Cordkillers 260 - It's Going to be Great

Apple finally unveils their TV services, Deadwood gets some new footage, and Netflix is more original than not (kinda)! All this and more on Cordkillers!

Next week on Spoilerin' Time: the new Jordan Peele horror, Us, and maybe Apollo 11

CordKillers: Ep. 260 - It's Going to be Great
Recorded: March 25 2019
Guest: None

Intro Video
Netflix's new comedy "Special"

Primary Target
Apple TV Subscription Service - Apple TV channels
- Spectrum, DirectV, Optimum, Hulu, PSVue, Fubo
- Only pay for what you want
- All in one app
- On Demand and ad free
- Online or off
- Best picture or sound
- Family Sharing
- Epix, CBS, Starz, Showtime, HBO, etc. - No bouncing out to app
- Movies within TV app without needing to bounce out
- For You (uses ML to make recommendations based on subs you have)
- New Kids tab
- Coming in May to tvOS and iOS
- TV app coming to the Mac this Autumn
- TV app coming to smart TVs. Samsung, LG, Sony, Vizio, Roku, FireTV
- New app coming to 100+ countries"
- Acorn TV
- BritBox
- CBS All Access
- Cinemax
- CollegeHumor’s Dropout
- Epix
- Eros Now
- Lifetime Movie Club
- Mubi
- MTV Hits
- Nickelodeon Hits
- Noggin
- PBS Living
- Showtime
- Shudder
- Smithsonian Channel Plus
- Sundance Now
- Tastemade
- Up Faith and Family
- Urban Movie Channel

Apple announces Apple TV Plus video subscription service
- Apple TV+ originals
- Amazing Stories - Steven Spielberg
- The Morning Show - Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carrel
- See - Jason Momoa, Alfre Woodard
- Little America - Kumail Nanjiani
- Helpsters - Sesame Street
- Little Voice - JJ Abrams and Sara Barailles
- Oprah Winfrey - 2 docs: Toxic Labor, unnamed multi-part series on mental health, plus a book club
- Ad-free subscription service, available offline
- New release every month
- Coming in the autumn 100+ countries

How to Watch
The MPAA says streaming video has surpassed cable subscriptions worldwide
-The Motion Picture Association of America, or MPAA, reported the world market for entertainment (including home and theater-going) grew 9% in 2018 to $96.8 billion. Digital home entertainment drove growth. Worldwide digital sales grew 34%. Physical releases dropped 14%. Streaming video subscriptions grew 27% to 613.3 million worldwide, passing cable which dropped 2% to 556 million. Cable still brought in $6.2 billion more than streaming. And yes there's too much too watch. Since 2014, scripted dramas have grown by 28% to 496 in 2018. If you add daytime drama, children's shows and unscripted reality shows you get 1,620 programs. Revenue at theater box offices grew 1% worldwide. Spending in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa dropped, but that was offset by growth in the US, Canada and China.

What to Watch
Deadwood teaser and premiere of Friday May 31at 8 PM
Stranger Things Season 3 Trailer. Coming July 4 to Netflix.
Toy Story 4’s latest trailer for the movie coming June 21.
‘Dora And The Lost City Of Gold’ Trailer coming August 2
Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Trailer. Coming July 26
Hulu's Into the Dark Trailer for April Fools Episode
HBO Renews ‘High Maintenance’ for Fourth Season
‘Marvel’s Runaways’ Renewed for Season 3 at Hulu
Bill & Ted are embarking on a third excellent adventure next year
-Bill & Ted are embarking on a third excellent adventure next year. In a video on Twitter, Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter, who said “We want to say thank you to you the fans because it looks like we might, actually, hopefully, make a movie this summer.”

The Dark Tower Is Finally a Go at Amazon as a New Gunslinger Arises
- Amazon has cast Sam Strike (Nightflyers) as the new Roland Deschain, aka the Gunslinger, in its TV adaptation of the Stephen King book series. Jasper Pääkkönen (Vikings) has also been cast as Marten, one of the many aliases of the Man in Black.

TV Line reports that Miranda Richardson (Rita Skeeter in Harry Potter) has joined the cast of the Game of Thrones prequel series for HBO
Hulu Announces ‘Castle Rock’ Season 2 Cast, Led by Lizzy Caplan
-Hulu has announced season two of Castle Rock will star Tim Robbins, “Masters of Sex” actress Lizzy Caplan, and “Eighth Grade” standout Elsie Fisher. Season two will center around Annie Wilkes, played by Caplan, Stephen King’s nurse from hell, who gets waylaid in the town of Castle Rock as a feud between warring clans comes to a boil. (Kathy Bates won an Academy Award for playing Kaplan in the movie version of Misery.

Eyes On
more Love/Death/Robots, The Office, finished True Detective
Tom: Shazam
On the Lookout: Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television

Front Lines
How Netflix Wants to Take on Its Competition in 2019 and Beyond
- Netflix gathered reporters for its Lab Days and dropped a few tidbits. About ratings, Reed Hastings said, “It doesn’t matter to anyone.” Netflix also emphasized over and over that only 5% of the world are native English speakers. So they want to continue to produce local content that can find global audiences and are focused on increasing the use of dubbing. Netflix VP of product Todd Yellin said Netflix will continue to experiment with how to present series, such as the experiment with Love, Death and Robots where different viewers will be presented one of four different episode orders.

