Netflix comes to everywhere including Linux and Luxembourg. Plus YouTube is losing its stars!
We may actually have Internet-delivered TV by mid-2015 but we get a little more excited by Netflix’s chaos monkeys.
CordKillers: Ep. 36 – Rise of the Chaos Monkeys
Recorded: September 15, 2014
Guest: Andrew Zarian
- Verizon CEO says OnCue will launch by mid-2015
- Verizon’s internet TV service coming in mid-2015, may let you pick only channels you want
- – Verizon CEO Lowell MCAdam: Launch by Mid-2015. Big 4 broadcasters, “custom channels” like AwesomenessTV (Goldman Sachs Communacopia conference) “Everyone understands it will go to a la carte,” “Over the last six months to a year that dialogue has changed dramatically.”
- Sony online TV service to carry 22 Viacom channels
- Dish’s internet TV service likely to be called Nutv
- – Dish filing trademarks for “NuTV” (The Android app for DishWorld, the company’s existing online video subscription service for international and foreign-language TV networks, already uses Nutv as its app ID on Google’s Play store.)
- Netflix Gets Instant Search on the Web
- -Netflix Instasearch on Web. Instant matches with cover art.
- Netflix officially says ‘enchanté’ to France
- – Netflix launched in France today. (No House of Cards, that’s on Canal+). Based in Luxembourg to get around 40% rule. Still can’t put movies on newer than 3 years old.
- Netflix “Chaos Commander” hiring “Chaos Engineers” to attack network
- SlingTV review: Convenient TV place-shifting, with an underwhelming new interface
- -$150 M1 WiFi
-SlingTV ($300) replaces Slingbox 500
– Retooled UI coming to 500 as well
– Gallery feature, which is an overlay on your actual TV, showing you what’s on in a more visual manner
– Browse current sports scores—and see them ranked by recommended viewer interest via sports website Thuuz
– Rotten Tomatoes scores and icons in the movie listings
- Jeff Bewkes at Goldman Sachs conference said: “The broadband-only opportunity up until now wasn’t at the point where it would be smart to move the focus from one to the other.
- -Now the broadband opportunity is quite a bit bigger.” Bewkes said the company is “seriously considering what is the best way to deal with online distribution.” HBO GO also was added to older European set-top boxes in 14 regions by using cloud virtualization from ActiveVideo.
- HBO is bringing HBO Go to legacy set-top boxes in Europe
- Amazon Prime Instant video finally available on Android Phones phones in US, UK and Germany through the Amazon app.
- –All you have to do is install the Amazon shopping app, then use the in-app tools to download and install the Amazon Instant Video player app from the Amazon app store. Of course that means you need to enable the sitting that allows you to install apps from unknown sources.
- ESPN’s John Skipper at Code/Media New York said the network is considering selling some sports programming over the Web directly to consumers, just like Netflix does.
- The Wall Street Journal says Facebook is approaching some of YouTube’s top stars to convince them to distribute video on Facebook.
- -Facebook now allows users to upload videos directly to its site. This enables the site to sell ads with the videos, the report said.
- A June study by Frank N. Magid Associates found that just 2.9 percent of US pay-TV consumers are “very likely” to cancel their service in the year ahead.
- -But that’s up from 2.7 percent last year and 2.2 percent two years earlier.
- MUBI has a team of experts who pick one new movie a day which will only be available for 30 days.
- -That means MUBI only ever has 30 movies. It costs $5 a month or $35 a year. IN addition to the PS3 you can access MUBI on iOS, Android tablets, Sony Bravia TVs and the Web.
- Netflix’s 3D printing documentary, Print the Legend, streams September 26th.
- -MakerBot, Formlabs, Stratasys and 3D Systems are all included, as is Cody Wilson, who released plans for printing guns last year.
- Chef’s Table is scheduled as a six-part series headed up by David Gelb.
- -If that name doesn’t sound familiar, perhaps one of his most prominent works does: Jiro Dreams of Sushi. The show, Netflix says, debuts next year and will focus on half-a-dozen international chefs
- Maze Runner, Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem
- Brian: The Leftovers, also intro’d Penny to the marvel cinematic universe: watched Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and Avengers all in a row (3 as amazon rentals, 1 on netflix), Edge of Tomorrow
- Tom: The Shield (Ep. 304) Doctor Who, Lots of things in Italian
- Andrew: Trailer Park Boys
Dispatches from the Front
First of all wanted to say that I LOVE THE SHOW and that i finally started watching Breaking Bad, I’m on season 3 and even though i heard almost all the spoiler zone episodes related to the show i dont feel it has ruined my experience.
I also wanted to share with you the fact that i got 416th place in the Summer Movie Draft and I’m really proud of that cause last year I was in the 500 range. Pertaining to the draft is there any way to find the results of previous drafts I kind of want to see my progress through the past years.
Keep up the great work.
Alejandro Guadalajara Mexico.
Now that Bezos owns the Washington Post, how long until a live anchored, online WashPo news service appears on TWITCH to compete with the cable news networks?
