Cosmos gets to the bottom of humanity, Game of Thrones makes Cersei different suddenly, and The Shield confuses Tom a little.
Hulu’s letting more folks watch shows on mobile without paying. Is that a good thing? Also AOL and Nielsen are teaming up to save Internet TV.
CordKillers: Ep. 18 – Does Hulu Make Sense Now
Recorded: May 6 2014
Guest: Derrick Chen
- AOL releases 16 original shows, Nielsen to do the ratings
- Nielsen will begin rating new AOL original series. AOL is the first digital client to get Nielsen’s ratings for its original shows.
– AOL’s 16 series will be measured with digital ratings in a beta test. The ratings will take an audience measurement of the shows and then deliver “gross ratings points” to show what type of people are watching the programs. Additionally, Nielsen will measure associated advertising shown with AOL’s shows.
– AOL announced Tuesday that it’s coming out with a slew of new shows — 16 to be exact — which feature actors and producers including James Franco, Steve Buscemi, Sarah Jessica Parker, Zoe Saldana, Ellen DeGeneres, and more.
- TV execs want Netflix to be more like Hulu and Amazon
- – during a panel at the Cable Show in Los Angeles Wednesday, Executives from Nickelodeon, FX, Showtime and AMC explained that they would like Netflix to do more to promote their networks
– Bumpers, branding etc. (Amazon and Hulu do this)
– FX Networks EVP of Research Julie Piepenkotter quipped: “Breaking Bad did a whole lot more for Netflix than Netflix did for Breaking Bad.”
– AMC Networks Research SVP Tom Ziangas even suggested that Netflix’s website should feature this kind of branding as well: “I want our stuff on Netflix to be branded. I want an AMC page with our content on there,” “I think maybe we undervalued our content,” he said.
- Hulu will allow free viewing on mobile this summer
- Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins announced Wednesday that they will let viewers watch a selection of TV shows on mobile devices
– Free episodes will arrive on Android first, and then come to iOS. A redesigned iPhone app will be also be launching later this summer.
– Hulu is still in talks with pay-TV providers to begin integrating Hulu with their cable boxes.
- Online video could soon come to your cable box, with help from Frequency
- Frequency Android app provides curated videos from more than 4,000 sources
– the company built apps for TV sets from Samsung, TCL and Hisense as well as Amazon’s new Fire TV.
– Frequency is now offering a set of SDKs that allows TV operators as well as consumer electronics manufacturers to integrate Frequency-curated videos right into their own platforms.
– Frequency CEO Blair Harrison says everybody wants short-form content on their set-top boxes
- Star Wars: Episode VII’ cast announced including Luke, Leia, and Han Solo
- Watch the first full trailer for ‘Star Wars Rebels’
- The Moviefone website will now include TV content.
- Moviefone may not have a phone number anymore but AOL is keeping it alive. You can search for episode listings, cast information, show times, users and see whether an episode is available on viewing platforms like Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, YouTube, and more. You can even customize it to the services you use.
- The Wall Street Journal says AT&T has “approached” DirecTV about buying it.
- DirecTV has 20.25 million subscribers in the US (and another 17.6 million in Latin America), while AT&T has 5.7 million U-verse TV subscribers. (Comcast has 21.7 million before they buy TWC and get close to 30)
- Xbox Enteratinemnt Studios is in ‘deep negotiations’ with Showtims to develop Halo series.
- The plan might be to have episodes come to Showtime first then follow with interactive elements on Xbox.
- ESPN President John Skipper and Co. announced that all 64 World Cup matches from Brazil will be streamed live via WatchESPN and ESPN3
- You’ll need a cable subscription to have access to the feeds, but you won’t be subject to any tedious blackout restrictions.
- Jeffrey Katzenberg, head of Dreamworks Animation: “you will pay for the size.
- A movie screen will be $15. A 75″ TV will be $4.00. A smartphone will be $1.99. “
- Netflix announced Orange is the New Black has been renewed for a third season.
- Well actually Netflix let Laura Prepon (Alex) reveal it on Instagram with a picture of a whiteboard of possible titles.
