Cordkillers 239 - Not All Piracy is Convenient
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CordKillers: Ep. 239 - Not All Piracy is Convenient
Recorded: October 8 2018
YouTube SciFi series Origin comes to YouTube Premium November 14
Streaming almost killed piracy, but cyberlockers are changing that.
- Sandvine’s new Global Internet Phenomena report video now accounts for 58 percent of all global traffic. Netflix alone now comprises 15 percent of
Bittorrent usage growing again
-Also: A report from the UK's YouGov note illegal music downloads down to 10 percent from 18 percent in 2013.
- Global online piracy study from the University of Amsterdam 36 percent of the UK population has accessed illegal content online in the last year
- 10 percent of infringers using cyberlockers in 2017, up from 4 percent in 2016.
- 2011 BitTorrent 52.01% of upstream traffic
- 2015 BitTorrent 26.83%
- 2018 BitTorrent 22% But Sandvine notes it is growing in some regions making up 32% in EMEA
How to Watch
Amazon’s new Fire TV Stick brings 4K, HDR, and Dolby Atmos for $50
- Amazon announced the Fire TV Stick 4K that includes support for 4K, Dolby Vision HDR, HDR10, HDR10+, and Dolby Atmos surround sound. It also has a 1.7GHZ quad-core processor, the fastest processor in any Fire TV device. The remote comes with an IR transmitter for control of soundbars and cable boxes. It's available for preorder now shipping October 31 for $50. In addition the voice-powered remote sold with the Fire TV Cube will now be sold separately to be used with the Stick and regular Fire TV for $30 shipping October 31.
Plex adds web shows in its relentless pursuit of content
- Plex has added Web Shows like ASAPscience, Household Hacker, The Pet Collective, Epic Meal Time and more. You can subscribe to the shows within the Plex app and it will alert you when new episodes arrive as well as track older shows and suggest shows that seem to match your interests.
What to Watch|
Daredevil Season 3 Trailer Introduces Bullseye to the MCU. Coming October 19
House of Cards' season 6 trailer shows Claire under attack. Show debuts November 2.
Netflix's 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' trades kitsch for pentagrams coming October 26
Trailer for She-Ra out, coming November 16.
Syfy is making sure 'Nightflyers' is easy to watch
- A new trailer for Nightflyers is out along with the news that the first episode comes out December 2 with episodes 2-5 daily after that until Dec. 6 and 6-10 coming Sunday-Thursday the following week. Episodes arrive on all SyFy platforms when they broadcast on TV.
New trailer out for American Gods’ new season 2 trailer coming back to Starz sometime in 2019.
Announcing Harmonquest Season 3 on VRV
- Harmonquest is returning for its third season in 2019, exclusively here on VRV. Production is starting this fall in Los Angeles
Netflix announced it has renewed The Dragon Prince for a second season.
At New York ComicCon Amazon released a behind the scenes clip of the shooting of Season 4 of The Expanse.
Walmart partners with MGM on original programming for Vudu
- Variety, Reuters and CNBC have sources that say Vudu will license original series created by MGM for its free streaming service. The series would be based on MGM's catalog, be family-friendly and exclusive to Vudu. The series will debut after the first of the year. Vudu also apparently plans to work with other studios than just MGM.
Star Wars 'The Mandalorian' image, list of directors revealed
- Lucasfilm released an image of someone in Mandalorian armor as the first reveal from its upcoming live actipon series The Mandalorian, created by Jon Favreau about a "lone gunfighter" in the outer reaches of the galaxy sometime before the rise of the first order. Directors include Dave Filoni, Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard and Deborah Chow.
Netflix is adapting the Chronicles of Narnia into movies and a series
- Netflix announced it will create a new series and movies based on the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. It's the first time the rights to all 7 books in the series have been owned by one company at once.
Netflix is planning a sci-fi universe based on the novel 'Recursion'
- Shonda Rhimes and Planet of the Apes/Cloverfield director Matt Reeves are creating a feature length movie and "TV universe" based on Blake Crouch's upcoming novel Recursion. Netflix describes it as scifi thriller, romance and police procedural. The book comes out in June. and is about a memory-altering disease that allows people to relive and reinvent the past.
Amazon greenlights the WHEEL OF TIME TV series
- Amazon has given the green light to a series based on Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. Shoerunner Rafe Judkins has been tweeting teasers as he writes the scripts. Production on The Wheel of Time is expected to begin in 2019, possibly to air on Amazon in 2020.
