Cordkillers 127 - Declare Your Independence from Cable

Brian and Tom discuss what you need to consider and what services they use to cut the cord and keep it cut.

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CordKillers: Ep. 127 - Declare Your Independence from Cable
Recorded: July 4 2016
Guest: None

Intro Video

Signal Intellence

  • Sling TV adds NBC and BBC channels to two new subscription packages
    - SlingTV added NBC and BBC channels this week and reorganized their package offerings. Sling Orange is the original $20 a month package with ESPN that can only be streamed by one user ata a time. Sling Blue is $25 a month with Fox and NBC channels and can be streamed by three users simultaneously. Both packages can be bought together for $40 a month. 
  • Stream PS Vue's cord-cutting service from your Android device
    - Earlier this week Sony launched its PlayStation Vue TV service on the Roku and Thursday it went live on Android. Users of the service on the PlayStation got a new feature that keeps video playing in a window in the upper right corner while scrolling through viewing options. The FireTV version of PSView now supports 60fps video. And quick navigation overlay already used in the PS4 now comes to PS3 and Fire TV users as well.
  • Our favorite streaming services and why
  • Brian: Netflix, Amazon , Hulu... iffy on SlingTV, HBONow is fantastic (but always hiccups)
  • Tom: Sling TV, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, HBO Now, MLB.TV, Vudu
  • Bryce: YouTube (esp the official experience), Plex support is a plus, an app market is a plus (for smaller channels like Giant Bomb)

Gear Up


Front Lines

  • Disney Said to Buy Stake in $3.5 Billion MLB Web Unit
    - Bloomberg reports Disney has purchased a third of MLB Advanced Media with a four year option to buy an additional third. 
  • Amazon adds PBS Kids shows to its children's lineup
    - Starting Friday, Amazon Prime Video will be the sole streaming providers of PBS Kids, with much of the channel's content being removed from Netflix and Hulu. All titles, including "Reading Rainbow," "Arthur," and “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” will all still be available on local PBS stations, on PBS’s website and the PBS Kids Video app. Amazon will get streaming rights 6-months after shows premiere on PBS. The exceptions? “Super Why!” stays on Netflix; “Sesame Street” on HBO “Curious George” on Hulu; and “Thomas and Friends” will remain available on Amazon, Netflix and Hulu.
  • Lionsgate is buying Starz for $4.4 billion
    - Lions Gate announced Thursday it will buy Starz for $4.4 billion. Starz original programming could benefit from Lions Gate's content machine and Lions Gate will benefit from the sustained revenue of subscription television.
  • Hitachi will launch Roku TVs this fall
    - Hitachi will release TVs with Roku software built-in in a variety of screen sizes beginning this autumn. 

Under surveillance

Dispatches from the Front
I want to live in Brian’s world. Do you think you could arrange that?

No, really…I want to live in Brian’s world.

Brian has 1Gb internet service, gets sufficient bandwidth to stream anywhere outside his home, apparently never gets on a plane or train, rides as a passenger in a vehicle through rural areas, or goes camping. He must have wireless service on every tablet he owns and only stays in hotels with uncharacteristically good Wi-Fi.

Unrelated: Before Jeff completed his compelling plea for all to watch Horace and Pete, I pulled to the side of the road, looked it up, then purchased it that evening and DOWNLOADED IT to watch off my Plex server.

Now I want to cry. But maybe that’s just because I don’t live in Brian’s world.

- Richard



On the discussion about downloading.

In Alaska where I live the fastest land line internet I can get is 3mb so I can't really stream in super consistent HD. I also travel to a remote area to work/live 2 weeks at a time. I use Amazon prime to mule movies/TV to tide me over at work, and will sometimes download movies to my tablet to watch at home on my TV. (Ironically at work I get 7mb down and 120ms ping tethered to my phone on the North Slope of Alaska.)

Until the infrastructure makes it everywhere and/or they quit charging for data consumption I'll still continue to downloading on my 3mb dsl line where my consumption isn't metered.

- Chris




I am about to take myself and my family on a 18 hour drive across the country to return home to see family. Driving from New Mexico to Minnesota. For the past month or so i've been trying to figure out how I was going to keep my kids from going insane (ages 7, 4, 2). We have gotten a hold of a iPad for each child for the drive and the original thought was to load some movies on each iPad, (and make sure those movies match, otherwise drama - "he has that i don't have that", etc). The iPads only have 16-32GB of storage on them each and this causes problems.

No way i can provide enough content for 36 hours (no way to switch out the media when away from home) of drive time as kids don't realize how great they have it and find most of the media they have not worth watching anymore. This solution provides some relief, but not enough.

HOWEVER, in comes the WD Passport Wireless.

But by being able to load Plex on the WD drive, i can create a plex server, which i cannot do with any of my chromebooks or android phones or tablets or iPhones or iPads (i don't own a windows laptop, this however likely couldn't broadcast its wifi signal anyway).

 - Mark 



I would be more than willing to pay double my current Blu-ray rental subscription fee for the ability to download movies at full Blu-ray video and audio quality. That would be so much better than dealing with sending discs around in the mail. 

- Andrew



I'm looking at making a show dedicated to the hardware side of cord cutting, hardware reviews, discussions, how-to's, etc...

Rather than it be 30 minutes of me ranting about app developers snubbing Android TV (i've done enough of that on G+), i was wondering if any other diamond clubbers would be interested in participating...
keep it in the family so to speak.

anyone that's interested should go to

Thanks <>
- Clyde AKA PoodlePuncher



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