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68 minutes | Sep 3, 2021
Stream Theory: The White Lotus Discussion
In this episode Jackson and Thomas discuss HBO’s new comedy series The White Lotus.
90 minutes | May 27, 2021
Stream Theory: The Return - Warner/Discovery Merger, Netflix N-Plus?! and Twin Peaks Season 3 - S01E02
Thomas and Jackson are back to discuss Twin Peaks: The Return, along with the latest streaming news. In this episode, we cover the WernerMedia/Discover Merger, and whatever Netflix N-Plus is. We also chat about why we’re not shilling Netflix anymore (for now) before taking a spiraling dive into the world of Twin Peaks.You can now watch the podcast on YouTube! Subscribe there to see new episodes or stay tuned to this feed for more. Links:Jackson’s YouTubeThomas’ YouTube
47 minutes | Oct 2, 2020
Emmys Ending Explained, I'm Thinking of Ending Things Not Explained
In this episode the guys discuss the CBS All Access re-brand, Nielsen’s Streaming Top 10 and Quibi for This Just In (2:51)Then Jackson explains the Emmys to Thomas (10:16) And for Trending Now Thomas Explains I’m Thinking of Ending Things to Jackson (24:00)For The Queue (41:35) Thomas recommends Joe Pera Talks To You (Comedy Central), and Jackson Recommends The Boys (Amazon Prime).Links:CBS All Access rebranding to Paramount+ next year. Nielsen Top 10 Streaming Programs Quibi is considering selling. Lol. Please send comments feedback or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
46 minutes | Aug 10, 2020
Are We Running Out of TV? Emmy Snubs, Brave New World
The critics are raving about Brave New World! Says Thomas Flight, "It's interesting if you're interested."This Just In: Are we going to run out of new TV? The guys discuss Netflix’s dystopian vision for the future of TV. At 15:41 there’s some talk about the Emmys, and which snubs have us the most upset.24:19 - Trending Now: Speaking of dystopian futures, the content this month is the Peacock Original Brave New World, based on the book by Aldous Huxley.37:04 - The Queue:Thomas recommends the last episode of Midnight Gospel (Netflix).Jackson recommends Corporate (Comedy Central). Links:Are we running out of New TV?Netflix Reveals The Next Phase In Its Original Movie StrategyThe pandemic has been great for NetflixIf you have any comments or questions, email us: email@example.com
59 minutes | Jun 27, 2020
Streaming Services Ranked, Streaming Addresses BLM, Da 5 Bloods
This Just In: HBO Max and Peacock have arrived! With this in mind the guys talk about how the streaming wars have progressed since they started the show. (26:39) They close the topic with a Streaming Tier List!33:06 - Finally they look at how streaming services are addressing Black Lives Matter.Trending Now: (36:50) This month Jackson and Thomas talk about Da 5 Bloods, Spike Lee’s latest film comes at a apropos time. (Some mild spoilers so skip to The Queue if you want to avoid them). In the Queue: (49:52)Jackson: 13th or The Shield (FX/Hulu)Thomas: This Much I Know is True (HBO) or Home (Apple TV+) Links:Vietnamese Critic On Da 5 BloodsJackson’s YouTube ChannelThomas’ YouTubeSend feedback or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
56 minutes | May 28, 2020
Oh Quibi You Failing Rascal - Also The Sopranos
This Just In: After the obligatory Coronavirus/TV small-talk, the guys talk yet again about Netflix, who had a great first quarter this year (6:32) They muse about how the addition of the Top 10 list might be helping them create more cultural buzz.(15:26) Quibi is failing horribly and blaming Coronavirus. Trending Now: (24:22) The Sopranos. Two millennial talk about it. It’s a show that started airing over 20 years ago, but recently a lot of people seem to be visiting or revisiting The Sopranos with their extra watch time. So the guys figure why not throw their hats in the ring. In the Queue: (47:50)Thomas: The Great (Hulu Original)Jackson: Avatar Last Airbender (Now on Netflix)Links:Metacritic’s Big List of Coronavirus DelaysNetflix has a great First Quarter Quibi Fails, Blames COVID-19We Have To Talk About Quibi YouTube Video
51 minutes | Apr 23, 2020
We Have Thoughts: Tiger King, Too Hot To Handle, Quibi
This Just In: Quibi (1:53) lands with a ripple and Peacock’s big launch is thwarted by the Coronavirus.Trending Now: Tiger King (17:32) is the big TV cultural phenomenon to kick off the quarantines, and it’s a wild ride, but it leaves Jackson and Thomas feeling icky. Other icky things include Too Hot To Handle (29:02) and Netflix’s general journey intro “trash TV.”In the Queue: (40:46)Thomas: Terrace House (Netflix)Jackson: Mrs. America (FX on Hulu) NOT Westworld.
