YouTube might buy Twitch. AT&T definitely wants to buy DirecTV. What does this mean for cord-cutters. There is some good news in there.
Ratings for online shows is complicated and almost nobody gets everything they want out of it except the ratings company. Also why net neutrality matters to Cord-cutters.
CordKillers: Ep. 19 – Only Nielsen Wins
Recorded: May 12, 2014
- Nielsen’s Plan to Count TV Viewers Across Screens Faces Obstacles
- Starting with this fall’s new programming season, Nielsen, will begin reporting TV ratings that will finally include viewership on just about everything, including mobile devices.
– TV viewership on mobile devices will only be credited toward overall television ratings if the digital version of an episode carries the exact same ads in the exact same time slots
– That means commercials that don’t have online rights will screw up those ratings
– Tos programs will be counted separately under Nielsen’s digital ratings
- On average, Americans get 189 cable TV channels and only watch 17
- Nielsen reported US homes receive an average of 189.1 channels and watch 17.5 of them.
– Channels growing dramatically but number watched is not
IN 2008 avg. of only 129.3 channels and 17.3 were watched.
- Google’s YouTube quality reports will help ISPs “upsell” customers
- Google rolled out a Video Quality Report for Canada as demonstrated by Keith McCallion at the COntent Delivery Summit in New York.
– Google data shows the throughput that at least 90 percent of users receive based upon a month’s worth of data and billions of measurements per day.
– Google will then upsell you to a faster package if it’s available that would allow better streaming.
- Why your iOS device may be a better cable box than the Apple TV
- – Gigaom story by Geoffrey Goetz, pointing out you can get more streaming video on an iPad or iPhone than on Apple TV
– on average each cable provider can only access content on six of the 10 of the most watched networks’ apps.
– Includes chart of what cable cos support what channel apps
- The masked men and women of ‘Star Wars’ tell their stories in ‘Elstree 1976’
- Kickstarter for a documentary called “Elstree 1976”
– Follows 10 people who appeared in Star Wars at Elstree studios in North London and wore some kind of face-obscuring mask or helmet
– The £30,000 goal covers the costs of editing, clearing the rights to old footage, DVD production, and promotion.
– Will be released online and on Disc.
- Netflix raised their prices as promised. $1 a month in the US and £1 a month in the UK and €1 a month in the Eurozone
- That means monthly rates for new customers are now £6.99 per month €8.99 or $8.99. Exisiting Netflix customers are exempt for the next two years. Netflix also says it will reintroduce the old pricing levels but those plans will only get you standard def and one user per account.
- Suddenlink Communications, has signed an agreement with Netflix to offer the streaming-video service through TiVo set-tops
- Three smaller cable operators, RCN Telecom Services, Atlantic Broadband and Grande Communications, launched Netflix on their boxes last week.
- DirecTV (who is about to be bought by AT&T by all accounts) doesn’t seem to understand why any company would do pay TV over the Internet
- During DirecTV’s earnings call, CEO Mike White said it’s not a complex technology challenge it’s a matter of making money. QUOTE: “it’s a question of you have to pay for retrans.. at what point does the price point become $34.99, $39.99 or $44.99 before you get beyond what consumers will bear. When we have done over-the-top research in the past, it has shown a sharp falloff at $12. But who knows? We’ll see.”
- Beginning in June, Netflix will stream episodes of Breaking Bad in 4K.
- The process involves scanning the original camera negative in 4K and doing all of the work including image clean up and color grading in 4K resolution. The remastered episodes will also have 5.1-channel surround sound.
- Disney Chairman and Chief Executive Bob Iger explained why his company spent $500 million to buy Maker Studios
- “We’re excited about entering the short-form video space in a much more assertive manner. Maker’s production talent and leadership will create exciting new opportunities to derive value from our content and create new content as well.” I think that makes it clear don’t you?
- TCL is the third largest LCD TV maker. They have partnered with Roku to include its service in some models of their TVs
- This summer they intend to launch a distribution channel for Internet-based TV channels. They have more than 100 TV channels available and are talking to Hollywood studios to get the latest movies.
