Disney+ Sounds a Lot Like the Old Cable Model It’s Replacing | The Big Picture

Disney+ Sounds a Lot Like the Old Cable Model It’s Replacing | The Big Picture


Ya’ know one of the irony of my job right now is I
was never really a gigantic Disney fan? Like I enjoyed the parks a few times when I got to go and I had the same tapes growing up as other people, but I was never really like someone
who absorbed the “lore” or thought the Mickey gang was cooler than the Looney Tunes
or whatever. So, its it’s weird to be in this position where
if you cover mainstream mass media entertainment especially film it means you pretty much covered Disney product now, and if you aren’t always 100% porformatively cynical or dismissive about it you can get
dismissed for some kind of shill yourself. Well in any case, the sunny real world version
of Weyland-Yutani has made a new thing so time to make that cheddar:
Disney Plus streaming service is on the way, and surprising almost nobody it’s coming as
a bundle with ESPN and Hulu. People told me I was being too cute about
it years ago when I said some kind of bundling would be how the “every damn company wants
to be its it’s own streamer now” issue was going to get resolved and to be fair I was wrong in that
I thought it’d take a little longer than this – basically, my the time the last Boomer finds
out that Cable is dead, streaming will have fully completed it’s circular evolution back into
Cable… and they won’t really have noticed. Speaking of things everyone knew was coming
that are now definitely coming out of all this, if the last Avengers movie being about 20 extra
minutes long because there were 4-5 extra MCU spin-off Disney Plus shows to set up,
didn’t make things abundantly clear this whole thing is what The Mouse is
betting on the solve the problem of needing to make a lot of content, but people only going to theaters for the biggest stuff now… The new model (even if it even kind of works, which
will probably end up being everyone’s model) now looks to be: Surefire smash hits and big
awards contenders are going to go theaters, everything else gets tailored for Disney Plus, so it can try
and be the next Birdbox and/or Game of Thrones, so while the next big Pixar and Marvel properties are going to head to screens, along with the planned live-action version of like The Little Mermaid, the Plus lineup is where the already planned rewordings of the High School Musical, Mighty Ducks,
Lady and the Tramp and Home Alone brands are going to go along with feature film spin-offs like Star
Wars: The Mandalorian and the Marvel stuff I already mentioned. I’m not necessarily sure that all of those
sound like things that needed new versions or to be expanded into TV miniseries… but I’m not a big executive, so what do I know? And in case you’re wondering, Hulu is
there because when the company purchased FOX they became the majority stakeholders in that company
which is why it’s also where (for now at least) the grownup-rated Marvel content
is going i.e. the adult animated team-up series that will get merged into “The Offenders”
at some point whenever that makes it to air. Incidentally, with almost their whole slate
except for the way over-budget Alita and the huge flop Dark Phoenix scrapped by the acquisition,
Fox actually lost money for Disney this quarter… but it didn’t matter because they did so
much business otherwise and this is just our world now – until it isn’t. I mean, none of this sounds especially objectionable
to me because it’s mostly just moving around the pieces of things that are already out
there; but it’s kind of alarming how much of this is based on the idea that things that
are extremely popular right now are going to stay popular long-term. You can actually blow these things up – like
how Warner Bros is still putting the pieces of the DC movies back together and the Harry
Potter franchise is maybe one more bad film away from being in real trouble. And it used to be, that’s why you didn’t
bet everything on only giant brands and known quantities. So, guess we’ll see what the future is going to hold. I’m Bob and that’s The Big Picture. Incidentally, today’s episode is a little shorter than usually because an original topic more or less fell through. We’ll probably come back to it at some point though. Ah, here’s a piece from a French silent film about a pig that was going to go in there. Just going to keep it in here because it’s wired and spooky and I feel like you needed to see it. [piano music playing]

100 thoughts on “Disney+ Sounds a Lot Like the Old Cable Model It’s Replacing | The Big Picture

  • August 15, 2019 at 4:28 pm
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    The dancing pig is unironically my favorite movie. Thanks Bob.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 4:29 pm
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    Somehow I feel like the streaming wars are going to end with every company having their own TV station on a giant premium package.

