New Star Wars TV show, Sense8 finale date, and an Amazon Fire Cube? All this and more on Cordkillers! With special guest Megan Morrone ( http://twitter.com/meganmorrone ).
A Netflix theater?! Also: AT&T streaming TV, Spiderman in London, and the final Deadpool 2 trailer. All this and more on Cordkillers!
CordKillers: Ep. 217 – Accidental Skinny Bundle
Recorded: April 23 2018
- Netflix has considered buying theaters, including Mark Cuban’s Landmark, to gain an Oscar edge, sources say
– Netflix has explored buying movie theaters in Los Angeles and New York, sources tell the LA Times. Landmark Theatres, which is co-owned by Mark Cuban, was reportedly one of the theater chains being considered, but plans stalled over a sale price that was too high. Netflix has 125 million subscribers worldwide, and pledged to spend as much as $8 billion this year on original and licensed content. .
- Netflix to raise $1.5 billion in debt
– Netflix said Monday it plans to raise $1.5 billion in debt, the second debt expansion for Netflix in less than a year. Netflix soundly beat expectations for subscriber growth last quarter and says it will use the money for general corporate purposes.
- Film creators owning theaters was ruled illegal by the Supreme Court in the 40s?
How to Watch
- AT&T CEO reveals a $15 streaming TV package is coming soon
– During testimony in defense of the proposed acquisition of TimeWarner, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson mentioned an online TV service launching in the next few weeks. AT&T Watch will cost $15 a month to stream or be free for AT&T Wireless subscribers. No word on what channels would be included but it would contain no sports.
What to Watch
- The Final Deadpool 2 Trailer Introduces the Full X-Force Roster. Deadpool premieres May 18.
- The final trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Premieres June 22.
- ‘GLOW’ season two elbow drops on Netflix June 29th
– GLOW’ season two premieres on Netflix June 29th as announced in a teaser video to the song Maniac from Flashdance.
- Netflix’s THE WITCHER confirms number of episodes and shooting location
-Netflix confirmed that its adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher books will be 8 episodes long and shot primarily in Poland.
- The Sequel to Spider-Man Homecoming Spans the Globe
– Kevin Feige told iO9 that the next Spider-man movie, which kicks off phase 4 of the MCU, will be shot in London and that Spider-man will spend time outside of new York. That untitled Spider-man film is currently scheduled for July 5, 2019.
- Amazon is developing a TV show based on William Gibson’s ‘The Peripheral’
– Amazon is developing a TV show based on William Gibson’s ‘The Peripheral’. Scott B. Smith is writing and and Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan are signed on as executive producers. The Peripheral takes place in two different futures, connected through a virtual reality game. One is relatively close to our present, the other is several decades further along, after society has collapsed.
What We’re Watching
- Brian: Deadwood (2 eps), Lost in Space 2-5, Westworld, rewatched The Muppets
- Tom: Deadwood (206), Lost in Space (2-5), The Expanse, Legion, Westworld
- On the Lookout: Aggretsuko
- Hulu adds Cheddar’s online-only TV channels to its roster
– Financial news network Cheddar has launched on Hulu and YouTube TV. Cheddar is also available on Amazon, Spotify, Facebook, Twitter and Twitch.
- Streaming sports service fuboTV raises $75 million from AMC and others
– Sports-oriented streaming service fuboTV has new investor in the form of AMC joining 21st Century Fox and Discovery. While FuBo focuses on sports it’s been adding local channels and some entertainment networks like oh, AMC, Food and HGTV. Fubo reported more than 100,000 paid subscribers last September.
- Sports Illustrated TV will start streaming on more platforms
– Sports Illustrated launched a $5 a month streaming service last autumn through Amazon. It will soon be available on Roku, iOS, Android and the Web. It offers studio shows, films, and documentaries.
- CBS All Access arrives in Canada to kick off international expansion efforts
– CBS All Access is now available in Canada. Canadians get the service commercial free for CAD$5.99 a month. It will not have Star Trek: Discovery as Bell Media has the rights to those in Canada. CBS plans to bring it to other markets around the world as well.
- MoviePass’ auditor says there’s ‘substantial doubt’ about its ability to stay in business — as it reports a $150.8 million loss
– Business Insider reports an independent auditor for MoviePass’s owner, Helios and Matheson Analytics, said it had “substantial doubt” about the company’s ability to remain in business. Helios & Matheson reported a loss of $150.8 million last year. Helios & Matheson CEO Ted Farnsworth emphasized that $110 million of the $150 million loss is non-cash.
