Movie Draft Update, Mr. Robot (5-8), The Shield (701) Rick and Morty (204)
00:45 – Movie Draft Update
03:30 – Mr. Robot (5-8)
11:13 – The Shield (701)
16:17 – Rick & Morty (203)3
The FCC hands cable companies a weapon, Comcast wants to unseat YouTube, why you shouldn’t buy that Android box.
CordKillers: 84 – Adequate TV
Recorded: August 17, 2015
Guest: Hammond Chamberlain
Dispatches from the Front
Hi Tom, Brian, and Bryce,
I am preparing to leave the parents house finally!! I will not be getting cable so i was wondering which over-the-air antennas y’all think is the best and which OTA DVR that does not have a monthly fee is the best?
Thanks so much for the show!
– Lauren from Dallas
Just listened to this week’s Spoilering Time and was hoping for some clarification.
I always assumed that the red star ratings on Netflix were part of their “magical” algorithms and represent what they think you would rate something.
So in the case of “Hot girls wanted,” Netflix thinks that Brian will give it a 2 star rating after watching it. This of course being based on your viewing habits and what you have rated in the past that might be similar.
Therefore, critical reviews have no effect.
My confusion came when you stated the rating there was based on other Netflix users. Is this the actual case? Have I been giving Netflix too much credit with their ability to make recommendations based on my tastes? Am I gonna have change my discovery habits? Does Tom know? Is this really diet Dr. Pepper? Please help.
I had a thought about a consequence of cord killing that maybe you haven’t talked about. Made y’all a little video:
If .mov doesn’t work for you let me know,
Tom & Brian,
Do you think this is the last time US presidential election campaigns that will operate in a traditional way? In 2020, with the assumption of massive cord cutting, campaign ads can’t run like they do now given limited ad space on hulu, netflix or cbs.com. How do you think that it will change if at all?
I will never be able to convince my wife to cut the cord if I can’t reassure her that it actually works. I only have a couple digital movies, but two out of the last three times I tried to watch one I was unsuccessful because of DRM authentication.
One was on a wifi tablet while on a car trip, and Disney Movies Anywhere decided it needed to authenticate. No movie for you!!
Today, I wanted to listen to the Lego Movie while driving, but Flixter decided that it didn’t agree with my phone about what time of day it is. No movie for you!
These were both locally downloaded copies of movies I “own”.
Thanks for the show.
Movie Draft Update, Star Wars Rebels, Sneaky Pete (Pilot) Rick & Morty (203), True Detective (208), The Shield (701), Hot Girls Wanted
00:33 – Movie Draft Update
07:10 – Feedback
10:30 – Star Wars Rebels
14:54 – Sneaky Pete (Pilot)
19:33 – Rick & Morty (203)
24:34 – True Detective (208)
29:05 – The Shield (701)
33:34 – Hot Girls Wanted
Is the pay TV mountain about to crumble, why MLB paying NHL is revolutionary for cord-cutters, and Xbox One gets a DVR.
CordKillers: 83 – The Last Stage of Denial
Recorded: August 10, 2015
Dispatches from the Front
Hey Tom and Bryan! My 7 year old daughter is obsessed with YouTube. I trust her well enough to watch videos on my YouTube account because the YouTube kids seems to be geared for too young of an audience for her. … My question is, why does my 7 year old see Budwiser and other adult themed ads in front of these videos? Is it because YouTube assumes I am watching the video because I am logged in? This seems like of short cited of YouTube with all their data they should be able to recognize that those videos are geared for kids and should only show kid appropriate ads. I wish Google would supply more customization for letting children use YouTube other than “kids” which seems for very young children, or all out using your adult account with adult ads.
– Kyle from Jacksonville
Hello Tom, Brian and Bryce –
Its been great to listen to the talk about whether or not to buy physical media or invest in digital media and some of the comments from other cordkillers.
Last year my brother made some terrible, stupid life choices and had to tighten his budget. One of the first bills to go was his internet and TV. Since he had heavily invested in digital content like Steam games and TV/Movies from Amazon, all of that was now of no use to him. …Yes, he could have downloaded the Amazon files and saved them or put Steam in offline mode, but that would only work for so long.
Watching this happen has made me stick with physical media in all aspects. You never know what’s going to happen in your life and I want to be sure that if I make some dumb choices I’m not stuck watching the only a single channel that comes in on my antenna.
Thanks for the great show!
Quick money saving tip if you pay for Showtime and/or HBO through Apple. We buy $100 gift cards at Costco or Sam’s Club for $80 on sale. Load those up into iTunes Store and save 20%. Over a year if you subscribe to both you’d save about $60. Enough to buy some other shows or support Cordkillers on Patreon!
HBO gets smart about Game of Thrones, Comcast com-blocks Sling TV, and why the Xbox won’t be your cable box.
