Cordkillers 240 - Dangle Dongles (w/ Justin Robert Young)

Apple giving out free shows, new Netflix shows, refreshed Chromecast hardware, and you're all pirates! All this and more on Cordkillers! With special guest Justin Robert Young.

CordKillers: Ep. 240 - Dangle Dongles
Recorded: October 15 2018
Guest: Justin Robert Young

Intro Video
Trailer for Netflix's "Bodyguard"

Primary Target
Apple plans to give away original content for free to device owners as part of new digital TV strategy
- Sources tell CNBC that Apple is readying a new digital video service. Owners of Apple devices would reportedly get the content through the pre-installed “TV” application, which would include Apple-owned content alongside subscription “channels.” Users would be able to sign up for online-only services inside the TV app.

AT&T's WarnerMedia plans to launch new streaming service in late 2019
- In addition CNN reports that Warner Media is planning to launch a streaming service at the end of next year that would combine content from HBO with Turner networks and Warner Brothers film and TV.

How to Watch
Google launches redesigned Chromecast with multi-room audio support
- Google launched its third-generation Chromecast which has a matte black finish and trademark G replacing the Chrome logo. It also now support 60fps video at 1080p and can sync music across other cast devices starting later this year. The price remains $35.

What to Watch
Netflix Knocks Out ‘Marvel’s Iron Fist’, No Season 3 For Martial Arts Series
- Marvel and Netflix in a joint statement to Deadline “Marvel’s Iron Fist will not return for a third season on Netflix. .... While the series on Netflix has ended, the immortal Iron Fist will live on.”
- Season 2 ends in a cliffhanger.
- Deadline's Dominic Patten hears that Marvel wanted it to continue on Netflix but is considering it for a revival on Disney's upcoming streaming service.

Making A Murderer returns on October 19
- Netflix's Making a Murderer returns for a new season October 19. It continues the story of wrongfully convicted Steven Avery, picking up with his appeal of the 2007 ruling.

A new trailer is out for Glass which arrives January 18.

Netflix is adapting edgy social media reality TV show 'The Circle'
- Netflix is picking up the UK reality show The Circle. The show keeps eight people in isolation with their only way to communicate with each other through a fake social media platform. One by one the group blocks players and the last one standing wins cash. Netflix will make three all-new local versions for three different countries including the US.

Netflix's Witcher Series Has Cast 2 of Its Most Important Female Characters
- Netflix's The Witcher series has cast Freya Allan (Into the Badlands) as Ciri and Anya Chalotra (Wanderlust) as Yennefer of Vengerberg. Of course Geralt will be played by Henry Cavill.

Netflix will stream the BBC's three-part Dracula series outside the UK. Three 90-minute episodes were written by Steven Moffat and Mark Gattis.

Eyes On
First Man, Better Call Saul, Dirk Gently, A Good Place
Tom: The Simpsons , Doctor Who
Justin: First Man
On the Lookout: PBS App on my iPad

Front Lines
Netflix App Revenue Soared 90% in Q2, Pulling in an Estimated $244 Million
- Sensor Tower estimates Netflix's app revenue rose 90% in Q3 making it the number one non-game mobile app worldwide for the third straight quarter. Most of the new users came from the US, Brazil, and India.

Sinemia’s new service lets theaters create custom subscriptions
- Sinemia launched a whie-label service for theaters called Sinemia Enterprise. It lets a theater chain create a subscription service based on Sinemia's infrastructure. Sinemia says it's working with major chains around the world on this but did not name any of them.

Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman announce the name of their stealthy mobile video startup
- Quibi is the name of the new video service previously referred to as new TV from a company run by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman. Quibi stands for quick bites. The service will launch next year with short form original videos from the likes of Oscar-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, Southpaw director Antoine Fuqua and Spider-Man director Sam Raimi, as well as Get Out producer Jason Blum and Van Toffler. Similarly Snapchat is rolling out 12 short form originals from people like Keeping Up with the Kardashians creator Bunim/Murray, Friday Night Lights writer Carter Harris.

Here’s why Netflix has no interest in live TV
- Netflix content head Ted Sarandos told the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit that it has no plans to get into live broadcasts because Netflix considers itself an entertainment brand. He said the coverage of live news events is not "terribly entertaining." He did not touch on sports.

FuboTV says nearly 250K subscribers have signed up for its TV streaming service
- FuboTV says it is close to 250,000 subscribers as of September, which would more than double the 100,000 it had a year ago. The sports-focused service which offers soccer, NFL, MLB, NCAA and NBA games alongside AMC, CBS, NBC and FX says time spent per subscriber has grown 364 percent to 512 hours as well.

Dispatches from the Front
Hey Cordkillers,

I know I am a couple weeks behind, but it seems like you never got a satisfactory example of someone watching long form video on their Echo Spot. So here it is: My daughter Lola (who just turned 4) would frequently ask the Echo Dot in our kitchen to play songs from the cartoon Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood while she and her brother were having breakfast. Early this past summer we replaced the Echo Dot with an Echo Spot. When she asked the nice lady to "play Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood" she was surprised to get an episode of the show from Prime Video instead. Though she often watches the episode, she also becomes frustrated when she can't form her query correctly to get the nice lady to play the soundtrack instead.

- Russell

Hi, In response to your conversation about using BitTorrent vs buying the TV and movies you want: I gave up using BitTorrent almost 10 years ago. I was on the fence with the practice anyway, but then I saw several of my friends getting legal notices and bills in the mail from our service provider in Germany. They were typically around 1000 euro per letter and were because of copyrighted content download. If you went to court or hired a lawyer, you could usually get the fine reduced to 200-300 euro, but that still is a very expensive proposition. In my mind, the cost of buying only the content I want as opposed to fines and legal problems is an easy equation. It only take one 1000 euro bill to add up years of content. Not worth it!

Your show is a weekly must listen and I am glad to contribute, keep it up!

- Kory

BTW - I don't live in the state where the (American)football team I want to watch is, what is the best method to me to watch the games I want to watch?

It's not so much that its convenience trumping fidelity, its about the fact that the average person can throw $60-70 on half a dozen online streaming services and still be locked out of a whole bunch of timed or regional exclusives because premium cable channels have the cash to hoard all the popular shows.
That's before we even start talking about how global services that are relatively cheap in the west have much higher relative costs in the developing world where the average income is far lower,

- Micky

Tom, Brian, and Bryce,
I'm in need of intergenerational cord cutting advice. On the younger generational side, I'm a dad of a 8 month old baby girl. I would like advice on how you, Brian, set up proper amount of screen time as well as what content is good for kids. As kids get older and more able to manipulate a Roku or an iPad, how does a parent keep improper content away from young eyes? On the other generational side, I am getting questions from the in-laws about cutting the cable cord and saving some money. My first thought was DirectTV Now. I know that is cutting the cable cord-light, but there would be a savings. Thanks for the show, the humor, the production quality (Bryce), and the opposing view on Venom. Very glad to be one of your many bosses.

- Anthony


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