- Netflix, Amazon and Hollywood Sue “SET TV” Over IPTV Piracy
– The Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment which counts Netflix, Amazon, and several Hollywood studios among its members, is suing another set-top box maker for encouraging piracy. Set TV follows Tickbox and Dragonbox in being targeted for encouraging copyright infringement.
Dispatches from the Front
Brian & Tom,
Perhaps this is a loophole, but when I use my moviepass at my local AMC theater I’m able to do the following.
Once I’m close to the theater, I choose the movie I want to see in the moviepass app and check in. It tells me that the card is ready to be swiped at the theater. At the kiosk, I select ALL of the tickets and the seats that I need. When its time to pay, I swipe the moviepass card first, then the machine tells me that I had insufficient funds and I’m able to pay the balance with another credit card. This helps in a few ways: I’m able to choose seats together with others easily even with moviepass. I was at a matinee and the ticket price was $6.95 but moviepass added $12 to my card so I was able to put the rest of that money towards the other tickets. I can choose a non-3D movie from the moviepass app but once i arrive at the theater, I can purchase a 3D ticket for another movie even tho moviepass only covers most of the cost of the ticket. The balance of that ticket is paid with my credit card along with the other tickets.
Maybe this only works with the kiosks at my local AMC and wouldn’t work with other types of kiosks but it makes me love my moviepass even more.
Love the show.
Hello Tom, Brian and everyone else
Before I begin, I would like to apologize in advance for sounding like a total know it all nerd but I feel I must say something.
The Netflicks Lost in space is the fifth incarnation in film/tv media format. When Irwin Allen developed the original pilot, their was no Robot and Dr. Smith. A comic book company by the name of Golden Keys were publishing a series called “Space Family Robinson” for a few year before the pilot. The comic was so similar to the show that Golden Key contacted CBS about the issue. Long story short Golden Key and CBS came to an agreement in which Dr. Smith and the Robot were added to the show to differentiate (is that the right word?) itself from the comic.
Second incarnation is the tv show you already know as well as the third incarnation of the movie.
The forth incarnation of the franchise is an unair TV pilot called “The Robinsons: Lost in Space” in 2004. That Pilot was directed by John Woo. Yes, the action director od Face Off, Broken Arrow and and many Hong Kong action flick. At first it sounded cool for John Woo to direct until I learn that he is not into scifi that much. As you guess there is a reason why it never aired. You can find this pilot on the net if you know where to look. Also as a side note some of the sets were later reuse on the Battle Galactica reboot.
Then lastly the Netflicks Version.
Sorry for the long note and sounding like a know it all.
Keep up the Good work!
Brian has mentioned the ease of starting/stopping video services through Amazon. It’s certainly easy but I hit a stumbling block.
I signed up for Starz through Amazon and found (after speaking to Starz customer service) that I can only watch through the Prime Video app. Can’t watch through the Starz app on AppleTV, Roku, LG or Sony TV OS, not even through the Starz web site. Yeah I can access the content through the Prime apps but I prefer the Apple TV and the WebOS apps. I was also told that purchasing through AppleTV will give me the same limitations.
So, cancelled the subscription from Amazon and subscribed directly from Starz so I can watch “on any damn device I want.” (Seems I heard that somewhere)
Now I’m wondering if the same situation comes up if I subscribe to HBO, Acorn, Showtime etc. through a third party.
HI Killers..Thanks for the heads up regarding High Maintenance that Sarah mentioned! If not already brought up, please mention HBO Go also has the Web Series of High Maintenance listed separately when you search on HBO. They are 1/2 as long and at least as good if not better. Also each episode has a neat 1 minute directors comment with Katji and Ben,. Way worth a watch! Cord killers is the Best! Will become a Patron when income allows.
Hi Brian and Tom,
I can’t believe I’m actually writing this but “in-defense-of-cricket”…
There is a modern form of the game, absolutely hated by the purists, called “Twenty20 Cricket”. It plays fast, loud and has streamlined rules anyone can pick up.