Netflix Doesn't Care That You Care About Ratings
Netflix is experimenting with different episode orders for ‘Love, Death & Robots’

Netflix Reaches Tipping Point As Originals Now Outpace Acquired Titles
- Ampere Analysis says of all new programs added to the Netflix catalog in 2018, 51% were originals. That's the first time the majority of new items were originals. That makes 11% of Netflix's entire catalog originals now.

YouTube cancels two original series but denies moving away from original content
- YouTube has canceled two of its biggest originals, Origin and Overthinking with Kat & June and sources tell Bloomberg YouTube is no longer accepting pitches for new scripted shows. YouTube original content will increasingly be made with YouTube creators and it appears YouTube premium would focus on features like background playback and ad-free viewing along with music. HOWEVER, YouTube denied the report, telling Variety,it has several scripted projects in development that will be unveiled in the next few weeks. YouTube's NewFronts presentation happens in New York May 2.

Crunchyroll Is Raising Its Prices for the First Time
- Crunchyroll is raising its prices for the first time. The monthly US cost will go from $6.95 to $7.99 and annual from $60 to $80. Current members will keep their rates for three months.

MoviePass parent’s CEO says its rebooted subscription service is already (sort of) profitable
- MoviePass announced it's bringing back its unlimited ticket plan for a limited time at $9.95 a month. Helios and Matheson CEO Ted Farnsworth told TechCrunch that MoviePass is profitable on a revenue per subscriber basis. That doesn't mean its profitable when you count overhead and debt but it has paid back some of its $5 million loan.

Comcast debuts $5-per-month 'Xfinity Flex' streaming platform and 4K HDR set-top box
- Comcast announced a new hub for its Internet-only customers called Flex coming Match 26. For $5 a month you get up to two 4K HDR streaming boxes that provide access to free and paid streaming TV shows and movies, along with access to multiple apps like Netflix, Prime Video, Pluto TV etc. The main appeal appears to be a content guide that helps you find what you want to watch across apps. It also offers a hub for managing smart home devices.

Dispatches from the Front

One whimsical day, I wrote to "What If...?", which letter column used regularly to request reader suggestions for future concepts. I sent one in that actually intrigued me (I'll say what later), and promptly,
despite my eidetic memory, forgot it as not really important.

I trust you are aware that the typical print medium letter columns had a three to four month delay between the issue about which one commented and the publication of the letter. "What If...?" sometimes delayed
longer, because there is no time sensitive nature to suggestions. So one day, I brought home the latest issue from our shop, opened it, and began reading the letter column.

Upon seeing that month's list of suggestions, I saw one which was to me so appealing I called out, "Hey, this person sent in a brilliant idea!"

It was, "What if the Fantastic Four had discovered Captain America frozen under the sea, instead of the Avengers?" This would be a major
nexus point in all of the marvel universe 'history'.


I just listened to episode 259, and I wanted to chime in and say that I, for once, agree with Brian! In the previous email, where the person explains why he uses Netflix DVD service still, he cites how many movies he can watch for the $20 monthly fee. ... his references to other services, such as Redbox, rental streaming, and online purchasing, etc, all applies to new releases that aren't immediately available on Netflix streaming. While I personally don't have Netflix's DVD service anymore, I have friends that do for this reason. Keep up the good work,


Hi Brian and Tom,

I kind of take issue (a little bit) with every one saying "no more Disney vault". This is only true for Disney+ subscribers. I imagine that discs and online purchases/rentals will still be vaulted. For example, the original Aladdin animated film from 1992 is unavailable. It seems like it would make sense for them to pull it out of the vault in time for the live-action film, but who knows how Disney vault thinking works.

- Alan

Hey CordKillers!

Just wanted to respond to a comment from Bryce in the last episode about liking the information provided by the X-Ray feature but not liking the way it obscured the screen. If he hasn't heard of it already, I'd like to recommend the second screen viewing feature. This feature is available in the Amazon video app on Android devices, and on Amazon Fire tablets. One note though is that if you go the Fire tablet route, not all tablets will work with all fire devices. For the older HD fire stick, you have to use an older tablet, while the new 4K stick requires one of the newer Fire HD tablets (in my case, the Fire H8.).

Regardless of which device you use, you can either start the show from the other device, or join a video in progress provided both devices are on the same wireless network. While the video plays, the IMDB information that is normally displayed on (and obscuring) the screen is displayed on the other device. With the default ""In Scene"" tab selected, Information about the actors and music in the scene, along with occasional bits of trivia, are displayed dynamically as the show plays.

Hope this helps, keep up the good shows!


I'm thinking that when Bryce steps in to comment on something, someone needs to say "Ladies and Gentlemen, Cordkillers producer, Bryce Castillo! Bryce Castillo everybody!" Then sound effects of the crowd cheering. So that the tens of people who are listening for the first time will know who it is. It'll be awesome.

- Trent

The old theater in my small town occasionally shows old movies to get people to come to the downtown area. Last night it was Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom. It was a reminder to me that going to the movie theater will never die. The experience of watching that movie with a crowd, with all the reactions, yucks and screams and disgust, could never be replicated at home. There are just some movies that are better when seen with a large group of strangers.

Even with that I believe that day & date releases should become more common. Movie makers just need to make good movies and market them effectively to get people in the theaters.

Love the show
- Mike


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