Comcast Stream: You Can’t Take it With You

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Comcast Stream: You Can’t Take it With You
Number 79
Broadcast Date July 13, 2015
Episode Length 59:35
Hosts Brian Brushwood, Tom Merritt
Guests Lamarr Wilson

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


Intro Video

Primary Target

Comcast Stream
$15 a month HBO plus about a dozen broadcast channels (ABC, CBS, CW, FOX, NBC, PBS, Telemundo, and Univision)
Access to Comcost on-demand content
Only for Comcast Broadband customers
Phones tablets, PCs but no set-top boxes
Out of home access only to on demand and recorded content (cloud DVR - 20 hours storage)
Can sign up AND cancel online
Launch in Boston end of summer, Followed by Seattle and Chicago then all 22 million subs in early 2016

Signals Intelligence

WSJ Says ESPN lost 3.2 million subs in a little over a year according to Nielsen data
ESPN reaches 92.9 million hhs
Down 7.2% since 2011.
ESPN expected to make up 25% of Disney profits in 2015

Gear Up

Plugs into USB port and provides power and 100 Mbps ethernet.
Sold out fast

Front Lines

Plex’s Xbox One app is getting some new features. You can now play music with playlist support for audio and video.
Plex can also handle Xbox’s native MKV file format and can show movie trailers related to the films you have.
GatesAir, LG and Zenith in conjunction with WJW-TV Cleveland have started field-testing Futurecast, a system that uses HEVC video compression to broadcast 4K and two mobile TV broadcasts in a 6MHz channel. The hope is futurecast to be rolled into the ATSC 3.0 broadcast standard.
A Swedish newspaper reported that YouTube star PewDiePie earned $7 million in 2014 from his gaming commentary videos. He has more than 37 million subscribers. Last year the Wall Street Journal revealed he made $4 million in 2013.
Amazon has launched the “Fling software toolkit” allowing developers for Android, iOS and FireOS to add a Fling button to their apps. When users press the Fling button they can send content to their FireTV device much like casting a video to Chromecast.

Under Surveillance

A trailer for Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion’s Vimeo series Con Man was released at ComicCon as well. You can preorder the season for $14.99 available September 30.
Comedy Central has renewed South Park for 4 more seasons and Hulu paid $192 million to retain exclusive streaming rights. Season 19 begins September 16.
October 16 - Beasts of No Nation (TrueDetective director Cary Fukunaga)
December 11 - The Riduclous Six (Adam Sandler, Terry Crews, Rob Schneider, and Nick Nolte)
Q1 2016 - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend
March 2016 - Pee-wee's Big Holiday

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, - Ken

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, - Joe

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.

- Nicky

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



Preceded by:
"Binge and Purge Viewing"
Comcast Stream: You Can’t Take it With You
Followed by:
"Sit or Get Off the Pot, Hulu"