Cordkillers 86 – Peace Among Worlds

Nielsen begins to rate Netflix, Netflix cuts out Epix's movies, and Apple TV may become a gaming console.

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CordKillers: 86 – Peace Among Worlds
Recorded: August 31, 2015
Guest: Father Robert Ballacer

Intro Video

Primary Target

  • Nielsen to Measure Netflix Viewing by Middle of This Year
    - Nielsen will begin rating Netflix and Amazon starting mid-year
    - Nielsen box listens for shows. Does not work with Netflix Originals.
    - “Collecting ratings on streaming services is an outdated mode of doing business,” said Cliff Edwards, a Netflix spokesman
  • NPD: Half of U.S. homes with Internet now own a connected TV device
    NPD survey estimates around half of US Internet homes have a “connected TV device” (46 million +4mm yoy)
    - “smart TVs, video game consoles, streaming media players, and Blu-ray Disc players that can connect to the Internet”
    - 45 percent of TVs sold in the U.S. in Q2 2015 supported apps.
    - 69 percent of all installed Internet capable TVs were online in Q2 2015
    - Top TV apss Q2 Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, Hulu, HBO (Go/Now) Crackle fell out

Signal Intelligence

  • Netflix Ends Five-Year Movie Deal with Epix
    -Netflix will not renew deal with Epix.
    - Deal went non-exclusive in 2012
    - Epix will come to Hulu Oct. 1. Already has deal with Amazon
    - Ted Sarandos: “Our focus has shifted to provide great movies and TV series for our members that are exclusive to Netflix. Epix focus is to make sure that their movies will be widely available for consumers through a variety of platforms.”
    - Epix is MGM, Lions Gate Entertainment and Paramount
  • Why Netflix losing Epix could be a good thing
    - “Netflix is a focused passion brand, not a do-everything brand: Starbucks, not 7-Eleven; Southwest, not United; HBO, not Dish,” the company says in its long-term view manifesto.
    - In the most recent quarter, Netflix subs have streamed an average of 75 million Epix movies per month, according to a source familiar with the pact, which would represent about 1.8 movies per U.S. sub monthly.

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Dispatches from the Front

Just now listened to episode 84... I agree with Alison Sheridan that I much prefer the giant, all-you-can-eat model vs. nickel-and-dime-me-to-death model.

And your discussion afterwards felt like listening to an alternate history parallel world. I have the opposite experience. I LOVE my DVR. After I spend a few minutes setting it up, I'm done. I have a hand-tailored video feed that has exactly what I want on it. (Although I do have to fix things when I discover that I'm recording SD.) It shows me new episodes that I haven't seen of my favorite [broadcast/cable] shows, in order, as they become available. I go one place and I see a cornucopia of TV that gets me. If I'm not in the mood for a particular show, I can watch it weeks later without wondering if the license will expire. If a show goes on hiatus, I don't have to know when it is coming back. It just SHOWS UP, all by itself, months later. I don't know what channel, day, or time anything is on. It's just there. There's always something on my DVR that I want to watch. I can binge-watch syndicated marathons of shows while skipping commericials*! On-Demand service makes up for any glitches or oversights. I do have to be careful about too much stuff stacking up, but it seems manageable to me. (And I watch a LOT.)

As for online services, they're not quite there yet. (Content, yes. Manageability, no.) I don't know how many shows I've abandoned because I don't even remember they exist....

- Sara in Sunny Seattle





Hey guys!

I know you both have viewing "to do" lists that are probably a mile long but I wanted to share something unique. The A&E crime drama "Longmire" was cancelled on that network apparently because it wasn't drawing the right demographic. It was A&E's most popular show.

Due in large part to the fan base providing die hard support and some massive social networking outreach by some folks close to the show, it was picked up by Netflix as a new "original". I haven't heard you talk about this particular show prior to it's demise or after the news of it's rebirth on Netflix. I think it's a very interesting look at how one network may have shot itself in the foot because it didn't believe it had the right viewers.

You can watch the three previous seasons on Netflix or catch the new season September 10th. Hope to possibly hear your take on the show.

- Todd




 Hey guys, I'm listening to It's Spoilerin' Time 85 where you were discussing the weird ordering for Mr. Robot episode numbers. Just a quick note, I took the numbering as a nod to the hacker/developer community because all array's indexes start at 0. The first item in any array or list is at index 0 so if you intialize an array for 10 items, like the episodes, you will have indexes of 0-9. Just another example the show creators trying to tie more of the hacker/dev aspect to the show. Thanks!

- Jason



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