merry go round
the fact is more and more of these media companies are in fewer and fewer hands so those who are left will have to just deal with what remains.. I'm just waiting for the next shoe to drop.. either AT&T or Verizon will buy out one of the remaining companies (broadcast media holdings)... Disney, Fox, CBS/Upn/PIX.
if you want a-la-carte, you have to go to the internet for it.. cable companies as they are & seem to perpetually be a take it or leave it proposition. cord cutting is an end-to-a-means... and if your like the growing number of people who are fed up with media consolidation, out in the open propaganda and lame content which you no longer want to pay for amid ever increasing prices.. the internet is your answer. the only thing is, if you live in a broadband poor geography.. you're still screwed by these SAME monopolies. millions of consumers in the northeast wouldn't stand for it, that's why change happened (and is still a dysfunctional non-competitive market, the rest of the country is overcharged and underserved for wireline broadband, except google fiber). out in the country you have oodles more apathy to big businesses running amok.