Summer Movie Draft, Mr. Robot (207), The Get Down (102), Justified (306). With special guest Mulango Akpo-Esambe.
01:09 – Summer Movie Draft
04:00 – Mr. Robot (207)
15:14 – The Get Down (102)
20:53 – Justified (306)
We now know the lifetime of a TiVo, Netflix comes to your hotel, a wireless antenna with fewer wires. With special guest Mulango Akpo-Esambe.
CordKillers: Ep. 134 – Deeply Regret Button
Recorded: August 22 2016
Guest: Mulango Akpo-Esambe
Dispatches from the Front
Hi Tom and Brian
Take a listen / look at this: https://www.dr.dk/tv/se/dr-k-live-fra-koncertsalen/dr-k-live-fra-koncertsalen-serier-serier-serier
It’s 80 min of TV themes performed by the Danish public service station’s classical band.
There is some Danish talking in between, but most series covered are ones I’ve heard you talk about on the show.
Maybe something for the cold open? Or as a link to the listeners.
BTW – this is why I’m happy that we in sunny Denmark have the license fee that everybody with a TV, radio or access to the internet has to pay!
Thanks for always great shows!
I’ve now watched Jon-Claude Van Johnson and The Tick.I will watch I love Dick after work tonight.
My frustration with these pilots is not the content or format.I just don’t recall Amazon ever asking in there survey on what are your favorite shows ever? Then ask why these pilots are greater or worse then your favorite shows.
It just seems this kind of questioning sets these pilots up for failure as each one I’ve seen is slightly worse then say Battlestar Galactica. But it’s really unfair compairing a 30 minute pilot to a 4.5 season show for example.
I’m hoping somebody can reply and let me know if Amazon has asked this kind of question before in there pilot survey?
Long time Patreon Boss:
– David from Fond Du Lac,Wisconsin asking
I was talking with a girl who works at Hulu.
She said they get to see the first preview of what they are doing for the Hulu Streaming Channel today.
She said that currently she knows it will have an online DVR, but doesn’t have the details yet as to if it will be any restrictions on what can be recorded or if time limits or such. But if it isn’t all easily integrated it would seem a non starter.
She was pretty open about this as there is so many press leaks…but just in case don’t mention my name if you say anything on the air. Not sure if she was speaking out of turn.
Tom and Brian,
I am constantly scouring the net to find interesting tidbits on cord cutting and specifically OTT live streaming services. To compare the channels available I put the linked spreadsheet together. It needs a little more refining (cannot make out what networks some of SFN’s Faith based offerings are) but your viewers may find it useful. The link is public.
This is strictly a channel availability chart not a comparison of services
PlayStation Vue is still the best by nearly every metric I care about except mobility and the name (and lack of a desktop app). It is ridiculous they launched nationally with PlayStation in the name. Nearly everyone I speak too about it says “I might try it but I don’t have a PlayStation”. How about Sony Vue or just Vue? Or Sony Live Stream (SLS for short)? Or Sony Dream Stream? Anything without PlayStation in the name. Plus the integration into the PlayStation website makes it more confusing to the average user.
Tom and Brian,
Comcast upped my rate again so it was time to go for the chicken challenge again. Long story short, I was successful but not in the way I imagined.
I started out calling Comcast and had no luck getting my deal back to what it was before. So, I did what any reasonable person would do in 2016… complain on Twitter about my bill going up. Imagine my surprise when the Comcast Cares account at replied me and asked I follow them so we could exchange DMs. Using an exchange of DMs I was able to get back to my previous deal and lock it in for 2 years. That included free HBO for another 2 years and then to top it off they added 2 years of Showtime for free as well.
Comcast justifiably gets a bad rap in regards to customer service at times, but their social media team was fantastic to work with. I just wanted to share another path for all your listeners to take to try and get a better deal via the Chicken Challenge. Twitter, who would have thought that would work so well?
When I decided to cut the cord, I called Cox cable and told them I was cancelling in favor of HBOGo and Hulu. They made me a deal in which I pay for a “starter pack” cable plus HBO and Starz, at $12/month, which made it cheaper for me to keep it than to have HBO alone.
The end result is that I never bothered to connect my cable box – by using mobile apps to stream the network shows (using my cable login), I get all of the current shows offered by Hulu and was able to cancel that as well.
Definitely worth the phone call.
Cable subs are falling. Now what? ESPN’s online-only service is not what you thought. With special guest Andrew Zarian.
