Strike While the Corpse is Hot

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Strike While the Corpse is Hot
Number 115
Broadcast Date April 4, 2016
Episode Length 53:05
Hosts Brian Brushwood, Tom Merritt
Guests Christina Warren

Buying tickets to your couch, streaming fatigue, TiVo complains when their own ads get skipped. With special guest Christina Warren.


Intro Video

Primary Target

Curated movies (good indie films that haven’t found an audience)
Only platform exclusives
Promote movies online, trailers, interviews, behind-the-scenes to release date
8 titles each week
pay a couple bucks for the “ticket”
Can still see what was playing in previous weeks. 12-month exclusive on all films
iOS and Android more to follow
US and UK now in testing, end of May after Cannes Film Festival expand to Australia, Canada, France, Germany and Spain.

Signals Intelligence

Fullscreen - ad-free streaming service April 26, iOS, Android, Chromecast (more to follow)
Free 30-day trial
Originals from its YouTube stars plus curated acquisitions
“Dawson’s Creek,” “Saved by the Bell,” and more
Electra-woman and DynaGirl comes June 7
Lionsgate partnering with Kevin Hart’s Hartbeat Digital to launch Laugh Out Loud, comedy streamign channel
Hart undercover driver for Lyft, Vine Star Logan Paul
Lionsgate, Comic-Con HQ on May 7
Tribeca Shortlist - streaming movie service ($4.99 a month now available on Apple TV in addition to Roku, Fire TV, iOS)
Smaller catalog of movies handpicked by actors, filmmakers and other industry insiders.

Gear Up

TiVo claims networks won’t take ads for Bolt DVR because of skip mode
SkipMode-enabled channels include ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, AMC, Comedy Central, Discovery Channel, TBS, FX, TLC, History, TNT, CW, Food Network, USA Network, Bravo, ABC Family (now Freeform), Syfy, Lifetime, and HGTV.

Front Lines

Sony’s 4K streaming service is launching today, April 4th in the US. Ultra is exclusively on Sony HDR 4K sets. Titles cost around $30 each. You get 4 free titles when you sign up. Ultra is part of Ultraviolet for that far-off day when multiple ultraviolet stores have 4K movies for sale.
Bloomberg says the rumors of Facebook discussing purchasing rights to stream NFL games are rumored to have ended. The NFL is still talking to Verizon and others.
Good news for UK viewers of Channel 4, you can now watch the live feed of the channel on Android devices. Bad news UK viewers of Channel 4, Black Mirror will not come to Channel 4 next season. Good news UK viewers of Netflix. Black Mirror will come to Netflix in the UK and everywhere else in the world.

Under Surveillance

Science Channel will air a reality series called Search for the Next Mythbusters in order to find new hosts for a new version of the series.
Will Smith, formerly of Tested, will host a talk show filmed in VR called The FOO Show. the first episode —currently in early access on Oculus Home— features Firewatch, developer Campo Santo, and Smith exploring a location from the game. Regular production starts this summer.

Dispatches From The Front

You were ruminating on Redbox creating a digital rental service and speculating on whether they would be able to maintain their price advantage over iTunes/Amazon et al rentals with that move; it made me wonder if either of you had heard of or used the service VidAngel. ( They have an interesting 'purchase-and-return' loophole scheme going on that allows you to 'rent' movies digitally for $1-2 (SD/HD). Pretty wild, but as far as I can tell, completely legit... I've heard them advertise on nationally syndicated radio shows, so I don't think they're trying to fly under the radar. They're also interesting because they support filtering objectionable content in the video for families, and they rent some HBO/Netflix shows as well (Game of Thrones, House of Cards). They even have filters for Jar-Jar Binks scenes and 'new edits' in Star Wars... so they have a sense of humor about it. And they have apps on all the devices you'd want... If you haven't checked them out, you might want to.

Anyway, great show guys!

- Gabriel

Check this one out. They are offering me cable for 10 bucks a month! Last one was for 30 bucks with HBO and Showtime. The next one will probably be for free. They won't get me! Gladly, my wife Teresa agrees.


- Steven Cedar Park, Texas

Dear Cordkillers,

As one of your bosses, I wanted to point out some interesting numbers that recently came out about TV viewing.

“1,004 hours were spent watching live TV, up from 936 hours a year ago, and time spent watching programs on DVRs up to 15 days after they originally aired rose to 356 hours from 332 hours.”

“Among millennials, time spent viewing live TV has been eclipsed by use of desktop computers and phones. Live TV still accounts for 47% of time spent.”

...comScore/Rentrak use electronic devices to register TV viewing in all their markets not just the top 50 or so.... Rentrak uses equipment like cable boxes and other electronic means to get the their numbers.

- Jay

KEY POINTS from report

- comScore also says that the largest digital media properties can reach as big an audience as the Big 4 broadcasters in primetime. Google websites reach 247 million people per month, compared to 228 million for the top broadcast network.

- The TV landscape continued its shifting of time and space, with more delayed, on-demand and digital viewing of TV programming than ever before.

- Digital media usage continued to grow at a fast rate, driven by smartphone app usage which is inching closer and closer to 50 percent of all digital media time spent."

- "The competitive pressure on Nielsen also got ratcheted up when two of its competitors in the measurement space—Rentrak and comScore—merged in a $770 million deal that was announced last year and closed in February. Rentrak already has deals with a number of cable and satellite companies like Dish to get data from their set-top boxes, and comScore specializes in online measurement."

I think that there are many ways to kill the cord and it seams your show dismisses physical media and TV antenna viewing when you should be embracing both ""old"" technologies as another way to kill the cord (unless you consider the cord from my antenna to my TV and the cord to my Blu-Ray player to be the enemy also).

Thank you and keep fighting the good fight.


- Richard



Preceded by:
"Shill for Big Indie"
Strike While the Corpse is Hot
Followed by:
"The Moose in the Room"