A Lot of Paperwork

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A Lot of Paperwork
Number 103
Broadcast Date January 11, 2016
Episode Length 51:01
Hosts Brian Brushwood, Tom Merritt
Guests Riley Blanton

Netflix adds 130 countries and lets you share your password, Sling cleans up its interface, and a new OTA DVR for cordcutters. With special guest Riley Blanton.

Guests

Intro Video

Primary Target

Netflix launched Wednesday 1/6 in 130 countries
Everywhere but China, Syria, Crimea and North Korea
Lg and Netflix partnering on a prepaid service
Hastings said household password-sharing is fine "We love people sharing Netflix. That's a positive thing, not a negative thing." He said kids grow up and like to have control of their life and get their own account.
“The Ridiculous Six,” our Adam Sandler movie, in its first 30 days, has been the biggest thing we’ve ever seen in the first 30 days for any movie on Netflix, ever.“
TIMELY RELATED PRODUCT
3rd-party Netflix search engines can show you what movies are in what countries
Flixed: IMDB rating, metacritic score, trailer
Flixsearch - sells DNS Service for changing region
Netflixcosdes.me lets you search by Netflix's secret category codes like "Campy movies" or "teen drama"

Signals Intelligence

New section called “My TV” surfacing favorites (based on viewing habits and user selection) Continue Watching, Recommendations
What’s Hot - breaking news, season finales - coming in a later release
Sports section will make it easier to find favorite teams, with sign up to sports pack in app
Adding ESPN3
RCA will offer 10-day free trials with antenna
Rolling out to all devices by end of March

Gear Up

Michael alerted us to the Magnavox OTA DVRS coming out Q4
$400 with DVD burner, $450 w TB and 2 turnes, $500 w 6 tuners and 1 TB
No subscription fees
No apps
can share recordings with each other and Android and iOS devices.
NVidia Shield Android TV getting Android 6.0 Marshamallow (no date)
Tablo app for AppleTV and LG smart TV coming in spring

Front Lines

Amazon won Golden Globes for Best TV Comedy and Best Actor in a TV Comedy for Mozart in the Jungle and lead Gael Garcia Bernal. Netflix had 8 nominations but no wins.
Amazon will show the President's final State of the Union on demand, as will YouTube AND YouTube stars Destin, the engineer presenter of SmarterEveryDay, lifestyle vlogger Ingrid Nilsen and comedian sWoozie will interview the President, Friday January 15 following the address
YouTube Chief Business Officer Robert Kyncl announced at CES that YouTube will soon support High Dynamic Range content, joining Amazon and Netflix which already provide HDR content.
In conjunction with the announcement of Sony’s HDR capable Bravia Android TVs, Sony announced its own HDR streaming service called Ultra that will let TV owners buy and stream HDR shows from Sony Pictures on compatible sets.
The NFL plans to live stream the three games to be played in London next season. Apple and Google are allegedly among the bidders. The three games will be played Oct. 2, Oct. 23 and Oct. 30.
NBCUniversal’s comedy streaming service SeeSo came out of beta Thursday. That means anyone can get it but they have to pay $3.99 a month to see most of the content though some will remain freely accessible.

Under Surveillance

Dispatches From The Front

Dear Tom and Brian,

I'm writing to comment on your discussion on Episode 102 about whether Netflix should concentrate solely on original content and de-emphasize the back catalog content. And you were also discussing how more and more streaming services are coming out with their own original content, and networks who already produce original content are making paid apps (like CBS).

And I think there's a tipping point.

Here's a scenario:

We want to watch the 11/22/63, and we plan to pay for Hulu+ to get that -- But we already pay for Amazon Prime, Netflix, HBO and we still have cable. And one of my kids is a big anime fan so we have a membership to Crunchyroll, too. (And I support several podcasts via Patreon). I've reached my limit of what I will pay for.

So my idea is to binge watch 11/22/63: pay for one month of Hulu+ and then put the membership on hold. I figured we'd do something similar when the new Star Trek episodes come to the CBS all-access plan.

So, my question is, where's the tipping point? How many memberships will people pay for before they decide to do some kind of a round robin like I described above?

If they only have original content, I can see myself doing this kind of thing. But services like Netflix, with their large back catalog, would be the ones I'd be least likely to put on hold. If they let their back catalog dwindle, I may find I can go a month or two without it.

Wondering what you think about this.

Love the show! - Beelissa



You questioned if "the kids" are still downloading torrents, or if streaming is kind now. I work at a university, and we've recently implemented stricter controls on Peer-to-Peer / filesharing activity on our network. Based on the number of students who got caught by that this fall (and based on subsequent conversations with some of them, as they basically get kicked off our network when we see torrent activity), I feel like I have some idea anyway. Downloads certainly seem to be down some from the heyday for those things, but we certainly saw that the activity is still common enough. Interestingly enough, when we returned from Christmas break, we saw an upswing again as everyone went back to using the filesharing programs while at home and forgot to uninstall when they got back to campus!


-Anonymous



HBO Now was not available on my platform of choice (Android) until after Game o Thrones was over.

I did not torrent the show even though I have both torrented and borrowed HBO Go credentials in the past. I did enjoy binge watching it with my wife during our free trial. I left my subscription active for one more month after the free trial to show my appreciation for the service.

I think next year will be different. HBO Now is a great experience and I can't wait to watch Game of Thrones on my Android TV devices next year.


-Tony



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Preceded by:
"What the Cool Kids Do"
A Lot of Paperwork
Followed by:
"Selling Dish Soap"