Brian’s out, but we talk about Blade Runner 2049 anyway. Plus, Mr. Robot season 3 premiere and the Winter Movie Draft! With special guest Sarah Lane.
Movies Anywhere makes movies easier, Netflix beats expectations, and Sarah Lane needs movie recommendations. With special guest Sarah Lane.
CordKillers: Ep. 191 – Netflix Original Spaghetti
Recorded: October 16 2017
Guest: Sarah Lane
- Movies Anywhere: Watch all your Amazon, Google, and iTunes titles in one place
– Disney has launched an expanded version of its Disney Movies Anywhere service called Movies Anywhere. The service allows users to access movies purchased from Amazon, Google, Apple or Vudu all in one place. Movies Anywhere uses the Keychest technology implemented by Disney Movies Anywhere. Studios involved included Disney, Sony, 20th Century Fox, Universal and Warner Brothers. Discussions are ongoing with Paramount and Lionsgate but movies from those studios will not be available at launch. Movies Anywhere is available on Android, Android TV, Amazon Fire, iOS, Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast.
How to Watch
- Netflix beat its own projections by adding another 5.5 million subscribers in Q3
– Netflix added 5.3 million streaming subscribers worldwide beating expectations of 4.4 million. It added 850,000 in the US and 4.45 million internationally. Reed Hastings has said Netflix could spend as much as $8 billion on content next year.
- Netflix has hired a new exec to tackle policy challenges in Europe and around the world
– Netflix hired Monique Meche as its new vice president of global public policy. She formerly had similar roles at Amazon, Cisco and Intel. She’ll help Netflix deal with varying regulatory rules in the 190 countries Netflix operates in. That ranges from tax schemes, to programming requirements to net neutrality.
- Netflix Has Secret Weapon in Hollywood’s Multibillion-Dollar Arms Race
What to Watch
- The last trailer for season 2 of Stranger Things is out. Show returns October 27th AND a clip was shown at London Comic-Con
- The 6th and final season of ‘Longmire’ hits Netflix on November 17th. Netflix took it over from A&E in Season 4.
- New trailer for Black Panther out. Movie comes out February 16.
What We’re Watching
- Tom: Mr. Robot (301) Bladerunner 2049, Firefly (Trash), Star Trek Discovery
- Sarah: The Big Sick, Baby Driver, The Beguiled
- On the Lookout: Mindhunter
- Apple to Reboot Sci-Fi Series ‘Amazing Stories’ From Steven Spielberg
– Apple signed a deal with Steven Spielberg to reboot Amazing Stories. It supposedly will be for 10 episodes. NBC which owns the Amazing Stories property is also involved.
- Plex launches its live TV service on Roku, with limited DVR functionality to start
– Plex’s Live TV Service launched on Roku. The service which handles over the air broadcasts and DVR functions for you was already on most other platforms. It’s part of the $4.99 a month Plex Pass service.
- Hulu responds to user complaints with a grid guide for Live TV
– Hulu launched a grid-like view for its live TV service. It’s available on the Web and will make its way to to the other apps as well.
- Roku’s new channel with free movies and TV goes live for all
– Roku completed its rollout of a channel in the US that aggregates free TV and movies from accoss Roku channels plus some directly licensed from studios like Lionsgate, MGM, Paramount, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Warner Brothers. Ads run before content and users have to choose to add the app.
Dispatches from the Front
Hi Tom and Brian,
Long time listener and fan. The past two years I have been using cable for just local channels and Playstation Vue. I am about to close on my first house so because of the impending move I started to re evaluate how I cord cut.
First off I looked my antenna options because of the surrounding mountains. As of right now basic cable will be used but in a few weeks I will mount a large antenna off of the chimney of the house, hopefully it will work and I can cut basic out of my plan including a high $12 per month DTA cost.
Next I am looking to beef up my plex account, maybe to a lifetime plex pass. The service has been growing a lot in the last year and I have been impressed with the new additions. For services I am trying YouTube TV for CW live content. I am not sure if I will keep it due to the lack of DIY and HGTV and I do not want both YouTube TV and PS Vue.
I have been happy for the most part with PS Vue, but it has been several months since Sony and Viacom had their dispute. When I signed up I had all those channels and I felt like I was getting an amazing deal, now I feel like its an okay deal. I would pay another $5 with PS Vue if they added CW live, brought back Viacom channels, and added the History channel.
For the most part I have been very happy with my cord cutting experience.
