Cordkillers 122 - 4K HoDoR (w/ Peter Wells)

Android TV gets loads of upgrades. Can BitTorrent revolutionize live streaming? And Netflix uses speed tests as a marketing tool.

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CordKillers: Ep. 122 - 4K HoDoR
Recorded: May 23 2016
Guest: Peter Wells

Intro Video

Primary Target

Signal Intelligence

  • BitTorrent takes on live television with multichannel streaming
    - BitTorrent Live uses peer-to-peer to deliver live streaming video with less than 10 seconds of latency.
    - 13 free channels to launch including live sports, news, film and tech, with TWiT as one of the channels
    - Subscription, ad supported, and pay-per-view network are planned for the future.
    - You can sign up to get an email when the service becomes available.

Gear Up

Front Lines

  • Samsung may join the streaming TV fray
    - Bloomberg says Samsung is in talks to launch its own TV streaming service. Samsung told CNET “Our approach is to continue to develop strategic collaborations with content partners rather than to compete with them."
  • 'Walking Dead' creator's new show to debut on Facebook in Europe
    - The pilot of the Video adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s Outcast comic book is streaming onFacebook Live in Europe. Fox has the rights in 61 countires outside the US and is using Facebook Live to promote the show. It’s on Cinemax in the US. The show begins on TV June 3.
  • Netflix just launched the simplest internet speed test ever
    - Netflix launched a speed test called It loads as soon as you visit the URL and gives you report on your download speed with a link to compare it to The site’s FAQ says that if consumers aren’t getting the speed they’re paying for, “you can ask your ISP about the results. 
  • Amazon gives Alexa more control of your Fire TV
    - Alexa on the Fire TV has been expanded to handle launching apps, playing selections from Amazon video and add-on subscriptions and browsing local movie times. It can also search local business listings and Kindle books with text-to-speech capability. fire TV can also play YouTube videos in 4K. 
  • Beating studios to the punch, J.J. Abrams says Axanar suit will be “going away”
    - Friday evening at a fan event, JJ Abrams said that Star Trek: Into Darkness director Justin Lin was outraged that Paramount and CBS were suing the makers of the fan-film Axanar. Lin pushed the studio and according to Abrams the lawsuit will be stopped “within the next few weeks.” CBS and Paramount told Buzzfeed reporter Adam Vary that the studios were in settlement talks. Axanar’s executive producer Alec Peters said new fan film guidelines will be handed down in the next few days. 
  • Charter officially owns Time Warner Cable, creating the US's second largest cable provider
    - Charter’s acquisition of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks serving a total of 25 million customers in 41 states. Charter paid $55 billion for TWC and $10.4 billion for Bright House. Charter told Bloomberg it will phase out the names Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. Under the conditions of the deal, Charter can’t do usage-based pricing, data caps, interconnect fees or make TV exclusivity deals.

Under Surveillance

Dispatches from the Front

Hi, a quick message in regarding to the rumored, and horribly named service, Britflix.

The BBC has been making almost all it's content available on the iPlayer service since 2007. Given that BBC has 10 broadcast TV channels, plus many radio stations and Podcasts, that's a huge amount of content. Add that last nine years of content to even a selection of it's 89 year back catalogue: Dr Who, Top Gear, Blackadder, The Office, Sherlock, All the David Attenborough documentaries, and the content from the BBC Films arm and don't think the BBC really needs any partnering deals. 

I'd gladly pay for this extra service on top of the license fee (which is currently priced at 2 Netflixes a month)

I just hope they open this up to international users so that my family in Nebraska can access their favorite soap Eastenders without the use of VPN.

- Chris from sometimes sunny Bristol.




Hey Tom and Brian,

I have 2 things that I want to share with you guys:
1. I think it is very possible that Soccer will take over the top spot in US sport souly because of the way that it has embraced the internet. Baseball became the most popular sport in the country when it began to be broadcast over the radio, football took over when it embraced television while baseball refused to go near it. So it would be no surprise to me if soccer takes over in half a decade just because it embraces broadcasting over the internet.

OK we do not have confirmation that this actually occurred so we're going to leave the name off this email BUT one person wrote to us saying a cable company called to upsell them and said "I can give my login to friends and family so they can login to network sites, he even went on to tell me that I could sell my login to people to offset the cost, he said his friend sells his login to two people and it covers the cost of cable. Man I new they were desperate for subscribers but I never thought that they would actually tell me to do something that is against their terms of service just to convince me to subscribe.

- Will



Hi Brian & Tom,

I just wanted to congratulate you two on your nomination. You don't understand what a privilege it is to be nominated along side of you both. I've been listening to Tom since the CNet studios and Brian since Framerate. Cordkillers IS my Tuesday commute. :)

You guys along with Scott Johnson inspired me to talk my famous friend (Jaret Reddick - lead singer of Bowling for Soup) to start up a weekly movie review podcast (with a twist) late last year with me and it's been quite a ride!

Best of luck to you guys!

- Rich



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