Shill for Big Indie

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Shill for Big Indie
Number 114
Broadcast Date March 28, 2016
Episode Length 54:16
Hosts Brian Brushwood, Tom Merritt
Guests Lamarr Wilson

Why Netflix should have made us mad, why Redbox should try again, and why Vizio won Brian’s heart.


Intro Video

Primary Target

Netflix admitted Thursday it reduces the default bitrate of its streams to viewers using AT&T or Verizon in the US to 600kbps. Netflix normally streams at 3-5 Mbps. In May Netflix intends to release a ‘data saver’ application that will let customers choose what video quality they receive on mobile. T-Mobile limits streaming of its partners like Netflix to 1.5 Mbps. Sprint restricted all streaming video to 600kps until last year.

Signals Intelligence

Redbox tried to launch Redbox Instant with Verizon in 2013 and shut it down in two years
Variety says Redbox is testing Redbox Digital
Variety says it will offer rentals

Gear Up

Android tablet remote
First Google Cast TVs with 4K and HDR
No TV Tuner
50-inch Vizio P-Series TV for $1,000, a 55-inch model for $1,300 and a 65-incher for $2,000. And if you really want to go all out, there's a 75-inch version for $3,800.
The updated app rolled out last week.
Google also announced that VIZIO’s SmartCast P-Series HDTVs and sound bars will support Google Cast.
A full list of supported devices can be found at"

Front Lines

Two Chrome browser extensions to help you with your Netflix viewing. One called Flix Assist clicks the “Continue Watching button for you and removes the 30-second countdown to the next episode. The other called Netflix Party lets you sync up your Netflix watching with someone else on the Internet and adds group chat.
Vimeo’s Roku app can now handle transactions meaning you can pay for Vimeo’s on-demand shows without having to use another device. Vimeo also added adaptive streaming support.
Starting April 25, Nielsen will break down viewing by device. Devices tracked will be Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox will be tracked.
Also, "Total Use of Television" will track smart TV use along with over-the-air or cable viewing metrics.
TCL started selling their 4K TVs with Roku built in on Amazon last week. The 55-inch TV is $600 and the 65-inch one os $1,000. Four more sets were announced but no release date was given. Those will come with a headphone jack in the remote. That series starts with a 43-inch set for $499.99, a 50-inch model for $599.99, a 55-inch set for $699.99, and a 65-inch one for $1,099.99.
Hulu launched an app designed for the Samsung Gear VR headset available in the Gear VR Oculus Store. It includes normal content as well as 25 exclusive original VR shows and films. Those are available even if you’re not subscribed to Hulu. Hulu says its the first of several VR apps for different platforms.

Under Surveillance

NFL Films is making an 8-episode documentary series called “All or Nothing” for Amazon. It follows the Arizona Cardinals through the 2015 season. Coming this summer.
Apple SVP of Internet software and services told the New York Times Thursday that Apple is working with, Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens on a TV series documenting app makers. Apple has previously worked with partners like Vice to make series related to music. Silverman brought the idea to Apple. Cue said, “This doesn’t mean that we are going into a huge amount of movie production or TV production or anything like that.”
Apple is also teaming up with Vice for a six-episode documentary series called The Score that looks at local music scenes around the world. Examples include techno in South Africa and hip hop from native Americans in Minnesota. First episode is available to stream now on iTunes

Dispatches From The Front

Great podcast guys... yours is the first one I've supported, count me amongst the hopefully now 2000 Patreons.

Just a note on Playstation Vue. Someone on the show a few weeks back mentioned you can't move your PS4 from location to location. Just as a warning, according to their FAQ this applies to ANY TV-connected device. I'm sitting in a hotel with my Fire TV Stick and just looked this up.

Other than that, this really has been a great experience. I'm in Miami, so after AT&T kicked us off their network and credited our ETF (they chose not to send tech #5 to try to get service working well), we signed up. In Miami, I have CBS, FOX, NBC live, but just on demand for ABC. I have both local Fox Sports channels, and unlike Sling, five streams at a time not one. For 75mbps cable modem service at $49.99 and $55 for Vue, I'm saving a FORTUNE. And unlike U-Verse 45mbps service that was often 3 mbps, Comcast has been delivering 90mbps at 75mbps pricing.

