HBO intentionally spoiling Westworld, YouTube Kids going hand-picked, and 3D ticket sales tank. All this and more on Cordkillers! With special guest Nicole Lee ( http://twitter.com/nicole )
CordKillers: Ep.215 - CordConsenters
Recorded: May 9 2018
Guest: Nicole Lee
- We are Westworld Co-Creators/Executive Producers/Directors Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, Ask Us Anything!
- At the end of a Reddit AMA on Monday, Westworld executive producers and co-creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy floated the idea of the following:
- "If you guys agree, we're going to post a video that lays out the plot (and twists and turns) of season 2. Everything. The whole sordid thing. Up front. That way, the members of the community here who want the season spoiled for them can watch ahead and then protect the rest of the community and help to distinguish between what's 'theory' and what's spoiler."
- If that post exceeds 1000 points on Reddit HBO will go forward with the plan.
- Westworld returns April 22
How to Watch
- YouTube Kids Is Going To Release A Whitelisted, Non-Algorithmic Version Of Its App
- Buzzfeed reports YouTube plans to release a new version of its Kids app that only shows videos and channels handpicked by curators. Parents will be able to choose between the new curated version and the algorithmically generated selection. Meanwhile YouTube TV, the cable-replacement service, now works in Firefox. Previously it only worked in Google's own Chrome browser.
- YouTube TV now works in Firefox
What to Watch
- Amazon’s Lord of the Rings show may incorporate Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth
- Hollywood Reporter says the Amazon Middle Earth TV show may include "material" from Peter Jackson's movie adaptations. Jackson’s involvement in the project is uncertain, but Jackson’s attorney described the deal as a “creature of the times,” saying Amazon is “taking a page out of the studios’ emphasis on franchises.”
- Inside Amazon's $250M 'Lord of the Rings' Deal: "It's Very Much a Creature of the Times"
- A New Solo: A Star Wars Story Trailer came out, the movie premiers May 15 at Cannes then goes into wide release May 25
- Star Trek: Discovery casts Captain Pike
- Star Trek: Discovery has cast Anson Mount to play the part of Captain Christopher Pike when the show returns. Mount played Cullen Bonhannon on Hell on Wheels.
- The Last Kingdom cancelled by the BBC but saved by Netflix
- BBC decided not to renew historical drama The Last Kingdom after its second season. BBC America had dropped out after the first season and Netflix had taken over as international distributor. So Netflix is taking over the whole thing for season 3 which will stream before the end of the year.
- Amazon greenlights Lorena Bobbitt documentary series
- Amazon will show a 4-part documentary about Lorena Bobbitt, the woman who cut off her husband's penis while he slept in 1993. Jordan Peele will produce the series and look at Lorena's side of the story as well as the media coverage of it. Lorena will be directed by documentary filmmaker Joshua Rofé (Swift Current, Lost for Life)
- FX Starts Work on a Pilot for Y: The Last Man
- Variety reports FX has ordered a pilot of Y the Last Man based on the comic. Brian K. Vaughan told the Hollywood Reporter in November that he “wanted to find someone who loved the source material but didn’t feel so indebted to it that they would be afraid to change it." Apparently Michael Green (American Gods, Logan) and Aida Mashaka Croal (Luke Cage) are those kind of people.
- Netflix orders an adult animated show about terrible cops
- Netflix tweeted If you ever wanted to watch an edgy comedy about a wildly incompetent police force and their talking dog attempting to take down a drug ring in small town America, then we have good news for you. Coming later this year: Paradise PD, from the creators of Brickleberry.
What We're Watching
- Brian: Legion 201, Deadwood, Do You Trust This Computer, Red Letter Media, Last Week Tonight
- Tom: A Quiet Place, Legion 201, Deadwood, Timeless, The Magicians, Father Ted, Death in Paradise
- Nicole: Baseball
- On the Lookout: Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
- MoviePass Parent Acquires Moviefone in Deal With Verizon’s Oath
- Verizon subsidiary Oath is selling Moviephone to Helios and Matheson Analytics, the majority owner of MoviePass, for $1 million in cash, 2.55 million common shares, and stock warrants worth $14 million. Moviefone was founded in 1989 and AOL acquired it for $388 million in 1999. Helios and Matheson said the Moviefone acquisition will help build its content-marketing strategy and advertising revenue platform for MoviePass, which sells monthly subscriptions to attend movie screening in participating theaters each day.
- 3D movie box office totals take another dive
- The box office contribution of 3D showings dropped in 2017 to 12 percent of the U.S. and Canada’s $11.1 billion total take, its lowest point since 2009.
- Netflix eyes its first major TV BAFTA
- Netflix received six nominations for BAFTA awards. Three are for The Crown and three are for Black Mirror. Netflix has not yet won a BAFTA for television in the non-craft categories though Ava DuVernay's documentary 13th won in 2016.
