Santa Monica, CA
There is no gridlock
Cable and satellite companies manage to buy content for their base, year after year, despite ContentCo's effective monopoly power.
Only Apple refuses to do so.
In their usual hubris, they seem to believe they have the right to take the content owner's property and dictate the price, just because they're going to deliver it on a 2K TV / STB.
Even Google (finally) managed to learn a lesson from their GoogleTV box - Kansas City Fiberhoods may not have ESPN or HBO, but the lineup is 80% of what America wants.