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Number 35
Broadcast Date August 31, 2014
Episode Length 53:19
Hosts Brian Brushwood, Tom Merritt
Guests Fraser Cain

Why Amazon bought Twitch, and excitement for the return of The Tick!


Opening Video

  • None

Primary Target

Amazon buying Twitch ($97- million in cash, total of $1.1 billion)
one hour and 45 minutes on the site per day
1.35 percent of all downstream traffic in the U.S. during peak times
Emmett Shear: “ We’re keeping most everything the same: our office, our employees, our brand, and most importantly our independence. But with Amazon’s support we’ll have the resources to bring you an even better Twitch.”

Signals Intelligence

4K Amazon and 4K Netflix (Wuaki.tv, Chili and Maxdome) to Europe on Samsung TVs
Comes in October
Netflix has been in US TVs since April
Samsung began UHD broadcasts in April with Korean cable provider CJ Hello Vision.

Gear Up

Roamio OTA $49
4 tuners, 500 GB storage, TiVo Stream, WiFi
No cable card slot so $150 cheaper (and no TiVo Mini support)
Available in Limited Edition at Best Buy
Better than expected profits — strong growth in subscribers through cable TV partners such as Virgin Media in the UK, ONO in Spain and Com Hem AB in Sweden.
TiVo's subscriptions rose by a third to 4.8 million in the second quarter ended July 31.

Under surveillance

Patrick Warburton made a deal with Sony Television to shoot a pilot for The Tick to try on Amazon.
Jeffrey Tambor's “Transparent,” which will drop its entire 10-episode first season on Friday, Sept. 26.
Five more kids pilots
Three animated
"The Stinky & Dirty Show" about a backhoe and a garbage truck that are best friends
"Buddy: Tech Detective" aimed at preschoolers
"Niko and the Sword of Light" about a young adventurer.
Two live action
"Table 58" about a motley lunch table of outcast kids
"Just Add Magic" about friends who find an old cookbook with magical recipes.
Previously announced Sara Solves It which makes 6 kids shows in this pilot season
Current children's shows in the coming months: "Tumble Leaf" on September 5, "Creative Galaxy" on October 3, and "Annedroids" on October 30.

Front Lines

Follows Mayor Robert Taro, who has been in office 25 years and is facing off against an ambitious young politician. Netflix calls it a“tale of power, corruption and redemption.”
Out of 31 nominations they took home 7 of the Emmys given away in the Creative Arts Ceremony the week before. Last year David Fincher won a primetime Emmy for best directing.

On Screen

Dispatches From The Front

  • Questions from the live audience



Preceded by:
"My mother is part camel"
Followed by:
"Rise of the Chaos Monkeys"