So Adam, Bennett, Frank and I had a great time this week in the Wheels Brewing Co Studio, where Bennett and Frank turned out to be a great pairing, due to their common bond over “League of Legends”. With Bennett joining for the first time, and Frank having not been on in ages, it was great to get a fresh perspective on how other people devour streaming media compared to the diet Adam and I follow consisting primarily of Netflix.
Since this is a late posting, you get a BONUS Bonus Track right now! We had a fantastic riff after riff Mic Check this week, roaming from 90’s TV on Nickelodeon to “Machete” to Christmas trees, and on, and on, and on. Lots of great laughs in that Mic Check.
We also taped an instructional audio clip tied to “Movie Bluff” so we no longer need to explain it in EVERY episode (this means more time for GAMES!). We’ll make a lot of noise (a la postings) when it is available.
Until then, enjoy the Mic Checks for Episode 64.
Netflix has returned from another content hunt with massive bounty as the result of a huge bidding war. They have locked in an exclusive streaming contract with Disney for a large catalog of content, including movies from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, and Disneynature, according to CNN Money.
The catch? Netflix users won’t see a lot of this content until 2016, when Disney’s current agreement with Starz (a la Sony) expires.
This reads a lot like the deal between Netflix and Dreamworks to post their computer animated library by 2013. It’s also mirroring that deal, as Disney has already provided Netflix with some recognizable and notable content, including “Alice in Wonderland”, “Pocahontas” and “Dumbo”, to name a few.
The deal also includes many sequel-heavy series, like the “Air Bud” sequels, and the “Brave Little Toaster” sequels, but not their originals.
A big piece of this agreement is that it yanks a lot of future content out of the hands of premium cable TV channels like HBO, Showtime and Starz, as they lose access to new Disney/Marvel/Pixar content released after 2016 that would usually linger on their channels between each film’s exit from the theater, but before they hit DVD/Blu-ray. It also blocks streaming sites like Amazon Prime and Crackle from access to the content as well.
It’s nice to see Netflix experiencing success through this agreement (including a recent rise in the company’s stock), but there will still be the gaggles of nay-sayers uninterested in waiting four years for the overall payoff.
At the same time, there are speculators wondering how this will affect Disney’s recently acquired gold-mine of the Star Wars universe. Although LucasFilm was not listed among the content providers (as far as I have seen), the release of Episode 7 in 2015 may lay the groundwork for future negotiations and deals to continue to feed us desired content.
I am, personally, among those excited now, as two of my childhood Disney favorites, “The Great Mouse Detective” and “The Rescuers Down Under” are among the titles already available on Netflix. The fact that the voice talents of Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, John Candy, and Vincent Price are just a click away makes me wish I wasn’t at work so I could start a Disney binge right now.
Still, there are a number of additional Netflix releases to look forward to this month, as we’ve discussed on the show before, including “ParaNorman”, “Looper” and “The Campaign”. All three of these will be on Netflix around Christmas or New Years, according to movieinsider.com.
Looks like we have at least 1,121 days until we will reap the benefits of this deal, but we’ll keep an eye on things here in the Wheels Brewing Co Studio.
It’s official. The topic/genre/whatever you want to call it has been selected, the host positions have been cast, the mixer has been ordered, and the domain name has been registered. All that’s left is to create a Twitter feed that’ll lay pretty dormant until we get underway.
Adam and I are working to set a standard record/release schedule for episodes (my vote is for Tuesday/Friday) and we’re hopefully going to at least get a dry run (or Episode # 1/2) under our belts next week, so make sure to stay tuned for that.
For now, we have a few things for you:
1) We would like a sponsor. Even for one episode. You’ll get a negotiated number of live reads throughout your sponsored episode(s), or, if you already have a voice for your company, we can work with that too. Obviously, working out of my living room doesn’t cost much to start, so get in now while the gettin’s good.
2) I’m willing to sell naming rights for our studio (aka my living room). As it stands, I am leaning toward The Frank Oz Memorial studio (yes, I know he’s not dead, nor do I wish him ill fate. It’s a catchy sounding inside joke), but I’m up for suggestions/offers of the monetary sort.
3) We are trying to craft an end of show game revolving around Internet media. Something like the Leonard Maltin game, but less of a rip off. We’re going to cycle through a few ideas we’ve had so far, plus the occasional Len Maltin game, but if you have a great idea for a game, and love to hear someone else say your name on a weekly-ish podcast, then I have a deal for you! If you’re interested, or even have a semi-complete idea and are willing to co-author, shoot us a message.
4) We are regularly going to feature guests on the show, but we need guests to feature guests. If you feel you are Internet savvy, conversational, occasionally funny, and have a face for radio, contact us! We will also take pretty people. There is a lot of time on this, since we still need to publish Episode # 1, or, at least, Episode # 1/2, but the opportunity is out there. Grab it … or, instead, clasp it gingerly with a hint of hilarity.
I guess that’s all I have for now, but I’ll update you as stuff changes.
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