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Cordkillers 183 – Hi-Ho SeeSo (w/ Andy Beach)

Is Disney now at war with Netflix? Is Facebook video relevant? What happened with SeeSo? With special guest Andy Beach.

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CordKillers: Ep. 183 – Hi-Ho SeeSo
Recorded: August 14 2017
Guest: Andy Beach

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  • Facebook launches Watch tab of original video shows
    – Facebook is rolling out a new version of its video section, renamed Watch, to select users in the US. Some videos are episodic and broken down into categories like “Most Talked About” or “What’s Making People Laugh”. Users can subscribe to updates from favorite shows, chat with other viewers while watching, and connect with creators through Groups. Facebook has funded some of the shows, but anyone can create one and get 55% of the revenue generated. Shows come from places like Tastemade, Major League Baseball, Mike Rowe, Billboard Magazine, National Geographic and more.
  • Seeso shutting down
    – NBC will shut down its Seeso comedy streaming service later this year. The service launched in January 2016, but laid off staff in June. Seeso originals “HarmonQuest,” “My Brother, My Brother and Me,” “Hidden America With Jonah Ray,” and “The Cyanide and Happiness Show” will move to the VRV streaming service.

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What do you think will happen with Star Trek Discovery if the first episode is a huge hit on CBS television, but the subsequent streaming only episodes are a bomb? Does it move to CBS television? Will they let if fail as a streaming only show? If they move it to television, what will this do for future streaming only series? Will people buy in to CBS All Access if they think there is a chance that streaming only shows will eventually show up on CBS television for free?

– Ken

 

 

 

Morning Tom and Brian,

Last show, Mickey Neumann made a great point I wish would have moved into discussion. His comment was following the conversation of how CBS moves it’s properties around like pawns — Mickey said he didn’t feel “it respects the creator of the art”.

Particularly from Brian, who’s produced shows (and even reneged his cable cutting tacit agreement so he could watch himself on cable tv)… and no longer controls the distribution of them. I’ve heard Brian mention in passing he doesn’t know where the shows are or how to get them.. so it sounds like he’s just let go. I’d love to hear more about that end of the deal process to letting go of your art

Joe

 

 

 

Is there a way to request a company to start streaming some of their back catalog? HBO GO/HBO Now does not have some major pieces of their library:

The Tom Hanks produced From the Earth to the Moon mini series…
The Golden Globe winning Don King: Only in America movie…
The classic David Mamet directed magic special Ricky Jay and his 52 Assistants…
And all of the past Young Comedian Specials…

Is it because these things were all filmed and produced for 4×3 television screens that they remain mothballed and not available to stream?

Thanks for any guidance…

Shannon

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2017 Summer Movie Draft
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Cordkillers 181 – Everything Is Great!

Pay TV experiences a half-million subscriber drop, Roku: top of the set-top box, and why you want to watch Ozark. With special guest Chris Cox.

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CordKillers: Ep. 181 – Everything Is Great!
Recorded: July 31 2017
Guest: Chris Cox

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Could The Dark Tower, at 95 minutes, be a good movie? Sure. It just won’t be The Dark Tower.

So don’t call it The Dark Tower.

Just toss me a colon for god’s sake. The Dark Tower: Face of My Father. Or call it The Dark Tower and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Whatever. Anything that admits you’re not trying to do the whole series.

Though I’m not sure what portion of the story they can tell well in 95 minutes–that’s barely longer than each Game of Thrones episode is supposed to be next season.

Of course, Game of Thrones is an epic adventure that you could hardly expect to be told in shorter form, whereas The Dark Tower is–oh, wait…

Anyhow, sub-$20 million opening weekend.

But I’m not promising ten bucks of it won’t be mine.

Mike
MovieLeagueMike

 

On Cordkillers episode 180, Brian mentioned that Wonder Woman had overtaken Guardians of the Galaxy 2 at the box office. Consider that the current top two movies of the year are Wonder Woman and live action Beauty and the Beast, with The Last Jedi likely to join them. If that comes to pass then the top three movies of 2017 will feature female leads. I enjoy watching the Hollywood suits get reality checked. Kudos to the fans for serving that check: women can star in and open blockbusters.

– Roy

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2017 Summer Movie Draft
patreon.com/cordkillers

Cordkillers 180 – Cautiably Anarchistic

Our thoughts on the hot trailers from Comic-Con, how we fell about Internet cable replacements, and broadcasting baseball in VR. With special guest Nicole Lee.

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CordKillers: Ep. 180 – Cautiably Anarchistic
Recorded: July 24 2017
Guest: Nicole Lee

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I was about to sign up for my free hbo pass to start game of thrones season 7, but google Play notified me I could purchase a season pass early. I assume the other stores (apple/amazon) also have it posted … I haven’t seen any news if HBO plans to post episode by episode this year to the stores week in week out.

