Speaking for the Common Man

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Speaking for the Common Man
Number 133
Broadcast Date July 22, 2013
Episode Length 1:04:25
Hosts Brian Brushwood, Tom Merritt

Appeals court refuses to rehear Aereo case, Netflix's Q2 Misses, Google in talks to create its own streaming live TV service, and more.

Show Segments

Opening Video

Starcher Trek!

The Big Story

  • Appeals court refuses to rehear Aereo case, service can keep streaming. [1]
  • Aereo could win big in fee dispute between CBS and Time Warner Cable. [2]
  • Aereo will launch in Utah on August 19. [3]

Another Big Story

  • Netflix’s Q2 misses due to lower-than-expected subscriber adds, earns 49 cents per share on $1.07B in revenue. [4]
  • Netflix Q2 2013 earnings show revenue doubled since last year. [5]
  • Netflix gets its first Emmy nominations. [6]
  • Netflix the ‘New HBO’? Get real. [7]


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  • Google in talks to create its own streaming live TV service. [8]
  • NimbleTV's web TV service goes dark after Dish Networks cuts it off. [9]
  • Paramount chooses DTS audio for download once, watch anywhere UltraViolet files. [10]

Tube Tops

  • Apple TV's future growing less ambitious with new Time Warner app, say reports. [11]
  • Dish hands over Hopper DVR to mobile-app developers. [12]
  • New Apple TV service would reportedly include ad-skipping technology. [13]

Film Falm

  • If nothing else, the Walking Dead season 4 trailer is phenomenal. [14]
  • A lot of Comic-Con stuff happened, particularly Superman and Batman. [15]
  • With Hollywood partnerships, Machinima wants to be the HBO of gaming video. [16]
  • Spike Lee shuns Hollywood studios, launching a $1.25M Kickstarter campaign to fund a new movie. [17]


  • How Google or Apple could make web TV a reality: spend billions on the NFL. [18]
  • When will doom come to Hollywood? Argument: Ticket prices should fall to save hollywood because we love to go out to the theater. [19]
  • SpiritClips from Hallmark is like Netflix for families. [20]
  • Amazon’s LoveFilm brings Watchlist feature to its Nintendo Wii app in the UK. [21]
  • Netflix does not crop movies, except when it does. [22]
  • BET will show episodes of Scandal just 8 days after they air on ABC. [23]

Summer Movie Draft

The Wolverine premieres this week.

What We're Watching


  • Hot Coffee


  • Under the Dome
  • Warehouse 13
  • Defiance
  • Jackie Brown
  • The Venture Bros.
  • Orange is the New Black
  • True Blood
  • Futurama


  • DjDiddles writes in to let Brian and Tom know about HD-Homerun.

Hey Guys,
I wanted to let you know about the HD-Homerun. This is a little box that you plug your antenna into and it streams that signal over your network to your smart phone, tablet, PC, or xbox. It's windows media center compatible and the best feature, you can access 2 streams from 1 antenna *kids watch cartoons in the xbox and I watch the news on my desktop*. There is no internal storage so it saves the episodes right onto the desktop PC or storage device.
At 60 bucks, it's a very cheap and easy solution to have OTA DVR and allow you to watch TV anywhere in your house. It also works with XBMC and the quality is top notch.
love the show and keep up the great work,

  • Tyler G. took the chicken challenge while still under contract with DirectTV and came out ahead.

Hi Brian and Tom
I successfully passed the Chicken Challenge! Even though I am under contract with DirecTV for the next 18 months I called them because they sent me a notice that my NFL Sunday ticket was going to renew for 39.99/month for 6 months for a total of $249.94. I told them I wanted to cancel and they came back with a slight discount, I said that was not enough and that my package itself was too expensive. They came back with another slight discount, I then said that's not enough, and please tell me when my contract end date is up because I will not be renewing with DirecTV.
After that they came back onto the phone and offered me Sunday Ticket for free as well as $25 off a month on my main TV package for 12 months. This takes my monthly bill from 100/month to 75/month. All without extending my current 18 month contract. Total savings of over $549.94 even though I was locked into a contract!
TL:DR (You can successfully lower your TV package price with a satellite provider even while under contract)
Tyler G

  • BHall writes in contemplating à la carte cable.

Tom & Brian
I've been thinking about ""à la carte cable"" and the realities if we actually achieved it.
1. We would be paying a LOT more for the cable channels we want. Brian has made that point before, but I think we'd be paying double or triple what we pay now. Here's an interesting ""what-if"" from Ben Thompson's stratechery blog:
How many of us would be willing to pay $20-$30/month for AMC?
2. I think it would be the death of niche channels. You or I may not like them, but people do watch Lifetime, CN, Science, Speed, DIY, BBC America, etc. If it costs $10/month each to add them, how many channels would get enough subscribers to survive?
3. Discoverability: it would be more difficult to ""check out"" a show you hear great reviews of if you don't already subscribe to the channel.
Interested to hear your thoughts. Love the show, you guys do a great job every week.

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Preceded by:
"Hulu Gives No Rose"
Speaking for the Common Man
Followed by: