Subscribe, Binge, Unsub, Repeat

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Subscribe, Binge, Unsub, Repeat
Number 130
Broadcast Date July 25, 2016
Episode Length 51:26
Hosts Brian Brushwood, Tom Merritt

Cord-cutting conquers Comic-Con, Netflix finds out people don’t like price raises, and Twitter becomes a sports network.

Guests

  • None

Intro Video

Primary Target

  • Netflix Stuff
Narcos Season 2 Sept. 2
Luke Cage September 30
Defenders Trailer - coming 2017
Iron Fist (Coming soon)
New MST3K acquired by Netflix.
Daredevil confirmed for third season
  • TV
American Gods has all the parts in the book yes, even Media's. (Starz, 2017 - Bryan Fuller)
Star Trek: Discovery (Bryan Fuller) Characters from previous shows may appear
The Expanse trailer - coming 2017
Sherlock 2017
  • MOVIES
Snowden - September 16 (Oliver Stone, Joseph Gordon-Leavitt)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - November
Doctor Strange - Nov. 4
Lego Batman Feb. 2017
Kong: Skull Island - March 2017
Wonder Woman - Summer 2017
Justice League - 2017

Signals Intelligence

Netflix announced it earned $0.09 per share in Q2 with revenue of $2.11 billion. Analysts had expected earnings per share of $0.03 at the same level of revenue.
Netflix also announced it now has 83.18 million subscribers worldwide.
Of concern to investors, the company missed its subscriber growth projections, adding only 160,000 subscribers domestically, and 1.52 million abroad. Previous guidance expected 500,000 and 2 million, respectively.
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings cited increases in subscription prices as driving increased subscriber churn, resulting in the lower overall subscription numbers, however Hastings remained confident stating: "in terms of new members, which is most of what drives growth, the new pricing is working great.”

Gear Up

The National Cable and Telecommunications Association filed 33 pages reponding to FCC questions about setttop boxes
Will not pledge to make DVR, FF, REW functions standard
Will not charge extra for third-party apps or boxee
Proposed HTML5 apps for third-party devices w/ all liner and on-demand programming
NOT managed over the Internet

Front Lines

Twitter seems to be becoming a sports network for cordcutters. It will stream a weekly MLB game worldwide, and a weekly NHL game plus a nightly sports highlights show called the Rally in the US. The NBA will create two original weekly live pregame shows for Twitter. Twitter is partnering with Campus Insiders to stream over 300 "live college events" from Mountain West Conference, Patriot League and West Coast Conference. Yes, that includes live games and competitions spanning football, basketball,and more. Twitter is also getting news and highlights from the ACC.
Sony announced the NFL Network and the NFL RedZone will be available on PlayStation Vue in time for the 2016 season. Pricing and packaging were not announced but users will be able to authenticate on NFL apps and websites.
A Redbox spokesperson told Variety Thursday that it has started testing its own streaming service called Redbox Digital. Redbox published an iPad app for the service which will sell and rent video on demand. A cast button shown in the app store listing suggests it will work with Chromecast. Variety says Redbox is also looking at Roku. Redbox launched a Netflix-like streaming service with Verizon in 2013 and shut it down 18 months later. Redbox's parent company Outerwall reports earnings this Thursday.
Netflix has ordered more episodes (we don't know how many) of Making a Murderer which explores the defense of convicted murderer Steven Avery and his co-defendant, Brendan Dassey. AND Netflix is getting the global rights to stream season one of FX's American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson in 2017.
Comcast will offer prepaid Internet and TV service in its markets in the US, starting in Illinois, Michigan, Georgia, Florida and Indiana. TV subscribers will pay $80 for a starter kit then refill their subscription every 7 to 30 days for $15 or $45. No contracts no credit checks.
Amazon plans to launch it's Prime Video service in India this year and will invest $300 million to make original content for the market. Amazon hired veteran film producer Aparna Purohit as Head of Creative development last January. Netflix announced last month it is partnering with India's Phantom Films to make a series based on the gangster thriller novel Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra.

Under Surveillance

HBO confirmed Game of Thrones will have seven episodes next season. It will also debut in summer to allow more winter shooting in the northern hemisphere.
NBA announced Thursday that it will stream all of the USA Basketball exhibition games, leading up to the Olympics later this year, on Facebook. That includes nine games from both the men’s and women’s teams over the next two weeks. Same broadcasts you'll find on NBA TV
Al Jazeera Media Network is preparing to make its English language international news channel video content digitally available to U.S. viewers again.
Selma director Ava DuVernay's next film, a documentary about mass incarceration called The 13th, will open the New York Film Festival before it's released on Netflix and in some theaters October 7th.

Dispatches From The Front

I am a long time listener, recent cord cutter. Before the fall season starts up, I want to get myself set up with a DVR, because I have great OTA reception where I live, BUT I want to be able to watch those recordings on my home computer sometimes too. It looks like Tivo recently stopped selling its software for this, and Channelmaster's transfer of randomly-named files sounds odious. What solution am I missing?

Your boss,
- Andrew




Brian, I too am a fan of having closed captioning on. I've come to notice another benefit to closed captioning. In Preacher, in the scene when young Tulip over hears the Jessie's dad talking on the phone. It just sounds like murmuring, but CC spells it out for you. Also, there was a movie where the tv was on in the background with no sound, but CC showed what the Reporter was saying, which was pertinent to the show.


- Chris





I'm in the process of cutting the cord. The main problem is that my wife likes the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies Channel. Is there a place to stream these without a cable/satellite subscription? Thanks love the information you provide.


- Robert





It is a sad day. No more VCR. :-( I guess i can finally throw away that box of Disney movies I have.


- Shawn




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Preceded by:
"Shut Up and Eat It!"
Subscribe, Binge, Unsub, Repeat
Followed by:
"Folded Like a House of Cards"