2014 Summer Movie Draft
- DTNS: $237,155,480
- GodsMoneybags: $127,948,458
- /Film: $91,608,337
- Amtrekker: $47,552,736
- The Morning Stream: $26,426,047
- Night Attack: $0
- Brian: Game of Thrones (HBOGo), Cosmos (Hulu), Archer (Prime), and bonnie’s watching Orphan Black (Prime), Rick and Morty (YouTube)
- Tom: The Shield Ep. 10 (Amazon) Agents of SHIELD (OTA) Rick and Morty (AdultSwim.com) Arrow (OTA) Mr. Nobody (Netflix) Orphan Black (iTunes) Cosmos (OTA) Game of Thrones (HBO Go) Mad Men (Amazon) The Amazing Spider Man 2 (Theater)
- Derrick: Continuum, Grimm, Agents of SHIELD, Cosmos, (OTA) Orphan Black (Time Warner App), Game of Thrones (HBOGo), CinemaSins , ScreenJunkies, (YouTube) (with Chromecast)
Dispatches from the Front
This is a little old news since Youtube has now been out on Roku for a couple of weeks now, but I just wanted to say that this has pretty much killed the Chromecast for me. The addition of DIAL means that now my Roku does all the great things it always did and now adds the easy casting ability that made Chromecast so attractive and really starts to edge out the AppleTV in terms of features. If I can just find a Chromecast-type Chrome plugin that works with DIAL-based devices so I could do full screen sharing, Roku would really become the top of the streaming device heap.
While I was watching Cosmos tonight, our station, WVUE Fox 8 in New Orleans, cut to commercial during the discussion of monkeys developing the ability to walk and did not return until Jupiter appeared on screen.
It could be coincidence (I always try to err on the side of technical malfunction). Twitter searches lead me to find it happened at an affiliate in Mississippi and Indiana, as well as Green Bay, Wisconsin, but that Wisconsin station put out a message online saying there were technical problems. I’ve yet to see the other stations post similar explanations.
I’ve only seen WVUE do this once in the past with the Malcolm in the Middle series finale, but that was practically a decade ago, and this just never happens on their station to my knowledge.
Thought you might find this interesting.
Was wondering why you haven’t been watching “Continuum”? It’s one of my favorite sci-fi shows and they are currently airing the third season on SyFy. It’s a Canadian science fiction show (yes I said Canadian) that stars the eye catching Rachel Nichols as a law enforcement officer from the year 2077 who gets involuntarily transported back to 2012 with a group of freedom fighters known as “Liber8”. There she tries to stop them from changing the future and to try to get back home to 2077 to be with her family. The first two seasons are on Netflix streaming (23 episodes up there) so you should go and check it out. Oh, and by the way, one of the guest stars on the show is William B. Davis (aka The Smoking Man from The X-Files). Curious to hear your thoughts on it.
I agree, the outcome is murky, but here’s why Aereo will WIN. In the very first question, the attorney for the broadcasters agreed that Aereo was NOT a cable company. That would appear to take public performance licensing off the table. Additionally, Aereo appears to be following the letter of the law. A conservative jurist may say it’s OK to follow the letter of the law, even if it violates the spirit of the law, no matter who it angers. With that view, it should not be the court’s job to fix the problem. Remember, the VCR case is also precedent; we are allowed to make recordings of shows with our private equipment. Does the location of that equipment matter? Also, the attorney for the Justice Department admitted that Aereo fell somewhere between a cable company and a private antenna. I felt the justices asked hard questions to both sides. I do think Aereo has a fair shot at winning. I will want to read the opinion if it does not.
Cable subs are stable are on the rise. Aereo looks like it might lose in court. So what’s the good news? Netflix might go peer-to-peer? Ah, Dish might bring an Internet-only TV service by the end of the summer!
CordKillers: Ep. 17 – What channel is YouTube on?
