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said by morbo:Ala carte should allow lease in any increment, be it per- channel, episode, series, season, hour, week, month, annual, or perpetual.
A la carte episodes is even more unlikely than a la carte channels. You can sort of do this with Amazon now - buy individual episodes. Do you do it?
There might also be cost variables for simultaneous and parallel ("social") viewing, density options, guaranteed delivery / priority bandwidth / full-double-buffering, 3D, screen size, numbers of viewers, type of viewer account (individual, family, disabled, commercial, office, bar, etc), and dozens of other factors not yet imagined.
But again, its quite unlikely any of this will happen.
reply to morbo
There are lots of reruns where we may only want to watch specific "classic" episodes. I shouldn't have to subscribe to various collections of content services just to get access to all the content I might want. I should be able to pick what I want and pay for what I want. I'm not talking about purchasing them for infinite viewing. This is pay per view. If it only costs something like 10 cents per rerun (some more expensive than others), I can watch a whole lot of entertainment for a lot less than the monthly cable bill.