Netflix is getting into late night talk shows. On demand at all times. Also who wants another dongle even if it is from Firefox?
Sony promises an Internet-only streaming service, so does Dish, but Sony’s got the machines to deliver it. Will that end up working against them?
CordKillers: Ep. 24 I don’t give a Ratchet’s Ass
Recorded: June 15, 2014
Guest: Justin Robert Young
- It’s Complicated, but Sony’s Pay TV Service Is Still “On Track”
- Sony Computer Entertainment America President and CEO Shawn Layden tells Re/code
- – Internet-carried service on track coming to US later this year.
- – We probably wouldn’t throw the switch on all devices on Day One, simply because client management is tricky.
- Dish’s upcoming internet TV service to target cord cutters and “cord haters”
- GM of Interactive and Advanced TV Adam Lowy at the TV of Tomorrow Show in San Francisco
- – “Cord cutters, cord nevers and what we call cord haters” will be the target audience of the new service
- – Fox Network SVP of Distribution Strategy and Development Sherry Brennan said that her company would like to sell its networks through all and any of these new services
- Netflix receives new logo and subtle website makeover
- Netflix website got redesign
- – Includes a slightly transparent top bar and a palette of white and light greys.
- – Logo changed to simpler version the updated emblem uses flat, red text with minimal embellishment.
- Sony’s PlayStation TV Has the Makings of a Hit
- PlayStation TV Coming To US And Canada This Fall For $99
- – PlayStation TV game console (known as the PlayStation Vita TV abroad) is coming to the United States and Canada this fall.
- – $99 ($139 bundle with dual shock controller, memory card and Lego Movie video game)
- – Vita Games, PlayStation Now
- – Not playing up streaming video options, but Japanese version has several.
- – PS Vita already supports Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Crackle and Redbox Instant
- Sony formally announces PlayStation original sci-fi series ‘Powers’
- Sony will create an original show for the PlayStation called “Powers”
- – Adaptation of graphic novel by Brian Michael Bendis
- – Elements of police procedurals, sci-fi, and fantasy, and follows a pair of detectives investigating people with superhero-like powers.
- – Free first episode to all (with registration) PlayStation Plus get access to whole series.
- – Ratchet&Clank scheduled for movie release to PlayStation in 2015
- – More to come
- AT&T said if it gets to buy DirecTV it will help create a strong national competitor
- -Can bundle broadband and video in ways it could not without the transaction. It also said there might be ‘upward pressure’ on standalone service. Do we want more bundling?
- Comcast will test a video distribution platform through its X1 cable set-top boxes.
- -It will allow content creators to upload videos viewable on a dedicated app. SVP of video Matt Strauss said the focus won’t be on user-generated video, but target audiences that see high value in certain types of niche content.
- Sonic the Hedgehog will become a movie thanks to Sony,
- -22 Jump Street Producer NEal Moritz and Marza Animation Planet. The Hollywood Reporter says we’ll see the return of Sonic’s long-time antagonist Dr. Eggman (née Robotnik). Anybody want to see Sonic on a big screen?
- Netflix will release 26 episodes of a revival of 1990s childrens show “The Magic School Bus 360” beginning in 2016.
- -Old episodes rank as one of the most popular educational programs in the company’s catalog. Does Netflix risk becoming the reboot factory?
- Zatz Not Funny discovered a new Slingbox model called M1 that looks like a typical video streaming box and has WiFi built in.
- -Could we be looking at a cheaper Slingbox with Roku-like functionality?
- Anime distributor Crunchyroll acquired video startup Redux
- -Redux does video discovery and will help Crunchyroll to improve discovery on its apps.
2014 Summer Movie Draft
- DTNS: $462,591,077
- TMS: $420,381,999
- Amtrekker: $397,100,217
- GodsMoneybags: $213,120,477
- /Film: $198,386,221
- Night Attack: $97,389,035
- Brian: How to Train Your Dragon 2, Orange is the New Black, E3, Thunderf00t youtube channel, Game of Thrones
- Tom: The Shield 204 (Amazon) Orange is the New Black (Netflix) World Cup, E3, MASH the movie (Netflix) Game of Thrones (HBO Go)
- Justin: Game of Thrones, WWE Network , Orange is the New Black
Dispatches from the Front
First of all, love the show, really makes me wish that I had listened to Framerate. I have a small request: from a recent episode of Spoilerin’ Time, I learned that you use the lower third in the video version to identify the show or movie that you’re discussing. But as an audio-listener, I am not privy to this information. I have not yet watched Cosmos or The Shield, so I would prefer to skip those spoilers. But I am a big Game of Thrones fan. I find myself having to spend sometimes several minutes seeking through the episode to find the beginning of the game of thrones discussion, in the process hearing some of the other chatter that I would prefer to postpone. If it is too much effort, I understand, but if there is any way that you can jot down the time when you begin discussing a particular show, and add it to the podcast episode description field, I would be overjoyed.
