Spread Some Cheddar on a Crackle

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Spread Some Cheddar on a Crackle
Number 253
Broadcast Date January 28, 2019
Episode Length 52:49
Hosts Brian Brushwood, Tom Merritt
Guests Sarah Lane

Netflix noms, Hulu getting cheaper, and the world's most-watched program in 4K. All this and more on Cordkillers! With special guest Sarah Lane.


Intro Video

Primary Target

Netflix has joined the Motion Picture Association of America. The MPAA is currently made up of Disney, Paramount, Sony Universal, Warner Bros, and Fox, though Fox will leave when Disney finishes its deal to acquire it. According to Politico, bringing companies like Netflix into the fold has been a goal for MPAA CEO Charles Rivkin, who took over the association in September 2017.
Netflix's film Roma was nominated for 10 major Oscar awards including Best Picture and Best Director, tying it with The Favourite for most major nominations. Netflix's “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” directed by Ethan and Joel Coen, received three nominations. Netflix's End Game got a nomination for best short documentary and Hulu's "Minding the Gap" got a nomination for feature documentary. The award winners will be announced February 24.

How to Watch

Hulu announced it will lower the price of its ad-supported subscription plan from $7.99 a month to $5.99 a month starting February 26. The ad free subscription will remain $11.99 a month and the Hulu Live TV service will rise to $44.99 from the current $39.99. DVR and expanded multiscreen viewing packages are dropping to $9.99 from $14.99.
Suppose.tv, which has a tool for selecting what channels you want and matching you with the appropriate TV providers, is adding a new feature called TV Service Alerts. You set your channel selections and feature preferences and as streaming services change channel lineups and prices, the service will send you email alerts.

What to Watch

The world's most watched television show is the Spring Festival Gala aired on China's CCTV network Jan. 27. Last year it drew a billion viewers. This year's news is that Huawei will test China Mobile's 5G network by streaming the show in 4K over 5G from Shenzen to Beijing.
The next episode of Blumhouse's Into the Dark anthology series on Hulu arrives February 1. The episode, called “Down” stars Natalie Martinez (Death Race) and Matt Lauria as two office workers who get trapped on an elevator just as they’re leaving for the holiday weekend.
The Expanse season three had been lagging behind on appearing on Prime Video because of rights issues but it's arriving on Amazon's service February 8. The new season still does not have a release date though it's promised for this year.
Sony added Cheddar Business to its base PlayStation Vue tier and Cheddar News to the Elite and Ultra packages. Cheddar is a digital only channel that you can't find on traditional cable but is available on Hulu, YouTube TV and Sling TV.
Netflix announced the development of a feature length film based on the fantasy comic Reborn from Mark Millar and Greg Capullo. The comic is about a woman who learns people go to a world of monsters and dragons when they die but for some reason her husband didn't. Chris McKay of Lego Batman will direct and Sandra Bullock is producing.
At Sundance, Amazon has bought the rights for Mindy Kaling's Late Night and a political thriller starring Adam Driver called The Report. Netflix bought the rights to Ron Howard's adaptation of the JD Vance memoir, Hillbilly Elegy.

Eyes On

Front Lines

Roku launched the ability to buy subscriptions to video services today in the US, letting you use your Roku account to sign up for EPIX, Showtime, STARZ and others without needing to install the channel's app. All the content will be available through the Roku Channel app. If you sign up this way you won't be able to access the content outside of the Roku channel. HBO is not part of the launch.
Viacom is buying the ad-supported Pluto TV and plans to put shows from MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central as well as movies from Paramount on it. Pluto says it has 12 million viewers, 7.5 million of whom watch on a TV.
YouTube TV has added 95 markets in the US and says it is now available to 98 percent of the US, and hopes to reach the other two percent shortly. More than 90 percent of its markets have local affiliates from the top four broadcasters.
Sensor Tower estimates that the Top 10 video subscription services brought in $1.27 billion in the US in 2018 in the Apple and Google app stores. That's up 62 percent from 2017. Netflix led the way followed by YouTube, HBO Now, Hulu, YouTube TV, Starz, MLB, CBS, Showtime and Crunchyroll.
In an interview with TechHive, TiVo VP of consumer products Ted Malone said the new apps for Roku, Fire TV and Apple TV will stream video from your TiVo at 720p and 30fps. Not high enough for videophiles, one would presume. Malone even said he would prefer 60fps but it's a battle for resources. TiVo's ad-skipping will also not work on the apps. The TiVo Mini Vox hardware which right now are the only ways to stream video from another TiVo have higher resolutions and all the features, and sell for $180.
Hilton and Netflix announced a partnership to give guests the chance to login and control Netflix and other streaming services on their room TV from the Hilton Mobile app. The apps will work in special "Connected Rooms" which also let guests control lighting, temperature and and personalize TV channels.

Dispatches From The Front


Thank you for the great podcast. I finally decided to give you an infinite raise. Also, I just bought the Night Attack album on iTunes at the suggestion of Rex Williams (Whisky Tribe). Although I have not subscribed to the Patreon before now, I have always purchased Tom's books on Amazon + the audio books from his site. I really enjoy your science fiction mind.

Thank you,


I gave you an infinite raise

Seriously, it's not changing. (nor has it ever) This is the going amount going forward and I would like to say thank you for all the episodes and hours consumed.

- David

Hello, Some news about ESPN+ subscription numbers. They signed up over 1/2 Million new accounts thanks to one UFC event. I think this might be their short term strategy at ESPN+. To use big events to get lots of subscribers in a short period of time. I wouldn't be surprised at see an NFL game exclusively on the streaming service in a few years....


I don't like the idea of real dead pools (not the comic that I love). I heard about this online where you have a Dead Pool for GoT. I was thinking it would be good patron only content for you guys to complete this form and talk about it only in Aftertalk. Something to maybe get more people to want to sign up and become a boss. There is the spoiler problem so maybe it goes to Spoiler podcast.

It would be crazy if you could let the patrons play too but that would involve some coding or a fancy Google Doc, I don't understand so I get that is too much to ask. Just some of the frequent guests and the three of you.

I get it if Tom steals this idea for Sword and Laser since it would fit there too.

Just a thought

- Joe



Preceded by:
"It Gets UltraViolent"
Spread Some Cheddar on a Crackle
Followed by:
"Spider-Man: Eurotrip"