Cordkillers 68 – Schrodinger’s Cords

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CordKillers: Ep. 68 – Schrodinger’s Cords
Recorded: April 27, 2015
Guest: Eklund

Intro Video 

Primary Target

  • Nielsen: Cord cutting’s no big deal
  • Streaming overtakes Live TV
  • Netflix Is 6% of TV Business, 43% of Ratings Decline
    Nielsen data released Thursday.
    – 93% of households with cable, broadband and SVOD will drop BB or SVOD before cable.
    – Young people cancel cable often because of moving

    -Deloitte study – streaming has surpassed live TV
    – 56% stream movies 53% stream TV 45% watch TV programs live
    – 14-25 72% streaming video among most valuable service 58% pay TV

    US Analyst Michael Nathanson of MoffettNathanson
    – Netflix now makes up 6% of total TV viewing
    – Nathanson figures that Netflix accounts for 43 percent of the ratings decline the networks experienced last quarter.

Signal Intelligence

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Front Lines

Under Surveillance

Dispatches from the Front

Hey guys,

Coming from a broadcast TV background I found your discussion on periscope last week very interesting. I work in Sports broadcasting and as a rights holder we own the rights to any video shot in the venue. We often use spectators footage from instagram, we don’t need to ask permission because we already own the rights.

If periscope gets big enough they will have no choice but to setup a content management system to block copyright infringement. I think Twitter is being very naive saying that they have a take down procedure. That sounds like a law suit waiting to happening, especially when other online video providers have active system’s to pull content ie YouTube and even Twich.

Aso I would have thought bars would have paid for commercial access to the cable company so if HBO is part of the package I don’t see what the issue is. Here in Australia how much a bar pays for access to subscription TV is tied directly to how much turnover the bar has. It ends up for a larger venue as several thousand dollars a month.

HBO is probably caring more about piracy because they now sell a streaming service. Previously you would need a cable subscription to view HBO. People downloading HBO show probably fall into the category of people who don’t have cable, HBO would want to convert those people into streaming customers. People generally stop pirating because its easier to pay, seems like its good business sense to make pirating as difficult as possible.

Love the show,
– Hosko the sports director



I’m a time warner business class rep. In regards to the HBO story, bars ar actually requires to buy a bar/restaurant package, and any other type of service is actually against some city ordinances. PPV, AND SPECIALY Broadcasrs are billed on a per head estimate or fire capacity rating for the facility. This discourages establishments from just paying the residential price and just raking in a massive profit without the actual content creator relieving their supposed due. Hotels have a hospitality package in which we sell what’s called a hospitality insert package, which why they provide HBO, and other channels within their lineups. In those instances they pay a flat rate per TV set., and it’s typically more than the consumer cost, because it’s considered public display. Thought I’d give you a little insight.

– Anonymous



Hey Shwood and Tom,

I’m hoping that you guys can shed some light on how us Cord Killers can stream the big fight this weekend legally.
My current setup is Sling TV + Plex on my Fire TV and HTPC. Additionally, I have a PS4. Is there a way I can watch the fight?
Boxing, take my money!

Your boss,
– Nick



Hey Tom & Brian,

I want to first say thank you for splitting out It’s Spoilerin’ Time into a separate news feed. I often go back & watch those episodes to hear your opinions after I’ve caught up on the shows.

However this week I was disappointed to find the Movie Draft Update being covered only in the Spoilerin’ Time episode. I really liked this being part of the main show for the Winter Movie Draft, and would have completely missed it altogether if I hadn’t noticed the rundown for this week’s Spoilern’ Time episode.

Any chance of seeing the Movie Draft Update making its way back into the main show? As you’re boss, I’d really appreciate it!

As always, keep up the great work!

– Benjamin



Just saw the most recent Cord Killers and have some clarification to offer. You said that PlayOn is $10 a month after an intro period. [[CNET said $10 for 3 months — think Tom read it wrong]] PlayOn and PlayLater (basically internet DVR that records to your PC hard drive) together are normally actually only $40/year but here’s the BIG thing: They are on sale for $50 (OK, $49.99 but don’t you HATE that?!) for lifetime use right now, only $90 when not on sale. A onetime expense and done. …The sole negatives are that PlayLater records in real time, so if you are getting an hour-long show, it takes an hour, and closed captions are painful and pretty much a loss. For one example, an unscrupulous person could record HuluPlus shows and then play them back with the ability to FF thru commercials…
They are great, almost essential tools for a cordcutter.



2015 Winter Movie Draft

  1. GFQ: $363,306,485
  2. Cordkillers: $30,291,700
  3. Frogpants: $25,075,475
  4. Night Attack: $0
  5. DTNS: $0
  6. Amtrekker: $0

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