There were three points I would like to comment on:
One was that cord cutters end up being as annoying as vegans on people who spend money on cable. This made me laugh, because it is true. I am a cord cutter, and I do tend to do that, but that is because it annoys me that people will be late on their insurance bill, their mortgage bill, rack up 15k on a cc, but they will still have the premium package. It is a utility, like water, to most people. It is that mindset that I think us cord cutters are really going about.
I LOVE TV, and if I was debt free, I would love a whole package, but the fact is most of us are really struggling in this economy. Little things have gone up slowly and we don't realize how bad it has become - hidden fees, blantant fees, downsizing food packages but keeping the price the same, milk and eggs have gone up, we still use quite a bit of gas, even at these prices... so when we can save $100 a month and help tread a bit easier, we get whiny about it
There is a lot of entertainment out there that is free, or cheap, or whatever, and I will tell you, since we cut the cord, our house is a lot cleaner; we used to have dust everywhere, dog hair, clothes in piles, windows unwashed. I am not joking - but it seems that since we streamlined how much we watch, all of those things have been tended to - our home has never looked nicer.
Second point was that Netflix has gone down hill as it became more popular; I disagree. It has changed, but honestly the Starz movies were mostly crummy, and PQ was terrible. I have noticed more back catalog of WB movies from the 60's and 70's, and I will take those great older movies over the current crop of movies - not because they were so much better, but I can get those from DVD's - I would rather have the older stuff in better PQ, and more of it. It always is the back catalog that is exciting to watch - to find a gem. Heck, some of the latest things to show up have been great - watched STRIPES a few nights ago - still funny! Also, they have been adding the quality cable series; Mythbusters, Mad Men, How its Made, No Reservations, etc. That has been AWESOME. When the network shows go on hiatus for a few weeks or months, we can watch a whole series, and it is fantastic. So I think the agreements Netflix have been doing have been good for the service.
Third point: as for ESPN3 - I only watch the odd ball stuff - cricket, rugby, polo, that kind of stuff. I am not a sports fan, so it is fun to watch what other countries play - so I can't comment on the football or basketball that airs there. PQ can be fair to good, but we do watch on a SD TV. I would be fine with it only showing stuff like poker, gymnastics, soccer, etc.