56 minutes | Mar 28, 2020
Devs and Better Call Saul Good, Coronavirus Bad
Jackson and Thomas are self-quarantined, after a short discussion about how crazy things are, they jump right into the news for the month. Thomas wants to apologize for his cough. The big story is just that basically everything is being delayed. There will still be plenty of content for consumers, but Jackson and Thomas have concerns about the economic impact on below-the-line production crew. Theatrical content is being pushed onto streaming platforms, both Thomas and Jackson wonder if this trend will continue. Moving on from the global pandemic, the guys discuss this interview on The Watch with AMC president Sarah Barnett. It’s a great interview that you should definitely check out, Thomas wonders if AMC will be able to maintain their approach to TV as things move more and more online. The main content discussion this week is about the new FX on HULU series DEVS, and AMC’s Better Call Saul. They keep it spoiler free. Recommendations: Jackson: Better Things on FX/HULUThomas: Chernobyl on HBOLinks:Coronavirus delays lot of TV productionInterview with Alex GarlandJackson’s Better Call Saul Video for The RingerThomas’s video on DEVS
44 minutes | Feb 20, 2020
Netflix Good, Neilson Bad: The Circle, Netflix Has the Most Streaming Watchtime
This month the guys are shilling hard for Netflix, the discussion kicks off focusing on Netflix’s performance at The Oscars, and how they’re booming despite the launch of Disney+. Thomas gets to tell-all about his time as a Nielsen household, he’s been waiting for this moment. His rant is really just a long-winded explanation of Nielsen ratings and why they’re… flawed, as an intro to talking about the new Nielsen report on streaming watch time. …also Redbox has free live TV now?This month’s content discussion is about Netflix’s new reality show The Circle. Thomas got more into it than Jackson did, but both agree the contestants were very excited. Recommendations:Thomas: American FactoryJackson: OzarkLinks: Netflix sees subscriber bump despite Disney+ launchNielsen Streaming ReportNetflix Dominates watch time (on TVs at least)Redbox Free Live TVJackson’s Better Call Saul VideoThomas’ Marriage Story Video
52 minutes | Jan 16, 2020
Apple iTV+ Max Pro: Netflix at the Oscars, Streaming Bonus Content, Servant, HBO gets "Swipey"
This month’s discussion starts with some Oscar talk, Netflix has more nominations than any other studio, but Thomas has a lot of Oscar opinions in general. The conversation shifts to the way Streaming Services are introducing bonus content, like Netflix’s timeline/map website for The Witcher, this (of course) leads into another discussion about weekly vs binge release of shows. HBO Max announces that it will have an new interface that will be… “swipey.” The final news item is about Apple TV+ (Max? Pro? iTV?) officially confirms they’ve hired former HBO CEO. In other words: “The Gang Gets Serious about TV.”The content discussion for this month is Servant on Apple TV+. The guys seem to like this one. Links:Netflix has more Oscar Nominations than any studioThe Witcher Bonus Timeline & MapHBO Max will have a new “Swipey” interfaceApple Hires Former HBO CEOMonthly Recommendation:Thomas - High MaintenanceJackson - Mr. Robot
46 minutes | Dec 23, 2019
The Most Show on TV: Marriage Story, The Irishman, The Mandalorian (again)
This month’s episode kicks off with a discussion of Netflix dominating the Golden Globe nominations. Netflix films seem to be generating a lot of buzz this year. An update on the Disney+ vs. Netflix battle (it doesn’t look like Netflix users are fleeing for Disney+) spirals into more talk about The Mandalorian. Jackson and Thomas ultimately decide the awards probably mean more to Netflix right now than they do to Disney. This episode’s content discussion is Marriage Story. Thomas liked the movie but feels conflicted about Noah Baumbach, Jackson has no director related baggage and liked it a lot. Thomas has watched The Irishman a lot and has plenty of thoughts. He ends up musing about why people have a hard time watching a 3 hour movie when they don’t have a problem watching a season of Stranger Things in a day. Jackson has a theory about why. To wrap things up Jackson recommends The Expanse (Amazon Video), and Thomas recommends Magic for Humans (Netflix).
59 minutes | Nov 19, 2019
Mandalorian Therapy: Disney+ Launch, HBO Max, The Mandalorian
After opening tangents about name spelling and Jeremy Strong, Jackson and Thomas dive straight into the Disney+ launch (4:27), the main topic for the episode. HBO Max has a release date and price (15:09), AppleTV+ launches with a whisper, and the Discovery Channel CFO wants to create a “female-skewing” streaming service. The content discussion is The Mandalorian (32:50). Both have a lot of feelings about the show and their review turns into a bit of a therapy session. Jackson has a hot take about puppet suits, Thomas likes it but doesn’t think it feels like the big deal it was supposed to be. A new recommendations segment is introduced (50:22). Links:HBO Max Launch Date and PriceDiscovery CFO Wants to Make “Female-Skewing” Streaming Service
44 minutes | Oct 15, 2019
Aerial Fauna: NBC Universal's Peacock, Apple TV+ Price, El Camino
Jackson and Thomas start out talking about NBC Universal’s new streaming service Peacock, before detouring to talk about Apple TV+ pricing. Thomas is skeptical of Apple’s ability to produce television. Jackson isn’t skeptical about our main topic, The Peacock, but both agree that the Summer Olympics might be the thing that actually gets them to sign up. Finally El Camino is discussed. If you don’t want spoilers for El Camino skip from 32:33 to 40:00Jackson thinks El Camino’s release on Netflix says a lot about how important Netflix was to Breaking Bad’s success,. Both have somewhat mixed feelings about El Camino as a film. Thomas is very interested in how the line between TV and movies continues to blur.
60 minutes | Sep 12, 2019
The First One: Disney+ Pricing, CBS + Viacom Merger, Mindhunter S2
Jackson and Thomas introduce what the podcast will be about. Jackson is disappointed about the CBS - Viacom merger. This month’s main topic is Disney+. Both agree Disney+ is priced to make a splash and that they’ll definitely sign up, even though they’re not the target demographic. Disney isn’t going to let people binge shows, even though polls say people want to. Somehow they end up doing a mini-review of Westworld.Thomas uses a spreadsheet to figure out the ratio of high to low quality shows on Hulu, HBO, Netflix, and Amazon Prime. Finally Mindhunter season 2 is discussed and whether it’s better to binge the season or take your time.Show Notes:CBS + Viacom MergerDisney+/ESPN+/Hulu BundleIGN Twitter Poll on Binge vs Weekly ConsumptionHulu has the most “high quality” shows.Thomas’ video on MindhunterJackson’s YouTube Channel / / Thomas’ YouTube Channel
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