Second-hand Spoilering

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Second-hand Spoilering
Number 57
Broadcast Date February 9, 2015
Episode Length 58:43
Hosts Brian Brushwood, Tom Merritt
Guests Mulango Akpo-Esambe

Will AMC help Sling TV win, Why Cable is suffering from its own retention policy, Would you want a Star Wars channel?


Opening Video

Primary Target

SlingTV opened to all comers in the US over the weekend.
AMC joining int he coming weeks. El Rey and Galavision already added.
“Sports Extra” package,SEC Network (for Southeastern Conference games), ESPNEWS and ESPNU, Universal Sports (which broadcasts rugby and Olympic sports), Univision Deportes (for soccer games), and beIN Sports (a Quatari-owned sports channel primarily featuring soccer), as well as ESPN Buzzer Beater, ESPN Bases Loaded, and ESPN Goal Line.
WatchESPN app now working

Signals Intelligence

Nomura Research analyzes numbers from Nielsen
Total live TV ratings down 12.7% yoy
Analyst Anthony DiClemente “Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and Hulu, continue to siphon viewers away from linear TV.”
Viacom declined 23% (MTV Nick)
Disney 7.5% (ESPN did well)

Gear Up

Sky’s Now TV lets you pick from three bundles, sport, movies, entertainment.
Has a dedicated settopbox from Roku (18 months ago)
But 720p
So next-gen Now TV box later this year
Could be similar to Sky Online TV Box in Germany
Sony Bravia TVs in UK will run AndroidTV and YouView
All accessed from a single guide (YouView offering catch up services including, BBC iPlayer, 4oD, ITV Player and Demand 5)

Front Lines

Netflix announced that it will come to Japan this autumn. It will also open an office in Tokyo. But Cuba is getting Netflix TODAY thanks to the easing of trade restrictions in December. Cubans will have to have an Internet connection and an international payment system but the service will be $7.99 a month there.
Disney Chairman Bob Iger said that his company values the basic cable bundle and doesn’t think it’s the right time to bring a standalone ESPN service to the Internet. However he DID say that Disney's other properties, like Marvel and Star Wars, are capable of powering standalone projects.
GoPro is bringing a channel to Roku boxes, featuring curated videos from users. Videos note which camera model and accessories were used to capture a particular video clip. (BTW Xbox 360 and LG Smart TVs
Already had an app similar to this from GoPro)
Do you know what time of the year it is? Apple TV rumor time! The 2015 model has Apple sitting down with programmers again trying to cobble together a streaming service of bundles of programming they could offer through iTunes. Thanks people familiar with the matter!

Under Surveillance

Dispatches From The Front

Every once in a while you'll read an email where someone is responding to things you've said during spoilern' time and it ends up possibly being a little spoilery in itself. Have you considered adding an official email response section to spoilern' time. Get a little more audience participation.
Just a thought,

Here's a something I don't know if you guys have contemplated. There have been recent AppleTV rumors. HBOgo will be available in April. What do you think about the possibility of Apple introducing their new AppleTV with HBOgo as a free channel you get for a year when you buy it? Isn't April one of the months when Apple potentially introduces new products?

Its simple:
1. Windows Media Center
2. Any T.V. Tuner (Silicon Dust or Ceton). I have a four channel tuner.
3. Record any broadcast T.V. or Movie on PC.
4. Place directory in PLEX
5. There ya go!
I have 3TB of T.V. Shows and Movies on my PC I recorded LEGALLY and use PLEX to manage them and play them on my T.V., IPad, Android Tablet. In other words, I watch what I want, when I want on any device I choose.

I bet you’re getting lots of email from people saying how they use Plex legally. Well I’m one more but I think my specific setup might be interesting. I built my own DVR (Ceton cable card PCI board + Windows Media Center) and I run Plex on that. It means I can stream my TV anywhere in the world. That box also pulls in my video podcasts both from RSS feeds and downloads them from subscribed YouTube channels (I think that’s legal?) so I can stream those around too.
I’d be a moron to write that last paragraph and not understand that I’m in the minority. J
Your Boss,

Now that The Walking Dead is done with their break, will you guys be including it in the Spoiler Zone?

Please set up separate streams for your 'spoilers' and regular show.
I don't like/listen to your spoiler show. I also don't like the Patreon that charges for that, so I have my donation capped at 4 per month.
If you change it, and Patreon too, then when/if you do 5 cordkillers in a month or more that 48 a year, you'll get more $$ !
Also, Rabbit TV: have you ever mentioned ? It's a decent aggregator of online content for play on a computer or 'cast' to your TV.
Thanks !

Hello Brian & Tom! I love you guys!
Just wanted to quickly share my cordcutting journey (shout out to Chet Paige). I switched from internet and no cable to cable plus internet, the only reason being that my bill is way cheaper now than it ever was without cable. I now pay $75/mo with cable, dvr and internet and used to pay $85/mo for just internet. I don't know about internet speed but I know I can download a whole hd movie from itunes in 5 minutes and before it would take around 15. Also they didn't make me sign a contract so I'm not tied up to them. Is this the new stragey from cable companies to keep costumers? If so, it definitely worked for me.



Preceded by:
"The Vue Looks Good from Here"
Second-hand Spoilering
Followed by:
"Sony’s Doing it with Marvel"