    Or as we called it when I grew up; basic cable.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 4:29 pm
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    Bob, I'd like to hear your thoughts on Star Trek: The context of the original series, the meaning of the phenomena, the current incarnations, whatever you have to say on it! Any chance of that soon??

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  • August 15, 2019 at 4:30 pm
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    Just talking very fast doesn't hide the fact that you had nothing of substance to say about Disney+, terrible video!

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  • August 15, 2019 at 4:30 pm
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    All I see is Disney (and other emerging streaming services) promoting piracy. When everything was on Netflix (or any other ONE place), I have no problem paying for that. But when I need 10 different subscriptions, then they can all just fuck off. Piracy it is!

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  • August 15, 2019 at 4:32 pm
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    And this is why torrenting will not abate and why everyone buys a VPN. Just when the masses are won over, corporate greed takes over and they eat their own young.
    And the Mouse is one of the worst.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 4:33 pm
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    That old movie you showed at the end. It's weird how many silent films are basically the exact same thing where one character does something to another, the other character doesn't like it, and you have about 10 minutes of the same gag repeated over and over .

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  • August 15, 2019 at 4:37 pm
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    Yeah no that pig suit guy is pretty terrifying. 10/10 spooky

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  • August 15, 2019 at 4:38 pm
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    You're talking so fucking fast without actually putting any emotion and accenting words that after few seconds it becomes just incomprehensible white noise that's just getting boring and/ or irritating to listen to.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 4:38 pm
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    I can't unwatch that. Colour me intrigued

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  • August 15, 2019 at 4:39 pm
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    Mighty Ducks as in the cartoon or the movies? Only 1 is worth rebooting.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 4:43 pm
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    Not gonna lie, that pig looks better than some CGI animals I've seen in movies.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 4:50 pm
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    Death of Netflix

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  • August 15, 2019 at 4:53 pm
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    Doesn't that pig get gruesomely slaughtered at the end of that film?

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  • August 15, 2019 at 4:54 pm
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    Its the WWE method. Weekly shows setting up a monthly PPV. (Except its a movie in Disney world)

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  • August 15, 2019 at 4:54 pm
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    You must be a cheapskate if you're not willing to pay for content fractured across an ever increasing quantity of streaming services. Wait what, consumer funds are finite?🤯

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  • August 15, 2019 at 4:55 pm
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    Media makes me want to be dead.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 4:58 pm
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    From your once upon a time review you explained that there is wishfulfilment going on with Manson murderers getting killed by our protagonist

    why aren't they any x-man books written about colonialism or post colonial Rural India or opium war you know actual things that have bigger body count than what happened in Schindler list with magneto

    . you can do a lot of
    social injustice and social faults stories in a rural setting or anywhere else than euphoria and merica
    Which writers don't want to do for some reason
    Example-: rangastalam with x-men ,
    Or once upon a time in China with
    x-men
    Boer war with x- men
    Vietnam from the prospective of Vietnamese people with x-men

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  • August 15, 2019 at 4:59 pm
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    I like how you compared Disney to Wayland-Yutani and just slid it in there so fast most people probably didn't catch it. 😉

    (For the less geeky: Wayland-Yutani is the evil corporation from the Alien series that keeps trying to capture andor create horrible monsters.)

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  • August 15, 2019 at 5:00 pm
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    Well Disney has just insured I will never pay for their stuff again. I'm just waiting for the weight of expectations to finally crush that company

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  • August 15, 2019 at 5:09 pm
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    Will Bob die if he doesn't slag off DC at least once per video?

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  • August 15, 2019 at 5:10 pm
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    Here we are poking fun at DC's attempting something with their properties, meanwhile, Disney is remaking their entire history when they're not slowly trying to buy the entire fucking planet.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 5:20 pm
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    Pigman BAD…. got it

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  • August 15, 2019 at 5:22 pm
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    More Silent Pig, More Silent Pig!
    Might nightmares aren't complete until I have that horrifying thing chasing me through a park made of blue marshmallow sweeties while the Fresh Prince of Belaire theme is playing from no where!!!

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  • August 15, 2019 at 5:24 pm
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    0:43 Why-land Yutani? So, Bob has never seen an Alien movie.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 5:30 pm
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    "Everything old is new again." Cable is dead. Long live "streaming" cable.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 5:32 pm
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    Its happening. Streaming services had a good thing going but because they wanted all the money instead of some of it, they'd ruin it.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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    Eh, I've seen worse. I'm more surprised that a pig suit of that design even existed back in the day.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 5:43 pm
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    Disney has figured out what Netflix hasn't: People might subscribe to a service because they want a specific new content, but they stay subscribed for easy access to older content they like. And Disney has a LOT of older content people like to rewatch and are nostalgic about.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 5:45 pm
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    I think the persistent focus on expanding this mcu is gonna collapse on itself when people try to go see the next avengers and to understand it, you’ll have needed to watch 4 different Disney+ shows AND the movies

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  • August 15, 2019 at 5:48 pm
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    And now I know where that pig gif comes from

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  • August 15, 2019 at 5:50 pm
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    The animatroincs on that pig suit are incredible given the time period

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  • August 15, 2019 at 5:59 pm
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    Eh, All these 'streaming services are just just going to end up becoming cable again' takes always ignore the fact that there is a huge difference this time around, namely that everything is a la carte and month to month now. Disney's '3-in-1 bundle' is actually resembling a cable package at all, it's really just Disney offering a single service of all the shit they've gobbled up over the years like everyone else while retaining the consumer facing branding of those individual parts.

    Circling all the way back to the 'cable model' would mean all these separate services being bundled into singular monolithic packages at long term commitments…which….shows no sign of coming back at all. We can try this take again when Disney, CBS, FOX, HBO, Netflix, et al all have be subscribed to in a single package for two years at time.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 6:01 pm
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    I think as long as these bundles have monthly options then it is still a lot better than cable. At least I can still cancel this at any time and jump onto a different streaming service when I want to. I can pick up Disney, binge the season of whatever Marvel stuff I want, then jump off and move onto DC Universe for the new season of Doom Patrol.

    This is still miles away better than Cable where you are locked in year or sometimes longer.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 6:04 pm
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    Fuck disney when ever I want to see anything they make I pirate it.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 6:18 pm
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    The "animatronics" on the pig thing are amazing.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 6:19 pm
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    I really hope Disney+ flops. I'm not interested in paying for 50 bajillion streaming services, but I'm not sure if the average consumer feels the same way.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 6:52 pm
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    Meet the new capitalism! Same as the old, except you pay more to get less! Yay, capitalism; it's natural progression!

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  • August 15, 2019 at 6:54 pm
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    Loved that black and white puppet pig content. Let's have more of that!

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  • August 15, 2019 at 7:02 pm
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    Bob if you read these, I want you to know that your content got me through two weeks of heroin withdrawal hell. Honestly thanks man

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  • August 15, 2019 at 7:06 pm
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    I'm never looking at a pig the same way again

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  • August 15, 2019 at 7:06 pm
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    That was weird and spooky and I needed to see it.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 7:10 pm
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    Wait. Did you just say Alita was scrapped? As in no more? God-freakin-DAMNIT if that's the case. I had such a great time with that film and was gappy that it looked like more was in the way.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 7:29 pm
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    Everyone commenting on the cost coming around to be as high as cable again when the real cost is even greater when all competitors have no chance without industry backing, charitable elites choosing who is worthy, weaponized media deepfaking truth until no one can disagree without seeming irrational etc. the masters tools can never be used against him haHA!

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  • August 15, 2019 at 7:32 pm
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    A woman being hit on by a literal pig!

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  • August 15, 2019 at 7:41 pm
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    The show was good, feel like I leraned something, but damn, you get a like for that mother fucking pig suit.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 8:00 pm
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    After that pig imagery, I'm glad I've already been to sleep.

