Tom’s Coming to the St. Louis Area!

Tom will be coming home for a high school class reunion at the beginning of September and doing the show from the St. Louis area September 6th and 7th. While he could try to rely on the bandwidth at his sister’s farm, it will be more reliable and more fun if he could hook up with some DTNS listeners and even have a meetup!

if you have bandwidth Tom could use email [email protected] and let us know!

And everybody in the are keep an ear out for a meetup! Ideas welcome. Though Tom would really like to do one at Mario’s Pizza in Greenville.

DTNS 3333 – Facebook: Maturation or Saturation?

What Facebook’s slightly low user growth means for the fate of the internet and the world, plus Windows wants to annoy you less and smart watches are finally hot!

With Sarah Lane, Tom Merritt and Justin Robert Young

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Facebook Acquires Redkix for Workplaces – DTH

DTH_CoverArt_1500x1500Qualcomm drops NXP bid, Samsung claims “unbreakable” display, the ACLU criticizes Amazon’s Rekognition facial tech.

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DTNS 3332 – Where There’s Steam, There’s Chat

Facebook is rolling out “Watch Party” for all users. The company hopes that its shared viewing feature will make it competitive with streaming giants like Netflix, Amazon and YouTube. Plus Valve launched Steam Chat and Google plans on selling its own Titan Security Keys.

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Roger Chang and Scott Johnson.

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Google Selling 2FA Keys – DTH

DTH_CoverArt_1500x1500Google now competes with Yubico, Valve launches Discord competitor in Steam, and why YouTube runs slow outside of Chrome.

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DTNS 3331 – Xbox Swims with the Stream

As Microsoft readies plans for its next generation gaming console we examine the future of dedicated gaming hardware as software and services take on an even more outsized role in a video game console’s success.

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Roger Chang and Patrick Beja.

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Amazon Echo Gets New EQ Audio Controls – DTH

DTH_CoverArt_1500x1500Tencent teams up with WebMD, Microsoft may introduce a new streaming console, Ford doubles down on autonomous unit.

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Cordkillers 229 – So Darn Comfortable Con

Hot new SDCC trailers, Shonda Rhimes on Netflix, and broadcasting alerts on Spotify? All this and more on Cordkillers! 

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CordKillers: Ep. 229 – So Darn Comfortable Con
Recorded: July 23 2018
Guest: None

Intro Video

Primary Target

How to Watch

  • DC’s streaming service will be a one-stop shop for its TV shows, movies, and comics
    – DC announced at San Diego Comic-Con, DC that its streaming service DC Universe will launch this fall as a hub for all things DC, with content, comics, an encyclopedia, and a social platform for fans. DC Universe will cost $7.99 a month or $74.99 for an annual subscription. Subscribers who preorder will get an additional three months for free. DC will bring five original shows to the platform in conjunction with Warner Brothers, in addition to existing live-action and animated works.

What to Watch

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer Is Getting Rebooted, With an Emphasis on Diversity
    – Joss Whedon to executive producer a reboot of Buffy, The Vampire Slayer with a new young diverse cast.
    Monica Owusu-Breen, whose previous writing credits include Alias, Charmed, and Agents of SHIELD will write.
  • Netflix and Shonda Rhimes reveal eight exclusive series in the works
    – Netflix announced 8 shows in development with Shonda Rhimes.
    – Alleged con artist Anna Delvey
    – Adaptation of the 2010 book The Warmth of Other Suns detailing the flight of African-Americans north from 1916-1970
    – Adaptation of Kleiner Perkins’ Ellen Pao’s memoir Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change
    – Based on Julia Quinn’s Regency England feminist romance series.
    – Pick & Sepulveda set in Mexican California in the 1840as.
    – Adaptation of The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House.
    – Sunshine Scouts – half hour comedy series about teenage girls at a sleepaway camp who survive the apocalypse.
    – Hot Chocolate Nutcracker documentary of Debbie Allen Dance Academy’s award-winning reimagining of the classic ballet.
  • Netflix announces its first Mark Millar titles
    – Netflix announced the first titles from Millarworld:
    Jupiter’s Legacy:
    An original series about Golden Age superheroes having kids…and those kids becoming angsty millennials.
    Empress:
    An original film about a space Empress on the run.
    Huck:
    This movie wonders if the greatest super power is just all the friends we made along the way.
    Sharkey:
    Adapted from an upcoming comic, a film about a bounty hunter. In space. Named Sharkey.
    American Jesus:
    A comic-turned-Spanish-language TV show about a boy who may or may not be the second coming of Jesus.
  • Amazon Orders Sci-Fi Series ‘Tales From the Loop’
    – Amazon has given a series order to “Tales From the Loop,” a science fiction drama from “Legion” writer Nathaniel Halpern, based on the art of Simon Stålenhag, whose paintings blend elements of futuristic science fiction with images of rural life in the Sweden.
  • Hulu’s Mars drama ‘The First’ debuts September 14th
    – Hulu’s “The First” starring Natascha McElhone and Sean Penn and developed by Beau Willimon, premiers September 14. It follows the first human Mars mission.
  • The Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Comic-Con Footage Was Absolutely Amazing
    – Sony showed but didn’t release a trailer for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse which hits theaters December 18. (Features Miles Morales, Gwent Stacy, Peter Parker AND more sipdeys from other universes like Spider-Ham (voiced by John Mulaney), Peni Parker (Kimiko Glenn), and Spider-Man Noir)

