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Number 107
Broadcast Date February 8, 2016
Episode Length 42:45
Hosts Brian Brushwood, Tom Merritt

The Super Bowl breaks records online and streams for free. The best Blu-Ray player might be the best streaming device for 4K.


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Intro Video

Primary Target

Saturday British astronaut Tim Peake and colleagues watched the BBC’s first ever space broadcast as it live-streamed Scotland v. England in the Six Nations Rugby tournament
England won 15 - 9
The BBC worked with the ESA to feed the game to the station
Scott Kelly watched the Super Bowl. NASA gave him the day off

Signals Intelligence

CBS says a record audience streamed the Super Bowl
Streamers watched 315 million minutes of game coverage.
An average of 1.4 million people streamed the game per minute.
NBC had 800K avg viewers per minute and 1.3 million current users last year
Some Apple TV users had problems with the stream (Tom didn’t)

Gear Up

Samsung UBD-K8500 was on sale in a store in Santa Monica and will now ship Feb. 10th acc. to Best Buy
Ultra HD 4K
Was not supposed to ship until March
The Martian and Kingsmen still preorder only
Can do Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, Amazon , M-Go and YuppTV

Front Lines

Louis C.K. has reduced the price for episode2 of of Horace and Pete from $5 to $2 and $3 for episodes that come out after that. He wrote eloqeuntly about how expensive the show is to produce by way of explanation.
Apple has added Fox, FXNow and NatGeo TV to universal search on the latest Apple TV. That is in addition to iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Showtime , PBS and PBS Kids. Also Apple released Apple tvOS 9.2 beta 3 to developers today. Today’s update added dictation for text entry and app store search by Siri.
Joey from Friends AKA Matt Leblanc has been cast to host the BBC’s Top Gear along with radio veteran Chris Evans when it returns in May. Additional cast members will be announced shortly.
Comcast added 89,000 subscribers in Q4 but not enough to overcome a net loss of 36,000 on the year. The company added 460,000 Internet subscribers in the quarter. Comcast’s Neil Smit said skinny bundles were a very small part of the TV subscribership with 75% of the company’s growth coming from higher-end packages.
The original Fire TV got an update that adds in voice assistant Alexa. Fire TV boxes will get it first followed by Fire TV sticks.
By the way moments after we finished Cordkillers, the Fine Brothers posted to Medium Monday night that they have rescinded all trademarks and applications for brands related to reaction videos. They also discontinued a planned program to license their reaction video format to other people.

Under Surveillance

Dispatches From The Front

"CBS’ Super Bowl telecast averaged 111.9 million viewers, according to Nielsen’s fast nationals, and peaked at 115.5 million between 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. The total is off from last year’s record 114.4 million on NBC. That featured the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks in a game that went down to the wire. CBS called the 2016 telecast, during which the Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers in a relatively humdrum game, the third-most watched program in TV history. The live stream drew 3.96 million unique viewers across a variety of screens.“

Super Bowl Averages 111.9 Million Viewers

Doing some quick math means that 3.5% of viewers watched via the internet.

- Jay

Hi Cord Killers

I downloaded this app from Yahoo called Yahoo Video Guide.

Is possible you guys featured it on the who already but if not here it is.

The app detects which streaming services you have installed on your device (Netflix, Amazon Video, HBO Now..etc) Then is shows you what new movies and shows are available, also breaks down by categories and in which services are available. I'd like for this to be included within the Apple TV or other boxes.

Thanks - Alex from NYC

Hi Guys, I have a suggestion. Since Man In The High Castle seems to have taken a bit of a backseat I would suggest this. Just watch the last episode and you will be fine. Much of what has happened up to where you are has been a set up for the last episode. I don't think you will be disappointed and will understand why I keep harping on it after you have watched it.

- Stan

Hey guys,

Undateable on NBC has been live all this season and is great to see current events and the actors personal lives intrude on the show, plus the screw ups are usually really fun and the cast is great, check it out.

Also, Grease Live was great, the scope of the moving sets, both indoor and outdoor plus the cast was amazing to watch even in the rain.

- Mike from Bastrop TX

Hey guys, just to check in why I pay for cable. I watch probably 40 shows a week more or less and only some are on Hulu timely and don’t come to Netflix or Amazon Prime until the season is over making talking with co-workers impossible on current shows.

Buying them individually would be way more than paying for cable at this point in time and I am too far from Austin to use an antenna without planting a pole and using a huge aerial.

Thanks for your time, - Michael



Preceded by:
"Cordkillers React"
Followed by:
"DVRs, Still a Thing"