Is Sling TV a success? Why ESPN is lying to you. The FCC wants to save the past. With special guest Owen JJ Stone.
CordKillers: 109 - Free the Box!
Recorded: February 22 2016
Guest: Owen Stone
- Sling TV reportedly has over 600,000 subscribers
- Cord Cutting Service Sling TV Gets Its First Broadcast Channel With Addition Of ABC
- "The Wall Street Journal says “people briefed on the numbers” say SlingTV has more than 600,000 monthly subscribers
- In November, analysts estimated 394K
- Sling planning a slicker interface (showed off at CES)
- Adding ABC local, Univision and UniMas in select US markets. Must call to add “Broadcast Extra” bundle
- Chicago, Fresno-Visalia, Houston, L.A., New York, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, and San Francisco.
- Dish net income drops in 2015 as subscribers decline; shares slump
- DISH needs sling success
- Net income dropped 21% year over year in 2015
- Lost 81,000 subs in 2015"
- ESPN exploring streaming deals, but don't expect a standalone video app
- "ESPN president John Skipper at Code media Conference last week
- Mentioned that Apple and Amazon have been public about video content
-“I said a number of people have expressed interest and we are in discussions with a large number of people.""
- Skipper was also insistent that the network has no plans to offer a streaming app that's unbundled from a cable subscription.
""We could sell ESPN, as a standalone product, but we don't believe it right now to be good business. We're in 90 million homes, so no, we do not have a contemplation now that we would launch as a standalone.""
- Did say SlingTV has been good and numbers have been “incremental” in other words not taken from other packages"
- FCC Votes to unlock cable box
- "FCC approved a “Notice for Proposed Rulemaking” Thursday
- Before you get too excited, that means a months-long public comment period
- Proposed requirements
- Make available to third parties
- Channel listings, VOD lineups
- Rights (recording, transfers etc.)
- Content itself
- “using any published, transparent format that conforms to specifications set by an independent, open standards body.""
- Two years given from adoption to comply
- Critics argue it would require new hardware and more rental boxes
- Wheeler shot down objection that it would allow third parties to sell ads in content. new rules would prohibit that. "
- BBC Three is now an online-only channel
- BBC Three left the airwaves last Tuesday and is now available only on the Internet. The channel will be available on iPlayer and operate a portal called The Daily Drop. BBC Three will further use social media and its YouTube Channel as outlets.
- Fox announced it wants the third Wolverine movie to be rated R.
- ComScore’s big plan to challenge Nielsen
- ComScore announced Wednesday it will compete with Nielsen, offering cross-platform TV ratings. The new ratings will include TV, over-the-top services and digital viewing, released monthly. The sample will start with 4,000 home increasing to 60,000 by summer and 300K by the end of the year.
- If Netflix were a TV network, it’d be tops
- Meanwhile Turner Broadcasting is the latest to make a stab at how many people watch Netflix. Its numbers peg Netflix as the number 1 TV network in total day in the US in Q4 2015. It based its estimates on the gross streaming hours data Netflix releases.
- You’ll now get Netflix recommendations from people on the other side of the world
- Netflix announced it will use data from all customers around the world to make better recommendations. In other words recommendations are made based on personal taste not regional taste.
- A lot of people watched the Grammys on CBS All Access
- The CBS All Access service had some streaming problems during the Grammys last Monday but eventually saw a 247% increase in time spent watching over last year. It was the single biggest sign up day for the service yet.
- Better Call Saul premiered last Monday night in the US on AMC and on Netflix in the UK, France and the Netherlands.
- Bladerunner sequel will be out Jan. 12, 2018
- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny comes to Netflix this Friday February 26th.
- Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday comes to Netflix March 18th.
- Brian: Chef, Justified, Better Call Saul, BBC's Life (netflix), Robocop
- Tom: Flash, Star Wars Rebels, Magicians, Venture Brothers, Arrow, Justified, Better Call Saul, Walking Dead, Bob's Burgers, 11.22.63
- Owen: Billions, Animals, Scandal, Greys Anatomy, SuperGirl, Horace And Pete
- On the Lookout: Dark Matter
Dispatches from the Front
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Hi Brian, Tom and Bryce
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Although it's a continuous story you can jump in at any point. I recommend trying episode 18 which guest stars Felicia Day and Jennifer Hale
BTW, talking about WYWWYWOADDYW, I listen to CordKillers in the pool with my waterproof MP3 player!
- James in the UK
Brian and Tom,
Just to comment on the 800,000 subs for HBO Now... I don't think this is a low number. Anyone who gets HBO from their cable package can get streaming HBO through HBO Go. The only people who would subscribe to HBO Now are those people who want HBO and do not have cable. This gives a much smaller pool of people to draw from than the pool of potential customers for any other service (such as Netflix). As such it is a completely skewed comparison to compare HBO Now's 800K subs to Netflix's 24M(?) subs.
Hello Tom and Brian,
I just watch the episode and I wanted to responded to Toms comment about The Thunderbirds are go TV show.
To summarize the article that goes into detail:
The Thunderbirds is not completely CG. From what I understand the characters themselves will be CG. The stage sets and vehicles are done as real live models done by Weta Workshops. Yes, the same Weta that worked on King Kong, LotR/Hobbit trilogies and whole lot of movies.
I am a fan and I will see Thunderbirds when it comes out.
Keep the good work going,
- David from Riverside, CA