Cordkillers 263 - Cable TV is The New Vinyl (w/ Richard Gunther)

Breaking down all the Disney+ and Star Wars news, T-Mobile's TV service is unveiled, and Netflix...on radio? With special guest Richard Gunther.

Next week on Spoilerin' Time: Game of Thrones continues on, more Barry season 1, and The Office (UK) series 2!

CordKillers: Ep. Cable TV is The New Vinyl
Recorded: April 15 2019
Guest: Richard Gunther

Intro Video
Guava Island trailer

Primary Target
Disney+ launches on November 12 for $6.99/mo, plus new Marvel, Star Wars series
-Disney+ launches November 12 in the US for $6.99 a month or $69 a year. 4K and HDR support. Roku and Sony apps confirmed, expected on all major platforms and desktop browsers. Download content for offline viewing unlimited while subscriber and multiple user profiles and parental controls.
- Possible bundles with Hulu and ESPN+ 5,000 Tv catalog episodes and 100 movies, including all vault movies
- Worldwide launch over next two years
- BamTech making the service.
- App divided into Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic

Disney+ Lists All Programming For Streaming Service: Series, Movies And More
- Complete Simpson's Archive (currently on FX) Day 1 - Falcon and Winter Soldier (Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan) - What If (animated) - WandaVision (Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany as Wanda Maximoff and The Vision) - Loki show. Hawkeye show. - High School Musical Show - The World According to Jeff Goldblum - Forky (Toy Story 4) show - Rogue One based TV show (Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk) - Mandalorian (Day one) - Monsters Inc TV series - New Clone Wars episodes (plus back catalog)
-Going forward all movies will arrive ont he service once out of the other windows.
- All Star Wars movies (in first year)
- All Pixar Movies (IN first year)
- Live action Lady and the Tramp

Disney will lose billions launching a streaming service to fight Netflix
-Michael Nathanson estimate (via ReCode)
- $3.9 billion in the company’s 2019 fiscal year
- $4.9 billion the next year, with Disney+ accounting for $2.5 billion of that loss;
- Disney says it will start making money on its streaming businesses by 2024.
- it is projected to make another $10 billion profit on $71 billion in revenue. By 2023, it should be a $100 billion company.

Watch the new trailer for Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Hawkeye is the latest Avenger to reportedly get a Disney+ spinoff
‘Monsters Inc.’ Cast Members to Reprise Roles for Disney+ Series
Hulu has bought back the 9.5% stake in Hulu owned by AT&T.

How to Watch
Roku eases sign-in with Hulu, Sling TV, dresses up search results, bolsters voice
- Roku announced new features in its 9.1 OS for boxes and TVs. Searches within genres will be broken into further categories like new releases and free. Voice commands will include commands to turn captioning on and off and "replay" to go back a few seconds. And signing into your Roku account on a new device will also sign you into particpating apps like Hulu and Pandora. The update will start rolling out to Roku boxes in the next few weeks and come to Roku TVs in early summer.

T-Mobile Rebrands Layer3 Service as ‘TVision Home,’ Inks Deal to Add Amazon Prime Video
- T-Mobile announced its home internet TV service based on the acquisition of Layer3 TV will be called TVision Home. It will launch April 14 in the same eight markets as Layer3 starting at $90 a month with more than 150 channels and no hidden fees and no bill creep. The service requires an internet connection and hardware from T-Mobile that costs $10 per connected TV. The set-top boxes includes a 1TB DVR, voice-control and apps like Netflix and Pandora and soon Amazon Prime Video and make recommendations based on your viewing preferences and habits. T-Mobile plans an app for streaming to mobile devices in the home and eventually apps on connected-TV devices. T-Mobile is also preparing a separate wireless nationwide streaming service set to debut later this year.

What to Watch
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker coming December 20
‘Lion King’ comes July 19
The makers of 'Chef's Table' have a new Netflix series about street food
- The producers of Chef's Table have a new series called Street Food, with each episode focusing on a particular location and showcasing three or four local street food celebrities. Coming to Netflix April 26.

Crowdfunded Deep Space Nine documentary What We Left Behind with upgraded HD footage comes May 13 for one day.
‘Tales of the City’: Netflix June 7. Laura Linney, Paul Gross, Olympia Dukakis reprise roles from previous three miniseries with Ellen Page.
Hulu has slotted July 26 for its eight-episode revival series Veronica Mars, from original series creator Rob Thomas.
Hulu has set July 31 for the launch of the 10-episode Four Weddings and a Funeral series. The pilot script is written by Mindy Kaling and Matt Warburton.
‘The Act’ Crime Anthology Sets New Subscribers-To-Series Record For Hulu
- Hulu CEO Randy Freer told Disney investors last week that Hulu Original The Act, "has driven more new subscribers to series than any other Hulu original in the first month. That means new subscribers who joined Hulu and watched the show in the first 24 hours of their membership.

‘Barry’ Renewed for Season 3 at HBO and HBO also confirmed Westworld season 3, Insecure season 4 and Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 10 will all return in 2020.
HBO Confirms 2020 Returns For ‘Westworld’, ‘Insecure’ & ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’
‘Future Man’ Renewed For Third & Final Season By Hulu
Shrill Renewed for Season 2 at Hulu
Amazon confirms Second Age setting for LORD OF THE RINGS TV show
- Michael Benson, Amazon TV's head of marketing, "through a reveal of a series of maps, we told the audience and the fans that were going to be going into the second age."