Recorded: April 28 2014
Guest: Philip Shane, Documetary filmmaker
- You Kids Are Still Watching — And Paying for — TV, Says Pay TV Giant
- TWC subs rise
- Comcast adds video subscribers, beats Street
- Comcast details plan to give up customers and create new cable company
- 75 percent of millennials are paying for TV – ESPN citing Nielsen
– TWC lost 34K video subs. Gained 269K data and 107K voice
– Comcast added 26K video subs. (second straight quarter) Gained 383K data,
– Comcast will ditch 3.9 million subs mostly to Charter if TWC merger approved.
- With Aereo, Supreme Court digs into copyright nuances
- Inside the Supreme Court for Aereo’s last stand
- Supreme Court Conflicted on Legality of Aereo Online Video Service
- The Supreme Court Loves the Cloud. It’s Not Sure About Aereo.
- In Aereo hearing, Supreme Court expresses concern for cloud computing – but doubt over tiny antennas
- Dish reportedly launching internet TV service this summer
- Dish Said to Target Summer Debut for Internet-TV Service
- Bloomberg now saying Dish will launch service over the Internet by end of summer
– Has Disney on board
– NBC has to say yes as condition of Comcast acquisition.
– A&E Television Networks LLC, Time Warner Inc.’s Turner Broadcasting and CBS Corp. also have spoken with Dish
– Apparently other networks holding out until Dish gets two networks on board and 10 of highest rated cable nets
- Fan TV’s Streaming Set-Top Box Will Soon Be Available To Time Warner Cable Subscribers
- Sky’s next set-top box rumored to do away with satellite dishes
- A tale of two cable boxes
IN THE US
– Fan TV, Yves Behar designed, gesture-based remote, mixes cable with streaming services (Redbox Instant by Verizon, Crackle, and Target Ticket, Rhapsody)
– Now available for pre-order to TWC subs for $99
IN THE UK
– Project Ethan (according to Telegraph)
– all of Sky’s programming is available through the cloud, letting you pause TV and — if you like — resume it on a smartphone
- Microsoft Xbox Struggles in Big Hollywood Foray
- Microsoft may use mashup of pricing plans for Xbox TV shows
- Documentary series found the ET cartridges!
- Yahoo announces its first two original TV series, coming in 2015
- Xbox Entertainment Studios chief Nancy Tellem at the Newfronts advertiser meetings in NYC
Halo TV series (Spielberg)
Every Street United (street soccer unscripted)
Bonnaroo – Live
Documentary series “Signal to Noise” – INcluding Atari Game over
Humans (remake of Swedish “Real Humans”)
Halo feature (Ridley Scott)
— In development
Deadlands (Based on RPG)
Extraordinary Believers (Robot Chicken folks, hybrid stop-motion show)
Fearless (unscripted Navy divers)
Gun machine (Based on novel by Warren Ellis)
JASH comedy half hour
Winterworld (Earth encased in ice)
- Netflix pays to play with Verizon, too
- Amazon’s getting old seasons of canceled HBO shows.
- They’re not getting Sex and the City or Game of Thrones. And they won’t get series like Girls or Veep until they’re 3 years old. BUT HBO IS SELLING SHOWS TO A RIVAL STREAMING PROVIDER.
- Netflix posted a job listing for senior software engineer “with a special focus in peer-to-peer networks.”
- Part of the job responsibilities include “research and architecture of large scale peer to peer network technology as applicable to Netflix streaming”. Hey remember when ISPs said Netflix should pay extra because they send more traffic into an ISP than the ISP sends to Netflix? Well yeah, this could change that balance.
- RCN, Grande Communications, and Atlantic Broadband will offer access to the Netflix service straight from their TV set-top boxes.
- If you’re an RCN customer you would pick up your remote control, tune to the appropriate channel, like say, channel 450, and there you’d find Netflix. You’d select it and that would launch the Netflix app.
- AT&T is teaming up with The Chernin Group.
- A investment group run by former Fox president Peter Chernin“”to acquire, invest in and launch over-the-top (OTT) video services.” Apparently the two companies have sunk $500 million in the venture.
- All current-generation Roku devices— which essentially means you bought it after July 2011 — can now add the YouTube channel.
- They also support DIAL, meaning you can send video from a YouTube mobile app to the Roku box.