What We’re Watching

Front Lines

  • Disney fires ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ director James Gunn over ‘indefensible’ old tweets
    – Disney cut ties with James Gunn and he will not be directing Guardians of the Galaxy 3. A series of old tweets from Gunn referencing pedophilia and rape resurfaced online this week. Others tweets, which have since been deleted, included satire about 9/11, AIDS and the Holocaust. Thursday Gunn wrote, “Many people who have followed my career know when I started, I viewed myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo. As I have discussed publicly many times, as I’ve developed as a person, so has my work and my humor.”
  • Senate wants emergency alerts to go out through Netflix, Spotify, etc
    – Senators in Hawaii and South Dakota introduced a bill (the “Reliable Emergency Alert Distribution Improvement,” or READI, act) that would “explore” broadcasting alerts to “online streaming services, such as Netflix and Spotify.”
  • Survey: 5.4 Million Americans Will Cut The Cable TV Cord In 2018
    – Management Consulting firm cg42 is the latest to put put a study that says cord-cutting is on the rise. cg42 projects 5.4 million more people will cut the cord in 2018 in the US for a total of 18.8 million cord-cutters. The study surveyed customers and cites frustrations with lack of reasonable rates, getting nickled and dimed with fees and new customers getting better deals than existing ones.
  • Comcast concedes to Disney in bidding war for Fox assets
    – Comcast withdrew its offer to purchase most of 21st Century Fox, leaving Disney in position to acquire everything except the broadcasting network, Fox News, Fox Businss, FS1, FS2 and the Big Ten Network which will be spun off into their own company. Disney also previously agreed with regulators to sell off the Fox Sports Regional Networks it will acquire as part of the deal. Meanwhile Comcast will focus on acquiring Sky which is 39% owned by Fox.
  • Netflix redesigns its TV interface with new navigation, full-screen trailers
    – Netflix is rolling out a redesign to its TV-based apps over the next few months. A ribbon menu on the left side will now contain Search, My List, and separate sections for Movies and Series as well as a section called New.
  • Walmart is reportedly building a video streaming service to take on Netflix
    – Sources tell The Information that Walmart is considering offering a streaming video service for $8 a month matching Netflix’s cheapest plan and less than Prime Video’s standalone amount. Walmart currently offers free streaming video with ads through it’s Vudu service.

Dispatches from the Front
Hola gents (and lady guest?),
I’d like to thank you guys for a number of show alerts, mostly courtesy of Bryce. Not everything in his wheelhouse is my flavor, but he seems to find serials early that we haven’t seen and enjoy.
If you guys haven’t talked about Letterkenny yet, you should go watch it. The first two short seasons are available on Hulu. It’s Canadian dry humor full of puns and stereotype characters. It doesn’t waste time with backstory we don’t care about and just rapid-fires the funny.
Give it a shot and see what you think.
Keep cutting them cords, fellas,
Dan and Emily

 

 

 

Hello to all – one thing I’ve been thinking a lot is a way to watch shows without having to have a month to month membership with the different services considering that most services allow you to watch their whole catalog. For example I would pay Netflix in Jan and catch up on all the shows during that month, then cancel it. Feb I pay for Hulu and watch the first two seasons of Handsmaid, catcha few othe shows them cancel it. HBO on March, cbs all access in april, etc.
Or what about an AI like you guys tak about that just gives you the algorithm (ala traveling salesman) that computes the best course to take to hit the most shows you want to watch while paying the least per month.

Love to hear your thoughts.

Arturo

 

 

 

Hey Tom, Brian, and guest,

It seems like everyone compares Netflix and HBO to each other, but I don’t think that’s the right approach anymore. It seems that Netflix no longer wants to be HBO; they want to be your entire cable package. They now have original programming that target so many niches they cover most of the major basic cable channels. Because of this, I don’t think Netflix cares about people criticizing their garbage programming – it’s essentially just a channel you’d never tune in to!

Keep killing those cords,
Andy

 

 

 

 

About the listener who wrote in last week about wanting to have in-progress, “themed streams” – I think he is on to something. For horror fans, the streaming service Shudder broadcasts a constant stream of its content on rotation dubbed “Shudder TV“. In fact, you don’t even have to be a subscriber to access it. If you do subscribe however, you can switch between several sub-genre “channels” of Shudder’s content. Because it comes up as soon as you start the app, I’ve found myself getting interested in movies that I haven’t seen which I may not have otherwise chosen. I can always pull up the on-demand version in the app to get the beginning later. Its an easy way to discover new content without searching through titles, summaries and trailers.

Love the show – keep up the great work.
Tim

 

 

 

What I think Netflix (and perhaps other streaming services) needs is an “I feel lucky” button that will just “pick something” that its algorithm “knows” you’ll like based on your watching history, etc. Don’t like what it picks? Hit next and it could pick something else for you.

Or at least that what *I* would want! I’m not keen on dropping in, in the middle of a movie, TV show, etc. That’s one reason I watch everything via streaming, DVR’d, etc.

Later!
Michael

 

 

 

I subscribe to some movie trailer channels on YouTube. I frequently see movies I would LIKE to watch later, but I am not aware of a service that’ll let me “tag” movies that haven’t even hit theaters yet that I’d like to see whenever they’re available (especially on streaming). Do you know of such a service?

Thanks!
Michael
 

Links

2018 Summer Movie Draft
patreon.com/cordkillers

DTNS 3330 – Echoes in the Echo Chamber

Where is technology journalism failing the reader, and what should a revamped tech coverage look like? Plus Nintendo sues another rom site and Qualcomm unveils a new 5G antenna module that could be the solution to 5G signal interference.

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Roger Chang and Justin Robert Young.

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