Keep it up.
Hey guys! It’d be great if you made use of podcast chapters in the shows; in the main show it’d help with those faux-“”spoilers”” about Star Wars that people whine about, and in Spoilerin’ Time it’d help people to listen and just skip the sections they’re not caught up with yet.
Love the show!
Hey Tom and Brian,
As I am getting ready for the 24hr LeMans, trying to find a place to stream it a week or so before the race. I am completely delighted to find that the good people at LeMans are not only streaming the entire race but also chromecast-able directly from their website. I would like to applaud the LeMans group for their forward thinking of live sport’s on the Internet. Thanks for all both of you do.
Cord cutter since 2007
Ft Myers Florida
As I was watching the Sony E3 press release, I was noticing how they were nudging people in the same direction, although in a much more subtle way than Microsoft. Tom has always been saying that both console manufacturers want these things in the long term.
In particular, the PlayStation feature that lets your friends play in your multi-player game even if they don’t own it seems an awful lot like MS’s library-sharing feature. Every one assumes that it’s going to use Sony’s new streaming service. While that’s probably true, I can also see a time where they use a specific kind of DRM in order to be able to download the game locally to improve performance and decrease load on the servers.
And PlayStation TV is digital only, without fanfare, mainly because it’s only a $100 box. But it plays most Vita games. I’m not sure what “most” means, but based on reviews Vita games seem to be much closer to full console games than phone games. And you can use your PS3 controller so the cost to try it out is small for PS3 owners that haven’t made the jump to PS4 yet.
It’s interesting how this worked out. To me, this seems a lot like Sony learning from its PS3 launch. I remember when PS3 launched, Sony was pushing it as an entertainment center. (Anyone remember PlayStation X?) Xbox was pushing games, especially Halo, of course. That, combined with an earlier release gave the 360 a lead that PS3 could never catch up to. But this time around, the situation seems reversed. And while the release-date lead for PS4 was negligible, the lead in terms of units sold seems to be significant.
While Microsoft proves Brian right about the Ridley Scott series, but Netflix is being a little trolly and Web video becomes a heritage play.
CordKillers: Ep. 23 Netflix Picks Fights
Recorded: June 9, 2014
- Halo Nightfall’ digital series coming to Xbox from Ridley Scott
- Halo Nightfall Digital Series Headed to Xbox One in November
- Microsoft announced Halo Nightfall, a live-action weekly series directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan and produced by Ridley Scott. The series will be part of the Master Chief Collection.
- Netflix got worse on Verizon even after Netflix agreed to pay Verizon
- Netflix to suspend its controversial ISP error messages
- ISP to Netflix: Please come to Hong Kong!
- So Netflix started showing an error message that said “The Verizon Network is crowded right now. Adjusting video for smoother playback.” And Verizon got mad and sent a C&D.
- Ars Technica reports Netflix released a new monthly speed index for May showing Verizon FiOS dropping two slots behind DSL providers Frontier and Windstream. Netflix reached an interconnection deal with Verizon that should improve performance but is still being set up. GigaOm reports Netflix also announced they will stop a test on June 16 that shows error messages claiming a particular ISP is “crowded” when connections suffer.
- Close to half of all U.S. households subscribe to Netflix, Amazon Prime or Hulu Plus
- Online television watching reaches all-time high — iOS apps surpass web browsers
- Study from Leichtman Research Group about emerging video services
– 47% of US households subscribe to one or more of Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime
– 49% have at least one TV connected to the Internet
– 49% of Netflix subscribers watch online video once a week compared to 8% of non-Netflix subs. 78% of Netflix subs watch on a TV
– 34% watch online video every day, 61% every wek
– 80% of Netflix subs have cable, compared to 88% in 2010.
– Cord cutters who subscribe to Netflix rose from 16% (2010) to 48%
– 10% of households think it’s likely they’ll cancel cable in the next 10 months
– Total without cable 17 million households (of more than 100 million)
- Adobe TV Everywhere report
– iOS applications have surpassed desktop browsers as the most popular access point for online TV content, with a 43 percent market share versus a 36 percent share,
– gaming consoles and other over-the-top devices continue to be the fastest-growing devices for online video overall, with a 123 percent year-over-year increase in online video starts
– nline video consumption across mobile devices is now at an all-time high of 25 percent, with 57 percent year-over-year growth in the U.S. from Q1 2013 and Q1 2014
- Google’s Play Movies & TV Chrome app now has an offline mode on Chrome OS
- Brian’s thoughts on Tablo so far?
