Nothing has changed. Carriage extortion is live and well. And carriage extortion through channel bundling, (example Disney with all their channels and sports). Its why I cut the cord over two years ago and don't miss it. I have saved over 2500 dollars so far and still saving. Disney, and providers like DTV lobby heavy and one thing is for for sure the rates will continue to increase faster then inflation and what people earn. There is no regulation. If anything, that problem is worse now that the supreme court ruled that corporations have legal representation under the Constitution.. now they have more rights then normal living humans in the states.
I personally think the carriers like a little battle like this to convince the viewers they are going to bat for them. But in the end, they will continually see hikes. IMO, they exceeded the price/value ratio many years back. Overall, content quality is lower with the amount of infomercials, reality shows, commercials in general. With no regulation to the madness, the only option left is to cut the cord. Eventually, they will keep raising the rates and cord cutting will become a bigger problem for these guys as they start hitting that price threshold for more subs. The biggest battle will come when they try to lower the ISP caps even more. Luckily, I live in an area with a decent DSL option and Comcast. So they probably won't get too crazy with broadband in an area with competition.
Not everyone cuts the cord. But I know many do whatever they can to trim or cut back services or drop to cheaper packages. As this continues, the content providers/carries will find ways to convince everyone for more rate hikes. It will probably backfire on them at some point.