Do TV executives have cool heads or heads in the sand? What should movie collectors do for collecting movies?
Hulu may contemplate an ad-free tier, Judge gives Internet TV hope, Slingbox giveth and taketh away.
- U.S. judge says Internet streaming service should be treated like cable
– US District Judge George Wu in LA ruled FilmOn X entitled to compulsory license for streaming broadcast TV network
– (Compulsory license allows small cost carriage of must carry sytations. Stations who opt for retrans consent no longer must be carried but have to negotiate in “good faith” for retrans costs)
– An immediate appeal to 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals was allowed
– Injunction against FilmON left standing
– Feb. 22, 2011 – District Judge Naomi Buchwald granted an injunction, shutting down most of the broadcast stations carried by Ivi
– Same right Aereo was denied in Manhattan Federal Court October 2014
– FCC launched comment period Dec. 18, 2014 on reclassifying OITT as MPVD
- Password Sharing: Are Netflix, HBO Missing $500 Million by Not Cracking Down?
– A report from research firm Parks Associates estimates services like HBO Go will lose up to $500 million worldwide to people who share login information. 6% of US broadband households use a service paid for by someone outside the house. Services like HBO and Netflix responded to the survey with a collective “yeah we know.”
- Hulu Explores Adding Ad-Free Option to Its Service
-WSJ sources say Hulu considering an ad-free tier for $12-$14 a month
- Buying a Slingbox finally gets you free TV streaming apps
– Slingbox $200 Slingbox M2 ‘bundle’ gives you the apps for free
– Cost is $50 more than unbundled. Apps are usually around $15 or more
– “Seamlessly integrated ads”
– And yes there’s already a class action suit for the ads being introduced to the desktop app in March
- Slingbox class action
- HBO NOW Arrives Today On Amazon’s Appstore And Google Play, And Soon, Android And Fire TV Devices
– Netflix said in its earnings call it has no plans to raise prices but will encourage customers to upgrade to more expensive plans with better quality streams. CEO Reed Hastings, while wearing a BoJack Horseman sweater, also expressed support for the Charter Time Warner Cable merger since Charter doesn’t charge Netflix for interconnections.
- Google’s YouTube Signs Up Everyone But TV for New Paid Service
– YouTube says it has signed up partners accounting for 90% of its viewing to take part in a paid service that would remove ads, but sources say none of those partners include major broadcast and cable networks.
- Sling TV’s new ads show children bullying adults into paying for cable and signing contracts.
- Local TV takes news to Web in fight for cord cutters
– This autumn 112 US TV stations will begin streaming live newscasts through an app called NewsOn. Verizon is also in talks with 300 stations that want to send programming directly to consumers.
- Narcos series premieres on August 28th on Netflix
- Amazon’s First Original Film Is Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq,” Expected In Theaters This Year
– Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq” film will be first Amazon original gang violence in inner-city Chicago.
– Expectation is that the film is due to open in December in order to qualify for participation this year’s Oscars race.
– Movies would reach Amazon Prime Instant Video in just 4 to 8 weeks after they hit the big screen.
– (Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Hudson, Angela Bassett, John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson)
- Brian: Sense8, True Detective, Ant Man, BoJack Horseman
- Tom: Clone Wars, Mr. Robot (3-4), Wayward Pines (9), True Detective (Ep. 205) The Shield (608), Ant Man
- Andrew: Ray Donovan, True Detective, Ballers
- Bryce: BoJack Horseman
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
Comcast offers a cord-cutting fig leaf, ESPN loses subscribers, Chromecast gets an ethernet port.
CordKillers: Ep. 79 – Comcast Stream: You Can’t Take it With You
Recorded: July 13, 2015
Guest: Lamarr Wilson
- Comcast offers live TV without cable subscription—though with a big limitation
- Comcast Sells Its Own Cord-Cutting Service — Which Requires Comcast’s Cord
– Comcast Stream
– $15 a month HBO plus about a dozen broadcast channels (ABC, CBS, CW, FOX, NBC, PBS, Telemundo, and Univision)
– Access to Comcost on-demand content
– Only for Comcast Broadband customers
– Phones tablets, PCs but no set-top boxes
– Out of home access only to on demand and recorded content (cloud DVR – 20 hours storage)
– Can sign up AND cancel online
– Launch in Boston end of summer, Followed by Seattle and Chicago then all 22 million subs in early 2016
- ESPN Lost 3.2 Million Subscribers In About a Year, Report Says
- ESPN Tightens Its Belt as Pressure on It Mounts
– WSJ Says ESPN lost 3.2 million subs in a little over a year according to Nielsen data
– ESPN reaches 92.9 million hhs
– Down 7.2% since 2011.
