Cordkillers 125 - Gimme an F!!

Cable industry wants apps to be the law, Netflix’s future in doubt, and Westworld looks amazing.

CordKillers: Ep. 125 - Gimme an F!!
Recorded: June 20 2016
Guest: None

Intro Video

Primary Target

  • Cable industry offers set-top box compromise to avoid stricter regulation
    - Cable industry reps. met w/ FCC staff June 15
    - National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) CEO Michael Powell, representatives of Comcast and AT&T/DirecTV, and reps from cable networks Vme TV, Revolt TV, and TV One - with Commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel, Mignon Clyburn, and Michael O'Rielly
    - Willing to comply with a requirement to deploy applications for third-party set-top boxes using open standards.
    - Would agree to regs requiring large operators (1mm+ subs) to build HTML5 apps available on wide number of platforms. - No charge to get app only for service.
    - Would include all live and on demand programming but no recording
    - Would not allow interface competition
    - Unclear if content would be delivered over the Internet.

Signal Intelligence

  • Can Netflix survive the world it has created
    - The New York Times has an in-depth piece by Joe Nocera about Netflix. It goes through much of the history of how Netflix works, its corporate culture and focuses on how Netflix can survive in a world of competitors like Amazon, Hulu and even the slowly-adapting broadcast and cable networks. Nicer points out that Netflix has a negative cashflow of $1 billion and its annual revenue of $6.8 billion still pales next to the $28 billion of Time Warner and 21st CenturyFox. Hastings is confident though saying, “all TV will move to the internet, and linear TV will cease to be relevant over the next 20 years, like fixed-line telephones.”

Gear Up

Front Lines

  • Hulu’s VR app arrives on Oculus Rift
    - Hulu announced a VR app for the Oculus Rift. There will be 30 original VR programs, as well as stream Hulu’s entire 2D library in an immersive 3D environment and watch Live Nation concerts. Hulu also launched a new themed show space for fans of SyFy’s “12 Monkeys” series Hulu launched a VR app for the Samsung Gear VR earlier this year. 
  • YouTube 'star' Lonelygirl15 back after seven years
    - New material was uploaded to LonelyGirl15 for the first time since 2009. The show description says, “I know, you've got a lot of questions. Questions deserve answers. It's the only thing that satisfies them and I have many.”
  • BBC to put major new drama series on iPlayer before it airs on TV
    - The BBC put all six episodes of its Prime Time drama “The Living and the Dead online Friday June 17, two weeks before broadcast premiere 9 PM June 28
    The show is a Victorian era Ghost Hunter series, set in Somerset in the 1890s from Life on Mars duo Ashley Pharoah and Matthew Graham. 
  • Netflix enables picture-in-picture support for iPad app
    - Netflix viewers with compatible iPads running iOS 9.3.2 will now be able to use picture-in-picture to keep watching Netflix video while doing other things on the tablet. Other video apps like Hulu have had this feature previously.
  • Netflix, CW Near Deal That Accelerates Streaming Window as Hulu Ends In-Season Pact
    - Variety reports Netflix and CW are close to striking a deal that would bring scripted series to Netflix less than two weeks after the end of a season in the US. The deal is expected to last five years. In season shows are leaving Hulu and will only be available from CW’s app and website and VOD deal. 
  • Roku players now search for news videos
    - Roku’s cross app search now has 50 services including news from ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox. Roku says it has a small number of news services included now but will be adding more in the coming months. 

Under Surveillance

Dispatches from the Front

Hi guys.

I got hooked on OJ made in America that aired ep 1 on ABC. So I signed up for Sling TV 7 day trial to watch the last 4 episodes.
Sling TV is not perfect. But as I'm single and their on demand is add free.I decided simply "Shut up and take my money. I can now legally watch Preacher.

- David  from Fond Du Lac,Wisconsin.



Hi guys, I've called this meeting, because during the last episode, there was an incident where the voice of Lance, was misidentified as that of Hank Venture..

While i do commend you on correcting that statment; as your boss it is ultimately my responsibility to provide you with the necessary tools, to be effective at your job...

