We understand why media and entertainment want to try to wring out every dollar for every entertaining moment that consumers use, envision, plan and think about. But I think the streaming issues as highlighted here show the stupid myopia of a few big-city urbanites who never travel past the 'burbs. There is a huge amount of America that is still on DSL - suh-low connections - even though the late '90s Prez-VP duo had every bar-ditch in the country excavated to hold fiber optics.
(Every police station, library, school, hospital, clinic that receives a US Federal Dollar has access to a fiber feed. Unfortunately, that was denied by the next admin who saw “control for profit’s sake” as more important than citizen access to high-speed Internet. And who says China and North Korea are the only control-minded ones?!!)
But the fact is, when American towns and cities were littered with 1-TV-Station-Only, which reaped all the local profit rewards, consumers wanted more More MORE. So first it was UHF? Then broadband cable? The additional local stations landed.
It’s easy to understand the Entertainment Biz believing they need to control and monopolize their products on their schedule and at their approval.
This is why Physical Media still has the attraction for me. “I can have my entertainment on MY schedule.” Not based on my bank-balance. OR my preferred residential location. Urbanizing the world in a few huge Tokyo’s or Beijing’s has the highest negative sentiment for me.