– ESPN expected to make up 25% of Disney profits in 2015
- Google’s Chromecast gets a hardwired Ethernet adapter
– Plugs into USB port and provides power and 100 Mbps ethernet.
– Sold out fast
- Comcast Sells Its Own Cord-Cutting Service — Which Requires Comcast’s Cord
- Plex’s Xbox One update brings music, playlists and more
– Plex’s Xbox One app is getting some new features. You can now play music with playlist support for audio and video.
– Plex can also handle Xbox’s native MKV file format and can show movie trailers related to the films you have.
- Test run paves the way for over-the-air 4K TV
– GatesAir, LG and Zenith in conjunction with WJW-TV Cleveland have started field-testing Futurecast, a system that uses HEVC video compression to broadcast 4K and two mobile TV broadcasts in a 6MHz channel. The hope is futurecast to be rolled into the ATSC 3.0 broadcast standard.
- PewDiePie responds to “haters” over $7 million YouTube earnings
– A Swedish newspaper reported that YouTube star PewDiePie earned $7 million in 2014 from his gaming commentary videos. He has more than 37 million subscribers. Last year the Wall Street Journal revealed he made $4 million in 2013.
- Amazon tool aims to help you ‘fling’ shows onto Fire TV
– Amazon has launched the “Fling software toolkit” allowing developers for Android, iOS and FireOS to add a Fling button to their apps. When users press the Fling button they can send content to their FireTV device much like casting a video to Chromecast.
- Amazon released a new trailer for The Man in the High Castle in advance of the series premiering on Amazon prime. It’s a mix of scenes from the pilot and future episodes.
- Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk’s Con Man Satirizes Comic-Con at Comic-Con
– A trailer for Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion’s Vimeo series Con Man was released at ComicCon as well. You can preorder the season for $14.99 available September 30.
- Hulu pays record-breaking $192 million to keep South Park through 2019
– Comedy Central has renewed South Park for 4 more seasons and Hulu paid $192 million to retain exclusive streaming rights. Season 19 begins September 16.
- Netflix announced movie release dates
– October 16 – Beasts of No Nation (TrueDetective director Cary Fukunaga)
– December 11 – The Riduclous Six (Adam Sandler, Terry Crews, Rob Schneider, and Nick Nolte)
– Q1 2016 – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend
– March 2016 – Pee-wee’s Big Holiday
- Brian: Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, True Detective
- Tom: An Honest Liar, Wayward Pines (1-8), Killjoys (Ep. 1) The Shield (607) True Detective (204), Comiccon Panels
- Lamarr: Blackish (Hulu), Instant Mom (Hulu), Ancient Aliens (History on Sling), Alone (History on Sling) and I’m PLAYING: Batman: Arkham Knight
- Bryce: Hot Girls Wanted
Dispatches from the Front
Hey guys, just wanted to write in about my experience with the Amazon Fire TV stick and using it in hotel rooms away from home. After hearing about the update which allowed you to sign in through a hotels wifi access portal, I used it a few days later at a Hotel Indigo, an upscale Holiday Inn family hotel. It worked great! Fast, stable, great picture on Netflix, no problems. I loved it.
However, it is I’m afraid to report very bandwidth dependent. I tried it this past week at both a Hilton Garden Inn and a Hampton Inn, and the results were very poor. The login process was painless, but neither hotels had the bandwidth to properly use the stick. I tried the Pluto.TV, Twitch.TV, and the WWE network app and none would work or play any video. Netflix only worked at the Hampton Inn, and even then the video would buffer very often and not be the best quality.
In short, the Amazon FireTV stick is a great piece of hardware, and should be with everyone who travels or stays in hotels a lot for business, but premium internet access is necessity.
Hope this was helpful,
Tom — you mentioned you enjoyed watching news from pluto tv because of the variety of sources and sit back experience… for that, I use haystack. Which I thought i heard about through you, but in case not, you should check it out.
A bit early in their dev — but you can see they are working on favoriting and a recommendation engine to keep your feed relevant to what you’re interested in and what’s trending, all while coming from multiple sources.
