Xbox helps out over-the-air users in Europe, but do we care? Also broadband outpaces cable TV for the first time. And why Brian is so excited about Vimeo?
Is Guardians better the second time? The way to approach Snowpiercer, The Leftovers breaks Tom’s heart, the science of Europa Report.
01:00 – Guardians of the Galaxy
10:35 – Welcome back, Lamarr
10:45 – Snowpiercer
17:53 – The Shield
21:31 – The Leftovers
28:49 – Europa Report
Subscriber numbers are declining less quickly for cable TV, which has some people declaring cord-cutting is dead. Is it?
- What Happened to the Cord Cutters?
- MoffettNathanson compiled cpmany reports of online/cable
– Pay TV lost 300,000 subs in Q2, about flat yoy
– Slowing housing market may be primary cause of decline
– “It appears that cord cutting slowed to an annualized rate of 400k homes, a meaningful deceleration and well below the peak (but still modest) rates of cord cutting seen in 2012.”
– Revenue growing due to rate increases.
- Twitch cracks down on unlicensed music ahead of rumored $1 billion YouTube buyout
- Important: Changes To Audio In VODS
- – Scanning archived video for copyrighted music
– Entire 30 minute chunks muted if such music is found. (Audible Magic)
– Elizabeth Baker’s post: “This includes in-game and ambient music.” italicized
– But on Subreddit Shear says: “We have absolutely no intention of flagging songs due to original in-game music. If that’s happening (and it appears it is), it’s a problem and we will investigate and try to fix it.“
– Again Shear on SubReddit: “We have absolutely no intention of running any audio recognition against live video, period.” and “Even if we could run this on live this second, we absolutely would not.”
– Twitch CEO Emmett Shear said on Reddit Twitch has no intention of flagging songs due to original in-game music and will try to fix the problem
– Deploying an “appeal” button for VODs that have been flagged for copyrighted music
– Archived videos go from 3 days or forever to 14 days (or 60 days for partners/Turbo subs)
– Highlights can now be any length (not limited to 2 hours), saved indefinitely as well as exported to YouTube.
- Microsoft to Launch Xbox One Digital TV Tuner in Europe
- – Digital tuner in Europe only
– Attaches to HDMI in on XBox One for passthrough
– DVB-T, DVB-T2 and DVB-C television channels
– UK for for ₤24.99, and France, Italy, Germany and Spain for €29.99, starting in late October.
- Babylon 5 reboot likely to become big-budget film
- – J. Michael Straczynski will shortly begin work on Babylon 5 movie
– New script will be targeted at a 2016 theatrical release
– Will be a reboot of the series rather than a continuation.
– Will try to work surviving cast in
– Prepared to fund the movie through his own production company if necessary
- CBS Les Moonves told analysts CBS’s TV studio “will be producing more and more shows for more and more outlets, including major streaming companies.
- -A CBS spokesman confirmed to Recode that Moonves was talking about selling new shows to the likes of Netflix, Amazon and Hulu.
- Dish signed A&E (including its History and Lifetime channels) to its nascent Internet-only TV service.
- -Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen told GigaOm “TV is gonna follow the phone business… The majority of viewing is gonna be on a screen other than the way you are watching it today.”
- 21st Century Fox officially withdrew its $80 billion offer to buy Time Warner.
- -TW’s CEO Jeff Bewkes told analysts that TW is plenty big enough without adding the headache of another big company.
- Netflix passed up HBO in subscription revenue last quarter.
- -Netflix pulled in $1.146 billion to HBO’s $1..141 billion. HBO is still more profitable and wins more Emmys.
- Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos told USA Today he is positive a 5th season of Arrested Development will happen
- -“It’s just a matter of when.” (Sarandos also reiterated that Orange is the New Black remains Netflix’s most popular original series.)
- The NFL Now app for Apple TV, Roku and Fire TV costs $1.99 a month.
- -Provide in-game highlights, analysis, press conferences, shows and documentaries from the NFL Films vault.
