A Netflix theater?! Also: AT&T streaming TV, Spiderman in London, and the final Deadpool 2 trailer. All this and more on Cordkillers!
CordKillers: Ep. 217 – Accidental Skinny Bundle
Recorded: April 23 2018
- Netflix has considered buying theaters, including Mark Cuban’s Landmark, to gain an Oscar edge, sources say
– Netflix has explored buying movie theaters in Los Angeles and New York, sources tell the LA Times. Landmark Theatres, which is co-owned by Mark Cuban, was reportedly one of the theater chains being considered, but plans stalled over a sale price that was too high. Netflix has 125 million subscribers worldwide, and pledged to spend as much as $8 billion this year on original and licensed content. .
- Netflix to raise $1.5 billion in debt
– Netflix said Monday it plans to raise $1.5 billion in debt, the second debt expansion for Netflix in less than a year. Netflix soundly beat expectations for subscriber growth last quarter and says it will use the money for general corporate purposes.
- Film creators owning theaters was ruled illegal by the Supreme Court in the 40s?
How to Watch
- AT&T CEO reveals a $15 streaming TV package is coming soon
– During testimony in defense of the proposed acquisition of TimeWarner, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson mentioned an online TV service launching in the next few weeks. AT&T Watch will cost $15 a month to stream or be free for AT&T Wireless subscribers. No word on what channels would be included but it would contain no sports.
What to Watch
- The Final Deadpool 2 Trailer Introduces the Full X-Force Roster. Deadpool premieres May 18.
- The final trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Premieres June 22.
- ‘GLOW’ season two elbow drops on Netflix June 29th
– GLOW’ season two premieres on Netflix June 29th as announced in a teaser video to the song Maniac from Flashdance.
- Netflix’s THE WITCHER confirms number of episodes and shooting location
-Netflix confirmed that its adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher books will be 8 episodes long and shot primarily in Poland.
- The Sequel to Spider-Man Homecoming Spans the Globe
– Kevin Feige told iO9 that the next Spider-man movie, which kicks off phase 4 of the MCU, will be shot in London and that Spider-man will spend time outside of new York. That untitled Spider-man film is currently scheduled for July 5, 2019.
- Amazon is developing a TV show based on William Gibson’s ‘The Peripheral’
– Amazon is developing a TV show based on William Gibson’s ‘The Peripheral’. Scott B. Smith is writing and and Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan are signed on as executive producers. The Peripheral takes place in two different futures, connected through a virtual reality game. One is relatively close to our present, the other is several decades further along, after society has collapsed.
What We’re Watching
- Brian: Deadwood (2 eps), Lost in Space 2-5, Westworld, rewatched The Muppets
- Tom: Deadwood (206), Lost in Space (2-5), The Expanse, Legion, Westworld
- On the Lookout: Aggretsuko
- Hulu adds Cheddar’s online-only TV channels to its roster
– Financial news network Cheddar has launched on Hulu and YouTube TV. Cheddar is also available on Amazon, Spotify, Facebook, Twitter and Twitch.
- Streaming sports service fuboTV raises $75 million from AMC and others
– Sports-oriented streaming service fuboTV has new investor in the form of AMC joining 21st Century Fox and Discovery. While FuBo focuses on sports it’s been adding local channels and some entertainment networks like oh, AMC, Food and HGTV. Fubo reported more than 100,000 paid subscribers last September.
- Sports Illustrated TV will start streaming on more platforms
– Sports Illustrated launched a $5 a month streaming service last autumn through Amazon. It will soon be available on Roku, iOS, Android and the Web. It offers studio shows, films, and documentaries.
- CBS All Access arrives in Canada to kick off international expansion efforts
– CBS All Access is now available in Canada. Canadians get the service commercial free for CAD$5.99 a month. It will not have Star Trek: Discovery as Bell Media has the rights to those in Canada. CBS plans to bring it to other markets around the world as well.
- MoviePass’ auditor says there’s ‘substantial doubt’ about its ability to stay in business — as it reports a $150.8 million loss
– Business Insider reports an independent auditor for MoviePass’s owner, Helios and Matheson Analytics, said it had “substantial doubt” about the company’s ability to remain in business. Helios & Matheson reported a loss of $150.8 million last year. Helios & Matheson CEO Ted Farnsworth emphasized that $110 million of the $150 million loss is non-cash.
