Cordkillers 220 - SyFy Is All About The Expense (w/ Chris Cox)

The Expanse is looking for a new home, more info on the coming live-action Star Wars show, and Rick and Morty a hundred years dot com, Morty. All this and more on Cordkillers! With special guest Chris Cox.

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CordKillers: Ep. 220 - SyFy Is All About The Expense
Recorded: May 14 2018
Guest: Chris Cox

Intro Video

Primary Target

  • Syfy Says This Season of The Expanse Will Be the Last One on the Network
    - SyFy will no longer carry the Expanse after this season. NBCUniversal exec Chris McCumber called it a difficult decision. Deadline says the decision was driven by the fact that SyFy got no digital rights, combined with lower ratings. Alcon, the production company that makes the show, says it’s going to shop it around. In a related note, LAST SEPTEMBER, Dark Matter creator Joseph Mallozzi explained on his blog that one of the factors causing SyFy to cancel Dark Matter was that SyFy didn't own all the rights and is moving toward fully owning all shows on the network.

How to Watch

  • Google’s new Android TV dongle is for developers only
    - Google gave developers an 8GB 4K Android TV dongle called ADT-2. It runs Android P which includes autofill for passwords and auto-install of apps from other Android devices tied to the same account. The idea of giving developers the dongle is to encourage them to make apps for Android TV.
  • Hulu’s live TV guide is here for your late-night channel surfing
    - Hulu is rolling out a traditional channel guide for its Hulu Live service. The guide will show up in the Hulu apps for Xbox One, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Nintendo Switch first with more apps getting ti later. The guide works like most guides with the addition of an option to show the last ten channels you watched. Another new addition is a part of the menu that shows the last channel you were watching.

What to Watch

What We're Watching

Front Lines

  • NBC picks up 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' after Hulu, Netflix pass
  • Roku Earnings Beat Expectations as Ads, Services Surpass Hardware Revenue
    - For the first time, Roku made more money off ads and licensing fees than from hardware sales. Roku brought in $61.5 million from devices in Q1, and $75.1 million from advertising and licensing fees. The company beat expectations with $136.6 million in revenue up from $100.1 million last year and a loss of 7 cents a share down from a loss of $.79 last year. Roku also counted 20.8 million active accounts up from 14.2 million a year ago. And half those users don't have cable. Half of their new users came from TVs with Roku built in. 1 in 4 TVs sold in the US in this quarter had Roku software built-in.
  • Apple Plans to Sell Video Subscriptions Through TV App
    - Bloomberg sources say Apple plans to begin selling subscriptions to certain video services directly via its TV app, rather than asking users to subscribe to them through apps individually downloaded from the App Store. This might pave the way for Apple's original content to be available as a subscription in the TV app as well.
  • Hulu to stream New York Times docu-news show ‘The Weekly’
    - FX and Hulu have acquired the rights to broadcast The New York Times' 30-minute documentary news show called The Weekly. FX gets 30 episodes that will air on Sundays starting later this year. The next day, they'll be available on Hulu.

Dispatches from the Front

Killers of cords,
I think there may be a more accurate way that MoviePass can market their plans by creating a new tier. There can be a Daily Plan which is more accurate for the Unlimited Plan they are currently offering. And the new tier would be the Weekly Plan which is the temporary plan they just eliminated which was 1 movie per week (4 per month). Maybe even a monthly plan (1 per month) which would match the sinemia $4.99 Plan.

- Ian



Hey guys,

It was funny listening to you dissect MoviePass' marketing of 'Unlimited' movies. In the UK we have
a self-regulatory organisation for the advertising industry called the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

If something bugs us about claims made by a company, we can simply raise it with the ASA who will investigate and potentially tell them to change their messaging.

Their website has a public database of all rulings, and lists what people have complained about, and whether the ASA agreed;

Do you have an equivalent organisation in the US?


- Matt


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