Also, the Tivo Roamio may be cheap hardware, but they still want $15 a month for the guide. That’s $230 for the first year, $180 thereafter. For that money I’d buy the ChannelMaster OTA DVR and pay no monthly fee.
One of your bosses here who just upped his pledge. Just wondering if you guys would put a Donate section on the website so people could donate via PayPal or Bitcoin. I like Patreon and all but sometimes I just feel a need to donate money to stuff that I like. And Cordkillers definitely falls into that category. I see Daily Tech News Show now has a donations page and I plan to use it. Just want Cordkillers to jump on board too.
Cheers guys. Love the show.
Another summer has come and gone. And while fewer and fewer of us are enjoying these warm months (or cold if you live in the southern hemisphere) at the movies, I walk away from this season with a question. How in the hell did a flying turd on a stick like “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” end up being the number one movie in the draft? Sure you can explain the math to me all day long, but there is no reason that Michael Bay’s passively racist abomination should be the draft leader. Not only should a just and loving God have denied such an occurrence, but the way the movie draft is set up needs to be drastically changed.
Made $137,224,768 more than the winning host team,
Why Amazon bought Twitch, and excitement for the return of The Tick!
CordKillers: Ep. 35 – SPOOOOON!
Recorded: August 31, 2014
Guest: Fraser Cain
- Amazon buys Twitch
- Why Amazon Really Bought Twitch
- Prime-time Twitch is bigger than CNN, MSNBC, and MTV
- – Amazon buying Twitch ($97- million in cash, total of $1.1 billion)
– one hour and 45 minutes on the site per day
– 1.35 percent of all downstream traffic in the U.S. during peak times
– Emmett Shear: “ We’re keeping most everything the same: our office, our employees, our brand, and most importantly our independence. But with Amazon’s support we’ll have the resources to bring you an even better Twitch.”
- Samsung bets on 4K Amazon and Netflix streaming to make UHD TV more tempting
- Amazon’s original shows will stream in 4K starting this October
- -4K Amazon and 4K Netflix (Wuaki.tv, Chili and Maxdome) to Europe on Samsung TVs
– Comes in October
– Netflix has been in US TVs since April
– Samsung began UHD broadcasts in April with Korean cable provider CJ Hello Vision.
- TiVo’s first box just for cord cutters is the Roamio OTA DVR
- TiVo beats estimates on strong subscriber growth
- – Roamio OTA $49
– 4 tuners, 500 GB storage, TiVo Stream, WiFi
– No cable card slot so $150 cheaper (and no TiVo Mini support)
– Available in Limited Edition at Best Buy
– Better than expected profits — strong growth in subscribers through cable TV partners such as Virgin Media in the UK, ONO in Spain and Com Hem AB in Sweden.
– TiVo’s subscriptions rose by a third to 4.8 million in the second quarter ended July 31.
- Amazon is resurrecting ‘The Tick’ with Patrick Warburton for new pilot
- –Patrick Warburton made a deal with Sony Television to shoot a pilot for The Tick to try on Amazon.
– Jeffrey Tambor’s “Transparent,” which will drop its entire 10-episode first season on Friday, Sept. 26.
- Amazon greenlights yet another batch of original kids TV pilots
- -Five more kids pilots
– “The Stinky & Dirty Show” about a backhoe and a garbage truck that are best friends
– “Buddy: Tech Detective” aimed at preschoolers
– “Niko and the Sword of Light” about a young adventurer.
-Two live action
– “Table 58” about a motley lunch table of outcast kids
– “Just Add Magic” about friends who find an old cookbook with magical recipes.
-Previously announced Sara Solves It which makes 6 kids shows in this pilot season
-Current children’s shows in the coming months: “Tumble Leaf” on September 5, “Creative Galaxy” on October 3, and “Annedroids” on October 30.
- Netflix dropped $2 million to get access to the first season of The Blacklist which will show up for US users 9/7.
- YouTube now can queue videos to Chromecast from its Webpage. Not only that but you can now cast whole playlists.
- Netflix will launch an original series in French late next year. “Marseille”
- -Follows Mayor Robert Taro, who has been in office 25 years and is facing off against an ambitious young politician. Netflix calls it a“tale of power, corruption and redemption.”
- Canada’s cable giants, Roger and Shaw are launching shomi a subscription-based service available ONLY to its Internet or TV subscribers for $9 a month starting in November.
- Netflix didn’t win any Emmys during the primetime ceremony.
- -Out of 31 nominations they took home 7 of the Emmys given away in the Creative Arts Ceremony the week before. Last year David Fincher won a primetime Emmy for best directing.
- Brian: been very busy vacationing
- Tom: Fargo, The Leftovers, Bojack Horseman, Continuum, The Shield (303)
- Fraser: Death Note, Sword Art Online,
Dispatches from the Front
- Questions from the live audience
If you’re in Atlanta this weekend and headed to DragonCon you MUST join us in room A601-A602 of the Marriott at 11:30 PM (Eastern) on Sunday night August 31st. Why?