CordKillers: Ep. 133 – Big Fig Leaf for That Package
Recorded: August 15, 2016
Guest: Andrew Zarian
Dispatches from the Front
A few weeks back you did me a huuuuuuge favor, by relaying my call for help with starting a Streaming hardware show…
Well, the community responded, and The VOD Squad was born.
We will be streaming our first episode this Wednesday at 9pm CST.
Come check us out live on diamondclub.tv
Thanks again for everything you do for the community
I can only hope, to someday have bosses as awesome as yours!
Enjoy the podcast. For me so-called “skinny” bundles are a non-starter because they include channels i have no interest in. if I can pick the channels in the bundle so that i get only the channels i want … then maybe. we cut the cord over a year ago and now are are very selective about what we watch. for us the paradigm has shifted and the old, traditional model is dead. the “new” way is far superior – no commercials, bingeing entire seasons, no long contracts, more reliable equipment, and lower cost rules. skinny bundles, as currently implemented, are just not gonna make us interested in the services that offer them.
– Dave T.
I would like to recommend a show called BrainDead. It’s a goofy little show about alien space bugs that eat brains and are trying to take over DC. It stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead of 10 Cloverfield lane. It seems like a show that should be on syfy not cbs. It is also streaming on Amazon prime. This is the first time I have seen a prime time show available on prime. [[Similar to CBS/amazon deal on Under the Dome]] Check it out. One of the best part of the show is the musical previously on before each episode.
– Dave E.
(Hey Brian, I’m going to make it easier for you and write this in 3rd person!)
And here’s an email from Andy . . .
He thought they had killed the cord for good, but last week it was revived. When they went off cable, they added Hulu, CBS all-access, and also started buying some TV episodes. All that added up to about $25 a month in costs they didn’t have while on cable.
Here’s the trick AT&T used to get them back. They offered DirecTv for $50 a month (only a $25 increase after they cancel those subscriptions) guaranteed for the entire 2 year contract, a $200 reward card, and they now get UNLIMITED DATA on their AT&T cell phone service.
The cool thing was, they don’t even have to wait until the dish gets installed to start authenticating apps and watching live TV on their phones. That was all working the same day he called to order. Andy’s kinda considering calling and asking if they can just indefinitely delay actually installing the satellite dish!
Andy also submits the term Cord Reviver to those who bring their cord back to life.
-And that’s from Andy in Taylor, TX
Hi guys! Check out this Harrus poll on brand recognition, etc.
Netflix #1. Amazon #2. Hulu # 5. RC cola- oh how far you’ve come!
2016 Harris Poll EquiTrend® Rankings
Using an academically vetted brand equity model with elements like familiarity, quality, and consideration, brands create powerful connections with consumers.
The stronger the brand, the greater the bond. The Harris Poll EquiTrend® study benchmarks how deep those bonds go and honors the highest ranked brands in each award category.
2016 Harris Poll EquiTrend®
Video Streaming Subscription Brand of the Year
2. Amazon Prime Instant Video
4. HBO GO
5. Hulu Plus
Other Video Streaming Subscription brands in study ranked below category average (alphabetically): CBS All Access, Crackle, Funny or Die, HBO NOW, MLB.TV, NFL Game Pass, Playstation Vue, Redbox Instant, Showtime (Subscription Streaming TV Service), Sling TV, The Blaze, WWE Network, You Tube Red
– Scott in CT
Hulu ends their free service, but gives it to Yahoo! And has Apple given up on providing a TV service?
CordKillers: Ep. 132 – No, That’s RedTube
Recorded: August 9 2016
Dispatches from the Front
Hey Tom and Brian,
Quick question for Tom since he’s the OTA veteran. When you record shows using a Romeo or OTA solutions, are you able to select closed captioning or audio description after recording a show or can you tell the device to record the secondary audio channel? I’m wondering about cutting the cord but i fear losing audio description for the visually impaired as it is the lazy man’s TV experience. I usually record shows like NCIS or Suits on USA. I may just be stuck with Time Warner Cable or dream of the old VCR.
By the way, the NBC coverage of the Olympics is offering “some” audio description, but it mostly seems to start in the prime time blcok of programming.
After listening to your podcast for the last 3 months I’ve been trying to cut out AT&T U-verse television service. This weekend of the Olympics I finally did it.
I’m already a Netflix/Hulu+Showtime subscriber and I hooked up Digital Antennas for the three TVs in my home and use one fourth gen Apple TV in the main room where we watch TV. The other TVs I have two third gen Apple TVs connected as I only watch most tv in the main room.
