Hey I agree with you. Networks, even local channels, want money from cable companies to carry their programming. Here in my area Time Warner Cable wasn’t going to carry my local channel 9 because they wanted too much. Channel 9, advertised this saying that you will lose ALL your favorite shows like Lost thanks to Time Warner. Anyways, they caved and payed them what they wanted. This all results in higher prices for the consumer in the end and it is getting ridiculous. Viacom wanted nearly $250 million from Time Warner for their programming on MTV, VH-1, Comedy Central, ect… Soon after Time Warner agreed to it, they announced a price increase for their subscribers.
But with that said, let’s say everyone goes to a site like Hulu for their TV watching. Do you really think cable providers will allow that kind of free viewing without consequences? What will happen is a cap on how much you can download and that will nip that in the bud fast. Then, once the cap is imposed, their services will be exempt from the cap and the services like Hulu or even Netflix won’t. About all ISP’s here in the US will do this if they offer television service coupled with internet. It is in their best interest to keep you from watching for free because it means the end for their overpriced television plans.
Here in our house, the wife and I are thinking about cancelling the TV and upgrading the net. There is so much junk that we pay for that we never watch. About 10-15 channels out of 100 are even watched by us so why pay for the rest? Anyways, if they, cable and satellite providers, were smart, they would offer the chance to pick the channels that you want. That way, they could bargain for lower prices being paid to networks that have little subscriber viewership.