- Netflix, Amazon and Hollywood Sue “SET TV” Over IPTV Piracy
– The Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment which counts Netflix, Amazon, and several Hollywood studios among its members, is suing another set-top box maker for encouraging piracy. Set TV follows Tickbox and Dragonbox in being targeted for encouraging copyright infringement.
Dispatches from the Front
Brian & Tom,
Perhaps this is a loophole, but when I use my moviepass at my local AMC theater I’m able to do the following.
Once I’m close to the theater, I choose the movie I want to see in the moviepass app and check in. It tells me that the card is ready to be swiped at the theater. At the kiosk, I select ALL of the tickets and the seats that I need. When its time to pay, I swipe the moviepass card first, then the machine tells me that I had insufficient funds and I’m able to pay the balance with another credit card. This helps in a few ways: I’m able to choose seats together with others easily even with moviepass. I was at a matinee and the ticket price was $6.95 but moviepass added $12 to my card so I was able to put the rest of that money towards the other tickets. I can choose a non-3D movie from the moviepass app but once i arrive at the theater, I can purchase a 3D ticket for another movie even tho moviepass only covers most of the cost of the ticket. The balance of that ticket is paid with my credit card along with the other tickets.
Maybe this only works with the kiosks at my local AMC and wouldn’t work with other types of kiosks but it makes me love my moviepass even more.
Love the show.
Hello Tom, Brian and everyone else
Before I begin, I would like to apologize in advance for sounding like a total know it all nerd but I feel I must say something.
The Netflicks Lost in space is the fifth incarnation in film/tv media format. When Irwin Allen developed the original pilot, their was no Robot and Dr. Smith. A comic book company by the name of Golden Keys were publishing a series called “Space Family Robinson” for a few year before the pilot. The comic was so similar to the show that Golden Key contacted CBS about the issue. Long story short Golden Key and CBS came to an agreement in which Dr. Smith and the Robot were added to the show to differentiate (is that the right word?) itself from the comic.
Second incarnation is the tv show you already know as well as the third incarnation of the movie.
The forth incarnation of the franchise is an unair TV pilot called “The Robinsons: Lost in Space” in 2004. That Pilot was directed by John Woo. Yes, the action director od Face Off, Broken Arrow and and many Hong Kong action flick. At first it sounded cool for John Woo to direct until I learn that he is not into scifi that much. As you guess there is a reason why it never aired. You can find this pilot on the net if you know where to look. Also as a side note some of the sets were later reuse on the Battle Galactica reboot.
Then lastly the Netflicks Version.
Sorry for the long note and sounding like a know it all.
Keep up the Good work!
Brian has mentioned the ease of starting/stopping video services through Amazon. It’s certainly easy but I hit a stumbling block.
I signed up for Starz through Amazon and found (after speaking to Starz customer service) that I can only watch through the Prime Video app. Can’t watch through the Starz app on AppleTV, Roku, LG or Sony TV OS, not even through the Starz web site. Yeah I can access the content through the Prime apps but I prefer the Apple TV and the WebOS apps. I was also told that purchasing through AppleTV will give me the same limitations.
So, cancelled the subscription from Amazon and subscribed directly from Starz so I can watch “on any damn device I want.” (Seems I heard that somewhere)
Now I’m wondering if the same situation comes up if I subscribe to HBO, Acorn, Showtime etc. through a third party.
HI Killers..Thanks for the heads up regarding High Maintenance that Sarah mentioned! If not already brought up, please mention HBO Go also has the Web Series of High Maintenance listed separately when you search on HBO. They are 1/2 as long and at least as good if not better. Also each episode has a neat 1 minute directors comment with Katji and Ben,. Way worth a watch! Cord killers is the Best! Will become a Patron when income allows.
Hi Brian and Tom,
I can’t believe I’m actually writing this but “in-defense-of-cricket”…
There is a modern form of the game, absolutely hated by the purists, called “Twenty20 Cricket”. It plays fast, loud and has streamlined rules anyone can pick up.
The link below is to a short CPL (Caribbean Premier League) sizzle reel titled: “Party, Cricket and More Party”. In short, this is not your colonialist overlord’s game *grin*