Cordkillers 213 – No One Expects the Fiber Inquisition (w/ Scott Johnson)

Cable monopolies, French cinema crackdown, and the Netflix that says “ni!” All this and more on Cordkillers! With special guest Scott Johnson ( )

The Summer Movie Draft happened! Watch the draft as it happened over at Night Attack’s feed ( ). Visit for up-to-the-minute stats.

Download audio

Download video

It’s Spoilerin’ Time 212 – Counterpart (109), Deadwood (201)

The definition of an border conflict, a new season of Deadwood, and preemptive draft reactions!

00:30 – The Summer Movie Draft is coming up! We’re looking at drafting on March 20th on Night Attack ( ). Visit for up-to-the-minute stats and join the game at
03:35 – Counterpart (108)
24:25 – Triage – A Deadwood revival?
27:17 – Deadwood (112)

Download audio

Download video

Cordkillers 212 – This Week In Whoops

Infinity War final trailer, news on Netflix, and a Channel Master review. All this and more on Cordkillers!

The Summer Movie Draft is coming up! We’re looking at drafting on March 20th on Night Attack ( ). Visit for up-to-the-minute stats and join the game at

Download audio

Download video

CordKillers: Ep. 212 – This Week In Whoops
Recorded: March 19 2018
Guest: None

Intro Video

Primary Target

  • Exclusive: Amazon’s internal numbers on Prime Video, revealed
    – Reuters reports Amazon company documents indicate more than 5 million people worldwide joined Amazon Prime by early 2017 in order to watch TV shows. The internal documents indicate Amazon’s US audience for TV is about 26 million about half of Netflix’s Q1 2017 US subscriber number. The Man in the High Castle had 8 million US viewers by early 2017 and attracted 1.15 million new Prime subscribers worldwide. Amazon estimated that show’s cost meant each new subscriber it acquired cost $63.

How to Watch

  • Tom got the Channelmaster Stream+ and set it up
    – Channel Master Stream+ $149
    – Requires an SD card for DVR functions, uses the Android Live TV app for live TV and DVR.
    – DVR is free but a little clunky to use. Not immediately intuitive but will get the job done.
    – Google Play store means it has a wide variety of apps, but no Netflix yet.
    – Super easy setup and decent streaming

What to Watch

What We’re Watching

Front Lines

  • Now MoviePass’ CEO says the app never tracked customers
    – MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe is walking back comments he made last week that “we watch how you drive home” In an interview with Variety, Lowe said “I said something completely inaccurate as far as what we are doing…We only locate customers when they use the app.” Lowe also posted an apoology to MoviePass customers on the company’s website, along with an updated privacy FAQ.
  • Netflix won’t reward kids with ‘patches’ for watching TV
    – Remember when we told you Netflix was testing using virtual patches to reward kids for watching kids stuff on Netflix? Netflix now says, “We’ve concluded the test for patches and have decided not to move forward with the feature for kids.”
  • Movies Anywhere includes your FandangoNOW flicks
    – FandangoNow, the store that used to be called M-Go has joined Movies Anywhere. It becomes the second service after Vudu that was in Ultraviolet to join the Movies Anywhere service. Paramount and Lionsgate are the two big studios that have not yet joined.
  • Disney creates streaming video unit for digital future
    – Disney created a new division for streaming video which will be headed by Kevin Mayer, the company’s Chief Strategy Officer. The division will oversee ESPN+ and the family-oriented streaming service coming from Disney in 2019. Media networks and the movie studios will remain separate units.
  • NBC News plans online streaming service to attract younger viewers
    – NBC News plans to launch a streaming service this year in order to reach younger viewers. The company has not decided if it will be subscription-based. CBS News and ABC News have free streaming news apps and Fox News announced a paid streaming service is coming.
  • Ava DuVernay will direct DC’s film adaptation of ‘New Gods’
    – Ava DuVernay (Selma, Wrrinkle in Time) will direct the film adaptation of DC’s New Gods series. The series follows an eternal war between twin planets: the New Genesis, ruled by the Highfather, and Apokolips, ruled by Darkseid.

