Originally Posted by DrDon
In a business model where you were the customer, you might. But you're not. You're the product being delivered to the advertiser. Network programming is the bait that attracts you and local affiliates have the right to strike exclusivity deals with programming providers.
I understand that - didn't used to and you were probably the one that pointed it out some time back - but there's more than one prism through which to view it. If I'm not mistaken, it's federal law that enforces this. Which means federal law is supporting business that can't compete
to the detriment of the individual viewer. Follow the money ...
By "can't compete" I'm saying, why would anyone be willing to pay extra for a network package unless they had a serious gripe with their locals? Given the opportunity to deliver their programming direct to the viewer through a cable or satellite provider, bypass the affiliates completely, I'm very confident the networks would jump at it. They basically despise their affiliates, nothing but headaches. If that happened, the affiliates would either adapt or die. So what? The law of nature.
Unfortunately, it's politicians in charge of it all, and if anyone understands the concept of people being product, to be delivered to the highest bidder, well ...