- Arrested Development’s creator, Mitch Hurwitz, has signed a multi-year deal to create and produce a new original series for Netflix.
2014 Summer Movie Draft
- DTNS: $225,059,241
- GodsMoneybags: $114,983,205
- Amtrekker: $24,763,752
- The Morning Stream: $24,161,059
- Night Attack: $0
- /Film: $0
- Brian: Game of Thrones (HBO Go), Cosmos (hulu), Rick and Morty (Adult Swim)
- Tom: Archer (Vudu) Warehouse 13 (Amazon) The Shield Ep. 9 (Amazon) Agents of SHIELD (OTA) Arrow (OTA), Orphan Black (iTunes), Game of Thrones (HBO Go) Cosmos (OTA) Mad Men (Amazon)
- Philip: Game of Thrones (HBO Go), Cosmos (hulu), Mad Men (Amazon), Orphan Black (iTunes), Community (iTunes), Science of the Solar System (Coursera)
Dispatches from the Front
Hey guys, loyal patron here. I wanted to let you know that if you don’t already listen to or watch star talk radio with Neil deGrasse Tyson, his last episode was really great. It’s titled A cosmos conversation with Steven Soter. He is one of the original writers of the original cosmos and they cover a lot of things that you talk about such as the animation. I have not yet listened to the most recent It’s spoilering time so please forgive me if somehow you covered this already.
I love the show keep up the good work. And I love seeing my name in the credits.
Actually, most of the advertising on Detroit tv does take into account canadians. Many canadians cross the border to do their shopping, as food and other products are cheaper here than in Ontario. I live on the border in a small town, and a good portion of groceries are sold to people who do not live in the us. Many retailers here benefit, such as clothiers, grocery, and other businesses that are not restricted in some way due to duty fees when those products are taken through customs. So the advertisers on local Detroit stations are fully aware and are sold on advertising with people in Ontario.
An Aero opinion,I’m conflicted about the case. I want to root for them, yet since I have a windows media center setup with my own antenna I fear the over the air business model dying. I cut the cord years ago, but I fear the Aero fight might unintentionally push me back to comcast if the broadcasters pull their shows off the air.
Hi Tom and Brian, Given how you keep us up to date with What We’re Watching, it would be neat should you guys use a service like trakt.tv so your fans can easily track what you are watching and, more importantly, how you rated the material.
Love the show, etc, etc.
Hey Tom Merritt and Brian Brushwood, don’t throw those first-gen AppleTVs away… They are worth a lot of money! I jailbroke mine and sold it on eBay for over $190 just two months ago! I used that money to buy two refurbished AppleTV 3’s.
We interview CEO Chet Kanojia about Aereo’s chances in the Supreme Court, what he’ll do if they lose, and his plan for dealign with the broadcaster’s threats to pull broadcasts from over the air.
CordKillers: Ep. 15 – Tamping the Musket with Chet Kanojia
Recorded: April 14 2014
Guest: Chet Kanojia, CEO Aereo
- Interview with Chet Kanojia
- Netflix’s new rankings for fastest ISPs are out for March, Comcast jumped up to 5th place.
- Turns out that agreement with Netflix has been very good for Comcast streams. Back in January, Comcast averaged 1.15 Megabits per second, kinda like DSL speeds, but in March they jumped to 2.5 Megabits per second.
- Mohu preps Channels TV tuner release after raising $145,000 on Kickstarter
- Mohu Channels TV adapter Kickstarter funded! (35K goal 144,890 reached)
– Mohu spokeswoman Jenni Samp: “The majority of the stretch goal feature ideas were suggestions from backers – the product actually evolved during the duration of the Kickstarter campaign as a direct result of backer requests.”
– Programming guide for Live TV PLUS browser for additional Web sources, and Android apps. added playback local content, time-shifting
- Amazon OKs two pilots for its next round of original series
- Debuting later this year as Amazon pilots
– “The Cosmopolitans” – half-hour dramatic comedy about agroup of young American expatriates in search of friendship and romance in Paris. roduced by Academy Award nominee Whit Stillman, the show features Adam Brody and Chloe Sevigny.
