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Number 128
Broadcast Date June 17, 2013
Episode Length 1:22:13
Hosts Brian Brushwood, Justin Robert Young, Scott Johnson

Pay TV goading media companies, Time Warner and Web TV, is 3D TV dead, and more.

Show Segments

Opening Video

Animated Star Trek PSA "The Pirates of Orion"

The Big Story

Time Warner Cable says it’s blocking some programmers from the web — but it’s still not holding up web TV. [1] [2]

Another Big Story

Is 3D TV dead? ESPN 3D to shut down by end of 2013. [3]

Yet Another Big Story

Steven Spielberg and George Lucas predict ‘massive implosion’ in film industry. [4]

Probably Not Such a Big Story Since It's Our Fourth Big Story

DirecTV executive blasts broadcasters at congressional hearing. [5]


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  • Paramount introduces “Mega Ticket” concept with ‘World War Z’. [6]
  • Netflix will launch multiple user profiles this summer to keep your recommendations pristine. [7]
  • Netflix to run original TV series from Dreamworks Animation as part of multi-year deal. [8]
  • UK broadcaster ITV introduces £3.99 live TV streaming for iOS but viewers are not impressed. [9]
  • Comcast makes its pitch to cord cutters with platform update, 4K video. [10]
  • YouTube network Fullscreen raises new funding round for expansion. [11]

Tube Tops

  • PlayStation 4 will be available for $399 this holiday season. [12]
  • Boxee wants a big round or a buyer. [13]

Film Falm

  • New Elysium trailer released. [14]
  • A reality TV show, minus the TV. [15]
  • Steve Jobs biopic ‘jOBS’ starring Ashton Kutcher will finally hit US theaters on August 16. [16]
  • Spoiler-free preview of Stephen King's new TV show 'Under the Dome'. [17]
  • 'Game of Thrones' finale most pirated ever on BitTorrents. [18]

Summer Movie Draft

(this week's numbers are averaged between the previous and the follow week's stats)

World War Z and Monsters University premiere this week.

What We're Watching


  • E3 coverage
  • The Shield (re-watching)


  • Make a Noise, the Mel Brooks documentary


  • Voyager
  • Longmire


  • Derrick Chen writes in to clarify on the YouTube advertisement concern from the previous week.

Hi Tom & Brian,
Wanted to chime in on the Feedback question about the advert on YouTube. Videos (for advertising) are subject for review by YouTube, where any objectionable content is rejected, especially when running across YouTube In-Stream ( Once a video is approved, the video should be age-targeted if there is a rating (e.g. MPAA, ESRB, etc.). Of course, this gets tricky if a child is watching YouTube while logged under a parent's account.
Age-gated videos, which cannot run in YouTube In-stream, are only served in YouTube's In-Search.
Interesting enough, YouTube's review standards differ from region to region. From what I've gathered, the UK is less strict than the US.

  • Brent speaks to his experiences with trying the Vudu disc home conversion service.

Brian and Tom,
After listening to episode 127 last week, I finally decided to give Vudu's disc at home conversion a try. I had been meaning to try their conversion service before, but never got around to taking my movies into Walmart.
The process was very easy and within about 30 minutes I had 21 movies scanned in to be converted to their digital format. Most of these were Blu-ray Discs with a couple of DVDs thrown in to upgrade to their HDX format. Out of all the discs, only 3-4 were not able to be converted. I am guessing this was due to some form of distribution rights conflict, since they were from their list of participating studios.
The were several benefits to this process, the biggest was the time savings of not having to rip each movie and then convert to a playable format for either my Apple TV or Roku box.
The biggest con to this service is that while you can download copies of your newly converted movies to your computer or iPad, Vudu appears to only be allowing standard definition downloads. I was a bit disappointed with this, but the streaming quality of HDX definitely overrides this issue for me.
Lastly, the cost side of the whole process was more reasonable than I expected. Currently you get a two dollar credit for the first conversion. This is a nice incentive to try the service and is good for either a DVD or blu-ray conversion. The real hook is that they currently give you a 50% discount when you convert ten or more discs. So in effect you are converting your discs for $1 each and $2.50 for DVD to the higher HDX format. The pricing combined with the ease of use is a hard value proposition to pass on!
Thanks for reviewing Vudu's new offering last week. I love show and look forward listening to you each week.

Great Quotes

  • "Let's take a dip into the strip-slipster-the stripsleam. That is, of course, where we strip and then sleam our way, skeezily down the road." -Brian (29:58)
    • "Gross." -Justin
  • "It definitely sounds like you're dinged if you do, and dinged if you don't." -Brian (45:34)

Fun Facts

  • Tom is gone!



Preceded by:
"He Meant Niggly"
Followed by:
"Chase That Dragon"