Has Cosmos found its stride or lost its way? We catch up on Archer and our love for Pam, and does Game of Thrones shock us?
Amazon unleashes their set-top box, the Fire TV, but we get word from The Verge that Google might fire back with their own TV box, but don’t they have the Chromecast? Also HBO Go becomes HBO No, and WWE is either a hit or a failure, depending on who you ask.
CordKillers: Ep. 14 – Will Google Light a Fire?
Recorded: April 7 2014
- Amazon launches Fire TV, an Android-powered streaming and gaming set-top box for $99
- Here’s Amazon’s gamepad
- How Amazon Fire TV Stacks Up To Apple TV, Chromecast And Roku
- Amazon Fire TV – $99 Shipping today
– 0.7″” thin, size of a CD case. Yay another hockey puck!
– Quad-core processor and dedicated GPU, 2GB of RAM
– Dual-band, dual-antenna WiFi with Mimo
– Bluetooth remote control
– Hulu and Netflix
– “ASAP” predicts what movies and TV shows you’re going to watcha nd queues them up so they start instantly. Learns over time.
– Voice Command – speak into remote control
– works with search, wish list even searches genres across apps
– Cloud drive app can load photos from phone to TV (set album as screen saver)
– Music from Pandora I heart Radio, TuneIn and Vevo. Amazon music coming next month.
– Free Time kids time mgmt. product, Free Time Unlimited tier with PBSKids, Nick, etc.
– Gaming: Thousands of titles for next month (Disney, EA, etc..) app lets you use phone/tablet as controller but also Fire game controller is $39.99 with 1,000 Amazon coins (avg. price of games $1.85)
- Amazon just locked down exclusive rights to 24 including Live Another Day
- This is Android TV
- “Android TV is an entertainment interface, not a computing platform,”
– Controller arrow keys, enter, home, back. Optional game controller.
– Voice input and notifications. Picks up where phone or TV left off.
– Recommends content on home screen.
- WWE Smacked Down as Online Subscribers Fall Short of Estimate
- Profit in Sight: Nearly 670,000 Subscribe to WWE Network
- Sunday’s “WrestleMania 30,” which took place in New Orleans, selling out the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
– World Wrestling Entertainment reported 667,287 subscribers
– Shares of WWE sank (WWE:US) 15 percent to close at $23.90 in New York, the biggest one-day drop since July 2001.
– VARIETY: The WWE Network is close to turning a profit less than two months after launching.
– The company will next roll out the WWE Network in Canada, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and the Nordic countries in late 2014 and early 2015.
- Xbox One original TV shows will include interactive extras
- Microsoft already has six TV series lined up for Xbox and more are coming
- Ridley Scott is Master Chief of Halo ‘digital feature’
- 6 series coming to Xbox One”
Users can unlock bonus scenes, mini-games and subplots not featured in the actual show itself.
-“ Halo” television series, executive produced by Steven Spielberg
– A multi-film documentary series produced by Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn of Lightbox. The first project centers on the rise and fall of Atari
– Live event coverage of the Bonnaroo music festival in June 2014
-“Every Street United,” an unscripted series focused on the global search for soccer’s most gifted and undiscovered street footballers
-“Halo” digital feature project with 343 Industries and Scott Free Productions (EP Ridley Scott— Sergio Mimica-Gezzan directing)
– a sci-fi show about robots called Humans — based on Swedish programme “Äkta människor”
- IN DEVELOPMENT
-“Fearless,” an unscripted series starring Paul de Gelder, an Australian Navy bomb clearance diver and shark attack survivor
-A sketch comedy show with comedy collective JASH – founded by Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, Tim and Eric, and Reggie Watts
-A hybrid stop motion animation project by Stoopid Buddy Stoodios (Seth Green), creators of the longest running stop-motion show on television, “Robot Chicken”
- HBO Go Still Recovering From Outage During Game Of Thrones Premiere
- The First Episode Of HBO’s “Silicon Valley” Is Now On YouTube
- HBO Go crashed during the Game of Thrones’ season premiere due to “overwhelming demand.” Some speculated that HBO purposely allows its streaming platform to get overwhelmed to stop subscribers from sharing their login information with non-paying users, which HBO CEO Richard Plepler has denied. HOWEVER The first episode of Mike Judge’s “Silicon Valley” is now on YouTube.
- Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is seeking to produce “a hit online show with viral appeal
- AOL said Tuesday that it plans to produce its first long-form video series, “Connected,” a US-adaptation of an Israeli series.
- The Qplay app is now available to ayone who wants it, as is the $49 Qplay box that will stream your Qplay videos to a connected TV
- Hulu will add past seasons of NBC/Universal-produced shows as part of a multi-year agreement.
- AT&T’s new HBO bundle promotion provides U-basic TV with HBO and an 18 Mbps AT&T U-Verse connection for $40, good for 12 months.
- Michael Franco, creator of Star Trek Continues, most recent episode is currently in postproduction and will premiere in June at Australia’s Supanova pop-culture festival.
2014 Summer Movie Draft
- DTNS: $95,023,721
- Night Attack: $0
- The Morning Stream: $0
- GodsMoneybags: $0
- /Film: $0
- Amtrekker: $0
- Brian: Season 2 of Regular show is on Netflix, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Cosmos, Game of Thrones
- Tom: The Shield (eps. 6-7 – Amazon Prime), Agents of SHIELD (OTA), Archer (DTV – Purchasable), Rick and Morty (AdultSwim.com), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Theatre), Game of Thrones (DTV – Avail. HBO Go), Silicon Valley (YT), Night Attack (Diamondclub.tv), Cosmos (OTA)
Dispatches from the Front
CBS said maybe they would pull out of broadcast. Tom mentioned what they might do in changing programming on over the air broadcast. But doesn’t CBS statement go counter to their primary reason for lawsuit, and that is rebroadcast fees and how big a money maker it is.
Hope your week is going well! Not sure if you guys caught this story, but now that it’s officially public, I can talk about it.YouTube to Offer Advertisers Some Guarantees. With upfront season in full swing, Google is taking some new approaches in their agreements with advertisers. What is of particular interest is this. YouTube also plans to reserve space for advertisers that agree to buy in advance in the best performing 5% of its content across channels such as Beauty & Fashion, Comedy, Food, Music, and Sports. In the last few years, MCNs have been building up business models around selling ads around original content on YouTube. With YouTube looking take that top 5% of the best content on their platform, we may see a shift in how these companies work. There have always been questions about the profitability and sustainability to how these MCNs operated. In fact, as of late, we’ve seen major changes with companies like Machinima and Maker Studios, both of which made deals with major studios (well, Maker Studios got entirely acquired by Disney). It’ll be interesting to see how this new arrangement works out for all parties. Personally, I think we’re still in the middle of this shift in content delivery – we’ll probably continue to see these companies evolve over time. Anyways, this wasn’t meant to be an in-show email; just thought it might be a topic of interest for Cordkillers this week. Love to hear what you guys make of it.
Veronica Mars proves piracy still beats following the rules for now, and Popcorn Time makes it easy.
CordKillers: Ep. 11 – Breki-ing the law
Recorded: March 17 2014
Guest: Breki Tomasson
- Warner Brothers to “Veronica Mars” Backers: Okay, Okay — Use iTunes or Amazon if You Want
- Veronica Mars And The Case Of The Totally Adequate Kickstarter Movie
- Kickstarter backers complained about Flixster, used to distribute the UltraViolet version of the Veronica Mars movie.
Offered $10 rebate OR to compensate purchases on iTunes or Amazon with receipt.
- Popcorn Time Is Hollywood’s Worst Nightmare, And It Can’t Be Stopped
- Popcorn Time refuses to stay shut down
- Creators shut Popcorn Time down on Saturday:
“Our experiment has put us at the doors of endless debates about piracy and copyright, legal threats and the shady machinery that makes us feel in danger for doing what we love. And that’s not a battle we want a place in.