    Although I suspect that toothy grin will still haunt my nightmares for weeks.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 8:03 pm
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    The more things change…

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  • August 15, 2019 at 8:04 pm
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    That pig costume is actually kinda impressive, especially given the time period!

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  • August 15, 2019 at 8:14 pm
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    3:55 – 4:06 Bob, I could have gone my whole life without seeing that.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 8:23 pm
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    Lucky for me, I hardly watch any mainstream movies anymore. The available content going even zeroer than the current zero doesn't affect me much.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 8:55 pm
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    And that pigs name… Harvey Weinstein.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 9:02 pm
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    All the Looney Tunes are better than the Disney counterparts, except for Donald, Donald wipes the floor with Daffy any day of the week.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 9:10 pm
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    Disney doesnt make movies, directors do, if it was shitty and you can prove it was disney, then you're perfectly fine.
    Also… learn how to edit your adio, because this video sounds like shit, can literally hear you breathing even thorough I KNOW you have mic filter
    Also also… who's the (I'm sure dead) idiot that think pigs have sharp teeth?

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  • August 15, 2019 at 9:27 pm
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    I was fine with the pig until it bared it's teeth… CreepyAF.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 9:49 pm
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    I'm liking this video for the pig alone!

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  • August 15, 2019 at 9:52 pm
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    So Bob… did the topic fell through or… how do I say it… kept you hanged? I mean… this is a suspicious death of an apparently important topic.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 10:05 pm
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    Fuck the mouse

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  • August 15, 2019 at 10:24 pm
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    Cable is dead long live Cable

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  • August 15, 2019 at 10:24 pm
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    The Silent Film Era is far stranger than I could have possibly imagined.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 11:02 pm
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    Well that pig thing is gonna follow me into my nightmares. Thanks for that Bob.

    Also with the streaming packages I just know its going to lead to me putting my head through a wall because my mother cannot even work a blu ray player.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 11:03 pm
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    Eventually, Disney is going to realise (along with the other new streaming sites and their bundles) that people aren't going to be willing to multiply their entertainment bill x4 just so they can watch the stuff they are currently watching on Netflix and Prime and eventually the bottom will fall out and those services will be added to the old guard again with probably a slight increase in the original subscription price (but that is probably inevitable anyway) and everything will go back to normal…ish

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  • August 15, 2019 at 11:16 pm
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    As long as its not "like the old cable" in the sense that its 50% ads, no-effort fake shows pretending to be real (storage wars, pawn stars, etc), overpriced and impossible to get rid of, with a business model no one likes.

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  • August 16, 2019 at 12:00 am
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    So what is the name of the pig bit?

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  • August 16, 2019 at 12:03 am
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    Disturbing ethics/business model – but that's Disney in a nutshell.

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  • August 16, 2019 at 12:53 am
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    About the pig thing…why would you do that to me…I am never unseeing that. Anyway love your content as always.

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  • August 16, 2019 at 1:32 am
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    you sound so tired

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  • August 16, 2019 at 1:57 am
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    Normal speed bob

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  • August 16, 2019 at 2:07 am
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    BOB WHAT THE F**# DID YOU DO? NIGHTMARE FUEL FOREVER!

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  • August 16, 2019 at 2:16 am
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    3:20 Good to know that French cinema was weird loooooong before even the French New Wave.

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  • August 16, 2019 at 2:16 am
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    Movie musicals

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  • August 16, 2019 at 2:20 am
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    Wait, so hulu is getting the Adult stuff like Defenders, etc… So that means no more luke cage/jessica jones in canada? or is disney going to bring hulu here? Cause that would be a bummer otherwise…

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  • August 16, 2019 at 2:23 am
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    I mean, duh right?

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  • August 16, 2019 at 2:25 am
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    The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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  • August 16, 2019 at 2:38 am
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    Hey Bob I’d be really interested to hear your take on the idea that companies are awful at exploration and only good for optimization, if that makes sense. Seems like every boom/bust cycle in entertainment correlates with a small few getting extraordinarily successful off the newest cultural shift, evolving into corporations that refine the hell out of the formula, but then aren’t prepared for the cultural exhaustion and the next wave.

