AsianXL wrote: ↑ I think subscription cable will be dead in a few more years. I think it's absurd to pay for overpriced cable packages while being forced to watch TV ads at the same time.
In Asia, subscription TV services are already dead. People only pay for netflix-like services for VOD content. Most of the major networks provide free live and replay content over satellite, internet live streams or IPTV boxes. TV Networks upload their latest content on Youtube for people to watch for free (China). Major networks make most of their revenue from TV ads, and from selling product placements from their TV dramas (Korea and Japan).
zod wrote: ↑ That part I get, but I don't think they charge much for carriage on cable.. IE they still make most of their money via adds (allthough I suppose because the cable companies own the OTA station, they have a vested interest in getting people to sub to basic cable to get them).
I feel like the ad revenue based TV channel isn't dead, it's just hard to get people to pay for it. IE the double dipping. If stuff is OTA anyways, and people can get it for free with an antenna, why not stream it for free and get that ad revenue. I'm not going to pay for CTV or cable, but you'd get ad revenue from me if it was available to stream for free.
Think the same thing when I tried to view global love. It's ridiculous. I would have to mount an antenna on my roof to get the channels(my laziness only thing that keeps me from doing it) but rather do that than pay bell or videotron.