Dispatches from the Front
Hey Tom, Brian, & Bryce!

Love the show but have never written in before, but, as one of your bosses, I figured I would show you something I found interesting. I am an on-again-off-again cord-cutter, but for the last year and a half, we have been making use of DirecTV Satellite service (previously, we had a Tivo Romio OTA and Sling TV). We ended up switching to DirecTV because we we already had Uverse Internet as the fastest option in our area and AT&T was our wireless provider as well. Switching to DirecTV allowed us to have free HBO “for life” and unlimited data on our phones “for life” with very little increase in overall price.

We have been happy, even though we often forget to DVR stuff and watch it on our Roku authenticated through whatever network app we need with our DirecTV credentials. I say all this because we only recently got a second TV and needed service there. I called and basically said, “I need another receiver for a new TV and don’t want to pay more.”

DirecTV rep was like, “Yeah. You have an old receiver. Take our new Genie 2 and Genie 2 Mini for free. Is your TV 4K?”

“Uhh… yeah…”

“Okay great. 4K is included.”

A tech came out the very next day installed both new receivers for $0. No monthly increase in cost. No fees of any kind. But add another 2 years onto the contract (I am okay with that).

But here is the kicker! Less than a week later I get THIS email (screen shot) offering to downgrade my package for me and save me $12/mo. After looking at it, it looks likes the differential is actually just ESPN channels. Since we only care about college football, and that’s not on for the next 5 months, I said, “OKAY” and now I am paying even LESS!

It seems like they are REALLY desperate to keep customers happy… and I am surprised to say, it is totally working for me.

Thanks again for the show!



Hey Killers,

I’ve been comparing the TV quality of our upstairs 40″ (or so) Insignia Roku TV and our 55″ Sharp Stupid Smart TV, which we have hooked up to a Roku Express +. Turns out, the Roku TV’s quality is really good, and sometimes I can’t tell the difference between Sling TV and OTA if it’s streaming at the highest quality. It’s a different story for the 55″, however. I blame the Express +, because I’ve noticed that even with apps like Amazon Prime Video, when compared with our PS3, which is also connected to the 55″, the PS3 seems to have the better quality.

Love your show! Keep up the good work.




Hi Tom & Brian,

On last week’s show, while discussing the perennially dropping cable subscribers, Tom asked about what Spectrum might be doing in regards to streaming. I’m a Spectrum internet-only customer, and I just got the attached mailer in my mailbox for a $22/month streaming service! The service appears to allow users to pick 10 channels they want from a list of around 50, which interestingly enough includes most of the sports networks.

This looks really compelling on the surface, but the fine print is worrying. It mentions credits on your monthly bill, as well as “taxes, fees, and surcharges.” And knowing Spectrum, I doubt this will be as easy to change or cancel online as something like Sling TV.

What do you think? A bold new entry to streaming, or another boring me-too service?


P.S. if you’ve got questions and want me to call Spectrum on a fact finding mission, send them my way!




Hi Tom and Brian!

Love the show, been listening since the Framerate days. I was giving some thought to the many iterations of Amazon’s video service, and realized that no one has done a proper write-up of its many brand changes. So I wrote an article: The Forgotten History of Amazon Video, posted on Medium and my personal site, Thought you might enjoy it.

– Mike



Tom said Fox was targeting reducing their ad load BY two miinutes an hour by 2020 but the story he was quoting says that Fox will reduce their ad load TO two minutes an hour by 2020. Thanks for catching that Steve!

From the Motherboard and WSJ articles we linked to in last week’s show notes:
“The two minutes per hour is a real target for Fox, and also our challenge for the industry,” Fox executive Ed Davis told the Wall Street Journal. “Creating a sustainable model for ad-supported storytelling will require us all to move.”