2014 Summer Movie Draft
- Amtrekker: $720,700,355
- TMS: $644,787,673
- DTNS: $611,379,215
- Night Attack: $518,924,868
- /Film: $511,335,483
- GodsMoneybags: $450,860,429
- Brian: The Leftovers, Guardians of the Galaxy (again), tiny bit of Orphan Black
- Tom: Guardians of the Galaxy (again), The Leftovers, The Office UK, Defiance, The Shield (212, 213), Snowpiercer
- Scott: Deadwood again, Bones, Ken Burns The War, again
Dispatches from the Front
As a newer listener, can you explain the Summer Movie Draft? I’m coming in during the middle of this, so it just feels confusing and irrelevant to me. I’m not sure I get what box office numbers for movies in the theatre have to do with Cordkillers. Isn’t seeing movies in the theatre the antithesis of watching “whatever you want, whenever you want”, since you have only a couple locations per town (at best) and a very limited set of times when you can watch? I feel like I’ve missed something with this whole segment.
I just wanted to point out that while Apple TV does not allow folders for the apps/channels, you can hide and reposition the icons. To hide channels that you do not use or want to see, head into settings and click on Main Menu. There you can choose Show/Hide for each of the app/channels installed. To reorder the apps/channels, hold down the remote’s select button on a particular app until the icons jiggle (like on iPhone/iPad). Then you can mover the icon to a position that you prefer.
Love the show!
I am moving soon to Raleigh, NC to start a my first full time job. Since I will be living on my own for the first time at the age of 22, I opted to go for the all internet no cable tv approach to my expenses. So I was wondering what kind of antenna should I get for my apartment to watch stuff over the air? I did a little research and found the Mohu Leaf, it looks cool but I would like your guy’s opinions first.
Long time listener and Patron, I was wondering if you could do a show or segment for those us with cable, yet still want to watch what we want, when we want , where we want on whatever device we want . . . at least in the limits that cable companies will allow us to.
I cut the cord last summer, but realized in the fall that being a sports fan that truly limited my options, especially for in market teams. So I’m back on the cord but still trying to live with the Cordkiller spirit. So could you have a show or have a guest on to talk about what options are available for people on the cord. Options like, Tivo, WMC, Plex, the hardware that is needed, the limitations of DRM, or even the various cable or satellite company solutions. I think that would be extremely helpful to those of us trying to this the right way.
Love the show!!
What the Nerdist thinks of YouTube these days, the best trailers from ComicCon and Google may still have bought Twitch.
CordKillers: Ep. 30 – Let’s Speculate Irresponsibly
Recorded: July 27, 2014
Guest: Kristi Kates
- All the trailers from Comic-Con
- Watch the first trailer for Halo: Nightfall, the live-action TV series by Ridley Scott
- Here’s the First Mad Max Trailer, and It Will Make You a Believer
- Humanity is running out of oxygen in the trailer for ‘Air’
- Legendary announced that it was developing a movie based around Skull Island, home of King Kong
- Sam Raimi announced that he and his brother Ivan are writing a show based on the franchise, and that it will star Bruce Campbell.
- Nerdist Knocks YouTube’s Stickiness, Commenters at Comic-Con
- – Google’s video site is not a place where people “hang out,” Hardwick said.
– He also got an appreciative hoot from the crowd after dissing YouTube’s commenters as “toxic.”
– “YouTube is a bunch of 13-year-olds who are like, ‘Look at me, I am unattended!’” he joked. “The second comment is always ‘FIRST,’ because they never make it.”
– Rooster Teeth regularly puts videos on its website a few hours ahead of uploading them to YouTube, and sells paid subscriptions that provide access to exclusive content.
- Google reportedly finalizes deal for live stream service Twitch
- -VentureBeat reported Google finalized a deal to buy Twitch for $1 billion
– Neither Google or Twitch are talking
– The average viewer watches 106 minutes of Twitch live streams per day. About 58% spend more than 20 hours a week watching videos on Twitch
- Chromecast turns one: why this small streaming stick became such a big deal
- – Chromecast turned one July 24
– Chromecast users have pressed a cast button 400 million times since the device was first released a year ago.
– more than 6,000 developers have signed up to add casting to their mobile or web apps.
– #1 selling electronics item on Amazon
– COMING SOON: Screen mirroring, personalized home screen
- FXX will marathon the entire ‘Simpsons’ series next month before releasing it online
- – FXX will marathon all 25 seasons of the Simpson’s from August 21st to September 1st.
– FXX will launch the “Simpsons World” digital hub in October, which will allow cable subscribers to watch every episode on demand on their desktops at SimpsonsWorld.com, mobile devices via the FXNow app, and on compatible smart TVs and set-top boxes
- Netflix made 1.34 billion dollars last quarter doubling its profit from last year.