I just had one comment about the hulu/pluto channels. This is the syndicated version I’ve been waiting for. I keep hoping for something I can tailor myself. Hulu used to have play lists and queuing but now it’s only queuing. Just recently I wanted a Playlist option when I realized I could only stand 3 shows of someone else’s binge watching. Well I’m close with Pluto but not close enough.
Really hoping maybe Pluto help me get my own channel selection some day.
Season 2 of “The Strain” premiers this coming Sunday evening on FX.
A good scary series that gave me chicken skin during the first season. I’m looking forward to being scared again. Deserves a look at a couple episodes of season one. I think you’ll like it.
– Bad Billy
TiVo finds TiVo viewers binge, gives Aereo users a free Tivo, Hulu available as a linear channel.
CordKillers: Ep. 78 – Binge and Purge Viewing
Recorded: July 6, 2015
Guest: Jennie Josephson
- TiVo Study: 92% of People are ‘Binge Viewing’ Television
- TiVo press release with correct definition of Binge Watching and correct number of people surveyed
– TiVo conducted a survey of TV viewing habits
– 92% surveyed have “binge viewed” at some point
– binge viewing: watching at least 3 episodes of a particular TV show in a day
– 40% thought the term had a negative connotation, down from more than 50% 2 years ago
– 32% say they wait until a whole season is done before watching so they can binge view
– 66% use Netflix to binge watch (House of Cards, Unbreakable top recent shows)
– Survey conducted March 2015 from TiVo advisors panel. 12,458 participants.
- Hulu to Deliver Free TV Shows, Movies via Pluto TV Service (Exclusive)
– Hulu has channels on PlutoTV now.
– Pluto can restream anything from the free tiere of Hulu on the desktop
– Late Night Catch-Up; ’90s TV Shows; ’80s TV Shows; ’70s TV Shows; Joss Whedon Shows
– In addition, Pluto has channels with select episodes of “SNL,” “South Park,” “Star Trek,” “Seinfeld,” “I Love Lucy” and “The Twilight Zone.”
– Pluto TV has recently struck deals with a half-dozen other content partners to distribute their programming: Shout! Factory, Jukin Media, Devin SuperTramp, Multicom, Around the World in 4K and Amazing Places on Our Planet.
- Hulu’s Living Room Viewing On The Rise As PC Viewing Declines
– But desktop is a declining platform for Hulu
– Living room viewing now 58% up from 44% a year ago
– Mobile now 17% up from 15% yoy, and PC 24% down from 41% yoy
– OTT streams have an average of 1.4 viewers
- TiVo gives ex-Aereo customers a break on its cord-cutter DVR
-TiVo is offering former Aereo customers a Roamio OTA box, a TiVo Stream and two years of service for no money down and $20 per month with a two year commitment.
- Vivendi Buys Dailymotion for $242 Million
– Vivendi has purchased an 80% stake in Dailymotion. Vivendi owns Canal+ Group and Universal Music Group and said Daily motion will allow for the “joint development of “original and distinctive content and formats”
- Comedy Central channel starts streaming on Roku
– The Comedy Central app is now available to add to your Roku. And while you need a cable subscription to watch everything, the latest episodes of some shows — like The Daily Show, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore and a few select others.
- Someone made a teaser trailer for Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events adaptation
– An excellent teaser trailer appeared on YouTube for Netflix’s upcoming series based on the books “A Series of Unfortunate Events.” Trouble is Netflix doesn’t know where it came from. The teaser is the only video on an account under the user name Eleanora Poe.
- TVPlayer app streams 25 UK pay-TV channels for a fiver a month
– TVPlayer which offers free streaming of over the air channels now has a £5 a month plus package that includes 25 pay-TV channels like National Geographic, History and Discovery Channel, some of which will even include catch-up service.
- Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp has its first full trailer
- Brian: An Honest Liar, True Detective (ep 1-3), Orange is the New Black 4-5, Mr. robot 102, Rick and Morty
- Tom: Orange is the New Black (Ep. 10-13) Orphan Black, Mr. Robot (102), Empire (Season 1), The Shield (606), True Detective (203)
- Jennie: Mr. Robot (1 &2) Humans (1&2)
- Bryce: Real Hotwives of Orlando
Dispatches from the Front
I’m a time traveler and this email is in response to the discussion you haven’t had yet about the city of Chicago imposing a ‘cloud tax’ on streaming services like Netflix.
