Cordkillers Ep. 30 – Let’s Speculate Irresponsibly

What the Nerdist thinks of YouTube these days, the best trailers from ComicCon and Google may still have bought Twitch.

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CordKillers: Ep. 30 – Let’s Speculate Irresponsibly
Recorded: July 27, 2014
Guest: Kristi Kates

Intro Video 

Primary Target

Secondary Target

  • Nerdist Knocks YouTube’s Stickiness, Commenters at Comic-Con
  • – Google’s video site is not a place where people “hang out,” Hardwick said.
    – He also got an appreciative hoot from the crowd after dissing YouTube’s commenters as “toxic.”
    – “YouTube is a bunch of 13-year-olds who are like, ‘Look at me, I am unattended!’” he joked. “The second comment is always ‘FIRST,’ because they never make it.”
    – Rooster Teeth regularly puts videos on its website a few hours ahead of uploading them to YouTube, and sells paid subscriptions that provide access to exclusive content.

Signal Intelligence

  • Google reportedly finalizes deal for live stream service Twitch
  • -VentureBeat reported Google finalized a deal to buy Twitch for $1 billion
    – Neither Google or Twitch are talking
    – The average viewer watches 106 minutes of Twitch live streams per day. About 58% spend more than 20 hours a week watching videos on Twitch

Gear Up

  • Chromecast turns one: why this small streaming stick became such a big deal 
  • – Chromecast turned one July 24
    – Chromecast users have pressed a cast button 400 million times since the device was first released a year ago.
    – more than 6,000 developers have signed up to add casting to their mobile or web apps.
    – #1 selling electronics item on Amazon
    – COMING SOON: Screen mirroring, personalized home screen 

Under surveillance

Front Lines

2014 Summer Movie Draft

  1. Amtrekker: $689,515,120
  2. TMS: $598,450,443
  3. DTNS: $595,014,272
  4. Night Attack: $443,836,166
  5. GodsMoneybags: $390,588,309
  6. /Film: $282,356,843

On Screen

Dispatches from the Front

Hi tom and Brian I am one of the reported 250,000 people in Australia who subscrbes to netflix, which as you know isn’t officially available here, so i have to use a VPN. I use unblockus.We never have any problems streaming at full quality even though we are yhe other side of the planet.
I hear that in the USA some people are having problems as their isp is slowing down their streams, i was wondering if they would still have the same problem if they used a vpn service, whats your thoughts? Plus it also gives you the advantage of chosing what Netflix region uou want.
Keep up the good work 




In a recent show you talked about why Nielsen only counts 18-49. Psychologists in the 1960 and 70’s measured Brand Loyalty and found that people over a certain ago become inflexible in the their brand choices. Basically the younger people are then the more effective the advertising. Brand Loyalty is why markets don’t advertise to people over 49, these studies have been shown to be flawed. Also the disposable income difference by age has flipped in the last 40 years with college loans and a stagnant job market reducing youth spending power. But given that markets are still focused on broadcast viewership that has been decimated in the last twenty years they can be the brightest group of company executives.




Aereo’s next work around… Rent me a 1 square inch apartment in the city. Cram an antenna and slingback like device (and whatever additional tech is needed) in how ever many feet tall apartment. Then they are technically just renting a prefurnished apartment. Totally legal.




Hey guys,
I know that we are between Game of Thrones seasons but I wanted to pass on my experience as someone who watched the shows without reading the books first. I love the show and have watched it from the beginning. I have to admit, though, that I would get confused sometimes about who all of the characters are and where the story was going. After the first season I tried to read the first book. At the time I found myself getting bored because I knew what was going to happen. Fast forward to the present and I decided to pick up the books again. After a few years the details of season 1 are a bit fuzzy. I was instantly hooked on the book. Not only that, but I suddenly realized the relations between the characters and why some of them acted the way they do in future seasons. Having knowledge of future events is really making the books enjoyable and I can see the foreshadowing and the mistakes the characters make that lead to their downfall. Of course reading the beginning of book one and seeing the Starks as one big happy family was kind of depressing. My goal is to have all of the books read before the next season starts so I can see what it’s like to be on the other side of the experiment. One book down, 4 to go…

Thanks for the great podcast,
Scott from Houston



Living in South Africa, cord killing is near impossible, as we only have over priced satellite and free terrestrial shit, that is not even HD yet. However I managed to get a Fire TV, and now proudly use Netflix, Hulu plus and Amazon Prime, HBO Go and WatchEspn (via a friends Verizon account). Filling in the blanks with sickbeard, couchpotato and Plex. All this costs me less than $80 a month, including internet. Not bad, compared to what you have to deal with in the USA.
Long live the Cord Killers.

John Mac

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