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Re: This is why TW is so expensive
said by bn1221:The problem with that is that content providers are likely paid more by networks and operators wanting exclusive licenses across their footprint than content creators are likely to get from web licenses or distributing themselves.
How about they stop paying for that, lower the cable bill and let the content providers make money putting shows on the web....
So most studios sell exclusive rights to the highest bidders for guaranteed revenue instead of taking a bigger chance on lower-margin higher-support-cost sales. Selling to other networks/operators/distributors instead of end-users also spares them the trouble and expense of setting up a payment system and managing individual subscribers/clients.
It is easy to protest against exclusivity deals but there is no guarantee that preventing them would improve things in any way. It could very well cause studios to quit investing in higher-production-cost series (more difficult to find enough buyers willing to pay enough) and settle for more talk/unreality shows that have much lower production costs while generating just as much if not more revenue than more polished, higher-budget SciFi/fantasy/etc. shows.
It may sound nice at first but may have multiple perverse and unintended consequences.