Netflix buys a comic publisher, CBS goes international with its streaming service, and we have Khan-concerns. With special guest Mikey Neumann.
CordKillers: Ep. 182 - Traceable Hot Sausage
Recorded: August 7 2017
Guest: Mikey Neumann
- Netflix’s first ever acquisition is indie comic book publisher Millarworld
- Netflix acquired Millarworld, an independent comic publishing company founded by Mark and Lucy Millar, creators of Kick-Ass and Kingsman. Mark Millar was also behind the comic series Old Man Logan. Netflix plans to bring more of Millar’s work to the screen.
How to Watch
- Plex brings its Live TV streaming service to Apple TV and Android, adds time-shifting
- Plex took its live TV and DVR service out of beta Wednesday and expanded the feature to Apple TV and Android apps. Plex also added the ability to pause, rewind and fast forward live television. The feature is available for subscribers to the Plex pass service using a compatible TV tuner.
- CBS adds 24/7 news from CBSN to its standalone streaming service, CBS All Access
- CBS All Access is adding its 24/7 CBS News service. The service is available for free on the Web and in apps but will now be integrated in the All Access service on Web starting August 3rd and eventually be added to all apps. CBS also announced it plans to bring a version of CBS All Access to international markets, starting with Canada next year. CBS is also planning a live sports service but no details were given. And sports-focused streaming service fuboTV will add CBSN and several other CBS channels and DirecTV Now has a struck a deal to include CBS & its networks, including The CW, Showtime, CBS Sports Network & Pop.
What to Watch
- Watch a trailer for Netflix’s summer sci-fi thriller What Happened to Monday
- "What Happened to Monday" an independent film that Netflix picked up at the Toronto International Film Festival arrives August 18th
- seven sisters (named for the days of the week) who — in a near-future dystopian society with a strict one-child policy — are forced to share one identity. Starring Noomi Rapace and Willem Defoe and directed by Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow)
- CBS All Access has more new TV shows to join 'Star Trek'
- CBS announced three new series at the TV Critics Association press tour.
- Strange Angel, Ridley Scott producers based on a book by George Pendle. Jack Parsons practices rocketry by day and "is a performer of sex magick rituals and a disciple to occultist Aleister Crowley."
- $1, a mystery/thriller that focuses on the role of a single dollar bill connecting people involved in a "shocking multiple murder."
- No Activity, which is based on an Australian series that celebrates mundane against the backdrop of a high stakes sting operation/drug bust. It's produced by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Funny Or Die.
- CBS planning a second STAR TREK series...which is also a prequel
- Geekexchange.com says it has two separate sources who say Wrath of Khan director Nicholas Meyer is working on a second Star Trek series for CBS, centered on Khan. The limited series will supposedly follow Khan on Ceti Alpha V after being left there by the Enterprise.
- Netflix reveals new slate of anime originals
- Sword Gai, a modern-day fantasy about a boy who fuses with a demonic sword to battle hordes of monsters.
- Baki, based on the manga, is a 26-episode series about a mixed-martial arts fighter who dukes it out with death row inmates.
- B: The Beguinning from Production IG follows an investigator on the case of a serial killer, who could be part of a wider criminal organization.
- A.I.C.O. Incarnation. Set in the near future, the show features a dangerous artificial life form secured behind a restricted zone. An unwitting young girl is drawn into the action after learning she may have ties to the synthetic organism.
- Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya revives the 80s show starring a team of heroes who don magical armor that matches the designs of the constellations.
- Netflix will also drop a crop of licensed originals shortly after they air in Japan. The list includes Children of the Whales, Cannon Busters, Fate/Apocrypha, and a series about popular Japanese stuffed toy Rilakkuma.
- YouTube Red bought 10 episodes of a Karate Kid sequel series with the original stars
- YouTube Red outbid Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and AMC for the rights to Cobra Kai, a Karate Kid sequel series set 30 years after the events of the original movie. Danny LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) — as they open competing karate schools.
