Cordkillers 273 - Dark Phenis (w/ Scott Wilkinson)

Will we have cinemas in 10 years or will subscription fatigue keep cinema alive? Plus, Neil Gaiman's Sandman is coming to Netflix, two more streaming TV price hikes, and One Day at a Time has been saved. All this and more on Cordkillers! With special guest Scott Wilkinson.

Next week on It's Spoilerin' Time: Chernobyl (104) and Extras (103). Maybe: Spider-Man: Far From Home.

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CordKillers: 273 - Dark Phenis
Recorded: July 1 2019
Guest: Scott Wilkinson

Intro Video
Trailer for The Amazon Johnathan Documentary

Primary Target
Future of commercial cinemas
- Some movies (comedies) are now being thought of as good for streaming not theater
- Some movies do shots with the TV or even smaller screens in mind (no more Lawrence of Arabia)
- Movies like Crazy Rich Asians proving people will still show up at the box office
- Tom Rothman "Young people don’t go to “the” movies, they go to “a” movie."

We Won’t Always Have the Paris: Losing the Last Theater of Its Kind in America

How to Watch

Streaming TV is about to get very expensive – here's why
The Office’ To Stream Exclusively On NBCUniversal Service Beginning in 2021
Subscription Fatigue
- Will it drive people to piracy, shake out into fewer options eventually, both, neither?
- Much is being made of the fact that The Office is Netflix's most watched show. NBC will bring it from Netflix to its own streaming service in January 2021.
- Netflix will not be able to keep Friends on the channel forever.
- Disney+ November
- Warner Media 2020
- NBC 2020
- Apple TV+ Autumn
- Netflix once had everything on DVD and Netflix streaming would not catch on because of limited choice
- Netflix streaming was once mostly movies and Netflix would not subscribe because it lost Starz
- Netflix was once mostly other content and Netflix would not survive because it did not have originals
- Netflix had some good originals but not as good as HBO and Netflix would not survive because its losing popular library material like the office and Friends
- Is this time different?
- Do we need everything?

What to Watch
'Sandman' TV Series From Neil Gaiman, David Goyer — With Huge Price Tag — a Go at Netflix
- The Hollywood Reporter says a TV series based on Neil Gaiman's Sandman comic will be produced by Warner Brothers Television for Netflix. It's reportedly the most expensive TV series DC Entertainment has done. Allan Heinberg (Wonder Woman, ABC's The Catch, Grey's Anatomy) is set to write and serve as showrunner. Gaiman will be one of the EPs.

‘One Day At a Time’ Saved As Pop Picks Up Praised SPT Comedy Series For Season 4 After Netflix Cancellation
- Sony Pictures has reached a deal with CBS to bring 13 episodes of the 4th season of One Day at a Time to Pop, the former TV Guide channel, in 2020. Pop also got rights to air the first three seasons that were made for Netflix. They CBS broadcast channel will run repeats of One Day at a Time later in the year. It's the first time anyone has picked up a canceled Netflix show.

Netflix Adds Sion Sono, Ridley Scott and ‘Grudge’ Films to Japan Originals Slate
- Netflix announced a new lineup of original programming from Japan including "Ai-naki Mori de Sakebe" a three-part series inspired a by a real multiple murder case., coming this summer, directed by Sion Sono. Coming August 8 is The Naked Director based on real-life porn director Toru Muranishi as played by Takashi Miike, star of Uchijima Loan Shark. And horror franchise The Grudge comes this spring directed by Sho Miyake. Finally Ridley Scott is EP on Wash Westmoreland's The Earthquake Bird about a woman who becomes a murder suspect after her friend disappears.

‘Star Trek: Picard’ Names Michael Chabon Showrunner
-Author Michael Chabon has been named show runner for CBS All Access's Star Trek: Picard. Chabon wrote the books “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay,” and “Wonder Boys,” among others and has been on the Picard writing staff from the beginning. The series is set to debut later this year.

Somehow, Avengers: Endgame Has Even More Footage to Tempt You With in Its Home Release
- Avengers: Endgame will arrive for digital July 30 and Blu-ray August 13. The press release noted six deleted scenes, a Stan Lee tribute, and special sections for Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, and "Bro Thor." Plus the usual making of bits and gag reel.

Danny DeVito and Danny Glover Dive Into the Hilarious First Trailer for Jumanji: The Next Level
- A trailer is out for Jumanji: The Next Level. The movie now has Danny Devito, Danny Glover and Awkwafina along with the returning cats, though the in-game avatars are now channeling different people than last time. Arrive sin theaters December 13.

Quibi Orders ‘Fierce Queens’ Nature Series From BBC Studios
- Quibi has ordered a series about female animals called "Fierce Queens" from BBC Studios Natural History Unit. Quibi is set to launch in April with short form series.

Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Adds Sigourney Weaver, Lena Headey, and More
- Netflix announced that Lena Heady, Benedict Wong, Awkwafina and Sigourney Weaver will join the already start-studded cast of Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.