Apple has ordered an eight episode series based on Lisey's Story, written by Stephen King and produced by Bad Robot. Julianne Moore will play the lead.
Hulu Orders ‘The Dropout’ Limited Series based on the ABC Radio series about Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes. Kate McKinnon will play Holmes.

Eyes On
Missing Link
Tom: Sky Castle
Richard: The Orville, Making a Murderer, Superstore
On the Lookout: Game of Thrones

Front Lines
Viacom Prepares for Content Arms Race: ‘We’re Looking Beyond Our Own Networks’
- David Lynn, chief of Viacom International Media Networks told the MipTV conference Tuesday that while other studios are prioritizing their own platforms, Viacom is " looking beyond our own networks to cement deeper relationships with you, our distribution partners... we don’t see our own streaming platforms as the primary window for our premium content” He added “Demand for content seems insatiable, and that represents a major growth opportunity for all of us in the business of production or syndication.” CBS distribution chief Armando Nunez made similar comments.

YouTube TV Hikes Price to $50 per Month for All Customers After Inking Discovery Deal
- The latest streaming platform to raise prices is YouTubeTV, whose $40 a month plan rose to $50 on April 10 for new customers. Existing customers will see the price go up after May 13. The price rise coincides with the addition of Discovery Networks Channels.

Netflix is getting into radio with a full-time comedy channel airing on SiriusXM
- Netflix is launching a comedy radio station to air on SiriusXM Radio Channel 93 beginning April 15. The channel will be called "Netflix is a Joke." It will feature excerpts from Netflix comedy specials which include the likes of performers like Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Ellen DeGeneres, and Jerry Seinfeld, among others. There will also be an original daily show “featuring celebrity guests and comedians discussing pop culture and hot topics of the day.” Netflix is also reportedly planning a print magazine called "Wide" to be distributed for free in June ahead of Emmy voting. And Netflix is supposedly in talks to acquire the historic Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.

Netflix Plans Awards Magazine Before Emmys
Netflix In Talks To Acquire Hollywood’s Historic Egyptian Theatre From American Cinematheque
Court TV Reboot Sets May Launch Date Via E.W. Scripps’ Katz Networks; Unveils Programming Lineup
- Scripps Company's Katz Network is set to relaunch Court TV May 8 with legal reporting and expert analysis of trials. original Court TV anchor Vinnie Politan will host Closing Arguments with Vinnie Politan weeknights from 6-9 PM ET. The original CourtTV became TruTV in 2008 and is run by Warner who sold the CourtTV name and trademarks to Scripps.

IMAX said it will open a 38-meter-wide screen in Germany making it the world's widest. That's wider than a Boeing 737. It will be about 22 meters tall.

Dispatches from the Front
Hey guys,
I am moving towards cutting the cords so how do you do that with kids under 6? You need to do it slowly and get tons of PBS shows. Well, at least that was my approach so I purchased the Amazon Recast about a month ago. So far, the quality of the OTA recorded content is awesome (I even got some older shows from channels I hadn't heard of) . I followed the set up and it suggested putting my antenna in a south facing area of the house. However, that was not a good spot for me so I put in in the total opposite side of the house near my PC. I assumed I'd have to make some changes later on but I haven't had to. All of my shows from the major network are coming through crystal clear. My only complaint so far is that the fast forwarding of the Fire Stick remote doesn't move as fast as your traditional DVR but I'm hoping that Amazon will fix that with software at some point.

So that's my unasked for correspondence from the field.

Take care,


Hey Gents,

Had a new conundrum this week, we canceled DirecTV Now due to the raise in rates. My wife and I had kind of set a hard limit for us at $40 a month for a streaming cable like service. We were in the $35 a month original plan and the new bump was going to take us to $50. We were all set to go to YouTubeTV and as I was about to setup the account they raised their starting rate to $50.

We are now going to go back to the original “no cable” that we had before streaming services due to cost hikes. Just can’t justify it at these prices. I wonder what kind of drop off these services are expecting with these price hikes. They are all, with the exception of SlingTV, more expensive than my local cable provider’s starting rate of $45


What do you call it when you kill the Netflix cord?

I cancelled Netflix today.

I tolerated them removing in-app purchases on iOS...

I was frustrated by the lack of TV app support on the Apple TV...

I wept over the cancellation of a show giving much-needed representation to underrepresented groups (One Day At A Time) and held back my rage over their responses to fans hoping to save the show...

But removing AirPlay was the last straw.

The Apple TV interface is loud & bothersome. Instead of relaxing & browsing, I feel pressure to keep moving the remote or deal with autoplaying trailers. Being able to AirPlay from my iPad was simple, easy & useful, not only at home, but in places I don’t have home internet or personal devices, like in the classroom.

I get the sense that they feel like they can’t lose, and I’d rather give my money to Apple in the fall & other streaming companies now than continue to support Netflix. Even in Japan, they’re not the only game in town anymore…


Crackle is the service I use like old fashioned cable tv to find a random movie to watch when I want to watch something good and fun but I do t know what I want to watch. It’s free, it has light movies (not heavy content light Netflix) and they have great classics around holiday times. Last Halloween I loved watched the Leprechaun movies (including the one in which he was in da hood) on Crackle. It’s like the TNT movie on cable for cord cutters.



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