said by TAZ:
The future is to consume by the show. Pay by the episode or subscribe to a show/season at a reduced price. (Already being done.)
How naive. Where is the money going to come from to make many shows and see which ones are hits and which ones are flops? The quality of programming will drop dramatically, if only because the volume of content being available on a "trial" basis will be decimated.
Not to mention that the niche content that most of the people who bellyache about "a-la-carte" consume will be the most outrageously priced, as the demand for it will be a fraction of that of the mainstream content (sports, MTV, etc.). That niche programming may even cease to exist under a supply/demand model.
So, if you think paying $100 a month for 300 channels is bad, wait until you're paying $100 a month for the 4 or 5 shows you actually watch, and have no other content available to you, ever, under any circumstances, unless you pay more money to the content cartels. The current system *works*. There, I said it. IT WORKS!!
I, for one, enjoy knowing that should I choose to want to watch something that I wouldn't normally, I have the option to do so without any additional cash extraction from my wallet. Relatives sometimes visit, they may want to watch the Military Channel, their kids may want to watch some Nickelodeon or Disney Channel. I don't watch those channels regularly, but something might catch my eye one day.
If I was only "buying" the three or four shows I watch religiously, I would never have the chance to be exposed to any other content outside my box. So enjoy the closed-minded, compartmentalized future of "a-la-carte"! Where you can pay more and get less. I'm sure you will all eventually get your way once the providers and networks realize how much more money they can get from you idiots while providing less product overall.