    But then it’s also true that corporations do what they can to ride other’s innovation… classic “I’ll pay you a moderate fee/wage in exchange for all the rights on the off-chance that you hit the jackpot.” Like when Netflix tried to sell itself to blockbuster for $50mil (but they didn’t actually buy, so maybe that’s a bad example.) But also maybe corporations are now so big that that strategy will actually work? I’m biased against the idea that anything can outrun entropy…

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  • August 16, 2019 at 2:41 am
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    Please tell me you were ready to make something about 30-50 Feral Hogs

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  • August 16, 2019 at 2:52 am
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    Creepy pig is surprisingly good practical effects/puppetry for its time

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  • August 16, 2019 at 3:16 am
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    Seems like movie bob is relaxing on his fast high pitched editing thing.
    This is a good change

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  • August 16, 2019 at 3:38 am
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    I can only assume that the pig video is part of an essay re: the Banana Splits horror movie

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  • August 16, 2019 at 4:01 am
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    The pig puppetry reminds me a lot of "Marquis" and I really didn't need to be reminded of that.

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  • August 16, 2019 at 5:20 am
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    Take. a. breath. between. sentences.

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  • August 16, 2019 at 7:57 am
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    Cool video!

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  • August 16, 2019 at 8:08 am
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    Makes me laugh how so many YouTubeers who put out regular content spewing all kinds of theories about any and everything under the sun, will then start a video with the "I told you so" line to show how smart and informed they are when it was basically the same as the monkey with a typewriter coming up with a line of Shakespeare given enough time. An entertaining monkey I'll grant you that Bob

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  • August 16, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    The pig is a capitalism metaphor right?

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  • August 16, 2019 at 10:30 am
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    Hey, if it means I get a new Muppets series I’ll buy whatever streaming service I need to.

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  • August 16, 2019 at 12:45 pm
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    The only way I'm EVER going to care about Disney+ is if they include every Disney movie and TV show. And I mean EVERY. MOVIE. AND. TV. SHOW.

    I want to marathon Goof Troop, then watch Swiss Family Robinson, then Old Yeller, then Gargoyles, then the theatrical cut of the original Star Wars trilogy, then Avengers Earth's Mightiest Heroes, then Mickey's Christmas Carol

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  • August 16, 2019 at 1:19 pm
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    More people talking about a pig than the main topic.

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  • August 16, 2019 at 2:33 pm
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    Wow! Bob cut this audio with a rusty knife.
    I thought you guys said you were going to work on his audio quality…?

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  • August 16, 2019 at 2:39 pm
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    Welp my nightmares just got a whole lot weirder.

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  • August 16, 2019 at 3:35 pm
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    The only solution to this bundling and million streaming services problem is the same thing that was the only solution to the cable industry problem: regulation. The free market is fundamentally at odds with the best interests of corporations so you need someone to step in to defend the market because you cannot rely on innovators to be capable of disrupting it once market capture has set in.

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  • August 16, 2019 at 3:45 pm
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    That pig costume is horrifying

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  • August 16, 2019 at 5:06 pm
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    I was hoping that this topic would get a little more time, but… pig

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  • August 16, 2019 at 5:58 pm
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    Is it just me, or does Bob sound tired in this video?

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  • August 16, 2019 at 10:06 pm
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    Well sure, but why does the pig only have two nipples?

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  • August 17, 2019 at 3:19 am
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    Wow that pig is actually kinda impressive

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  • August 17, 2019 at 12:30 pm
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    I cant unsee that pig

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  • August 17, 2019 at 2:19 pm
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    I used to work at Comcast and I saw this coming a mile away. People wanted ala carte pricing on cable and this is exactly what it leads to. Tons of streaming services available for purchase that altogether cost far more than cable ever did.

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  • August 17, 2019 at 2:47 pm
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    Yikes. Those pig scenes are disturbing on a level I can't quite articulate. I would ask for some context and a breakdown but, I do enjoy being able to sleep peacefully at night.

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  • August 18, 2019 at 9:44 am
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    I want to know more about the French Pig film

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