– Steven


Cordkillers 210 – Brian’s Fence Fort (w/ Daniel O’Brien)

MoviePass flexes its muscles, Apple buys potential, and War Games is back in a new way. With special guest Daniel O’Brien.

The Summer Movie Draft is coming up! We’re looking at drafting on March 20th on Night Attack. More info soon!

Download audio

Download video

CordKillers: Ep. 210 – Brian’s Fence Fort
Recorded: March 5 2018
Guest: Daniel O’Brien

Intro Video

Primary Target

  • Apple scores another TV thriller, this time produced by M. Night Shyamalan
    – M. Night Shyamalan will executive produce a new psychological thriller series for Apple to be written by Tony Basgallop of 24 fame.
    – Apple lineup so far:
    – TV series from Damien Chazelle (La La Land director)
    – Amazing Stories Anthology series from Steven Spielberg
    – Space Drama from Ronald D. Moore (BSG)
    – Drama about a network morning show with Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon
    – Futuristic Drama from Francis Lawrence (Director of last 3 Hunger Games movies)
    – Apple just hired Angelica Guerra, Sony Pictures Television’s production leader for Latin American and US Hispanic content
    – Apple already has former Sony presidents Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg and former Sony vice presidents Max Aronson, Kim Rozenfeld and Ali Woodruff

How to Watch

  • MoviePass won’t let its customers buy tickets to Red Sparrow in some markets 
    – Some MoviePass users could not use the service to buy tickets to Red Sparrow
    – Statement to SlashFilm: “We occasionally remove some films from our ticketing inventory in some markets for a limited time, similar to how we organically promote films in certain markets to better understand member behavior.”
    – Maybe trying to demonstrate not only the benefit of pluggin movies like I, Tonya or Death Wish but how it can negatively impact ticket sales as well.
    – Mitch Lowe, CEO of MoviePass was speaking to the Entertainment Finance Forum about how MoviePass monetizes data
    – “We watch how you drive from home to the movies. We watch where you go afterwards.”
    – The ToS say location is only used when selecting a theater and “only be used as a means to develop, improve, and personalize the service.”

What to Watch

What We’re Watching

Front Lines

Dispatches from the Front

Hello Cordkillers
After the recent news of movie pass not allowing certain movies in certain areas to be used with there service I cancelled it. No matter how much I disliked people using there service without seeing movies I found this far worse.
Now with happier news for the first time since I canceled Directv I didn’t have to sit in the kitchen to watch the Oscars. I used YouTube tv. I really enjoyed the interface.

– Kevin



Dear Tom & Brian,

First, I want to say that I support Brian’s right to be completely, totally, 100% WRONG about Black Panther. (That movie was awesome!)

The question of whether or not people actually save money by cutting the cord or just gain freedom & flexibility seems to come up rather frequently. I recently crunched the numbers and I thought I’d share.

Before cutting the cord, I had Dish Network for both internet & “cable.” It started out as a pretty good deal, but after they’d jacked the rates up several times, well, let me put it this way: I decided to cancel my Dish when they started running commercials about how DirecTV customers average $77/month, and I was paying $115/month!

My internet bill went from $60/month to $35/month for the exact same service
I added Sling @ $25/month
I added PBS Passport @ $7/month because I wanted to support them, even though I could get PBS OTA

So, I’m paying $25/month less for internet, and the two services I added to replace cable/satellite total $32/month. I’m saving $108/month! And, I can easily pause or cancel services whenever I want. I’ve actually cancelled Sling for now (between seasons of the shows I really want to watch), and I plan to switch to Philo as it offers all of the channels I want ($16/month).

Yes, I did buy a Roku, and I already had Netflix & Amazon Prime subscriptions, which I didn’t count in my totals, but they add up to a lot less than $108/month.

Thanks, guys! I couldn’t have done it without you!