I agree with Brian that this is despicable. Chicago’s argument is that they’re trying to recoup tax revenue lost to brick-and-mortar stores that have been replaced with streaming services, but this argument doesn’t fly for two reasons. One, because there are presumably new businesses where the old stores used to be that are paying tax and offering taxable products and services, and two because streaming services don’t use local resources like a brick-and-mortar store. But most importantly, even if they have lost tax revenue, that’s just too damn bad. They have no right to replace it with a tax on a product that isn’t originating and may not be consumed in their city. What if I live in Chicago but watch Netflix exclusively when I travel?
Gentlemen, I was wondering if either of you had checked out the Netflix original “Grace and Frankie“. It is a 14 part comedy series with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. My wife and I really enjoyed it, though we are much older than you guys. First couple of episodes seemed a little forced but after that I though it improved substantially and was fun
Hi guys! I had to stop and rewind when you said that SHOWTIME was coming to HULU! SHOWTIME is a CBS network, and CBS has been all but openly HOSTILE to Hulu in the past. Has CBS blinked, or is this just another nail in Hulu’s financial coffin?
How TV won, lost, and coexisted with the Internet all at once. What Hulu’s partnership with Showtime means.
CordKillers: Ep. 77 – We’re Pirates on Moon
Recorded: June 29, 2015
- How Television Won the Internet
– -NYTImes Michael Wolff “How Television Won the Internet”
– People spend more time watching TV than they spend on the Net
– Glut of traffic on Net drives down ad rates
– TV moving off advertising to pay model
– Half of broadcast and cable’s income is non-advertising based.
– Netflix bills itself as a disrupter of television — except that it is television, paying Hollywood and the TV industry almost $2 billion a year in licensing and programming fees.
– Yahoo just cut its first big sports deal. Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook says that his company’s future is video. Just last week, BuzzFeed and the Huffington Post announced their new TV plans.
– A premium product that people pay attention to and pay money for. Credit cards, not eyeballs.
- OTT and TV Will Coexist, and It Will Be Beautiful
– ReCode: OTT and TV Will Coexist, and It Will Be Beautiful
– Dermot McCormack, President, AOL Video and Studios
– “History has shown the new does not supplant the old, but is instead the catalyst for change and evolution. “
– TV tell stories. They can be told across screens
– “Imagine finishing an episode of a TV show, and turning to your tablet for a related short that fills in a key plot point. — – Then you open Snapchat to see what happened offscreen at the pivotal moment from another character’s point of view. Later on, you’re sitting at your desk and you get a FaceTime call from the protagonist foreshadowing what’s to come in next week’s episode”
– OTT will shape the development of TV, and (eventually) seamlessly combine with it to become something bigger and better than the sum of its parts.”
- Years Of Pretending Netflix Cord Cutting Wasn’t Real Is Biting The Cable Industry In The Ass
-TechDirt Karl Bode “Years Of Pretending Netflix Cord Cutting Wasn’t Real Is Biting The Cable Industry In The Ass”
– FBR Capital Markets claims Netflix will have a larger 24 hour audience than any broadcast net iun US by end of year
– 2 hours of viewing per subscriber per day. a 2.6 rating on par with ABC and NBC
– Choose between Netflix and a cable or satellite TV subscription, 57% picked Netflix, with 43% opting for pay TV, according to a survey FBR conducted with ClearVoice Research in April.
- Showtime Becomes The First Premium Service To Be Offered By Hulu
– Showtime purchased through Hulu will be $8.99 a month
– Hulu subsidizing the difference between that and normal $10.99
– Showtime shows will be available in Hulu app
– Please note: At launch on Hulu, you will be able to watch live only on the web at www.hulu.com.
- Sony’s pitch for Internet TV proves it’s hard to pitch Internet TV
– Sony’s commercially for Playstation Vue is very low on specifics
- Amazon’s Twitch attracts monster audience at E3, with 21M viewers tuning in online
– Amazon released some numbers for its E3 live coverage on TWiTCH. They had 21 million unique viewers over the course of its 41 hours of programming peaking at 840,000 concurrent. YouTube reported it had 8 million views over its 12 hours of programming.
- HBO NOW Scores With Cord Cutters – App Topped iOS Revenue Charts In May
– Analytics firm App Annie says HBO Now topped its chart for worldwide revenue in May. Right in front of Spotify. Trends indicate it could repeat in June.
- Facebook’s new HBO deal proves it’s dead serious about taking on YouTube
– Facebook really wants to be a place you watch video. Premiere episodes of HBO’s Ballers and The Brink are available to watch on Facebook for a limited time. Ballers is on Dwayne Johnson’s page and The Brink is on its own series page.