- Web series ‘Star Trek: Phase II’ gets new home, new Kirk
- Star Trek: Phase II, started by James Cawley will get a new studio and a new Kirk
– Brian Gross as a new Captain Kirk (“NCIS: Los Angeles,” “CSI: NY,” and “Saving Grace,” and done voice work on the video game Star Wars: The Old Republic.) Also moving into a new studio in Ticonderoga, N.Y.
- Hat tip to soccer fans who want to find the World Cup as a Cord cutter
- PricewaterhouseCoopers(SterlingDraperPrice) released a report projecting that by 2017 services like Netflix and Hulu (all combined) will make $14 billion) $1.6 billion more than the US movie box office.
- Josh Trank, director of Chronicle and currently working on the Fantastic Four reboot has been hired to direct one of the Star Wars universe’s standalone movies.
- The first three movies are rumoured to be about Boba Fett, Young Han Solo, and an X-Wing Pilot movie called Red Five. Which one does Tranke get and which one goes To Gareth Edwards?.
- Disney has Maker Studios. Time Warner owns part of Machinima. Now Viacom acquired a chunk of Defy Media.
- Defy’s biggest hit is comedy act Smosh. Viacom hasn’t tried to acquire Web stuff since they failed to buy MySpace about 10 years ago.
- Bernstein Research’s Todd Juenger put out a possible channel list for a possible DISH Internet-only video service.
- Disney’s already in. Then he guesses broadcast networks as well as Viacom, 21st Century Fox, Comcast and AMC. That would cost DISH $22 a month in fees. Doable?
- WatchESPN, Major League Soccer, Crunchyroll all added Chromecast support
- Aereo just updated its Android app with Chromecast support. This seems like one of the cheapest and most convenient ways to do Aereo.
- Netflix has a trailer for an animated series called BoJack Horseman starring Will Arnett coming this August
- BoJack Horseman, a washed-up actor struggling to get by. Guest appearances coming from Amy Sedaris, Aaron Paul, Alison Brie and more.
2014 Summer Movie Draft
- DTNS: $445,420,076
- TMS: $351,925,978
- Amtrekker: $320,289,130
- /Film: $196,350,239
- GodsMoneybags: $159,047,975
- Night Attack: $65,341,593
- Brian: The Interstallar Golden Album (youtube… inspired by cosmos), Thunderfoot skeptical vids (youtube), cosmos (hulu), Game of Thrones (HBOGo), played a bit w/Tablo, TPIR 2-screen experience (youtube), Xbox E3 announcement (twitch.tv)
- Tom: Game of Thrones, The Regular Show (Netflix) The Shield Ep. 202,203 (Amazon) Clone Wars (Netflix) The Fault in Our Stars (Theater) Halt and Catch Fire (iTunes) Orphan Black (iTunes) Cosmos (OTA)
Dispatches from the Front
Thanks for the show again. Any chance you could section one a week or month where you guys add a show to have people check out. Kind of like book of month from sword and laser. Since your show I have been binge watching and watched all seasons of the shield, archer, and just finished season 1 of arrow. After I watch season 2 of arrow going to start orphan black. Good option would be picking shows on streaming services like I going back to watch the sopranos on amazon prime.
I just tried to watch episode 22 of Cordkillers in the same way I have for the last 5 months, by streaming it on YouTube from my Nexus 5 to my Chromecast. Tonight I got an error saying this video is unavailable on this platform. I was able to stream it from a Chrome tab on my PC to the Chromecast. Did anything change?
Watching Cosmos. I agree with Tom, I have hated the external views of the “”ship of imagination.”” Clearly someone involved with the production either couldn’t grasp the idea (that if the ship is imaginary, the only image of what it looks like from the outside should exist in the minds of the viewer) or they thought the viewers wouldn’t get it. You can almost see someone rolling their eyes and saying “”oooh-KAY”” as they slapped the lackluster image image in to placate an unimaginative superior.
I really enjoy the show. Feel like it is hitting it’s stride as of late.
Any chance you guys could keep the Star Wars spoilers off the regular show? Maybe discuss it only in “”It’s Spoiling Time””?
I’m trying to go into Episode VII with as little background as possible and it is hard to do so if you guys are reporting on all of the leaked photos and such.
Just a suggestion. Keep up the good work.
Justin.TV kills its archive, Why YouTube is still the most popular video source on the Web, and whether DVDs or streaming video are better you. Plus, Tom reviews the Tablo.
CordKillers: Ep. 22 – Burnt Fields Policy
Recorded: June 2, 2014
Guest: Jeff Cannata
- Live streaming site Justin.tv removing all archived videos in a week
- Justin.TV deleting all archived video starting next week. You have until June 8 to save your videos.
