Cordkillers Ep. 41 – You would steal a policeman’s helmet

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CordKillers: Ep. 41 – You would steal a policeman’s helmet
Recorded: October 20, 2014
Guest: Kristi Kates

Intro Video 

Primary Target

Signal Intelligence

Gear Up

Front Lines

  • Aereo Asks FCC to Change Definition of Video Distributor
  • – Aereo Chief Executive Officer Chet Kanojia met with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and other officials on Oct. 8 to advocate for online programming to be added to the definition of an MPVD.
    – This would be a big victory for any company attempting to create an online multichannel TV service
    9 Remeber Discovery refused to let Sky Angel carry its channel online. It could not flat out refuse in this scenario)
    – if a programmer has a stake in a distribution service, then it is required to sell its programming to MPVDs.
  • Good News, TV Guys: ComScore Found Your Missing TV Watchers
  • – Comscore survey says the younger a viewer is the less likely they watch on a TV
    – Millennials say they spend a third of their TV-watching time watching TV on computers, tablets and phones
    – 24 percent of 18-to-34-year-olds say they’re not subscribing to pay TV. — 13 percent say they’ve cut the cord, 11 percent never had a cord.
  • Amazon’s Instant Video app now shows your homemade movies
  • Upgraded Amazon Instant Video apps for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and certain TVs from LG and Samsung can show photos and videos stored in Amazon Cloud Drive for users in Germany the US and UK.

Under Surveillance

Dispatches from the Front

Tom and Brian,

Quick note: Quit watching The Walking Dead mid-season 2. Tried last season, quit. Brother tells me to watch current season’s premier. Holy crap! I think I’m in.

Fred in Pooler, GA 


Do you have an explanation for why movies take so long to be available to rent? It is so frustrating to see DVDs to buy but not to rent. I want to rent Catching Fire, which was released in 2013 and it is only available to buy. Grrrrrr!



Thanks for your show, we cut the cord about 3 years ago and finding new shows has probably been the hardest part to get used to! Your show has helped me in this regard quite a few times. I wanted to pass along a show I stumbled upon in Netflix that I am in love with! It’s called An Idiot Abroad, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it because know one in my immediate circle seems to love it as much as I do, I want to see if I’m weird, if Brian likes it then I’m legit!

Take care,



You guys have to give Manhattan (on WGN America, Hulu, iTunes) a try. Wife and I love this show. Fascinating drama about the time period and the science with the A bomb. Purchased the season on iTunes and look forward to it every Monday. Just got renewed for a second season.



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