Keep Up the Good Work
Hey Tom & Brian!
As you know, Hulu recently dropped their price for new subscribers to only $5.99 per month for the first year. I had just signed up for Hulu about a few weeks ago to binge watch the Handmaid’s Tale, so I was pretty bummed to see them lower the price after I joined.
I decided to contact Hulu and see if I could get the new pricing even though I am now a current Hulu subscriber. I was pleased to find out that they would give me the lower rate, no questions asked!! This might not work for everyone, but you might want to pass this along to other Cordkillers as a new version of Brian’s Chicken challenge.
Love the show!
We’ve been internet only with phone (pacemaker monitoring & 911 health reasons) on TWC’s fastest speed since Cordkillers premiered, and have been eagerly awaiting G-Fiber’s arrival. Every truck sighting elicits excitement. Our home is 12 miles from town center nestled in a valley, which, though within city limits, would necessitate an expensive roof-mounted antenna to get broadcast TV.
Since we have been streaming (Google WiFi mesh) using Chromecasts and Rokus all this time, a speed quadrupling at two-thirds or less the cost is eagerly anticipated. If G-Fiber is not offering phone services [?] there are other ISP services we can use.
Cheers, as Always!
Netflix is more expensive, the Stephen King visual universe expands, and less TV on Google Fiber. With special guest MikeTV.
CordKillers: Ep. 190 – The Sidekick: Bevin
Recorded: October 9 2017
- Netflix Raises Its Subscription Prices
– Netflix raised prices of two of its three plans by $1 a month. The basic single screen plan stays at $7.99. The two screen “standard” plan goes from $9.999 to $10.99 and the 4-screen 4K “Premium” plan goes from $11.99 to $13.99. New customers get the new prices now. Existing customers will be informed by Netflix soon and see it on their bill in November.
How to Watch
- Google Fiber Drops Cable TV Package For New Cities
– Google Fiber announced that for its upcoming launch in Louisville and San Antonio markets, it will only offer internet service, with no TV package. Last year, Google announced that Fiber would halt future deployments, making these two markets the last confirmed committments to roll out the service.
What to Watch
- Justice League Trailer
- The Second Half of Amazon’s The Tick is Coming to the Rescue This February
- The First Trailer for Marvel’s Runaways Is All About Very Evil Parents and Their Very Upset Kids
- On The Man in the High Castle’s New Season, the Nazis Want to Conquer Another Universe
- Watch Hulu’s first teaser for Stephen King’s ‘Castle Rock’
What We’re Watching
- Brian: The Vietnam War (ctd), Blade Runner 2049, Born Rich documentary
- Mike: Stranger Things S1, The Wire, Wonder Woman, Spiderman Homecoming
- On the Lookout: The Good Place
- Hulu Is Making the Jump Into eSports With a New Original Series
– Hulu announced Monday it is ordering four new original esports series from ESL. Shows include a debate show called Player V. Player, a documentary series following the team Immortals called Bootcamp, a chat show called Defining Moments and a recap show called ESL Replay.
- If Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams Goes on for Years, We Could See the Same Story Adapted Over Again
– If Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams Goes on for Years, We Could See the Same Story Adapted Over Again
Speaking at a press event during NYCC, David Kanter, EP of Amazon’s coming PKD’s Electric Dreams anthology said that the show, if given enough seasons, could potentially retell the same story from different writers. Writer and EP Ronald D Moore said that a treatment he wrote for an episode based on PKD’s “Exhibit Piece” was “so far removed from the original source material that if another writer came in and read the exact same piece, it would bear no resemblance to what I did. “
- Netflix’s next original is a personal kind of superhero story
- CBS will stream nine ‘Star Trek’ episodes this year instead of eight
– CBS will stream nine ‘Star Trek’ episodes this year instead of eight. CBS is moving one of the 7 episodes to air in January to the first half of the season (“chapter”) this year. The ninth and final episode of this season’s first chapter will debut on Sunday, November 12th.
Dispatches from the Front
Hi guys, just wanted to let you know that as an old guy, I enjoyed Blade Runner 2049, but apparently it is a failure because only old guys like it. But on a related note, why do the studios fail to promote the sequels that seem to be so endemic these days by pushing the previous films in a series on the streaming platforms. Blade Runner is a great example since, though I find it hard to imagine, so many have never seen the first film. Another example was the Kingsmen sequel; I saw the previews for the Golden Circle several months ago, and had never heard of the original. I had to use my Netflix DVD subscription to get a chance to see it.