The link below is to a short CPL (Caribbean Premier League) sizzle reel titled: “Party, Cricket and More Party”. In short, this is not your colonialist overlord’s game *grin*
BBC eyeing a revamp, ESPN+ has a date, and more Queer Eye on the way. All this and more on Cordkillers! With special guest Jason Howell ( twitter.com/jasonhowell )
CordKillers: Ep. 214 – BBC, Plant That Tree!
Recorded: April 2 2018
Guest: Jason Howell
- The BBC says it’s being squeezed out by Netflix and Amazon
– The BBC released its second annual report since establishing its new charter, which states that the industry is “more and more dominated by a small number of US-based media giants with extraordinary creative and financial firepower” and that “Their business models and huge budgets mean we are increasingly being squeezed out of an ever more competitive environment. British creativity and British content are now under real threat.” The BBC laid out goals for its iPlayer platform to help keep younger audiences. The broadcaster says that for the first time, 15- to 34-year-olds in the UK are listening to streaming music services like Spotify and Apple Music more than they are BBC Radio.
How to Watch
- Tablo launches more affordable over-the-air DVR with cloud storage
–Tablo Dual Lite is a new version of the latest Tablo dual-tuner DVR that’s $140 instead of $220 because it doesn’t come with the 64GB of built-in storage, returning to Tablo’s roots as a bring your own storage device. However Tablo also introduced a Cloud DVR service with 40 GB of online storage in beta. It’s free during testing but will eventually be a paid service.
- The CW goes live on Hulu with Live TV
– Hulu added the CW to its Live TV service in Philadelphia, San Francisco, Atlanta, Tampa, Detroit, Seattle, Sacramento, Pittsburgh with more markets to follow.
– CBS’s strategy with the CW has been interesting. It’s shows are available on YouTube TV but not on a live stream. It’s available in *some* markets on DirecTV Now. But mostly it’s digital strategy has been to drive people to its app that generally only keeps the last 5 episodes.
What to Watch
- Legion returning April 3.
- ESPN’s standalone sports streaming service launches April 12th
– ESPN announced its standalone sports streaming service, ESPN+ will launch April 12 for $5 a month. The service will include live sports not carried on ESPN’s main cable networks as well as access to ESPN originals. Sports will come from MLB, NHL, MLS, colleges sports, boxing, PGA golf, tennis and more.
- Handmaid’s Tale returns April 25
- Westworld has a new trailer. The second season begins April 22 on HBO
- Frank Miller’s New Take on the Arthurian Legend Is Already Headed to Netflix
– Frank Miller and Thomas Wheeler have a book called Cursed about the Arthurian Legend from the Lady of the Lake’s perspective coming in 2019. They’ll simultaneously work on a show about that story for Netflix.
- Amazon and Spielberg team up for mini-series on Mexico’s conqueror
– Steven Spielberg will create a four hour miniseries called Cortés for Amazon based on the life of Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés. Steven Zaillian (Schindler’s List) will write it based on a screenplay written by Dalton Trumbo. Javier Bardem will play Cortés.
- Netflix has renewed Queer Eye along with Dope, Drug Lords, Nailed It! and The Toys That Made Us. Dope’s second season premieres April 20.
What We’re Watching
- Brian: Counterpart, Ready Player One (twice), The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling, Deadwood
- Tom: Counterpart, Deadpool, Ready Player One, The Wizard of Oz, Baseball, Atlanta, Timeless
- Jason: Ready Player One, Wild Wild Country (ep 2), Take Your Pills, Love, Black Mirror
- On the Lookout: The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling
- Over-the-top-only U.S. households nearly tripled since 2013, impacting TV ad dollars
– A report from the Video Advertising Bureau is the latest to estimate the number of Over the Top only TV viewers, aka cordcutters. The number has tripled in the past five years to 14.1 million households, about 11% of the US. But that’s just people who live without cable. If you count everyone. 70% of OTT subscribers also have cable. VAB estimates the total number of over-the-top viewers will grow to 198.6 million this year.
- MoviePass strikes a deal with Landmark for e-ticketing and other perks
– MoviePass announced a partnership with Landmark Theatres. Users can use the app for e-tickets, seat selection and advanced purchases. Expect Landmark showings to be promoted more in the app as well.
- Amazon May Pay $1 Billion to Adapt the Hugo-Winning Chinese Novel The Three-Body Problem
– The Financial Times says Amazon is considering spending $1 billion on a three-season deal for Cixin Liu’s Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy AKA Three Body Problem.