The producers behind Arrival are adapting another hard-hitting sci-fi story
- The Producers of "The Arrival" have picked up the rights to a Ken Liu short story called "The Message." It's about an archeologist who reunites with his daughter during a mission to study a long-extinct alien civilization.

Eyes On
What We Do in the Shadows, Documentary Now sn 2/3, Chernobyl extras
Tom: Apollo 11
Scott: Big Bang Theory finale
On the Lookout: 12 Monkeys

Front Lines
AT&T Donates $500,000 to Locast Free Broadcast-TV Streaming Org
-AT&T will donate $500,000 to the non-profit organization running Locast that lets users dream live local TV for free. U-Verse and DirecTV added the locust app to set-top boxes May 30. Locast believes it is legal because it does not charge and does not offer channels out of the broadcast area. Locast is available in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Washington, Houston, Boston, Denver, Baltimore, and Rapid City and Sioux Falls, S.D.

PlayStation Vue is raising prices for everyone
- In price rise news: PlayStation Vue is raising its prices by $5 a month across all tiers for all customers. AndSling TV raised the cost of its Sports Extra plan for Sling Orange to $10 a month. The add-on plan was already $10 a month for Sling Blue subscribers.

Sling TV's Sports Extra is going to cost more — for some
Apple says that it’s focused on quality over quantity when it comes to its TV shows
- Apple's head of services and programming, Eddy Cue told the Sunday Times said Apple TV+ is prioritizing quality over quantity. He confirmed that Apple will release new content every month and the first series will be The Morning Show with Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carrel.

Amazon is adding a new tab to highlight live television to its Fire TVs
- Amazon says it will add a Live TV tab to its Fire TV interface. The tab will look for live streams from select apps that users have installed. It will group channels you recently viewed plus others with similar programming.

Roku’s Lead In Connected-TV Market Share Will Grow To 70% By Year’s End, Report Says
- Strategy Analytics notes that Roku's streaming TV platform accounted for more than 30% of US sales of connected TV devices in Q1. 41 million Roku-Based devices and TVs account for 15.2% of all media streaming devices. Amazon’s Fire TV OS ranked No. 2 in terms of streaming TV sales in the quarter, with 12% of sales, followed by Samsung’s Tizen at 11% and Google (Android TV and Chromecast) at 9%.

FuboTV Launches Free, Ad-Supported Streaming Sports Network
- FuboTV launched a free ad-supported streaming network called Fubo Sports Network. The channel will be available on Xumo, a service similar to Pluto TV, as well as on Fubo's own base package. The channel will launch with original shows and movies and hopes to include some live niche sports as well.

Dispatches from the Front
Hi ,

I love the idea of PIP for the Apple TV . For me, I’m not a big tv person however, when I binge I usually do it at the same time as I pull a nighter studying for a test (working on a CS Masters) or a project for freelance work (basic bootstrap web code). For me if it’s past 9 or 10 pm and the really tedious stuff is done using air play with Netflix playing pip is great. If Netflix is playing from the Apple TV instead from the computer while an excel sheet or text editor can both be up there it would be a great use of WiFi resources and I can study while finally finishing Agents if Shield (a great series that knows itself well)

Thanks you for you time and attention,

- Joseph

Regarding Picture in Picture on Apple TV. I would find it very useful for browsing while watching a show or sport. Right now I have to finish whatever I'm watching or stop it to browse other programs or channels. It is something I miss from the olden days of cable tv or satellite tv when I could bring up the guide without stopping the current program. The announcement is only for the TV app on apple tv, I would hope this would be included in the API so other apps can make use of PIP.

Thanks for a great podcast

- Rodrigo

Hey guys,

Recently you had viewers ask about how to take their shows on the road. I have a solution, PlayOn. How the PlayOn app works is it basically watches your streaming show for you while it records it (just like we used to do on VHS). You can then copy the recordings to a USB drive and take them with you. Because PlayOn is watching your shows as if someone is sitting there it’s able to make recordings of shows that aren’t setup for downloading. However, this also means that it counts as a stream so you may need to run it overnight.

- Troy


I am disappointed in you. Namely, I am disappointed in your lack of excitement when talking about the upcoming Amazon Prime series ""The Boys.""

Now I will give you the benefit of the doubt and say you are just not aware of the property. So let's see if I can make 2 quick points to change your mind:

1 - The Boys was an extended comic book series by Garth Ennis. If you do not know who that is, his prior big hit, was a little title named ""Preacher.""

2 - The Amazon show is being developed by Eric Krypke (creator of the show Supernatural) along with the the team of Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg (big part of the development team behind Preacher on AMC)

If that is not enough to get you excited, let me give an example of the types of themes they cover in The Boys since that was not immediately clear.

-We all loved and respected the comedian/celebrity Bill Cosby. But then we found out what he has been secretly doing. Now replace him with a name like Charles Xavier or Superman. What do you do to stop that guy from doing what he is doing.

I would give more examples, but better to hope that the series follows the tone of the books and gives us all a bunch of surprises.

Hope that helped stir some excitement and potentially put it up higher on the worth watching list.


- Byron


2019 Summer Movie Draft