- -Netflix grew to 36.24 million US subscribers and 13.8 million international subs. That’s about 25% growth in the US and 77% elsewhere.
- Ultra Music is suing YouTube star Michelle Phan for $150,000 a song.
- –Ultra Music alleging she did not have the rights to use 50 tracks in her videos. Phan claims she had permission to use the tracks. DJ Kaskade defended her.
- Comcast added a Labs section to its X1 set-top box letting subscribers test drive new features.
- -One new feature that’s coming is a personalized “virtual video channel” made of shows and movies from a variety of sources that will appear in the regular programming grid.
- A new ‘Host Mode’ on Twitch lets streamers log off but keep live chat running while running video from another channel.
- Book 3 of The Legend of Korra will not air on Nickelodeon’s TV channel but will stream on the channel’s website.
- -Co-creator Bryan Konietzko told the ComicCon audience” “pulling it off the channel and moving it to digital exclusively is part of the huge sea change in the whole industry.” Thanks to Indi_de_Lis for the link on the cordkillers subreddit.
- Lions Gate will add special features to an app for people who buy certain movies through Comcast, starting with the film “Divergent”
2014 Summer Movie Draft
- Amtrekker: $689,515,120
- TMS: $598,450,443
- DTNS: $595,014,272
- Night Attack: $443,836,166
- GodsMoneybags: $390,588,309
- /Film: $282,356,843
- Brian: Das Experiment, World War Z, The Leftovers, Orphan Black (mostly)
- Tom: The Leftovers, The Shield (210)
- Kristi: Begin Again, Stargate Atlantis , Transcendence
Dispatches from the Front
Hi tom and Brian I am one of the reported 250,000 people in Australia who subscrbes to netflix, which as you know isn’t officially available here, so i have to use a VPN. I use unblockus.We never have any problems streaming at full quality even though we are yhe other side of the planet.
I hear that in the USA some people are having problems as their isp is slowing down their streams, i was wondering if they would still have the same problem if they used a vpn service, whats your thoughts? Plus it also gives you the advantage of chosing what Netflix region uou want.
Keep up the good work
In a recent show you talked about why Nielsen only counts 18-49. Psychologists in the 1960 and 70’s measured Brand Loyalty and found that people over a certain ago become inflexible in the their brand choices. Basically the younger people are then the more effective the advertising. Brand Loyalty is why markets don’t advertise to people over 49, these studies have been shown to be flawed. Also the disposable income difference by age has flipped in the last 40 years with college loans and a stagnant job market reducing youth spending power. But given that markets are still focused on broadcast viewership that has been decimated in the last twenty years they can be the brightest group of company executives.
Aereo’s next work around… Rent me a 1 square inch apartment in the city. Cram an antenna and slingback like device (and whatever additional tech is needed) in how ever many feet tall apartment. Then they are technically just renting a prefurnished apartment. Totally legal.
I know that we are between Game of Thrones seasons but I wanted to pass on my experience as someone who watched the shows without reading the books first. I love the show and have watched it from the beginning. I have to admit, though, that I would get confused sometimes about who all of the characters are and where the story was going. After the first season I tried to read the first book. At the time I found myself getting bored because I knew what was going to happen. Fast forward to the present and I decided to pick up the books again. After a few years the details of season 1 are a bit fuzzy. I was instantly hooked on the book. Not only that, but I suddenly realized the relations between the characters and why some of them acted the way they do in future seasons. Having knowledge of future events is really making the books enjoyable and I can see the foreshadowing and the mistakes the characters make that lead to their downfall. Of course reading the beginning of book one and seeing the Starks as one big happy family was kind of depressing. My goal is to have all of the books read before the next season starts so I can see what it’s like to be on the other side of the experiment. One book down, 4 to go…
Thanks for the great podcast,
Scott from Houston
Living in South Africa, cord killing is near impossible, as we only have over priced satellite and free terrestrial shit, that is not even HD yet. However I managed to get a Fire TV, and now proudly use Netflix, Hulu plus and Amazon Prime, HBO Go and WatchEspn (via a friends Verizon account). Filling in the blanks with sickbeard, couchpotato and Plex. All this costs me less than $80 a month, including internet. Not bad, compared to what you have to deal with in the USA.
Long live the Cord Killers.