- BitTorrent site YTS has decided to take over the Popcorn Time project and resurrect it. Beta builds for Windows, OS X, and Linux are being posted to GitHub.
- Here’s why Amazon Prime can afford to raise prices
- Amazon Prime US raised price from $79 a year to $99. Amazon was barely breaking even, or even losing money, on shipping costs for customers who ordered 20 packages year. That’s not counting the $40 per person it costs Amazon to license streaming media that Prime accounts get for free.
- Plex opens up Chromecast to everyone, adds automatic camera upload
- Thursday, Plex made Chromecast support available to all users not just PlexPass subscribers.
- Tuesday, CBS CEO Les Moonves said “If Aereo should work, if they should win, which we don’t think is going to happen, we could go OTT with CBS.”
- Dish Launched Super Joey Thursday.
The Super Joey adds two network tuners to the Hopper system, so you can record up to eight shows simultaneously. It still has the Hopper automatic ad-skipping tech.
Google has also confirmed that its Movies service is now available in 37 new markets:
Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Finland, Gabon, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Ivory Coast, Luxembourg, Mali, Mauritius, Namibia, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Niger, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Rwanda, Senegal, Sweden, Togo, Uruguay, Venezuela and Zambia. And these are the best bets where ChromeCast will show up next.
Space NK, The National Film Board of Canada, Universal Music Group, House & Gardens, Tom Aikens and Epidemic Sound/ Must-have features for creators. “Advertising revenues just aren’t high enough to justify a low quality consumer experience, and your content deserves better!” The app is only available for iOS devices for now, but we’re told that an Android version is already in the works.
Video channels for smartphones and smart TVs. Specific niches like sports, politics, science and fitness. Unlike Hulu or Netflix though, you’ll pay $10 a month for each of the channels you actually want. Apparently because they’ll have big personalities.
On Our Radar
- Brian: Finished True Detective, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, Cosmos, playing Titanfall
- Tom: Veronica Mars movie, Deadwood, The Walking Dead, Cosmos
- Breki: catching up on things I never saw back in the days. How I met your Mother, Archer, Mad Men, etc.
Dispatches from the Front
There’s no clear consistency here in the UK about when broadcasters show US shows. Back in ye olden days, programmes like ER and Friends would be held back until January so that the UK broadcasters would get a clear run of 20-26 weekly episodes without having to take a break. However these days with torrents and spoilers and hype crossing borders, broadcasters don’t really know what to do – do they follow the US schedule (Fox show The Walking Dead in the UK the day after the US broadcast) or do they hold back (More4 are only a few episodes into the latest season of The Good Wife). Or do they go for a half-hearted mixture (Channel 4 started showing Agents of SHIELD in the same week as the US, but it’s only just returned from it’s Christmas break)? My question is this – will there ever come a time when the money gained from advertisers isn’t enough to dictate the schedules for the US broadcasters, and they gain more from subscriptions, overseas sales and re-selling to services like Netflix, and therefore the US broadcasters drop their ridiculous scheduling of showing a 20 week season in drips?
Hi guys, love the show, just became a Patreon tonight. My wife and I (and two four year old twin girls) cut the cord a few weeks ago (cut the phone landline and cable tv, leaving only internet).
I bought the Leaf for HD broadcast local channels, do you have any recommendations on a PVR to plug it into? My Tivo is old and doesn’t do DTV. Or is there a better way to get streaming broadcast show’s (like Big Bang Theory)… in Canada?
Thanks, keep up the good work
I have been watching the various incarnations of this show for a very long time, and one of the recurring themes was how Netflix releases shows all at once, for a la carte binge viewing. The two of you have even argued the merits of binge vs. weekly releases. Imagine my surprise, when I got an email from Netflix announcing their new show, “”From Dusk Till Dawn””, and that they were releasing one episode per week! If this is not cord killing news, I don’t know what is!