Uli Dig

P.S. I used some of the money I saved to support some of my favorite podcasts. I’m the boss of you now!



Hey Guys…
Thanks for all the entertainment.
Just dropping a note on how I budget some of my TV Viewing
I use the Gift Cards for Hulu, Netflix, iTunes and prepay an year ahead.
That way I can budget for all my streaming viewing and never have to
Worry about how much I am spending on my Cord Cutting fees.

Hopefully this might help others to budget as well.

One of your many bosses





Hi. I thought this worth sharing that I am now a paying customer of YouTube TV.I relied on the DVR feature to record the 90th Oscar’s apparently not many bothered to watch.Picture quality was good and I was happy YouTube was smart enough to extend the recording time without any input from me that allowed me to see the whole event.I thought for sure it would stop at the 3hr mark and I’d have to Google the best picture winner.But it worked great.

I was happy to see Shape of Water win best picture.And I’m glad I drove over 45 miles one way to see it in a theater before the Oscar’s to know it is a great film.

Have a great episode tonight.




The Expanse is now in UHD on Amazon Prime Video. Might be better to wait than watch on syfy.

– Jommel


Cordkillers 209 – Watch Something Prescient (w/ Anthony Lemos)

Reboots galore, Legion’s coming back, and a Fox News superfan channel. With special guest Anthony Lemos ( )

Download audio

Download video

CordKillers: Ep. 209 – Watch Something Prescient
Recorded: February 26 2018
Guest: Anthony Lemos

Intro Video

Primary Target

How to Watch

  • Fox News to launch an over-the-top streaming service, Fox Nation
    – Fox News is starting its over the top streaming service in Q4
    – Designed for Fox News Superfan.
    – “Fox Nation” will have live exclusive daily programming
    – access to exclusive events, library of 20 years fo Fox News programming
    – No pricing set yet. Will be paid unlike CBS News.
    – Fox is describing it as “supplemental” to Fox News Channel and refers to it as as an “over-the-top opinion platform” in its announcement.
  • CBS launches a 24/7 streaming sports news network, CBS Sports HQ
    – CBS launched CBS Sports HQ, a 24 hour streaming sports news channel. It’s available for free on most platforms in the CBS Sports app. Viewers will be able to watch previously streamed segments.

What to Watch

What We’re Watching

Front Lines

  • Disney loses in Redbox copyright row
    – Last December Disney filed a lawsuit over Redbox selling digital download codes for Disney films separate from the DVDs the codes came in. The Hollywood Reporter says a California federal judge rejected Disney’s request for an injunction to stop the practice, saying the wording on the box was not an enforceable contract and that Disney was misusing copyright law in trying to prevent the sales. Redbox has distribution deals with other studios like Warner Bros., which allows it to buy physical DVDs and Blu-rays and then offer them as rentals at its kiosks. But with Disney, Redbox buys retail copies of the films and rents those discs, and also sells the digital download codes from the physical copies at a fraction of the price.
  • Sling TV now has 2.2M subscribers, making it the largest internet-based live TV service
    – Dish announced Sling TV now has 2.2 million subscribers putting it ahead of DirecTV Now which last announced 1.2 million. PS Vue is estimated to have 670,000. Sling also announced the NBA League Pass service which costs $29 a month is available as an add-on.
  • OnePlus 5/5T update enables Netflix playback in HD, but you have to mail the phone in
    – The OnePlus 5 and 5T cannot play Netflix video in HD because it shipped without Google’s Level 1 Widevine DRM. OnePlus can now update the handsets but only with a physical connection from an authenticated PC, meaning users would have to ship their device to OnePlus in order to get the update that would allow them to watch Netflix in HD. OnePlus will pay for courier costs and promises to turn the phones back around in less than 5 working days.
  • Apple will disconnect ‘obsolete’ first-gen Apple TV from iTunes in May
    – Apple is making security updates to its iTunes service that will mean it won’t work with older devices. Among the now obsolete devices are the 11-year-old original Apple TV as well devices running Windows XP and Windows Vista. The update will cut off the devices starting May 25th.
  • FilmStruck Expands its Movie Library to Offer Iconic Hollywood Classics Through a New Partnership with Warner Bros. Digital Networks
    – Turner’s FilmStruck is partnering with its corporate sister Warner Bros. Digital Networks to add more old films to the Filmstruck library. That includes some big names like Citizaen Kane, Rebel without a Cause and Casablanca. FilmStruck is $7 a month or $11 a month to add the Criterion Collection.

