License to Kill...Everyone

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License to Kill...Everyone
Number 261
Broadcast Date April 1, 2019
Episode Length 58:45
Hosts Brian Brushwood, Tom Merritt
Guests Andrew Zarian

The Game of Throne prequel gets a cast, Netflix is dominating SVOD, and YouTube TV is now all over the US. All this and more on Cordkillers! With special guest Andrew Zarian.


Intro Video

Primary Target

HBO has a lot of its cast set for the Game of Thrones prequel, tentatively called The Long Night (at least by GRR Martin but not official) that Jane Goldman is writing.
Marquis Rodriguez (When They See Us), John Simm (Strangers), Richard McCabe (Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams), John Heffernan (Dracula) and Dixie Egerickx (The Secret Garden) are set as series regulars.
Previously announced Naomi Watts, Josh Whitehouse, Naomi Ackie, Denise Gough, Jamie Campbell Bower, Sheila Atim, Ivanno Jeremiah, Georgie Henley, Alex Sharp, Toby Regbo and Miranda Richardson.
It chronicles the world’s descent from the Golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour.
Not the story we think we know

How to Watch

Sony sold its Crackle streaming service to CSS Entertainment, launching a new joint venture with the company called Crackle plus. CSS Entertainment takes a majority ownership of the venture, with Sony receiving various stock options in CSS. Sony will contribute the Crackle brand, user base and ad rep business to the venture, as well as licensing Sony Pictures content and Crackle original series. CSS will bring it's existing ad-supporting streaming services Popcornflix, Popcornflix Kids, Popcornflix Comedy, Frightpix, Espanolflix, and Truli to Crackle Plus. Crackle Plus now claims to have 10 million monthly active users and 26 million registered users.

What to Watch

Netflix ordered three new Italian originals.
“Curon,” a genre show with supernatural elements, which is set in a Northern Italian village
A series adaptation of the teen romance movie “Three Steps Over Heaven”
An adaptation of a bestselling Italian novel titled “Fedeltà,” which translates as “Faithfulness,” and is about a Milanese couple in their 30s.

Eyes On

Front Lines

The standalone version of Epix, Epix Now is available for Roku and Fire TV, adding on to the previous availability on Android and iOS. It's already an add-on channel through Roku, and will be in May for Apple TV Channels. Epix Now costs $5.99 a month and will be the home of the original series Pennyworth about Batman's Alfred.
Last Thursday, sports-oriented streaming service Fubo TV raised its base plan prices $10 to $54.99 a month. Fubo Extra also rises $10 to $60 a month. It added AMC, Cartoon Network, CNN, TBS, and TNT over the last year.
Discovery and BBC have signed a ten-year partnership to among other things, develop a global Streaming video on demand service. BBC and Discovery ended a partnership six years ago. The new deal is effective outside the Uk, Ireland and China and will make the SVOD from Discovery home to all BBC natural history series. Discovery is expected to launch the service in 2020. The two companies will also co-develop new nature series.
SiliconDust which makes the HDHomeRun connected TV tuners will shut down its premium TV service over the next 30 days. PremiumTV from HD HomeRun cost $34 a month for 45 channels. Omniverse One World Television supplied the service and is being sued for copyright infringement. Omniverse was claiming a far-reaching license to redistribute satellite TV service over the internet.
According to Deadline Parrot Analytics says Netflix controls 71% of the global SVOD market. Parrot also found, SVOD platforms have released 319 original series among them, more than the 147 released the prior year. Netflix dominated the originals category, premiering 139 shows. The No. 1 digital originals for 2018 were Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and La Casa De Papel, each of which has the highest demand in 2018 in three out of 10 markets. Star Trek: Discovery and Stranger Things, topped two markets each. DC Universe's Titans finished the year as the No. 2 show in terms of demand, trailing only Chilling Adventures.

Dispatches From The Front

I was watching this video about how to connect a hard drive to an iPad and as I was watching it I seemed to remember (from several months ago) a subscriber to CordKillers asked you guys if there was a way to stream movies from a hard drive to an iPad. I THINK this will do what that person was needing IF I'm remembering correctly what they needed...
Connect Any Hard Drive to an iPad Pro
RAVPower FileHub
At around 3 minutes in, he starts getting to the point.
I hope this helps someone!


Hi Tom, Brian, and Bryce,

After years of listening to the Tom Merritt Scale of Movies, I have to ask is the Scale and a list of graded movies published anywhere? Recommendations from the Cord Killers crew tend to be spot on in my taste, and would be interested as using the Merritt grading scale as my Digital Sherpa to movies I may have missed in the past.

Keep up the good work!
Your Boss,


Quick thought about Apple TV+, and buzz words in general. I'm finding more and more that "machine learning" has become the go-to catch phrase to make something sound advanced. Apple using "machine learning" for the recommended section made me audibly groan. Isn't this just a fancy way of saying "we know what you watch, and we'll send you more of the same." There's nothing fancy about that. Further, what's the main variable in that "machine learning" algorithm? I'd wager its weighted heavily toward whatever new show Apple (or Netflix, or Hulu) has dumped money into and needs people to watch. I'm finding that I no longer view "machine learning" as a good thing. The desire to use it as the lipstick to dress up the pig of forced advertising has really soured the concept to me. Love the show!


When I was a teen lad some 50 years ago (yes, we had books back then, wise-acres), the typical paperbook novel might come in at 150 or 200 pages. Anything 250 or higher was both a rarity, and thought to be "boring" or "slow". Today, not only have novels increased to 600 pages length frequently, but they appear as parts of six or eight or whatever part SERIES! And this in a time when we feel attention and time dwindle. Odd.

Continued good wishes, I love your shows maximally.

-Steve S.



Preceded by:
"It's Going to be Great"
License to Kill...Everyone
Followed by:
"Brian's Official British Response"