said by CXM_Splicer:
A mere pittance to companies of this size... this isn't some guy in his basement with Video Vegas. Any (or all) of those services could be contracted out, just think Netflix selling ala carte channels with prices set by the providers. I think the bigger obstacle is they are all afraid to stand on their own; they prefer the safety in numbers to the possibility no one would buy them.
The "size" of a company doesn't mean they can engage in foolish, large-scale money-losing business practices, and make it up on the volume.
When you form a company of that size, maybe you can show us how its done.
Or in the short run, get them to hire you. We're all eagerly waiting for a premium ala-carte offering at a Netflix price!
Indeed, they are "afraid" to stand on their own - they have no need or want to trade known/predictable/objective/assured wholesale rents to last-mile networks for the uncertainty and peril of direct-to-consumer sale.
You seriously underestimate the overhead, headaches, and loss of goodwill associated with such a move, while you clearly don't consider the real-world revenue impacts.