Without a TV or cable, I can’t see whether I would want to spend money on seeing either show, but without seeing them, I won’t spend the money to buy them on Amazon. Shouldn’t there be a better way? Or should I just wait till they show up on Prime or Netflix?
Keep up the good work
I signed up for Movie pass when they dropped the price to 10 dollars a month and loved it initially. I could use their “E-Ticket” feature at my local theater. Meaning I could pick my seat and buy the ticket from my house without ever using the MasterCard they shipped to me. It was great and I’ve seen more movies in the past 3 weeks then I did in the last 3 months.
Till… something change… They apparently lost the deal with Goodrich Theaters that allowed E-Tickets and now every theater in my area requires me to buy the ticket within 100 yards of the theater. The love is now gone… I like picking my seat and planning ahead of time and I’m willing to go to the theater less and get the best experience (picking my seat… etc) for the big movies than get some second class access to the smaller films while their in theaters.
So I cancelled my membership – which you can do directly from the app so no complaints there. But its just not worth it, even at 10 bucks a month. I mght start it back up again if they get the E-ticket feature back but until then… I’m out.
Thought you and Tom would like the input – thanks for the show(s)!
hey, I have no idea whether anyone else has been similarly affected, a google search turned up nothing, but while looking over my credit card bill I noticed that I had been charged 3 times in September for Filmstruck. Twice on the usual billing day, and then once again on the following day. I used the chat option from the Filmstruck help page and they immediately resolved the issue and refunded two of the charges. I don’t always go over my monthly transactions and very easily could have missed this, so I was thinking there’s probably a lot of other subscribers who (if this isn’t just something that just happened to me) might never know they’ d been overcharged.
Thanks! Love the show 🙂
CBS All Access and Big Brother
One aspect of CBS All Access I think is missed often in discussions is the inclusion of Big Brother Live feeds. For years CBS has been selling access to the feeds and have a faithful audience for them. One Year ago they ran a Special Season of Big Brother over the top which was only available on CBS All Access. So for those customers everything else is Value add.
Still debating on if its worth it to watch the New Star Trek.
Who has the best streaming service and Roku’s new lineup of boxes and dongles. With special guest Nicole Lee.
CordKillers: Ep. 189 – Space Babies
Recorded: October 2 2017
Guest: Nicole Lee.
- DirecTV Now, Sling TV, Hulu TV: Best Internet TV Channel Deal
– TiVo studied survey data of the most desirable TV channels among US and Canada viewers with the current offerings from major Internet-only services.
– The survey showed the 4 broadcast networks led the way followed by Discovery then History then FX.
– The survey determined 27 channels that most consumers wanted.
– TiVo’s analysis showed the best coverage per dollar spent
– DirecTV Now’s “Just Right” bundle $50/mo. covered 85%
– DirecTV Now “Live a little” bundle $35/mo. – 82%
– Sling TV combined $40/mo. 67%
– Hulu TV $40 63%
– PSVUe $39 59%
– Sling blue 56% Orange 44%
– YouTube TV $35 37%
- TiVo’s Q2 2017 Video Trends Report
How to Watch
- Roku rolls out Roku OS 8, refreshes TV hardware with 4K and faster processors
– Roku just announced updates to five of its streaming devices. Roku’s $50 streaming stick gets a 50% faster processor and support for voice control. The $70 Roku Streaming Stick Plus has 4K and better wifi range with the wireless module built into the cable. The $30 Roku Express and $40 Roku Express Plus get faster processors and the Express Plus keeps its composite ports. The Roku Ultra isn’t being changed but the price did drop from $130 to $100. Roku OS 8 is also out for all supported boxes. It can integrate OTA programming and adds single sign-on.
What to Watch
What We’re Watching
- Brian: Firefly (war Stories), Rick and Morty, The Vietnam War (6 episodes), The Sting (1973), Voltron season 3
- Tom: Firefly (War Stories), Outlander, Orville, Star Trek Discovery (103), Rick and Morty (310)
- Nicole: Star Trek Discovery
- On the Lookout: Gerald’s Game
- On October 7, McDonald’s restaurants across the USA will have Szechuan sauce in “limited quantities” That is all.
