Originally Posted by posg
Cable certainly has the pockets and the vertical integration to beat broadcasters at their own game.
Broadcasters buy most of their programming anyway. They're not the only guys with a checkbook. I'd love to see some high profile network program defect to cable. And cable gets the rest of the sports. You don't think that can happen ????
If HBO can produce a "Sopranos", while NBC produces a "Surface", you think the cable industry is gonna take this lying down. If broadcasters jump the cable ship, there's gonna be a lot of "Howard Stern" style defections, both in talent and production. THE MONEY'S THERE.
It only works in the current model. A la carte would totally throw this business model on its ear.
To another of your points: You are aware, I am sure, that the networks tend to buy most of their programming from their own production studios -- or from studios owned by another network.
And HBO can produce a gritty, nudity and profanity-laden series (or several) while NBC can't. The obscenity rules are strict for OTA stations -- and, according to legislation near passage, about to get stricter.
I am not sure anyone has been saying the cable channels should go away. Just the opposite: much of this has been to counter the argument that the traditional stations have little -- or less -- value than cable.
Speaking of which, here are just some of the cable networks owned by conglomerates:CBS:
MTV Networks â€“ MTV
Nick at Nite
CMT: Country Music Television
Fox Sports Net (14 owned and operated RSNs)
National Geographic Channel
Fox College Sports
Fox Sports en Espanol
Fox Movie Channel
Fox Soccer Channel
Fox RealityTime Warner
CNN / U.S.
CNN Headline News
Turner Classic Movies
Turner Network TelevisionComcast
E! Entertainment Television
The Golf Channel
PBS KIDS Sprout
TV One and four regional Comcast SportsNets.Cablevision
FSN Bay Area
WE: Womenâ€™s Entertainment