- Amazon follows Netflix into the movie business with Elvis & Nixon
– Amazon is finalizing a deal to pick up Elvis & Nixon a movie with Kevin Spacey as Nixon and Michael Shannon as Elvis. Amazon will release the film theatrically BEFORE it comes to Amazon Prime.
- Amazon now offers HDR streaming to Prime subscribers in the US
– Amazon has made streaming available in HDR for US viewers starting June 24. Mozart in the Jungle is the one HDR series available and it can be watched on Samsung SUHD TVs.
- YouTube Star Michelle Phan Comes to Amazon’s Fire TV
– Fashion vlogger Michelle Phan who made her name on YouTube has brought her Icon Network app to Fire TV. Gadget vlogger Andru Edwards also previously launched a Fire TV app. Beachfront Media built the app for Phan and sells ads through it.
- All 180 Seinfeld episodes are now available to stream for the first time
- Brian: The Jinx (all 6 episodes), Ex Machina, Orange is the New Black (ep 2-4)
- Tom: Star Wars: Rebels – The Siege of Lothal, Sense8 (Ep. 9-12), Orange is the New Black (Ep. 7-9) The Shield (605) True Detective (202), Orphan Black
- Byrce: Between. Netflix, (Shomi in Canada)
Dispatches from the Front
Hey guys, this one is for Bryan!
Bryan, as one of your bosses at the UK office of Cordkillers, I’d like to hereby give you permission to use the BBC IPlayer to watch on demand content guilt free!
It’s a common misconception (that I’ve even heard before on Cordkillers) that UK citizens pay their TV Licence Tax to either own a TV, or to watch On Demand services like the BBC Iplayer. This is not true. People pay for the licence to watch LIVE TV as it’s broadcast.
This is shown on the Iplayer itself as when you try to watch live content, you get a popup that asks you to confirm if you have paid for a licence – you don’t get this for On Demand content.
I think it’s important to point out this distinction A.) So you don’t get more guilttrippy emails and B.) Because I’m sure there are many UK Cordcutters like me who don’t watch live TV and exclusively watch On Demand services like the Iplayer who could be saving £120 per year.
(Link to the BBC guide that explains this below)
Just wanted to share some recent observations I’ve made comparing television series rollouts on Netflix to a normal weekly schedule.
Recently, I watched the Game of Thrones season 5 and my wife watched Orange is the New Black season 3. I really think I got the better experience. Watching Game of Thrones weekly gave me two and a half months of entertainment. I enjoyed watching the episodes religiously each Sunday night, reading the reactions and reviews (especially on Spoilerin’ Time), speculating about what might happen next, and talking about it with friends during the week. She finished the OitnB season in 2 days, and that’s all she gets out of it.
Of course, she could have watched one episode a week, but there’s no way to keep the entire internet on that schedule. While I’ve binge-watched series on Netflix, such as Battlestar Galactica, the only new series on Netflix I’ve ever really gotten into was Daredevil, and I can only imagine how much better the experience would have been watching weekly along with the entire world rather than in a few days all by myself.
Now, there’s a simple way Netflix could satisfy both those that want to binge-watch the whole season right away and those that want a weekly viewing experience. When a new season debuts, people could select if they want all the episodes available right away, or on a standard weekly schedule that is the same for everyone, or on their own schedule they can set up themselves.
Just my 2 cents! As always thanks for the show and I’m glad to support it!
– Andy in Taylor, Tx
Having just completed Sense8, I feel compelled to share this [spoiler free] assessment.
Marketing this series was always going to be tough and dropping names like The Matrix into the promo material probably did more harm than good. It is like expecting to see Star Wars and getting 2001: A Space Odyssey instead.
In many ways, this seems like a refinement of what the Wachowskis tried to do with Cloud Atlas. Sense8 is heavy on mood, location and atmosphere, which all feel very “now”. The fantastical elements exist only to further the personal stories of these eight people who should have nothing in common but share hopes, fears and dreams despite being worlds apart.
Not all the subject matter makes for comfortable viewing and some of the emotional notes may hit a little close to home (well, for me at least) but if you can buy into the conceit, it is profoundly rewarding.
This is most decidedly NOT for everyone but a Netflix Original in the truest sense.
I can’t help but think that the global, inclusive nature of this show helped it find a home at Netflix, which itself is increasingly trying to be all things to anyone with an Internet connection, wherever they might be in the world.
– Graham “Goucham-in-the-chat-room” Elliott