The main room Apple TV has Sling TV installed and I’ve been enjoying the Orange channel selection works for me so far. I’m a disappointed about the sling interface and lack of pausing and on demand shows but I’m happy so far and I gained channels via digital antenna as I had only basic service for tv before.
All in all I’m much happier than before.
Thanks for you inspiration.
With the Olympics starting, I have been watching via my Roku and NBC sports app. The streaming quality has been poor on my fast (150mbps) connection. I have heard rumors that some boxes (apple TV) have better streaming quality through the NBC app. Has anyone done a comparison of this one app between the Roku, apple tv and fire TV?
– Jason N.
Hi Tom and Brian,
Do you think that more streaming services will (or should) offer yearly subscriptions at a small discount in addition to the standard pay-per-month option?
I think Netflix missed an opportunity to say “You want to keep the old monthly price? Fine, here’s a $100 per year (or $8.33/month) subscription.” It reduces the monthly temptation to evaluate whether it’s worth keeping it each month. As we get closer to “subscription fatigue” and with it taking so little time to cancel/renew, I think we’ll see more people choosing their months for each service.
The yearly subscription model seems particularly strong for services with a few major hits (e.g., House of Cards or Game of Thrones). People that want to subscribe for just those services would be more inclined to pay for only a few months and cancel, but if a discounted yearly rate is offered, might stick around to browse the rest of the catalog.
Amazon started with the yearly subscription and only recently added the monthly option, but for me their “major hit” is the 2-day shipping, for which I’m happy to pay a yearly subscription as opposed to month-by-month for just their video catalog.
Your happy boss,
Again I would reiterate that Comcast got me back as a corded user when they offered a combined package of basic cable with Showtime or HBO and it cost less than my internet alone was (at least for 12 months). So I am essentially paying for internet and getting Showtime and Streampix for free and they get to tell their stock holders that they are not losing as many subscribers as some of their competitors. It is essentially, semantics or outright lying. I would at least consider myself a cord trimmer and relate more to a cord cutter that is enjoying a few perks from his ISP.
Summer Movie Draft, Jason Bourne, Mr. Robot (204), Justified (303). With special guest Patrick Heston. Check out his show, Functional Nerds.
Patrick on Twitter: https://twitter.com/atfmb
01:34 – Summer Movie Draft
04:20 – Stranger Things (Follow-up)
07:18 – Preacher (Follow-up)
08:12 – Jason Bourne
11:14 – Mr. Robot (204)
23:36 – Justified (303)
How Netflix tried to wow the critics, Comcast’s dilemma might benefit cordcutters, and what really happened with Apple TV. With special guests John Anealio and Patrick Hester. Check out their podcast, Functional Nerds.
John on Twitter: https://twitter.com/johnanealio
Patrick on Twitter: https://twitter.com/atfmb
Cord-cutting conquers Comic-Con, Netflix finds out people don’t like price raises, and Twitter becomes a sports network.
CordKillers: Ep. 130 – Subscribe, Binge, Unsub, Repeat
Recorded: July 25 2016
– American Gods has all the parts in the book yes, even Media’s. (Starz, 2017 – Bryan Fuller)
– Star Trek: Discovery (Bryan Fuller) Characters from previous shows may appear
– The Expanse trailer – coming 2017
– Sherlock 2017
– Snowden – September 16 (Oliver Stone, Joseph Gordon-Leavitt)
– Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – November
– Doctor Strange – Nov. 4
– Lego Batman Feb. 2017
– Kong: Skull Island – March 2017
– Wonder Woman – Summer 2017
– Justice League – 2017
Dispatches from the Front
I am a long time listener, recent cord cutter. Before the fall season starts up, I want to get myself set up with a DVR, because I have great OTA reception where I live, BUT I want to be able to watch those recordings on my home computer sometimes too. It looks like Tivo recently stopped selling its software for this, and Channelmaster’s transfer of randomly-named files sounds odious. What solution am I missing?
Brian, I too am a fan of having closed captioning on. I’ve come to notice another benefit to closed captioning. In Preacher, in the scene when young Tulip over hears the Jessie’s dad talking on the phone. It just sounds like murmuring, but CC spells it out for you. Also, there was a movie where the tv was on in the background with no sound, but CC showed what the Reporter was saying, which was pertinent to the show.
I’m in the process of cutting the cord. The main problem is that my wife likes the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies Channel. Is there a place to stream these without a cable/satellite subscription? Thanks love the information you provide.
It is a sad day. No more VCR. 🙁 I guess i can finally throw away that box of Disney movies I have.