Movies Anywhere makes movies easier, Netflix beats expectations, and Sarah Lane needs movie recommendations. With special guest Sarah Lane.
CordKillers: Ep. 191 – Netflix Original Spaghetti
Recorded: October 16 2017
Guest: Sarah Lane
- Movies Anywhere: Watch all your Amazon, Google, and iTunes titles in one place
– Disney has launched an expanded version of its Disney Movies Anywhere service called Movies Anywhere. The service allows users to access movies purchased from Amazon, Google, Apple or Vudu all in one place. Movies Anywhere uses the Keychest technology implemented by Disney Movies Anywhere. Studios involved included Disney, Sony, 20th Century Fox, Universal and Warner Brothers. Discussions are ongoing with Paramount and Lionsgate but movies from those studios will not be available at launch. Movies Anywhere is available on Android, Android TV, Amazon Fire, iOS, Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast.
How to Watch
- Netflix beat its own projections by adding another 5.5 million subscribers in Q3
– Netflix added 5.3 million streaming subscribers worldwide beating expectations of 4.4 million. It added 850,000 in the US and 4.45 million internationally. Reed Hastings has said Netflix could spend as much as $8 billion on content next year.
- Netflix has hired a new exec to tackle policy challenges in Europe and around the world
– Netflix hired Monique Meche as its new vice president of global public policy. She formerly had similar roles at Amazon, Cisco and Intel. She’ll help Netflix deal with varying regulatory rules in the 190 countries Netflix operates in. That ranges from tax schemes, to programming requirements to net neutrality.
- Netflix Has Secret Weapon in Hollywood’s Multibillion-Dollar Arms Race
What to Watch
- The last trailer for season 2 of Stranger Things is out. Show returns October 27th AND a clip was shown at London Comic-Con
- The 6th and final season of ‘Longmire’ hits Netflix on November 17th. Netflix took it over from A&E in Season 4.
- New trailer for Black Panther out. Movie comes out February 16.
What We’re Watching
- Tom: Mr. Robot (301) Bladerunner 2049, Firefly (Trash), Star Trek Discovery
- Sarah: The Big Sick, Baby Driver, The Beguiled
- On the Lookout: Mindhunter
- Apple to Reboot Sci-Fi Series ‘Amazing Stories’ From Steven Spielberg
– Apple signed a deal with Steven Spielberg to reboot Amazing Stories. It supposedly will be for 10 episodes. NBC which owns the Amazing Stories property is also involved.
- Plex launches its live TV service on Roku, with limited DVR functionality to start
– Plex’s Live TV Service launched on Roku. The service which handles over the air broadcasts and DVR functions for you was already on most other platforms. It’s part of the $4.99 a month Plex Pass service.
- Hulu responds to user complaints with a grid guide for Live TV
– Hulu launched a grid-like view for its live TV service. It’s available on the Web and will make its way to to the other apps as well.
- Roku’s new channel with free movies and TV goes live for all
– Roku completed its rollout of a channel in the US that aggregates free TV and movies from accoss Roku channels plus some directly licensed from studios like Lionsgate, MGM, Paramount, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Warner Brothers. Ads run before content and users have to choose to add the app.
Dispatches from the Front
Hi Tom and Brian,
Long time listener and fan. The past two years I have been using cable for just local channels and Playstation Vue. I am about to close on my first house so because of the impending move I started to re evaluate how I cord cut.
First off I looked my antenna options because of the surrounding mountains. As of right now basic cable will be used but in a few weeks I will mount a large antenna off of the chimney of the house, hopefully it will work and I can cut basic out of my plan including a high $12 per month DTA cost.
Next I am looking to beef up my plex account, maybe to a lifetime plex pass. The service has been growing a lot in the last year and I have been impressed with the new additions. For services I am trying YouTube TV for CW live content. I am not sure if I will keep it due to the lack of DIY and HGTV and I do not want both YouTube TV and PS Vue.
I have been happy for the most part with PS Vue, but it has been several months since Sony and Viacom had their dispute. When I signed up I had all those channels and I felt like I was getting an amazing deal, now I feel like its an okay deal. I would pay another $5 with PS Vue if they added CW live, brought back Viacom channels, and added the History channel.
For the most part I have been very happy with my cord cutting experience.
Keep Up the Good Work
Hey Tom & Brian!
As you know, Hulu recently dropped their price for new subscribers to only $5.99 per month for the first year. I had just signed up for Hulu about a few weeks ago to binge watch the Handmaid’s Tale, so I was pretty bummed to see them lower the price after I joined.
I decided to contact Hulu and see if I could get the new pricing even though I am now a current Hulu subscriber. I was pleased to find out that they would give me the lower rate, no questions asked!! This might not work for everyone, but you might want to pass this along to other Cordkillers as a new version of Brian’s Chicken challenge.
Love the show!
We’ve been internet only with phone (pacemaker monitoring & 911 health reasons) on TWC’s fastest speed since Cordkillers premiered, and have been eagerly awaiting G-Fiber’s arrival. Every truck sighting elicits excitement. Our home is 12 miles from town center nestled in a valley, which, though within city limits, would necessitate an expensive roof-mounted antenna to get broadcast TV.
Since we have been streaming (Google WiFi mesh) using Chromecasts and Rokus all this time, a speed quadrupling at two-thirds or less the cost is eagerly anticipated. If G-Fiber is not offering phone services [?] there are other ISP services we can use.
Cheers, as Always!