Even if it was delayed 7 days … better than last season when it was delayed a fully ear to the stores. Have either of you heard what HBO’s plans are for episode releases?

Joe
 

 

 

Tom, Brian, and Hammond,

I have four daughters and I still help with car insurance, health insurance, and Netflix. It is no longer the days of getting a job and your parent dropping you off to sink or swim. So they run off my Netflix I actually had one daughter say she’d rather lose health insurance than Netflix, oh to be young. Love the the show although I can’t quite the cord cut yet. If Netflix gets pissy, well, we’ll see.

Allen

Adult Swim has stopped livestreaming Space Ghost Coast To Coast episodes (unfortunately), but it’s replaced it with a full-on stream of Rick & Morty! And even better, it streams the episodes in order! Check it out here:

www.adultswim.com/videos/streams/rick-and-morty/

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Hey guys,

On the latest Cordkillers Susanna wrote in about a cord cutting question for her mother. She mentioned keeping her internet connection and land line.

I don’t think I’ve ever heard you guys go into detail about cutting the phone cord so I wanted to mention a land line alternative.

I got rid of my land line years ago and signed up for a free Google Voice number that I forwarded to my mobile phone. That way I had a home phone number I could give out to people and keep my mobile number a little more private.

My youngest son is now at the age where we are able to leave him home alone but he doesn’t have a mobile phone. I bought an Obi200 voip adapter for $50 and a good old fashioned corded phone. I can connect it to the Google voice service and now I have an absolutely free phone connection at home.

It doesn’t include 911 services but that can be added for a small monthly fee.

Thanks,
Scott 
 

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2017 Summer Movie Draft
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Cordkillers 179 – My First Streaming Device

Will password-sharing kill streaming? Emmy’s make Brian fear Netflix. All the hot new trailer talk. With special guest Hammond Chamberlain.

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CordKillers: Ep. 179 – My First Streaming Device
Recorded: July 17 2017
Guest:  Hammond Chamberin

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  • Streaming TV apps grapple with password sharing
  • Millennials have a Netflix account. Gen Z is playing video games.
    – A Reuters/Ipsos poll found 21% of 18-24 adults stream shows on borrowed passwords from people who do not live with them. (12% for 18+)
    – Wall Street thinking is that if Netflix revenue slows (say from 30% to 10% growth) then Netflix needs to crack down
    – An analysis by Parks Associates estimated streaming providers will lose $550 million in 2019 from password sharing.
    – Bernadette Aulestia, executive vice president of global distribution for HBO “”For us it’s more important that at that age where they are not financially independent quite yet, they are habituating to using the product to ultimately aspiring to becoming paid customers.”
    – Netflix Chief Financial Officer David Wells said at a Goldman Sachs conference last September: “We could crack down on it, but you wouldn’t suddenly turn all those folks to paid users.”

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  • Netflix leads the streaming pack with 18 Emmy nominations
    – Netflix received 18 Emmy award nominations in main categories for its shows and actors including Master of None, Stranger Things, House of Cards and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Amazon got three nominations all for Transparent and Hulu got three for The Handmaid’s Tale.
    – These counts represent nominations for the key categories that will be awarded on the 17th. There are many other categories, however, and with those included Netflix managed 91 nominations, Hulu notched 18 and Amazon 16. The leading network was HBO with 110, and its show Westworld tied with Saturday Night Live for the most nominations at 22.

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We signed for up DirecTV Now to get the free AppleTV and were going to cancel after the 3 months. Then they added HBO for free (for 1 year) which gave my wife and I pause and we kept it. I frequently hear you all lament DirecTV Now for service issues but we use it daily these days and rarely have any issues on phone, computer or AppleTV. Just thought you’d like to know that they aren’t having the issues they were at the beginning. Not to defend AT&T but they have done pretty well getting this service stable and working.

– David

 

 

Guys,

It could have been much worse than Babylon 5….if long series are problematic

Doctor Who… ALL of it. From Hartnell thru Capaldi, you’d be on that train for a decade
ST:TNG, DS9 or Voyager, 7 seasons each…

You want more campy?

Quark – space garbage man from the 70’s , only advantage is that it didn’t last long
Buck Rogers -Gil Gerard in spandex
Salvage One – Andy Griffith – in SPACE!

My suggestion for next time ?
Blakes 7 or Space 1999 either is late 70’s british sci fi at it’s “best

thanks, enjoy the show!

– Dave

 

 

 

Hi Tom et al,

I’ve read your Brief Guide to Cordcutting but don’t see what I’m looking for. Can you help?

My mother wants to jettison her cable/phone/internet service ($200/mo) and keep a landline and the internet. The only TV she wants to keep are local news channels, including the local PBS stations.

She doesn’t have an external antenna or a digital converter box – but would you suggest getting these as the best solution?

Thank you!

-Susannna
 

 

 

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2017 Summer Movie Draft
patreon.com/cordkillers