Cordkillers 133 – Big Fig Leaf for That Package

Cable subs are falling. Now what? ESPN’s online-only service is not what you thought. With special guest Andrew Zarian.

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CordKillers: Ep. 133 – Big Fig Leaf for That Package
Recorded:  August 15, 2016
Guest: Andrew Zarian

Intro Video

Primary Target

  • Cable TV Revenue to Drop by $2.7 Billion in Next 10 Years
    – Cable falling
    – SNL Kagan forecasts cable revenue will drop 4.7% ($2.7 Bn) by 2026 from 57.7 Bn to 55 Bn.
    – Basic video subscriptions are projected to drop from about 53 million today to 45.4 million
    – Cable prices will rise. revenue per user from $90.84 to $100.02
    – Net advertising revenue is expected to grow at a 4.3% compound annual growth rate
    – Q2 2016
    – Estimate total loss 812,000 subs, down 1.4 mn. (1.4%) yoy
    – Cable TV penetration is at an all-time low of 78.6% in US
    – ISPs rising
    – The $2.7 bn. drop will be made up for in a rise of $11 bn. in broadband revenue (+13%) (subs increase 8m mn. to 71 mn.)
  • Every major cable TV company lost subscribers last quarter
    – The 11 biggest pay TV providers in the US lost 665,000 subscribers in Q2 according to Leichtman Research
    – That’s more than the 545,000 in 2015 and twice the losses of two years ago
    – DirecTV gained 342,000 but ATT’s U-Verse lost 391,000 for an ATT net loss
    – Q2 is always the worse quarter because students and snowbirds move
    – In May the 17 largest ISPs in the US, representing 95 percent of the market, gained nearly 1.1 million Internet subscribers in Q1

Signal Intelligence

  • Disney is making an ESPN streaming service without ESPN’s best content
    – The rumors were true, Disney announced Tuesday that it has made a $1 billion investment in BAM Tech. BAM Tech powers streaming services from MLB to HBO to the WWE. The deal also lets Disney acquire a majority stake in BAM if it wishes. Disney also confirmed that BAM Tech on an ESPN-branded sports streaming service to launch sometimes before the end of 2016. The service would uses sports ESPN has licensed but does not air on its main channels. 

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Enjoy the podcast. For me so-called “skinny” bundles are a non-starter because they include channels i have no interest in. if I can pick the channels in the bundle so that i get only the channels i want … then maybe. we cut the cord over a year ago and now are are very selective about what we watch. for us the paradigm has shifted and the old, traditional model is dead. the “new” way is far superior – no commercials, bingeing entire seasons, no long contracts, more reliable equipment, and lower cost rules. skinny bundles, as currently implemented, are just not gonna make us interested in the services that offer them.

– Dave T.



I would like to recommend a show called BrainDead. It’s a goofy little show about alien space bugs that eat brains and are trying to take over DC. It stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead of 10 Cloverfield lane. It seems like a show that should be on syfy not cbs. It is also streaming on Amazon prime. This is the first time I have seen a prime time show available on prime. [[Similar to CBS/amazon deal on Under the Dome]] Check it out. One of the best part of the show is the musical previously on before each episode.

Dave  E.



(Hey Brian, I’m going to make it easier for you and write this in 3rd person!)

And here’s an email from Andy . . .

He thought they had killed the cord for good, but last week it was revived. When they went off cable, they added Hulu, CBS all-access, and also started buying some TV episodes. All that added up to about $25 a month in costs they didn’t have while on cable.

Here’s the trick AT&T used to get them back. They offered DirecTv for $50 a month (only a $25 increase after they cancel those subscriptions) guaranteed for the entire 2 year contract, a $200 reward card, and they now get UNLIMITED DATA on their AT&T cell phone service.

The cool thing was, they don’t even have to wait until the dish gets installed to start authenticating apps and watching live TV on their phones. That was all working the same day he called to order. Andy’s kinda considering calling and asking if they can just indefinitely delay actually installing the satellite dish!

Andy also submits the term Cord Reviver to those who bring their cord back to life.

-And that’s from Andy in Taylor, TX




Hi guys! Check out this Harrus poll on brand recognition, etc.
Netflix #1. Amazon #2. Hulu # 5. RC cola- oh how far you’ve come!
2016 Harris Poll EquiTrend® Rankings

Using an academically vetted brand equity model with elements like familiarity, quality, and consideration, brands create powerful connections with consumers.

The stronger the brand, the greater the bond. The Harris Poll EquiTrend® study benchmarks how deep those bonds go and honors the highest ranked brands in each award category.

2016 Harris Poll EquiTrend®
Video Streaming Subscription Brand of the Year

1. Netflix
2. Amazon Prime Instant Video
5. Hulu Plus
6. Vevo
Other Video Streaming Subscription brands in study ranked below category average (alphabetically): CBS All Access, Crackle, Funny or Die, HBO NOW, MLB.TV, NFL Game Pass, Playstation Vue, Redbox Instant, Showtime (Subscription Streaming TV Service), Sling TV, The Blaze, WWE Network, You Tube Red

Scott in CT


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