2014 Summer Movie Draft
- DTNS: $245,539,157
- /Film: $148,456,086
- GodsMoneybags: $135,783,034
- The Morning Stream: $81,302,137
- Amtrekker: $62,804,550
- Night Attack: $0
- Brian: Game of Thrones (HBOGo), Her (bought on Prime), Cosmos (hulu), Finished all of Rick and Morty (Adultswim.com FREE!), Kids watching: Mako Mermaids (Netflix), Clifford the Red Dog,
- Tom: Arrow (OTA), Agents of Sheild, (OTA), Game Of Thrones,(HBOGo) Cosmos, Orphan Black
- Eklund: Jim Henson’s Creature Shop (SyFy), The Right Kind of Wrong (Movie Rented On Demand), Cosmos (OTA), Phineas and Ferb Marathon with sick kid, and lots an lots of hockey playoff games
Dispatches from the Front
Brian,Giving up on AdultSwim.com? Say it’s not so. I’m the Technology Director for Adult Swim Digital and the site operations fall under my watch. A friend forwarded your show to me with the time code where you called out a few of the problems you’re having. Usually it doesn’t take a popular Youtube channel mention to get my attention on something so serious like an interruption in video playback, but that’s how it happened this time around. However, since that’s how our paths crossed let me know how I can help. Can you tell me a little bit more about the problem you experienced? Do you recall the name of the episode in question? Going by the name of your show, I’m going to jump out on limb and say you weren’t looking at an episode premiere authenticated through a cable subscription login, but knowing for sure will help me track down the problem. Auth/Free episodes are deployed differently through our CMS. Glad to help where I can, and I’m also a big fan of your previous work on Scam School.
Win Adult Swim Digital and Games
Hi Tom & Brian,
I am 36 years old and I have never lived in a house with a cable TV. My parents didn’t have cable and I have never gotten cable myself. I have a Windows Media Center PC and a nice antenna from Antennas Direct with some HD Homerun tuners. Me and my wife record most of our TV from the major broadcast networks and everything else we get online.
I support what Aereo is doing, particularly for areas that broadcast TV is difficult to get with an antenna. However if Aereo winning means the OTA broadcasts get nerfed then I hope they lose. I depend on the high quality content being broadcast freely and I don’t want to have to start paying for channels that have been free for decades.
My household is probably in the minority, particularly among tech enthusiasts but as such my opinion differs greatly from those you have expressed on your show regarding Aereo. I couldn’t stay silent any longer. I felt I had to speak for us, I assume to be few, who are under 40 and still depend on broadcast TV.
Thanks. Love the show.
I discovered Yahoo Pipes is still working and I made a feed sans Spoilerin Time. In case you care to share it with anyone else:
Hey guys love the show. Thanks for the state of the cordkillers address thing. I’m a audio only listener via the RSS feed using PocketCasts (which supports Chromecast FYI) Ive had absolutely zero issues with the hosting being on archive.org for what it’s worth. Downloads seem fast when I grab spoilerin’ time early and I never notice the show because it just shows up in the morning.I liked the ‘how-to’ special and would like to see more…I think I’ll film myself setting up my Plex server/Chromecast and maybe a walkthru on my Harmony remote. Also, if I ever do watch the video, I have zero issues with the chat in the lower third. Kinda like it even.
I prefer the combined feed for the main show and spoilerin’ time. My ‘workflow’ consists of checking what you spoil in the patreon email, if I’m caught up I download it myself from archive.org. if I still have to watch Game of Thrones then I wait for it in the RSS feed. I like the update on kids shows by the way Brian 🙂 my kids are burning through bubble guppies and Clifford and who knows. By the way barbie’s dream house adventures is packed with nerd references like star wars and indiana Jones. If you use a DNS service for your Netflix by the way you can greatly vary what kids shows are available on Netflix since the nickolodean deal only ran out for the USA but Dora/Diego and lots more are still on UK and Canadian Netflix.
Lastly, I loved the bookclub like review of The Shield as I’ve just watched the first season roughly in line with Toms viewing.
Thanks guys. Love the content.
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.