- Netflix Wants to Pay You Good Money to Binge Watch Netflix
- Netflix is hiring an editorial analyst of original content, whose responsibilities will include to "watch, research, rate, tag, annotate and write analysis for movie and TV content."
- Black Panther will be the first movie to screen in Saudi Arabia’s new public movie theaters
- On April 18th, Black Panther will become the first film shown in a public Saudi Arabian movie theater in 25 years. The government reversed the ban on public movie screenings in December. The Emoji Movie was shown in a state-run cultural center earlier this year. For some reason. AMC plans to open up to 100 theaters across 25 different cities in Saudi Arabia by 2030.
Dispatches from the Front
Hi Brian and Tom,
When you guys were talking about strategies for the BBC to use to combat the disruptors, you said something along the lines of: make sure you have all the rights to new stuff, and buy back the rights of old stuff as much as you can. You could have been talking to Disney about Marvel movies ten years ago. They took your advice and so far it has worked out well for them. (Having Kevin Feige helps, too.)
As I used to work at BBC Worldwide (the part of the BBC that sells stuff and runs BBC America), I thought I might add some information.
The BBC has over a million programmes in its archive but has two problems associated with selling or rebroadcasting them.
1) As you intimated in the episode, the BBC hasn't always worked out all the rights and licensing for its programmes to any advantage to itself. Many agreements, even for hit programmes, allowed for a broadcast and a single repeat before the programme was shelved and rights would need renegotiation. Renegotiating the licences and rights can cost a lot on money. When the BBC repeated its award-winning 70s series Elizabeth R in the 90s, it cost the same to redo the rights as it had to make the programme in the first place (in money but not real terms).
2) Because the BBC is supported by compulsory subscription, it looks bad if it makes too much money through commercial activity (the public have already paid once why should they pay again etc.). At the same time the commercial wing, BBC Worldwide, is expected to get good value when it sells things but they are not allowed to be aggressively commercial. One of the reasons for this is that with its fixed income (about 4 billion pounds a year) it can easily compete unfairly with other broadcasters if it went heavily commercial. Added to this there are other media groups (think Rupert Murdoch) and politicians who would love to see the Licence Fee abolished so that the BBC has to compete with that advantage.
As a result of wishing to keep the guaranteed Licence Fee income, the main part of the BBC (the non-commercial part) has, over many years, developed an aversion to anything that might make money and its instincts are sometimes very commercially inept
Hope you can make some sense of this
Not only is the BBC losing to Netflix and Amazon, they’re also losing live sports rights.
They lost the both the Summer and Winter Olympics to Euro Sports but BBC retains some Olympic coverage mainly because Euro Sports was getting negative feedback on taking away the Olympics from BBC. The BBC has been covering both Summer and Winter Olympics since 1960 (https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/feb/02/olympics-bbc-discovery-deal)
They also lost Formula 1 to Sky Sports/Channel 4 and British Open to Sky Sports.
But it’s not all bad; the BBC reclaims Cricket matches in 2017.
Hey Tom, Brian & Bryce,
Just wanted to weigh in with how much I'm enjoying the lengthy discussion segment at the start of each episode. So much so that I'm back pledging $1 USD an episode.
Anyway the main reason I wanted to contact you guys was that Tom mentioned Sidereel as a way of tracking TV that he forgot to mention Trakt (https://www.trakt.tv) which I consider the best way to track what TV show episodes you have watched and are up to. You can set it up with different media centre software to automatically scrobble what you've been watching or you can manually check in with the website for with many third party apps. I prefer the website myself. There is even a feature that will tell you on which streaming service you can watch a given piece of content. And if your friends join the social aspect of seeing what your friends have been watching is cool!
An amazing feature of Trakt VIP which is $30 USD a year is the Year in Review feature which brings up stats and more in a graphical way about your year in watching TV & movies. My best friend and I both use it and we have an IFTTT recipe send a message to our Telegram chat whenever we watch a TV show episode of movie (that is a VIP feature btw). It's even got Amazon Alexa skills with VIP.
Please find attached the free and VIP feature sets for Trakt as well as my personal 2017 Year in Review just to show you what it's like.
I wanted to address the streaming box email you answered in the last episode. It seems that most conversations you have about streaming boxes focus on either the UI or the app availability. I am a long time Roku user but have only recently added the current gen AppleTV to the mix. The biggest issue that I have encountered is the controller. The roku uses a classic D-Pad while the AppleTV uses a touchpad. While the touchpad is easy enough to get used to I think the touchpad is just one more barrier that could frustrate some users. The rest of my family has problems using the AppleTV controller because they aren’t used to using a touchpad on a regular basis. If I was looking to switch over someone who just wanted things to work right out of box without much learning curve I would go with Roku.