- Hulu Has Passed on the Locke & Key Pilot, But It’s Being Shopped to Other Streaming Services
– Hulu has passed on the pilot for Locke & Key, which is kind of a cool thing to realize that streaming services now pass on pilots. Samantha Mathis said it’s getting shopped around to Amazon, Netflix, Apple and everyone now.
- Google’s Play Movies app for Android now shows where you can stream everything
– Google updated its Play Movies and TV app for Android to show which apps are streaming movies or TV shows as an alternative to buying or renting through the Google Play store. Netflix is not included in the feature though.
- EU confirms UK will lose Netflix ‘portability’ following Brexit
– The EU recently passed legislation requiring services like Netflix not region block citizens within the EU. In other words starting Monday, if you have a French account and travel to Germany you should be able to get your French version of the service. However the UK, which is leaving the European Union will lose that ability starting March 29, 2019.
Dispatches from the Front
I started watching The Expanse last week and was thinking: “I wonder what Brian and Tom thought of it?” and then wondered how the Patreon reward level to break up the spoilering time shows for individual shows was going? I didn’t see anything on your Patreon page but maybe I missed it.
Boss Brian here and I just wanted to let you in on an informative site I’ve come across recently for cord cutters (or the cord cutting curious). It’s https://streambuzz.net/streaming-services-comparison/ and it compares the main (and a few secondary) streaming services with each other, including: Channel line up, devices available, and local channel availability by market. (This is the reason I found this site). They update almost daily with the help of comments/community.
So for those still thinking about making the jump this could be a helpful updated resource to see if it works with their set up or even what they will need to make the jump. Hope this helps.
Keep up the good work fellas.
Hey Brian, Tom, and Bryce:
Enjoying the AfterTalk audio extra very much! Keep them coming. Love the extra commentary about the Movie Draft and movies in general.
I have an odd cable story that I want to share with you and hopefully get some advice on.
So I live with my mother in an apartment complex in central New York (yes I’m 20 years old and live with my mother, it’s not weird!) and we currently are getting our cable and internet through Verizon. It’s working pretty well for us so far and we have no reason to switch.
However, we recently found a flyer taped to our door announcing that Spectrum would become the official cable and internet service provider for the entire complex effective in April upon request or in the next lease renewal (which for us is in August). This left us a bit confused and we’ve also had bad experiences with Spectrum when it was Time Warner, so we called the office to see if it was possible to opt out and the answer is… we technically don’t have to have it installed, but we’re still gonna have to pay for it either way via our rent which will be increased to reflect the inclusion of Spectrum!
For some extra context, we currently have a 2 year contract with Verizon that we can get out of if we move to an area without Verizon, but Verizon is still available here so we’re stuck with it! This means we would essentially be paying for TWO CABLE SERVICES! We tried to see if we can be grandfathered in to a Spectrum-less rent package given that we’ve lived her since I started high school (about six or seven years ago) and we do plan on moving next year when my mother retires from her current teaching position, but management has not yet responded as I’m writing this. Seems like a bit of a shady forced switch to me!
My question to you guys is… Is this in any way normal and how should me and my mother proceed?
Sorry for the long email, I honestly tried to cut it down as much as possible without leaving out essential information. Love the show, continues to be one of my favorite podcasts!
At the beginning of April I am going back to my hometown and my grandpa has asked me to help him setup and install a streaming box and get an OTT service. We have already gone to Suppose.tv and figured out that for the channels that he wants Youtube T is going to be the best option for him. My question is should I get him the a Roku Ultra (I have 2) or is Apple TV easy enough for a beginner (most likely I will have to do some support and have never had one)?
Movie passes 9 month cancellation won’t stop people from signing up just for the summer or award season. Summer blockbusters focus mostly on May, June and July leaving you 9 months until next season. Also awards season can be enjoyed in late February. I love the show.
Smelly dogs, Deadwood, and Tom finally watched Atlanta! Plus, our first Movie Draft update for the season.
00:39 – The Summer Movie Draft happened! Watch the draft as it happened over at Night Attack’s feed ( http://nightattack.tv/episode/213 ). Visit http://draft.diamondclub.tv for up-to-the-minute stats.
06:28 – Atlanta season 1 look-back
09:47 – Isle of Dogs
20:01 – Deadwood (202)