This is the future. I never wanted to cut the cord because I had bundles. I wanted to cut the cord because I hate cable boxes. A couple of Fire TVs I wanted anyway, is a different story. - Scott

"Those Bastards at Sony Vue finally cracked the code!"

I signed up for the 7 day trial and naturally dove in wallet first choosing the ""Elite"" plan $54.99 for 100+ channels with Machinima and EPIX Hits included, but the basic plan provides everything a boy or girl could dream of, AMC, HGTV, the FXX, FX, Cartoon Network AKA Adult Swim plus much more.

Screen shots of plans attached. Link to plans:

I left out Showtime ($10.99) because it's less expensive through Amazon Prime ($8.99) or Hulu.

I live 90 minutes outside of the city, (New York City) in a dead zone that makes it impossible to get Fox, NBC, ABC and CBS with an OTA antenna. The death of Aereo was painful. (

With Playstation Vue, I get the major local networks ABC, CBS, NBC FOX, and a clearer more focused lineup than my sole option for cable and high-speed Internet Cablevision/Optimum. Broadcast channel availability will be different based on your region.

Unlike Sling (which I left 2 months ago) this service has polish no bloat, level commercial volumes and smooth DVR playback. If you designate a show as ""My Show"" it automatically DVR's the program which was a pleasant surprise the following day. This truly feels like the future of TV.

After the trial I will likely drop to ""Core"" ($44.99) to keep IFC and Sundance, which are not included with ""Access"" $39.99. Currently all channel plans are discounted by ten bucks.

The standalone channels are discounted $1-2 if you are a Playstation Plus member. (Showtime, EPIX Hits, Machinima, & Fox Soccer Plus)

I do not own a Playstation, however I created an account on the Playstation website and downloaded the app via a banner add on my Fire TV. Finally a banner ad worth clicking on!

I was on the fence about whether or not to buy a PS4 of Xbox One, now I'm leaning towards the PS4, because of this and the fairly reasonable price of their VR bundle.

Lastly this might work for my parents, my Dad watches daytime court, the news and wrestling. My mom watches the 4 major broadcast networks, Netflix and Amazon Prime. I think a Fire TV w/ PS Vue and the continued sharing of my Netflix and Amazon Prime will convert my retired parents into cord killers before the year is out.

Between my Roku, Mac Mini HTPC, Xbox 360 and Fire TV, I never though that I'd only ever really need an Amazon created streaming device to consume nearly everything under the Sun.

By the way it only cost me $0.00 after the 1st unit I got for $89.99 (Amazon Black Friday Deal) malfunctioned and they refunded my original purchase price.

Unfortunately if you want it all, things can get costly. With HBO Now, PS Vue, Netflix, Showtime, Prime and Internet you hit about $146.20, if you choose the top tier plan. Knock of $10-20 if you choose one of the lower plans. I left out Hulu as DVR and broadcast network channels are included in PS Vue service. Either way all of this is way too much content for one person to consume, watching TV has become like a second job.

Oh, and chrome cast support is limited to IOS. Apple could forgo their own deals and simply have the PS Vue app in the Apple TV store

Potential Monthly Costs for me using only the Amazon Fire TV:

Optimun/Cablevision Standalone Internet: $49.99 Playstation: $39.99-$54.99 plus standalone channels Amazon Prime: $8.25/month Netflix: $8.99/month $122.22

Optional addition KODI with Repositories: Free

Any insight into how Sony managed to out do Dish owned Sling would be great. Did you all watch the latest episode of Black Mirror? You will never look at your personal/spousal relationships the same again.

Apologies for being verbose. I look forward to becoming a Patreon soon.

Keep up the good work, guys. Great Job!

- Noel

Hi Brian and Tom,

When Brian said Fandango is NEW movies and FandangoNow is OLD movies, I was thinking maybe they should have called it FandangoThen.

- Alan



Preceded by:
Shill for Big Indie
Followed by:
"Strike While the Corpse is Hot"