Sources: GAO, LA Times
quote: You'd do the same thing if you were in business and that business was threatened.
quote: Sadly, it's the big media conglomerates that prevent this. They only offer their channels to cable companies in bundles, and so cable companies are forced to pass these unwanted channels to the consumer.
quote: I'm sure you'd love that. All 50,000+ employees for each company kicked to the curb, and suddenly you have no more internet access except for the phone company DSL or satellite. Have fun! :D
quote: Of course, but the providers are in bed with the cable companies. CBS, FX, ESPN, etc. will not release first runs on NetFlix or Hulu.
quote: If everything went to steaming only, who would watch ads? The more shows are streamed and the more people use DVRs, the less valuable an ad is to a company wishing to advertise.
quote: It seems simple, but at the end of the day the providers make most of their money from ads and are perfectly content to make exclusive streaming deals with cable companies because stifling streaming helps keep their ad pricing high. They are not willing to increase their streaming rights income only to have their ad income decimated.
quote: I don't mind ads as much as I mind having to pay a ton of money to cable for the 10-15 channels I want.
quote: There are so many different forms of entertainment this day and age!
quote: Hopefully one day I can ditch Cox's overprice internet service.
quote: Big cable argues that it loses a lot of money to streaming.