– “Hand of God” – Hour-long drama starring Ron Perlman as a judge who turns vigilante following a mental breakdown in which he believes God is talking to him through his son. Directed by Marc Forster (World War Z, Quantum of Solace), the show also features Dana Delany as the judge’s wife.
- Rumors were flying this morning that Relativity Media was going to outbid Disney to acquire Maker Studios
- Maker Studios issued a press release this afternoon saying “As per the announcement made on March 24, Maker Studios has entered into a merger agreement with The Walt Disney Company. The agreement has been approved by Maker Studios’ Board of Directors and the majority of its shareholders and is expected to close in the next few weeks, subject to regulatory approval.”
- Amazon says its video streams have tripled in the past year
- They cite numbers from a company called “Qwilt”, that they say show Amazon Instant Video is now the third largest video site overall behind Netflix and YouTube. If accurate that would put them ahead of Hulu and Apple.
- YouTube is loosening up on what video you can send to Chromecast
- Your private links now work as do YouTube Live streams. The feature is only active on desktop versions of YouTube not mobile… yet.
- The Sesame Workshop launched an app called “Sesame Go”
- The app lets you watch as many episodes of Sesame Street as you want for $3.99 a month or $29.99 a year. It also has episodes of the animated series Pinky Dinky Doo
- TV Bounces Back — For a Few Months
2014 Summer Movie Draft
- DTNS: $158,883,032
- GodsMoneybags: $39,327,869
- The Morning Stream: $9,783,603
- Night Attack: $0
- /Film: $0
- Amtrekker: $0
- Brian: Game of Thrones, Cosmos, Archer, Adventure Time season 2
- Tom: Agents of SHIELD (OTA), Regular Show (Netflix), Archer (Vudu), Game of Thrones (HBO Go), Mad Men (Amazon VOD), Cosmos (OTA)
Dispatches from the Front
- Hey Tom and Brian,
I wanted to let you know something very interesting that has been happening with my parents. Some background on them is as follows: My Father, an Ex-Navy Seal turned High School Math teacher and my mom with two Masters degrees in English Literature and former teacher as well.
I got them to sit down and actually watch episode 1 of Cosmos with me. To see their mouths drop… literally drop when each knowledge bomb was explained… it was the EXACT thing that both you guys keep talking about how the old one did to you.
I have followed up with them since then, and every sunday night they sit down and can’t wait to see the next episode. They are blown away every time, and my mom Texts me just dumbfounded, each commercial break.
To see this from people in their 60’s, has me convinced that Cosmos was never intended for people who want to compare the original, but to be on its own window into that world. They pay tribute to the original but these are two DIFFERENT shows and as such must be viewed from a new lens.
As always, keep up the great work and I love hearing about how you guys experience this series and look forward to hearing more.
You are Wrong about Microsoft programming. I am not a gamer and will not buy an Xbox of any kind, yet I wouldn’t mind seeing some that programs coming to Xbox live, but not at a cost of $500.00. I think sets a bad trend. Am I going to need a box for every ecosystem of content? I have a Chromecast, Apple TV, Boxee box, Popcorn hour, Pop Box and a Raspberry pi running XBMC. I am not buying another box to watch tv.
Tom! You’re wrong!
Microsoft is not forcing anyone to buy an Xbox One to view their content. You are forgetting about the millions of Xbox 360s that have been previously sold. If they don’t take advantage of the consumers that own a 360 and do not own a One then they are doing it wrong. The 360 outsold the PS3 in the United States. That gives them a large potential viewer base without counting One owners.
I am currently watching a Korean drama called “love from another star”. I don’t know if you guys have thought about reviewing anything outside of box but this is a good one. Its available on hulu and it has been a bit of a phenomenon in Asia. Not since the popular drama “boys over flowers” has a foreign drama crossed over in such popularity. I know its a bit unusual but try watching an episode and see what you think. I know Tom likes scifi and the lead male character is an alien if that helps sell it to you 😉
Anyways i know before you had asked for suggestions and I really like all the other shows you talk about so I think its fair to assume you might like a show that I am really loving.