CordKillers: Ep. 82 – S-M-R-T SMART!
Recorded: August 3, 2015
Guest: Iyaz Akhtar
Dispatches from the Fronts
Hey Tom and Brian,
I was just having a quick look on eBay to see if anyone was selling an Amazon Fire Stick for cheap, but found a load of sellers listing a modified Fire Stick loaded with Kodi and plugins like iVue that enable people to stream premium channels for free. They’re selling them at around £25 profit.. some have sold over 500 units (a tidy £12,500 profit!).
Isn’t this illegal – i.e. selling it like that, not using it when you’ve bought one?
I’m all for killing the cord, and don’t mind if people want to side load this stuff themselves, but blatantly selling them like this for that price & in such quantities feels wrong to me.
What do you guys think?
Hey crew I just setup my Xbox One to do remote play from outside my home network using https://www.reddit.com/r/xboxone/comments/3a1rwv/instructions_for_streaming_xbox_one_from_anywhere/
This got me to thinking this just made Xbox one a great sling box replacement if you run your TV through Xbox one like you Tom. Only thing a bit annoying is having an Xbox controller around to navigate the Xbox one interface remotely.
Hello Tom and Brian
I just wanted to add my two cents into the discussion you had about JT question -“Is there room for the movie collector in the cordcutting world?”
Not all movies are available digitally yet
Two, Not all services have a full catalog.
Three, access to quality. Not everything is available in true HD (Stefano from Italy wrote in with the same concern about image abnd audio quality)
Four, there is a sense of control. The sense that you have easy access to your media when the internet is down or that pay streaming service that may or may not be there for the next 5 to 10 years. The sense of security that you don’t have your credit card number on services that got hacked.
– David form Riverside, CA
Hey guys, I love the show. I just want to let you know about a really good documentary that I found on Netflix called “Lost Soul: the Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau”. The documentary explores how the director had been fired and replaced in the middle of production, the script was rewritten on the set and it’s two leads didn’t get along with each other. Did you know that Brando didn’t even bother reading the script at all? His lines were fed to him through an earpiece. Val Kilmer didn’t get along with anybody on the set. There were even long periods where the extras and staff were coked up and having sex with each other because there was nothing else to do, seeing as how both leads refused to leave their trailers.
I was gobsmacked when I watched this, thinking that these were all professional people being well paid to make a movie, where the two lead actors and the director apparently didn’t give a damn.
– Isaac in Madison
I did it I cut the cord with Dish Network, they at first offered me $30 off a month, then in a last ditch my current services (which are pretty low) for $33 a month for a year. But I could not be swayed I think Cable and Sat are aging technologies, I use Hulu and Netflix and Plex for everything else and am perfectly happy. Thanks guys for keeping up the good work
Movie Draft Update, BoJack Horseman S1, Mr. Robot (103-104), True Detective (206), Rick & Morty (201), The Shield (608)
00:53 – Movie Draft Update
04:19 – Feedback
12:34 – BoJack Horseman S1
16:59 – Mr. Robot (103-104)
20:35 – True Detective (206)
28:50 – Rick & Morty (201)
34:50 – The Shield (608)
Hulu may contemplate an ad-free tier, Judge gives Internet TV hope, Slingbox giveth and taketh away.
Dispatches from the Front
Hey Tom and Brian. I am still a few weeks behind so I don’t know if you have mentioned this or not yet.
The people of sideclick have re launched their product. They are only $13,000 away form their $80,000 goal, and they have 27 days left at the time of writing this.
– Savo in silly Schenectady NY.
Please understand that live TV is essential to a sports fan! I know you two are not. With, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf and football, the major broadcasters like NBC, ABC, CBS & ESPN, make billions, not to mention billions more for teams and players. Then add in endorsements,etc. You are happily ignoring a huge segment of your own potential market.
Please get someone on your podcast who is tech savvy and is a sports lover.
Hey guys, it’s your boss here. Last week you asked for an “anti-Plex opinion” … I am not that “anti-Plex opinion”, but I’m going to share my insights, anyway. 🙂
In my opinion, Plex is really good at one thing: managing libraries of locally-stored, non-DRM’d content. …
What Plex does not do is Live TV or PVR functionality, or any streaming service or web site. Yes, there are “Plex Channels” that will give you content from the web, but in my experience they are very glitchy and rarely work, probably because they’re almost all scraping web content, making them very prone to breaking. When they do work, figuring out what content is actually available on the channel is worse than figuring out what’s available on Free Hulu, and the experience will make Brian’s Grandmother a very sad panda!
TL;DR – If you have a large library of local media, Plex is awesome. For everything else, Plex is pain.
Thanks for taking the time to read this, and for making my favorite podcast every week! Keep up the good work!
– Stealth Dave