Brian: Better Call Saul, A Good place, A Star is Born, Venom, House with Clock in Walls, Dirk Gently, American Vandal sn 2, Edge of Tomorrow (again, with my 10-year-old), The Martian (again)
Tom: Doctor Who
On the Lookout: The Great British Baking Bake-Off
Netflix is buying its first production studio complex
- Netflix is in final negotiations to buy ABQ studios in Albuquerque. Netflix has already produced material in New Mexico such as Godless, Longmire and The Ridiculous Six
NBC's WatchBack video app rewards you for sharing viewing habits
- NBC has released an iOS app called WatchBack. If you watch shows through it you might win prizes like $100 worth of points to redeem at places like Amazon, Best Buy, Macy's or Target. The network is using Nielsen's measurement tools to track viewing habits.
YouTube TV’s DVR now lets you fast-forward through ads on more major channels
-YouTube announced more channels now can be viewed through the DVR rather than on-demand including AMC, Disney/ABC, FOX, NBCU and Turner-owned channels. So if this was a reason you didn't like YouTube TV it's now less of a reason than it was before. YouTube TV also added the option to buy the NBA league pass.
Nimhans clinic treats first case of ‘Netflix addiction’
- The Hindu reports that last week, the Service for Healthy Use of Technology (SHUT) clinic at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (Nimhans) in Bengaluru received its first case: A 26-year-old man who says he was addicted to watching Netflix for 6 months as a way of dealing with his unemployment. He spent more than 7 hours a day watching Netflix. He complained of eye strain, fatigue, and disturbed sleeping patterns.
MoviePass' new funding means it isn't going anywhere just yet
- Helios and Matheson has revealed that in September, it raised $65 million to keep MoviePass going. MoviePass is currently looking for ways to diversify its business model. The possibilities include co-acquisition of indie movies and monetizing the company's subscriber base through targeted marketing efforts.
Neil Gaiman signs exclusive deal with Amazon Studios
- Amazon has signed an exclusive deal with Neil Gaiman giving it right of first refusal on new series made based on his works. Amazon is making Good Omens and streams American Gods outside the US.
Dispatches from the Front
But I am a Nvidia Shield AND a Synology 918+ owner. I've had a Shield for the past 2 years and I have just acquired the 918+to host my Plex server. Am I in the center of some sort of Cordkillers Venn diagram?
Love the show, Your boss,
I just wanted to let you know how delighted I am each week to hear how much Brian loves "The Good Place". It's one of the best shows to come along in years, and I feel like there are very few shows you guys both like and cover that are in my wheelhouse (though several that you cover and Brian hates while I still love them). It's awesome to hear you both sing it's praises semi-weekly now.
Also, just one further note on the Apple TV remote thing. You guys discussed the "what did he say?" functionality, but also how it's slow and unsatisfying. Roku remote has a "back" button that skips back a few seconds and turns on closed captioning for that few seconds as well, but it's speedy and gives you immediate feedback. And unless my remote is always listening, I'd much rather have a dedicated button to do that rather than find and hold down the microphone button and speak that phrase and wait for Siri to respond. There are things I love about the Apple TV, but the remote is just a serious disappointment compared to many other platforms.
Hi Tom, I've been listening to you since BOL days and want to thank you for tons of valuable information. I was a stay at home mom for 12 years and only started working for the past 2 years. Your shows helped me feel smart because I could learn from grown ups discussing relevant topics instead of watching cartoons all day.
I was wondering if you could please help me in finding a way to watch movies where there is no WiFi or data available. I purchased an LG MiniBeam and can connect it to my iPhone or Amazon Fire stick but my question is how can we watch a movie when we are camping and have no service? I don't want to use my phone all the time. Am I able to save a purchased movie from iTunes onto a USB stick, which I don't believe is allowed, or is my only other option purchasing an iPod and downloading my purchased content onto it?
I apologize if this seems long. Thank you for your time.
I think a swear jar would be a fun way to fund Daily Tech News Show. For every $5 donated you guys can say a swear word. No F bombs!
Many thanks to you and all your wonderful co-hosts, guests, and people behind the curtain.
I wanted to add my two cents to the OTA discussion. I am a cord killer with gigabit internet and a streaming device on every television. While I subscribe to Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu I also recently purchased a Tablo to record OTA channels. We still watch a number of network shows, some of which are unavailable on Hulu. I find the various network apps like the CWs to be a little undesirable and why pay for CBS all-access year round. The Tablo is giving me a consistent location to watch my network shows without forcing me to watch commercials. I live 8 miles from the broadcast antennas so the picture quality is perfect. Just because I have great internet and hardware doesn't mean I'm ready to write off OTA.