Disney is getting most of Fox. What does that mean for Hulu? T-mobile gets into the TV game.
CordKillers: Ep. 200 – M-O-N-O-P-O-L-Y-M-O-U-S-E
Recorded: December 18 2017
How to Watch
- T-Mobile to launch TV service in 2018, challenging cable and satellite giants with purchase of Layer3 TV
– Back in the US, T-Mobile says it will acquire Layer3 TV, a Denver, Colo.-based television technology company, and plans to launch its own TV service in 2018 as part of its latest “Uncarrier” initiative. In a video announcement, T-Mobile CEO John Legere says he’ll compete with cable companies Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Charter, Frontier and Fox. This follows T-Mobile’s “Binge On” initiative for unlimited mobile video streaming, and its incorporation of Netflix subscriptions into its T-Mobile One family plans.
- What is Layer3 TV and why is T-Mobile buying it?
What to Watch
What We’re Watching
- Amazon to start selling Apple TV and Google Chromecast
– Amazon said Thursday it will resume selling Apple TV and two versions of the Apple TV 4K, the Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra. Amazon removed the devices from its store in late 2015.
- Redbox returns to internet video with On Demand service
– Redbox On Demand is launching offering movies and TV shows for purchase and rent. You can stream them or download for offline viewing. You can get it on Android, iOS, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku and smart TVs from LG and Samsung.
- Samsung and Amazon will start streaming HDR10+ content tomorrow
– Samsung began streaming Amazon videos in HDR 10+ on its smart TVs, the first time HDR10+ has been available from a streaming service. HDR10+ features Dynamic Tone Mapping, which allows brightness levels to shift depending on whether the particular scene is brightly lit or dark, based on the dynamic metadata attached to a video. It’s the 5th HDR standard. It’s licensed through a partnership of Samsung, 20th Century Fox, and Panasonic.
- Hulu adds its ‘My Stuff’ watchlist and picture-in-picture mode to its web app
– Hulu added a picture-in-picture mode, improved search and a user-controlled watch list to its Hulu Live TV service. The features are being tested on the web at beta.hulu.com.
- YouTube TV is available in 34 new markets
– YouTube TV expanded to 34 new metro areas for a grand total of 83 in there US. The new locations include New Orleans, Green Bay, Tucson, Tulsa, San Diego and San Antonio among others.
Dispatches from the Front
THE ULTIMATE CORD CUTTING CHALLENGE: My 77 year old Dad.
My dad has lately been chafing at the almost $300 he pays to his local cable company for internet, cable, and phone. He’s very interested in cutting the cord, but I don’t think he could deal with the complexity of choosing a streaming box, a few streaming services, and wiring up all the TVs in the house for streaming boxes.
I’m happy to serve as the family IT dept and get them all set up, but I have very little faith that they’ll remember how to use it when I leave.
If you were going to design a cord-killing strategy for a couple senior citizens accustomed to cable, what would you choose?
I’m at Star Wars and there’s a commercial for the fantasy film movie League it’s fantasy football meets movies aka the movie draft
Illegal or Unethical, Or Neither
Let’s say that I subscribe to premium channel X.
Let’s also say that I have a rooted streaming device, and this device has software to stream anything I want. Channel X has a show every week which I like. Some weeks I can’t watch at the time it is broadcast. I am a little impatient, and don’t want to wait for several days for the show to be “On Demand”. I opt to use my streaming device as if it were a cloud DVR. I have paid for the privilege of watching this show, I am basically just time shifting. Thoughts?
PSA: Movie pass charged me a monthly charge and a yearly charge this month. Reddit has some people saying that they signed up for yearly and were only billed monthly. I suggest everyone check their billing statements.
2017 Winter Movie Draft