- The Dark Tower TV Show Now Has a Showrunner
- The Walking Dead’s Glen Mazzara will run the Dark Tower series. The series will tell the origins of Roland the Gunslinger. It will be Independent of the new movie.
What We're Watching
- Brian: Firefly (shindig), Ozark, Dark Tower, Game of Thrones, Rick and Morty, Voltron, Preacher
- Tom: Defenders (101-104), Preacher (207), Firefly (Shindig), Game of Thrones, Rick and Morty
- Mike: Movies
- On the Lookout: Patriot
- FX will launch an ad-free streaming service for $6 a month
- FX announced a deal with Comcast to offer a commercial-free streaming version of FX programming called FX+, launching September 5th for $5.99 a month. The service will only be available to Comcast subscribers and will have current shows, along with a select back catalog. AMC soft-launched a similar service called AMC Premiere with Comcast in June.
- Code hints the next Apple TV will support 4K and HDR
- In code leaked for the Apple HomePod smart speaker were references to 4K and HDR support for an upcoming version of the Apple TV. The code mentions support for Dolby Vision, HDR10 and Hybrid Log-Gamma.
- Charter is expected to make Netflix available through its set-top boxes, joining 13 top U.S. pay television operators.
- Amazon outbid SKY TV for the UK rights to tennis’s ATP World Tour for the next five years. The deal includes ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and Masters 500 events.
- Vizio updates its Google Cast-only TVs with an actual interface and apps
- Vizio began updating its P and M-Series Google Cast enabled TVs with the SmartCast UI. This brings back the ability to navigate to apps rather than relying entirely on mobile devices.
Dispatches from the Front
Hi Tom and Brian,
I was fascinated by your comments about how Amazon wants to become a movie distributor while Netflix is doing things to make itself unpopular with the big movie companies.
I noticed something interesting the other day. I was looking at a list of the most read Kindle books (https://www.amazon.com/charts/mostread/fiction)
And almost every title is a book that’s been (or is being) made into a movie or a TV show. Handmaid’s Tale. Game of Thrones. Harry Potter. Ready Player One. Stephen King’s It. American Gods. One of The Dark Tower books. And number 2 was the new book by Michael Connelly, who is the author of the books the Amazon original show Bosch is based on (the book that’s at number 2 is not from the Harry Bosch series, FYI, just his latest book, with different characters).
Seems like Amazon is also mining their user data to get hints about what types of content will be popular.
Love the show!
Tom, Brian, and Crew,
This might be most appropriate for Cordkillers, but since you mentioned Simple.TV during your plex discussion I thought I'd send it to the DTNS address as well.
Unfortunately, Simple.TV is shutting down and because everything runs through their servers my device is going to be bricked on the 5th. I figured that it would be happening sooner rather than later ever since their service outage and database crash in 2015. We always liked the system because we could locate the box near our attic mounted antennae and use the signal throughout the house without running a bunch of wire and could watch our home broadcast channels when traveling. We haven't had traditional cable service since we bought a Simple.TV with a lifetime subscription in 2013 so we probably got our money's worth, its just a bummer that we need to research and spend the money on a replacement now.
OTA broadcast television continues to become less important. It probably has some life left in it I think we are whittling down to a couple of major players who offer technology around it. The Roamio, ChannelMaster, and Tablo devices are the only options I'd be willing to try and set up for someone who is less comfortable with technology.
I've pasted their message to subscribers underneath my email.
Thanks for the shows,
Hey Brian and Tom,
I decided to become a patron again because of the Spoilerin’ Time library show pick. I've wanted to watch Firefly but never gotten around to it. I tried to watch it once with my wife but about 20 minutes in she decided that it was a show I'd have to watch on my own time. I also tried to watch it with a buddy of mine but he didn't want to watch a show that didn't get a “proper ending”. Now I can watch it with you all and not have to worry that my geek reputation will be called into question.
Your Boss again,