Dispatches from the Front

Hi Brian and Tom,

I live in a region where Netflix carries a fair bit of periodically released content. Sometimes there is a delay of only a day after broadcast in the home market (Star Trek Discovery on CBS All Access), sometimes a week (Black Lightning on The CW) and in the case of David Letterman’s “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction” on Netflix, an entire month.

I used to use “My List” to remind me when such shows were available but the notification algorithm has gotten to the point where it lets me know when a new episode is available, without ever having to manually tag a show as something I’d be interested in watching again.

My notifications are generally a mix of returning shows and new shows I might like. Even if I get 3 notifications for the week, they never feel ‘spammy’.

I suspect the system works well for me because of my usage patterns (Netflix is used several times a week.) Your mileage may vary 😉






Something very strange happened to me in the night on Feb 23. I was watching Netflix with my fiance and between episodes it signed me out and asked for my credit card info to resubscribe… I knew this must have been a mistake or a glitch on my ps4 so I tried to load Netflix on a few other devises. All the same. None of my credit card info has changed and the card is active.

After resubscibing with the same card it logged in just fine, but I think I was given new options for tiers… A $15 ultra HD 4 logins at once and a $10(I think) for us and 2 logins at once.

I’m curious if anyone else has had the same thing happen, I googled it but didn’t find anything.





Hi Brian and Tom

I have not yet finished watching the first season of Star Trek Discovery but I have discovered how I will be watching it and wanted to share in case other were waiting for the whole season to become available.

The … thing that turned me off to CBS All Access was the complete lack of Dolby 5.1 or any other kind of surround sound. This is a huge let down!…

Last night I was browsing for shows on Amazon Prime Video on my Shield TV and noticed they were advertising an addon CBS All Access subscription. I clicked on the .. page and they had a 5.1 icon listed with each episode. I thought it might be a mistake, but thought I might as well try …. and was offered a week long free trial, turned on an episode of Discovery and was happy to see my receiver switch over to DD+ 5.1 audio!

Now we have a week of commercial free CBS All Access at no cost if we cancel before the first bill. More than enough time to watch all episodes of Star Trek Discovery and we get to enjoy it with 5.1 surround sound in our home theater!

If other listeners have been waiting for the season to be complete before signing up for CBS AA, I recommend going through Amazon Prime Video if they have it. Watch the whole season for free if you watch it in less than a week.

Thanks for the show!
(I’m a few episodes behind on CordKillers, sorry if you guys already talked about this)




Hey Killers,

My Dad got Sling TV Blue a little less than a year ago, and I realized that the streaming video quality from Sling TV is probably the worst that I’ve seen out of online video streaming. Of course, OTA is going to have higher quality than streaming video, but it hit me last night when my Dad was watching college basketball on FS1. I walked by and was struck by how good the video quality was. The frame rate was really good, the color was vibrant, and it didn’t seem to have as much noise as usual. I casually said to him “Hey, that looks really good for Sling TV.” However, he replied “Sling TV? No, this is Fox Sports Go.” I had not expected such a noticeable difference between Fox Sports Go and Sling TV.
You guys have tested probably all of the live streaming services; what has your experience been with the other services’ video quality when compared to cable, OTA, and TV Anywhere apps?

Sincerely in Christ,