Please review this list of the main characters, and their notable appearances, paying special attention to the final two...

Lance - Jeremy Shada: A.K.A Fin on Adventure Time

Keith - Steven Yeun: A.K.A Glen on The Walking Dead

Shiro - Josh Keaton: has made numerous appearances in DC Animated properties, primarily as Hal Jordan/Green Lantern.

Pidge - Bex Taylor-Klaus: A.K.A Sin on Arrow

Allura - Kimberly Brooks: A.k.A Ashley Brooks in Mass Effect, and Malachite on Steven Universe

King Alfor - Keith Ferguson: was Bloo on Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends, and is currently the voice of Reaper in Overwatch.

Hagar - Voiced by Cree Summer: While she has provided voices for practically everything in the last 30 years.
Brian would best know her back in the 80's as Penny on Inspector Gadget.

Hunk - Tyler Labine: Whoever it was that suggested Netflix would pick him up, now that Hulu cancelled Deadbeat, wasn't far off. Honestly, I was hesitant to watch this reboot, but once i heard his voice, i was in 100%.

Thank you for your continued service,

Your Boss

- Voiced by Clyde: A.K.A PoodlePuncher




 I've heard Tom mention that he buys movies through VUDU to be able to view them on different services. How is it that you can link your VUDU and iTunes accounts to have the content available in different places?


- Rodrigo



A few episodes ago you guys mentioned Amazon Video Direct, which gives independent producers the opportunity to show their videos on Amazon Prime. I recently got my first movie listed on Prime and thought you might be interested in the process.

If you want to see the results, here's the link:

Or you can just search Amazon for "Hide and Creep."

The Basic Requirements:

Subtitle File - check out They'll subtitle an hour-long video for $60.
Video File - HD (at least 720p) required for Prime consideration
Trailer - recommended, not required, must be HD
Key Art - image file, basically your movie poster, must include the movie title in the image; size = 1200x1600 pixels
Turnaround Time - a little over a week for me; I'm guessing three or four days for most submissions

More Details:

In the interest of accessibility, Amazon requires subtitles or captions for every movie submitted via Video Direct. offers a great solution here. You upload your video to Rev, and they create the captions for a flat fee of one dollar per minute of video. My movie is 85 minutes long, so Rev charged me 85 bucks. Turnaround time was approx. 48 hours.

The good thing about the captions... at least for English-language movies, providing English captions makes your movie eligible for placement on the US, UK, Japan, and Germany Prime Video platforms -- you don't have to include separate Japanese and German captions.

For Prime consideration, Amazon requires an HD file -- at least 720p. That said, if your master is standard def, you can put together a pretty good up-res to 720p if you know your way around Premiere or After Effects. Amazon also asks for a high quality file. For a feature-length movie, that means a big file, so it might take a few hours to upload.

Though it isn't required, Amazon allows you to upload a trailer (as long as it is at least 720p). I uploaded one -- I figure anything to help the movie stand out from the Prime crowd is a good thing.

Also required, key art and a "background image." The key art is the little rectangular image that look like a poster (or DVD cover). Again, Amazon is looking for high quality -- 1200 x 1600 pixels (even though these images are generally displayed much smaller than that). You'll also need to put together a horizontal version of the key art. The "background image" isn't explained very well, so I just uploaded an iconic single frame from my movie. At present, I can't see that my "background image" is being used on Prime.

You also have to provide some basic info about your movie: Title, Category (movie, short film, music video, etc.), Cast, Crew, Synopsis, Genre, Rating (if available), Original Language, and Release Date.

And that's it! Well, other than the banking info and tax info, which you guys mentioned in your original coverage of the story. From the time I posted the movie, it took a little over a week for it to go live on Prime. I ran into a couple of issues specific to my movie that slowed the process (let me know if you want the details on that), so I would guess most videos would go live in three or four days.

If you have any other questions about submitting to Prime via Video Direct, send them my way. Overall, it's a pretty painless process. Until Netflix or Hulu open up to indies, I think Amazon Prime is the best venue around for feature filmmakers looking to self-distribute online.

- Chance


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