Marvel movie. I can either play it on my big screen with a BluRay, Chromecast it at my in-laws house with Vudu or Google Play, or have it on my iPad while I travel.
So anyway love the show guys! Keep on kill'n them cords
Would you please stop picking on grandmothers?
I am a proud grandmother of 3 beautiful grandchildren, I am also an implementation consultant for a software company with a masters degree in technology. As Veronica Belmont used to put it, I am "tech support for my friends and family'. Whenever you use "grandmothers" as an example of people who need to be coddled into adopting new technology, I really want to smack you.
So, consider yourself smacked. And instead, let's find an appropriate term for those people who are inexperienced with a new technology. We all know what "early adopter" means. Could we call the people on the other side of the adoption spectrum "reluctant adopters"? Or "New users"? Anything but, "grandmothers".
I love the show and was an early adopter of the Patreon model for supporting you both. There is "Scam Stuff" and Tom Merritt books under the tree this year as gifts for my family.
Thought I'd drop you a line and let you know my thoughts on episode 2/Season 1 of Black Mirror. First let me preface this by saying I think this is an excellent show, but I find it way too disturbing to be able to enjoy watching it.
I was shocked when I heard Brian refer to episode 2 as a jaunty refreshing respite from episode 1 (I'm paraphrasing, but that's the gist of what he said). I also found it interesting that neither you nor Brian mentioned what happened to the woman. That is the real horror of this story. While she isn't the protagonist, it is her story that I found so scary. [Spoiler redacted]
So as much as episode 1 horrified Brian so much (because he empathized with the main character); episode 2 scared the crap out of me because I empathized with the woman. Honestly, I found all 3 episodes of the first season very disturbing. I watched them within 2 nights back to back. And ended up with vivid nightmares. I don't plan on watching the second season. I can appreciate that it is a well-written, produced, and acted show; but I can't take it.
Hey Brian and Tom!
Brian mentioned The Wire being 4x3 and now available in 16x9. I've worked and am Facebook friends with David Insley, one of the DPs and Camera Operators on The Wire. He says "As a camera operator and DP on The Wire, we were told to frame 4:3, and protect 16:9. We shot Super 35, and future proofed the framing on the negative. Not an unusual request at the time. I'm happy Mr Simon oversaw the remastering." And later adding "Headroom is constant in common top. Sides get wider when you cut the 4x3 out of the 16/9. And I think we shot 3 perf, the last two seasons. Always a compromise somewhere."
FYI 3 perf means the height of each frame is 3 perforations tall (instead of the normal 4). It's used as a cost saving measure to use less film while shooting a widescreen image.
Signed One of Your Bosses