Leg-Numbing Content

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Leg-Numbing Content
Number 160
Broadcast Date March 6, 2017
Episode Length 1:01:25
Hosts Brian Brushwood, Tom Merritt
Guests Owen JJ Stone

People have broadcast but not TVs, YouTube has a TV service, and Amazon pilot season is back. With special guest Owen JJ Stone (https://iqmz.com).


Intro Video

Primary Target

Nielsen universe estimates
Median cable network lost 2.3% of subscribers
Broadcast universe grew about 1.7 percent yoy
Rating still declined across the board
CMT fell 9.8%, Spike (the future Paramount network) fell 7.2%, ESPN and ESPN2 dropped 3.6%
Bucking the trend Sundance up 10.5% FXX up 7.5%
The US Energy Information Agency survey
2009, average household 2.6 TVs, 2015 2.3
Periodics survey. 5600 respondents in person
Percentage without TVs now 2.6 % after years steady at 1.2-1.3%.
Number of TVs per household falling too

How to Watch

YouTube announced YouTube TV that combines live content from broadcast and cable networks with all other YouTube content. Networks from ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC, are included along with local broadcast channels. Programming from Turner, Viacom, AMC, Discovery and A&E is not. It will be available on all platforms where YouTube currently exists and have unlimited cloud DVR storage. The product is separate from YouTube Red but will contain all of YouTube Red’s original programming. YouTube TV arrives this spring starting at $35 a month for up to six users at a time.

What to Watch

Amazon will release five new pilot TV shows March 17. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, written and directed by Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, is about a 1958 housewife trying to make it as a Greenwich Village comedian with Rachel Brosnahan from House of Cards and Tony Shaloub as her father. Oasis is based on Michael Faber’s The Book of Strange New Things. Game of Thrones’ Richard Madden travels to a distant planet to establish a colony. The other three are half hour comedies. The Legend of Master Legends about a Las Vegas street hero, Budding Prospects about city boys growing pot in rural northern california and The New VIPS an animated comedy about low-level employees getting control of their company after accidentally killing their boss.
CNN is introducing an expanded lineup of original shows to the CNNgo streaming platform available without a cable subscription. The first of the new series is Mostly Human with Laurie Segall about people’s relationship with technology, premiering March 12.
Netflix plans to release a comedy special every week for the rest of the year. Netflix has deals with Dave Chappelle, Louis CK, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, and Amy Schumer. Dave Chapelle has two specials vault coming to Netflix March 21st. One from Austin in 2015 and one from last March in Hollywood.
“A missing child sets four families on a frantic hunt for answers. Their search for a culprit unearths a small town’s sins and secrets.” That’s Netflix’s new German series Dark coming this winter.
War Machine, starring Brad Pitt as General Glenn McMahon, is a comedy set in the war in Afghanistan. based on the 2012 bestseller The Operators, about retired General Stanley McChrystal. It comes out May 26th.

What We're Watching

Front Lines

Sony launched a “multi-view” feature for PlayStation Vue on the PS 4 Monday. Up to three channels can play on the screen simultaneously with audio from the primary channel which is in the largest box.
Hulu announced it will offer 24 hour seven days a week customer support starting March 12. Hulu also plans to open a service center in New Mexico or Texas to bring its customer service staff up from 200 to 300 and hit 500 by 2018.
Neverthink is a site and iOS app that takes content from YouTube, Reddit and elsewhere and turns it into unskippable channels, a little like Pluto.tv. Neverthink has a round 30 channels with titles like YOLO, Learn Something and Futurism.
Facebook’s Video app is still rolling out. This week it came to Apple TV. YOU can see videos recommended by friends or by Facebook, and live video.
Twitter is partnering with ESL and Dreamhack to broadcast esports tournaments and events live on Twitter. Saturday Twitter streamed ESL’s Intel Extreme Masters World Championship. Twitter will also broadcast a 30-minute weekly e-sports show, featuring the latest highlights and behind-the-scenes footage.

Dispatches From The Front

Tom & Brian,

I appreciate the plug for Apple TV but is the latest Apple TV 4 worth 5 times as much as a Roku Express or 3 times more that Fire TV stick? Just curious your thoughts on price vs features/benefits.

Very Respectfully,
- Gregory

Hey Brian and Tom My husband and I were talking about why Apple hasn’t come out with a 4K Apple TV yet. He was wondering why it was taking them so long to get 4K capable hardware. I brought up a point that I wanted to share with you guys that I don’t think has come up much when people talk about a 4K Apple TV, content. The main reason the Apple TV exists, at all, is as a platform to sell and consume iTunes media. Everything else it does is just to get the box in your house. So I argue, Apple isn’t going to put out 4K hardware until they have 4K movies/TV shows available in the iTunes Store.

So the real question is not, why doesn’t their box do 4K, but rather why don’t they offer 4K content? Im sure they can easily get 4K version of many movies and TV shows form the studios, plus I’m betting Car Pool Karaoke and ::cringe:: Planet of the Apps will be shot in 4K. The only reason I can think of is they don’t have a smooth way to stream it to the customer yet. As we all know web services are not Apple’s strong suit. So maybe they are waiting until they develop a better delivery method and thus better user experience (Apple’s strong suit) before rolling out 4K. In true Apple fashion I believe they will both be announced at the same time in a keynote.

Thats just my thoughts, figured I would throw it out there for you guys to discuss.

Keep up the great work, love the show.
- Chip from Boston

Just watched CK 158. You were discussing digital personnas of screen actors (Humphrey Bogart, Rob Lowe etc).

I was immediately reminded of the farcical and magical SF film "The Congress" (2013). It starred actress Robin Wright (House of Cards etc) as *HERSELF* and being offered the opportunity of being full-body digitized by a major motion picture studio. She agrees and the plot thickens...

Check out the Wikipedia description (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Congress_%282013_film%29) or -- better still -- watch it! It's great!

- Michael

Hi Brian and Tom,
I just wanted to share my recent "chicken challenge" experience with Direct TV. I was on a plan that was costing me $115/month. I found that I could get the exact same programming through DirecTV Now for only $35. Unfortunately, it doesn't work with Roku and that is our preferred streaming device. I set up a free trial of Playstation Vue and my family was ready to cut the cord. When I called to cancel, I told the representative that I love the service and would stay if they could reduce my bill to around $50. The rep said she could only give me a $10/month credit for the next year. I thanked her for the service and canceled. I was given the instructions for returning the equipment and told I would have to pay around $120 for canceling 6 months early. I agreed as I knew I would save way more over those next 6 months. The next day, I had two representatives calling me to get me back. I ended up getting to keep the two boxes with DVR at no additional cost and I have the same programming minus the Cooking Channel for $53/month. I don't understand why I had to completely cancel just to get my bill cut in half, but I wouldn't have had the courage to do so without the information provided by your fine program. Thank you for what you do.
Very respectfully from swarthy Fort Gordon, GA - Jeramie

I'm your boss but not a bossy boss, I just want to say you kids are doing a great job keep it up!!!
PS I know your backed up with TPS reports and all but please try to find the time to fix the copier (watch "Patriot" on Amazon)

- Mike



Preceded by:
"Tiers for Fears"
Leg-Numbing Content
Followed by:
"Bigger Than a Britbox"