Selling Dish Soap

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Selling Dish Soap
Number 104
Broadcast Date January 18, 2016
Episode Length 51:54
Hosts Brian Brushwood, Tom Merritt

Too much TV! Netflix and NBC have a ratings spat. VLC is not just for breaking the law.


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Intro Video

Primary Target

Signals Intelligence

Gear Up

VLC app is now available for Apple TV
Can play Windows Shares, UPnP, FTP, and Plex servers
Can cast from a browser page by dragging files into the page
Can also paste url for direct streams
Also supports chapter navigation, multiple audio and subtitle tracks, and custom playback speed.
Integrates w/
Can pull lyrics and album art from
UPCOMING: Dropbox, Box and OneDrive integration

Front Lines

Lorne Michaels, Fred Armisen and Horatio Sanz are launching a Latin America-focused comedy studio called Más Mejor. The hope is to discover new stars. Oscar Nuñez and Carlos Alazraqui are already on board.
A new feature in beta builds of Chrome adds a ‘Cast’ option when you right click on any page. No need to use the ChromeCast extension.
Hulu will unveil apps for VR headsets as well as some VR content this spring. Hulu’s head of experience Ben Smith told Variety they’re spending a lot of time on VR. Hulu has shot some VR content along with its originals.
A new set-top box called Cast from Genii lets you stream what you’re watching on TV to friends and family. There’s a chat function too where you can estimate how long it will take for the service to be shut down by a legal injunction! It will cost $99 later this year.
Disney-owned Maker Studios is launching a network centered around PewDiePie, called Revelmode. PewDiePie himself said it’s “me and a bunch of really awesome YouTubers, coming together, as a group, to do really awesome things.”

Under Surveillance

Amazon’s next theater-released movie will be called Paterson, Directed by Jim Jarmusch and starring Adam Driver. It’s about a bus driver named Paterson who lives in Paterson, New Jersey. His routine life is compared to his wife’s constantly changing goals, in a narrative that takes place over the course of a week.

Dispatches From The Front

Hello Tom & Brian,

I noticed on my PS3 that the latest Netflix interface will start autoplaying a title when you have selected it and are on the screen that has the options menu for the different things you can do with that title. (Resume, Start Over, Episodes, Rate, etc.) Also, Ridiculous Six was the main featured title that was there when I opened the PS3 app. So it would fairly often auto-start behind the menu.

So when heard that Ridiculous Six was the most viewed original I got very skeptical that it was due to it autoplaying and not due to people actually watching it.

What do you think? Is that possible or do we know they are only counting full views?

Keep killing the cords, - Keith Cordkillers Patron

On "Cordkillers 103 - A Lot of Paperwork" you asked how I use Sling TV. Its primary use is to watch HBO shows and The Walking Dead live and on demand. Its secondary use is as a set-it-and-forget-it service where I'll pop on HGTV for a Sunday morning and then zone into other devices or move around the house. When there are games of interest I will watch NCAA football live on ESPN. In my house Hulu is king, with Google Play second, Sling third, and Netflix dead last.

- Roy

Gentlemen, a couple of shows ago, Fraser Cain was on and recommended an English comedy called the "Detectorists". My wife and I watched the 6 episodes and it was great. Please give it a watch, if you enjoy British humor, I don't think you will be disappointed, thanks.

- Steve

I wish there was an app for my Roku, or for inside Plex, or any other damn place, that would keep track of my personal library. I buy movies on Amazon, Google, on DVD to rip for Plex, etc.

And then when I want to watch one I can't find the damn things. Worse, my kids will rent things I already own (perhaps karma at work paying me back for my torrenting days) because there's not an easy way to find it all together. I've checked, Roku's search doesn't turn up the things I already own on these services.

Is there such an app? Or maybe one of your listeners would like to create one?

- Rob from Damascus, MD



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"A Lot of Paperwork"
Selling Dish Soap
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