Cordkillers 79 – Comcast Stream: You Can’t Take it With You

Comcast offers a cord-cutting fig leaf, ESPN loses subscribers, Chromecast gets an ethernet port.

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CordKillers: Ep. 79 – Comcast Stream: You Can’t Take it With You
Recorded: July 13, 2015
Guest: Lamarr Wilson

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Primary Target

Signal Intelligence

Gear Up

Front Lines

Under Surveillance

Dispatches from the Front

Hey guys, just wanted to write in about my experience with the Amazon Fire TV stick and using it in hotel rooms away from home. After hearing about the update which allowed you to sign in through a hotels wifi access portal, I used it a few days later at a Hotel Indigo, an upscale Holiday Inn family hotel. It worked great! Fast, stable, great picture on Netflix, no problems. I loved it.

However, it is I’m afraid to report very bandwidth dependent. I tried it this past week at both a Hilton Garden Inn and a Hampton Inn, and the results were very poor. The login process was painless, but neither hotels had the bandwidth to properly use the stick. I tried the Pluto.TV, Twitch.TV, and the WWE network app and none would work or play any video. Netflix only worked at the Hampton Inn, and even then the video would buffer very often and not be the best quality.

In short, the Amazon FireTV stick is a great piece of hardware, and should be with everyone who travels or stays in hotels a lot for business, but premium internet access is necessity.

Hope this was helpful,




Tom — you mentioned you enjoyed watching news from pluto tv because of the variety of sources and sit back experience… for that, I use haystack. Which I thought i heard about through you, but in case not, you should check it out.

A bit early in their dev — but you can see they are working on favoriting and a recommendation engine to keep your feed relevant to what you’re interested in and what’s trending, all while coming from multiple sources.

avid listener,



Hi guys,

I just had one comment about the hulu/pluto channels. This is the syndicated version I’ve been waiting for. I keep hoping for something I can tailor myself. Hulu used to have play lists and queuing but now it’s only queuing. Just recently I wanted a Playlist option when I realized I could only stand 3 shows of someone else’s binge watching. Well I’m close with Pluto but not close enough.

Really hoping maybe Pluto help me get my own channel selection some day.




Season 2 of “The Strain” premiers this coming Sunday evening on FX.

A good scary series that gave me chicken skin during the first season. I’m looking forward to being scared again. Deserves a look at a couple episodes of season one. I think you’ll like it. 

Bad Billy


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