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Cord Cutters: NewTeeVee’s First Web Series!

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We here at NewTeeVee love talking about the world of cord-cutting, because it’s where everything we’re passionate about — the content that’s available, the business of distributing it, the technology that makes it possible — converges. And that’s why we’re taking our passion for this very real phenomenon to the next level with the launch of Cord Cutters, our first original web series.

A GigaOM TV production powered by NewTeeVee expertise, Cord Cutters will offer you a look every week at the exciting new gadgets and important companies emerging to help you replace your cable subscription, as well as a spotlight on the great content available with or without Comcast (s CMCSA) or Time Warner Cable. (s TWC)

To kick things off today, Janko demoes the new Apple TV, which he finds clean but limited, while Ryan sits down with Clicker CEO Jim Lanzone to discuss the site’s efforts to catalog all content currently available online. Finally, I recommend the series White Collar Brawler, a reality show about two guys who ditch their office jobs to pursue a boxing career.

We’re new at this game, so any suggestions are welcome — also, we really want to hear your stories and see your set-ups for viewing content without the use of a cable box, so that we can feature them in future episodes! You can reach us directly via email or our new Twitter account @CordCutters.

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15 Responses to “Cord Cutters: NewTeeVee’s First Web Series!”

  1. How about the documenting the BEST way to cut the cable?

    ANTENNA TV. Clear, full-on, uncompressed digital HD for FREE. Up to 70 channels in some markets. No gizmos, internet connection, or real tech saavy needed. Your grandfather could put up an antenna, and so can you.

  2. Uh oh. I’m going to be the wet blanket? :-( Okay. A man’s got to do what a man’s got to do.

    Problem #1: I can barely understand Janko’s accent at the beginning. I replayed him saying his name a number of times and still couldn’t comprehend it.

    Problem #2 / Suggestion #1: First 1.5 minutes is just two talking heads. Find visuals of what they’re talking about and show those while they talk.

    Surprise #1: Ryan is a LOT younger than I had imagined him to be from his mugshot from his columns.

    Complaint #1 / Suggestion #2: When Janko is showing the Apple TV, the close-up should have been closer. Fill the screen with the devise. Whenever you show a devise, do this.

    Problem #3: Show AND Tell. When Janko is showing off the AppleTV, he pauses a lot to talk and stops doing stuff with the devise. He should keep talking AND be doing stuff with the devise. Keep the action coming.

    Suggestion #3: Greenscreen your interviews. Don’t show two talking heads and alternate with visuals. Stand in the visuals. Provide a monitor for the interviewer and guest to see themselves as the viewers see them so they know where to point in the visual while they talk about it. Keep the visuals rolling as they provide the action.

    Surprise #2: During Ryan’s interview, I was surprised that some roommate in his boxer shorts didn’t walk through the background yawning and scratching himself.

    Suggestion #4: Have your interview guests dress up a bit more for the interview. It makes it appear they’re treating the interview as important.

    Problem #4: Liz needs to relax and accept making pauses. She is trying to fill in pauses in her speech with bad fillers like “ummm”, “and like”, “ahhhh”, etc. It just takes her being conscious of doing this and possibly redoing her bit until she doesn’t do it.

    Suggestion #5: Have Liz record her piece in an editor’s room.

    • Chris Albrecht


      You are the official wet blanket.

      Thankfully your suggestions are typically good, though rather obvious, and stuff we’re already working on for future episodes. (This is a pilot episode, after all, everyone is finding their groove.)

      Feeback is appreciated, and as producer of this show, I’m always looking for ways to make it better. Though instead of airing it for the whole world to see, feel free to email me directly at my first name at gigaom dot com.

      But we’re not doing a green screen. Blech.

  3. I love the concept for these segments and that all 3 (hardware, software, content) were covered.

    Apple TV is not the solution I would choose but appreciate the amount of choices consumers are starting to have. Clicker seems to do a really great job of cleaning data and providing a really large searchable database, but indexing all past/present video content on the internet seems impossible.

    I’ll be sending pictures of my cord cutting set up in.