– More than half of the archived live broadcasts it has have no more than one view. The “vast majority” have fewer than ten total views. After looking at the data, the company decided that “it’s quite clear … viewers come to Justin.tv because they want to consume content and interact with their communities in real-time.”
- Data Point: For People Watching Online Video, It’s YouTube and Then Everyone Else
- March 2014 survey by nScreenMedia that was charted by Statista in US.
– 48% of time spent viewing on the Internet spent on YouTube
– 22% on Netflix, 8% Hulu
- Streaming video is better for the environment than DVDs—barely
- Research paper published at IOP Science
– Emissions and energy consumption higher altogether for DVDs over streaming, barely
– DISCS: Transportation of discs, DVD players, Televisions
– STREAMING: storage servers, transmission equipment, set-top box and TV
– DVDs rented by mail actually more efficient than streaming.
– Streaming just above DVDs bought through mail, slightly above sriving to a store and buying, and much better than driving to a store and renting
- Tom’s take on Tablo
- Simple.TV’s streaming DVR now sends shows to your Chromecast
– Very slow in tuning and finding channels
– No DVR controls yet
– Great accessibility and better guide interface than most
– Really good channel pickup compared to TiVo (in same location)
– Two tuners For $230….. Not sure. You can get a more powerful 4-tuner TiVo ROAMIO for $170 these days.
- Star Wars: Episode VII’ adds ‘Game of Thrones’ and ’12 Years a Slave’ stars
- Star Wars: Episode VII’ leaked photos show real sets and a huge creature
- Photos leaked to TMZ show real buildings and creatures
– Star Wars has added 12 Years a Slave breakout star Lupita Nyong’o and Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie
- The NFL is launching a digital network called NFL Now and it will be on Roku.
- It has already been announced to be on Microsoft, Yahoo and Verizon products. Apps for iOS, Android, Windows devices and “select” game consoles are also set to be ready from day one. NFL NOw lets viewers build customized channels of be original content, press conferences, productions from each league team, highlights and on-demand game replays.
- Erik Huggers is leaving Verizon five months after joining the company with the acquisition of Intel’s “OnCue” streaming service.
- Reuters says their source says Verizon is losing interest in the service. Huggers said “”There were no conflicts at all. The technology is great, the team is great, the future is secure, the dream lives on. It’s time to hand the baby over to someone else.” A Verizon spokesman said “We intend to strategically utilize the OnCue technology and talent going forward to grow our business. That has not changed.” Which one is lying?
- New episodes of Sherlock are streaming exclusively on Netflix starting today.
- Dreamworks is producing two more seasons of “Dragons” the prequel to “How to Train Your Dragon” exclusively for Netflix
- Deadline Hollywood reports Hulu is talking to Sony Pictures about reviving Community.
- ESPN boss John Skipper says that next year the company may sell a package of Major League Soccer games to Web viewers
- Viewers who could pay for the games without subscribing to ESPN itself. So is this ESPN bucking the system, or ESPN just taking over MLS streaming service for it while adding more soccer games to its cable bundle?
- Western Digital introduced a new streaming player called the WD TV Personal Edition
- Combining personal media playback with Miracast. It’s $100 and doesn’t come with Netflix. Who does that?
2014 Summer Movie Draft
- DTNS: $417,196,751
- TMS: $332,104,409
- Amtrekker: $195,289,770
- /Film: $192,735,902
- GodsMoneybags: $154,077,657
- Night Attack: $29,350,839
- Brian: Game of Thrones, Cosmos, Wolfenstein: The New Order
- Tom: Mad Men (Amazon) The Shield 201 (Amazon) Night Attack (DTV) The Regular Show (Netflix) Fargo (Vudu) Game of Thrones (HBO Go) Orphan Black (iTunes) Cosmos (OTA)
- Jeff: Fargo, How to Train Your Dragon 1 and 2, Louie
Dispatches from the Front
My 89 year old father has been paying $280/month for his and my 69 year old mother’s Comcast account (he’s been paying this amount for about 5 years) – I was recently able to get his bill lowered by about $100/month by adding Comcast Voice to his plan as well as getting them on a “loyalty plan” (they’ve been with Comcast since the late 80’s). Even though the discount will only last for 2 years, my father is ecstatic that his bill has gone down.
I am, and have been a Cordkillers supporter from the beginning and before that a supporter of Frame Rate. I love the show and I am very happy that as time has progressed the video quality has improved.
I am wondering if you could bring out some merchandise to help us promote the show i.e. T-shirts, hats,…etc
Some spoilerin’ suggestions in no order
Venture Brothers (season one is on Netflix)
Black Mirror (good luck)
NATHAN BARLEY is on YouTube and you MUST WATCH it! or RE:watch it
if you watch anything, Nathan Barley, all the episodes should be on YouTube
re watch After Hours or King of Comedy
ok, more later,