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Number 299
Broadcast Date February 3, 2020
Episode Length 58:45
Hosts Brian Brushwood, Tom Merritt
Guests Nicole Lee

Roku and FOX make-up in time for the Super Bowl. Plus, Proctor & Gamble get into the content game and Apple TV+ dominated this season of streaming premieres. All this and more on Cordkillers! With special guest Nicole Lee.


Intro Video

Primary Target

Proctor & Gamble has agreed to a partnership with Stone Village Television to create long-form scripted television shows for sale to streaming services. Stone Village has produced Las Vegas for NBC and Empire Falls for HBO. The first P&G project will be based on the self-help book "I Am Keats!" about getting away from society-imposed roles. Proctor & Gamble said series may sometimes feature its products but not always. Proctor & Gamble produced the soap operas "Guiding Light" and "As the World Turns" and ran the People's Choice Awards from 1982 to 2017.

How to Watch

Last week, two days before the Super Bowl, Roku announced the seven apps from Fox would stop working. Roku said that its distribution agreement with Fox expired and therefore it was forced to remove the apps. Fox called the decision "a poorly timed negotiating ploy." But late Friday, the two companies reached an agreement and Roku owners were able to stream the Super Bowl through Fox apps.

What to Watch

Disney released a trailer with scenes from the first three Marvel-based shows to come to Disney+. You see some action scenes from The Falcon and Winter Soldier. Scenes from WandaVision show Wanda Maximoff creating a world where Vision is still alive. Supposedly it will see Wanda finally laid the name Scarlet Witch. And Loki shows an alternate version fo the trickster god imprisoned by the Time Variance authority.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and WandaVision will both air in late 2020, Loki is expected to air in early 2021.
Among the many ads premiering on YouTube and then being shown in the Super Bowl was a trailer for Fast and Furious 9. Director Justin Lin who did Tokyo Drift and three other Fast films is back. It's a sequel to The F8 of the Furious. We also see Han Lue (played by Sung Kang) who supposedly died in Tokyo Drift and had a funeral in Furious 7. Fast and Furious 9 hits theaters May 22, 2020. A 10th and final film is planned for the franchise, for release on April 2, 2021.
Creator and executive producer of The Crown, Peter Morgan, confirmed that the show will end after season 5. Claire Foy played Queen Elizabeth in the first two seasons which brought the story into the 1960s. Olivia Coleman played the Queen in season 3 and season 4 which is in production and will bring the story into the Princess Diana era. Imelda Staunton will take over the role of the Queen in Season 5 and bring the story into 2000. Staunton originally imagined the show would run 6 seasons but said, "it has become clear to me that this is the perfect time and place to stop. I’m grateful to Netflix and Sony for supporting me in this decision.”
A movie production of Hamilton featuring the original Broadway cast will arrive in theaters October 15, 2021. It will be a "live capture" of a stage performance at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in Manhattan. Disney paid for the rights and will bring the movie to stream on Disney+ after its theater run.

Eyes On

Front Lines

Hulu CEO Randy Freer is stepping down as Hulu executives are integrated into Disney’s Direct to Consumer and International business division (DTCI), headed by Kevin Mayer. Disney says this will let it distribute resources across streaming services like Disney+ and ESPN+ while giving it more flexibility to take Hulu to International markets. Hulu has a licensing deal for a service operated by Nippon TV in Japan, but no other international presence.
MoviePass owner Helios and Matheson Analytics has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection. Unlike Chapter 11 which involves renegotiating debts, Chapter 7 means the company dissolves and sells off assets to repay creditors. In its filling with the SEC, Helios and Matheson estimates its assets are worth between one and ten million dollars. It owes $60.9 million. Four board members, the interim CEO and interim CFO have all resigned. Helios and Matheson was being investigated by the SEC, the FTC, and attorneys general for New York and California. The company also is the target of several pending shareholder lawsuits.
In its latest earnings report, AT&T announced the company lost 4 million TV subscribers in 2019 across its AT&T and DirecTV branded services. Even more disconcerting for AT&T is that it lost 182,000 internet subscribers on the year as well. AT&T COO John Stankey and CEO Randall Stephenson said HBO Max is critical to the company’s success going forward.
Quibi ran an ad during the Super Bowl featuring bank robbers being told by their getaway driver that he would be there in "a Quibi." The bank robbers seem confused by this response, so the getaway driver clarified "less than 10 minutes." One of the robbers then realizes that he has Quibi and pulls it out to watch a video while he waits. The other two robbers run away. The Quibi app is now available for "pre-order" in the App Store.
Business Insider reports that Parrot Analytics has estimated the 10 most popular streaming original premieres in the US in Q4. Number 1 is The Witcher from Netflix and Number 2 is The Mandalorian from Disney+. Number 3 is Harley Quinn from DC Universe and then 6 of the last 7 are Apple TV+ shows starting with Truth Be Told, followed by Servant, See, For All Mankind, Dickinson and The Morning Show. Netflix's Raising Dion came in at number 8 between For All Mankind and Dickinson.
As part of Alphabet's earnings report, Google announced that YouTube has more than 20 million paying subscribers for YouTube Premium and more than 2 million subscribers for YouTube TV. For comparison, Hulu Live last reported 2.7 million subscribers and Sling TV 2.686 million.

Dispatches From The Front

Cordkillers crew,
Just thought I would share my frustration with YouTube TV related to my viewing of the 2020 Super Bowl. I was at work, watching the game on my phone via the YouTube TV app in Antioch, California, which counts as part of the San Francisco Bay Area. About 75% of the game was over by the time my shift was over, so I got into my car and started playing the YouTube TV feed through my Bluetooth connection in my car. In that moment, I thought this is the dream we were sold in commercials for streaming services, because I was able to take my media with me without missing a minute of the show I was watching.

It was so nice playing the game, in my car, via the device I had been using to watch the game all along. Seamless mobility with my show. That is until I reached Tracy, California, which is technically outside of the SF Bay Area. All of the sudden my feed was cut off. I am sure there was a station in the Central Valley that should be authorized to play the Super Bowl, but YouTube TV makes you pick your region and does not see to let you wonder to other regions. I felt like YouTube TV should have offered me a chance to switch to that feed. Instead it just cut off the Super Bowl and offered no options. I did not get to see the end of the game.

Since I live and work between two major regions, it really make these services a pain at times. If some service finds a solution to this issue, without cheating the system, I will be subscribing to them in a heartbeat.

Just wanted to share.

Love the show.


- Kevin



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