BECAUSE we’re doing a live Cordkillers y’all. Cords will not survive this and you can say youw ere there. Join us! And together we will rule the cord side– not cord side– you know what we mean. Better see you there!
Time: Sun Aug. 31, 11:30 pm Location: A601 – A602 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
Want to understand why HBO won’t go Internet only and Comcast will? We have a camel and fig metaphor for you.
- Wall Street Estimates for HBO Broadband-Only Revenue, Profits
- – Barclays analyst Kannan Venkateshwar.
– HBO “windows” all of its new programming for digital-only subscribers. That is, you could stream “Game of Thrones” or “True Detective” on your iPad, but you’d have to wait for six months or a year to get the new seasons. Venkateshwar figures HBO could sell these wait-a-while subscriptions for $11 a month, a discount from the $15 a month the average cable TV subscriber pays for HBO.
– Sell the real-deal version of HBO over the Web, but charge a premium for it, like $18 a month. The theory here is that there are several million people with broadband who don’t pay for TV right now, and it seems unlikely they ever will. So why not turn some of them into paying customers?
– Could generate up to $600 million in new earnings, Venkateshwar estimates.
- Comcast launches internet-delivered cable TV at MIT and several other schools
- – Bridgewater College, Drexel University, Emerson College, Lasell College and the University of Delaware. T
– Included with room and board and can only be used on campu (althoughh HBO Go Watch ESPN, etc.)
– Comcast hopes to add other universities soon.
– A company called Philo provides similar service to Harvard, Stanford and Yale.
- Will Roku bring smart TVs into the cool crowd?
- Roku integration in TCL and HiSense TVs
– TCL on preorder at Amazon and in retail in next few weeks
– HiSense hit stores late September
– 32-inch TCL set $229, $649 for 55-inch
– NPD est. 2/3 of N. A. TVs are ‘dumb’
- BitTorrent’s Science Fiction Series Looks Like an American Apparel Ad
- Children Of The Machine Facebook
- BitTorrent, ‘ConTV and Rapid Eye Studios making “Children of the Machine”
– First extended clip
– “Implants” and “jolting”
– Once the 60-minute pilot is completed, it will be available to everyone for free on all platforms at the end of 2014
– If enough people sign up for the flat rate of $9.95, the series will continue.
Front Lines 2014
- ChannelMaster introduced a Leaf-like antenna called Flatenna which they’re selling for $10 with free shipping.
- Simple.TV owners can set up guest passes to stream shows on Web, mobile and Roku.
- -Guests can’t watch live TV or schedule recordings, only access previously recorded shows. Up to 5 users can access a Simple.TV at once without performance hit, they say.
- Firefox for Android got Chromecast support this week.
- –At the same time the Abitcool website started referring to something called “Matchstick” which is likely the Firefox OS powered streaming stick they’ve been working on.
- The good news? A revised online viewing agreement means local games may not be blacked out for online viewing next season?
- -The bad news, you’d still probably need a cable TV plan in order to be able to watch them.
- Steven Spielberg is apparently developing a Minority Report television series.
- -It would supposedly follow the pre-crime unit as they prevent crimes. Godzilla writer Max Borenstein has allegedly been hired to write the pilot.
- Nimble TV has reinvented itself again. It now lets pay TV subscribers in New York or Chicago watch some channels on a Web-connected device for free.
- -Want all your channels and a cloud DVR? You pay from $5 to $30 a month. It’s essentially slingbox/DVR service in the cloud.
On Our Radar
- Brian: The Leftovers
- Tom: Doctor Who, The Leftovers, The Shield (302)
- Jeff: Last Week Tonight, Magic in the Moonlight
- Anthony: Doctor Who, The Leftovers, Last Week Tonight
Dispatches from the Front
Hey Brian and Tom
i have been catching up on the show and was watching episode 32 “cord apathetics” when i heard Brian say something that finally made me disagree with him, as i usually see things from both host points of view. when Brian said we need to get rid of the over the air signals i was taken aback by this. my 86 year old grandmother wants to cut the comcast cord and only have phone service (she needs it for lifealert as much like r.l. stine she lives alone) and she told me that she only wants to get the local (35 miles away) Lansing stations. to make a long story short i am searching for an outdoor antenna as all the indoor ones can not penetrate the walls of her living room and she also refuses to get internet.
Thanks love the show
Brian and Tom,
Just thought I’d mention something for the guy who was disappointed with the lack of content he wanted to watch on Netflix. Canistream.it is a great website that has a mobile web version and even mobile phone apps. It allows you to search for pretty much any TV show or movie and it will tell you what services it is available on for streaming or renting or digital purchase or even DVD rental/purchase. I use it all the time and it’s great for those us trying to cut the cord!
Hey Tom & Brian,
Love the show, yada yada yada. Regarding the Movie Draft at Box Office Draft.com. What, who or where is the source for the movie listings for the next draft ? When would it be coming out ? And will the spreadsheet template be available to copy and paste into the league I would like to create ? Need some nitty and gritty on this, as I would like our family who it spread out over much of the country to join in on the fun.