Cordkillers 85 - Let’s! Do! The Time-Shift Again!

The children are our time shifters, NBC wants to change Web video, Apple TV needs a comeback.

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CordKillers: 85 - Let’s! Do! The Time-Shift Again!
Recorded: August 24, 2015
Guest: Andy Beach

Intro Video

Primary Target

  • Kids love time shifting TV
    -Nielsen report on Children viewing habits
    - Two-year period studied 2011-2013.
    - DVRs in half of households with children

Signal Intelligence

  • NBCUniversal Announces $200 million BuzzFeed Investment, Olympics Deal
    -Comcast through NBCUniversal is investing $200 million in Buzzfeed
    - (last week Comcast put $200 million in Vox Media, makers of SB Nation, The Verge and Polygon)
    - NBC planning to work with BuzzFeed on Olympics coverage
    - BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti specifically says his company wants to work with NBCU “to extend our reach to TV and film.”

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Dispatches from the Front

 Hi. Love the show. Do you know of an App or Web page that lists what shows are playing on the various services (ie. Hulu vs Amazon Prime, vs Netflix, etc)?

- David



Hi guys, in regards to a cable company being able to go out of their market to get stations during negotiations, does this open the door for stations to sell themselves nationally?

Meaning, if some small station in rural North Dakota wanted a little extra money, could they just make it known that they are happy to let any cable company rebroadcast them that wants to for 5 cents less than the going rate per subscriber?

And does this rule only apply during local broadcast blackouts, or can it be done anytime?
Seems there may be a small potential of stations undercutting each other, though the local news and weather (and commercials) would still be more useful if it was a local station.

- Andy from Michigan, where the weather is nicer than North Dakota today.




 Hey guys,

I wanted to say that I thought Alison made an interesting point in her video feedback.

We haven't really had to think about how much we're willing to pay for our entertainment when it's come through the cable firehouse, and to get what we want or need we have to pay for that plus what we don't want. If we have to see how much each thing costs, perhaps we will think harder about each service or program. I think that might also step up the game for content creators to consider costs. Are they giving us the value for the price? If not, does that hurt them? If so, do they benefit financially and otherwise?

Perhaps one feature of cord-cutting is creating a smarter audience, and smarter creators? I think it's an idea to keep in mind going forward.

I like the show. Keep up the good work!

- Robert




Hey Tom and Brian, I just received this email from Amazon. I'm very disappointed. I know that GoogleTV never got a lot of traction, but I've been a fan because of the pass-thru capabilities. I've used it to do PiP between my DirecTV and GTV content, or have sports info pop up while watching non GTV content. Aside from the loss of functionality, this will probably finally force me to an older LCD I have that only has a single HDMI port. I haven't looked to see what AndroidTV has to offer, but hopefully they will have pass-thru devices.

Sincerely, listener and Patreon "boss",

- Brian

(from Amazon Prime Video, 8/16/15):

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This means you won't be able to stream movies and TV shows directly from the Amazon Video app on your Google TV platform device. As we continually seek to improve our service, this occasionally means we can no longer support certain devices or features.

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