- Amazon’s new Fire TV supports picture-in-picture and recording
– Amazon’s new $70 dongle with 4k, HDR and Dolby Atmos also has a couple other cool features. Because Fire TV OS 6 is based on Android Nougat, it can do picture-in-picture video. It also has a framework to allow pause, rewind and recording of video for apps that support it. The device has 8 GB of storage. The new Fire TV ships Octobner 25. Fire TV OS 6 will not be available for older Fire TV models.
- Disney releases DisneyNow, a new app that combines live TV, on-demand, games and music
– Disney released a new combined app called Disney Now.,. that combines Disney Channel, Disney XD Disney Junior and Radio Disney into one app. This is similar to Fox Now which combines multiple networks like Fox, FX and NetGeo in one app. The app has settings to personalize it for the kids (or adults) using it. Some content is there for free but most will require the user to authenticate through a third-party service like YouTube TV, PlayStation Vue, DirecTV Now, or Hulu.
- Amazon Is Developing a Bonanza of Genre Titles: Ringworld, Snow Crash, and Lazarus
– Amazon has put the following scifi titles into development for TV shows. Ringworld by Larry Niven, Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson, Lazarus by Greg Rucka. Rucka will be adapting the graphic novel himself.
- Nearly two million people watched NFL livestream on Amazon.com
– Amazon’s stream of Thursday Night Football launched last week and about 1.9 million people watched. Twitter’s first stream of Thursday Night Football last year got 2.3 million streams. However people watched longer on Amazon with the average audience for any 30 seconds was 372,000 compared to Twitter’s 243,000.
- Canada unveils vision for the arts; Netflix makes investment
– Canada announced a deal where Netflix will spend C$500 million to create programming in Canada and establish a permanent production presence there. The announcement was part of a review done by Canadian Heritage Minister Melanie Joly. YouTube recently started a channel for Canadian content.
Dispatches from the Front
I was listening to you talk about the new Trek when I had the following thoughts: I enjoy Cordkillers. I enjoy it enough that I give money through Patreon for content I could get for free. I also enjoy Star Trek. I view CBS All Access as a racket though. I won’t be giving money to their success and will instead wait for Trek on some other platform. On the one hand I pay for free content and on the other hand I want paid content for free. I can’t explain it. Go figure. Anyhow, you guys are worth the dough. Keep up the good work.
I couldn’t believe what I heard today. After listening to my favorite podcast my app automatically starting playing my 3rd favorite. While putting in a hard day’s work looking busy and trying not to get caught playing on my phone. It happened. I thought somehow Trump invaded my air waves but It didn’t sound like the person was holding his hand in the air when he talked. How could you hate the big bang theory. It’s my favorite show of all time. So I decided I will donate $1 an episode but you must confess your love for the show.
Dear Tom and Brian,
I have long felt 2 things are true about CBS:
They are the home of many of my favorite shows
They are very stingy about rebroadcast rights for their shows, to the point of being greedy. Examples:
I was a fan of The Mentalist but I had to watch it live because it wasn’t available On Demand on our cable system like most other shows.
Their new show, Seal Team, is not listed in my cable company’s On Demand library; I guess if you don’t catch it live you have to watch it on CBS All Access.
As Tom has said, they often only allow a few episodes of a season to be available On Demand at any given time.
Contrast that with these examples from NBC:
· The entire first season of This is Us is available On Demand.
· All 8 seasons of Will and Grace appear to be available on my cable system’s On Demand library.
· You’d think they actually want to give people the opportunity to get caught up on these shows if they missed them when they first aired!
I feel like CBS believes they have such great and popular content that people will put up with their shenanigans and pay whatever they ask in order to watch it. I guess it remains to be seen whether this is true.
I do intend to sign up for CBS All Access. I tried it before and didn’t have very good luck with it. I intend to quit the subscription as soon as the Star Trek show is over.
Did you know they’re going to have a break starting November 5, restarting sometime in January? I bet they’ll get a lot of people cancelling in between . . .
I am considering CBS all access. I watched Star Trek Discovery and liked it enough to start the consideration. I am going away for a large part of December and can foresee some DVR shortages creeping up and CBS All Access could help, that is if I can watch the past five episodes or more of some of there current shows. I did some searching to see if I could find a chart of what shows have Full access and which have partial access, like your Supergirl example. Do you know of any such chart or site with information like that.
Thanks for any help,
Brian and Tom are joined by Justin Robert Young, Sarah Lane, Scott Johnson, Brian Ibbott, Mulango Akpo-Esambe, Kristi Kates, Patrick Delahanty, and Padre Robert Ballecer to bid on the 2017 Winter Movie Draft.
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