Originally Posted by Defcon
This is no different from pay per channel cable tv. Which is a model in many countries but of course not in the US where FCC exists to serve corporations and they have monopolies allowing them to ripoff consumers. In Asia you can pick the channels you want for pennis/channel and if you add a bunch you get a discount too. You don't have to pick Comcasts extra/preferred/plus nonsense which has 5channels you want and 100 nonsense ones.
Getting users to accept paying for multiple streaming services, like you are happy to do, is exactly what these companies want. Most users are not going to cancel their subscriptions or juggle them. Imagine if tomorrow Netflix was split into drama/scifi/talk show/originals/romance/action tiers, you pay $5 for each. I bet you'd be happy with that and tell people its better for them since they can pick and choose.
Most of us usually choose movies to see, books to read, games to play, and most other creative media of substance on a title-by-title basis. And we usually pay fr it that way as well.
Why is TV different? I suggest that it's because lifetimes of "free" broadcast TV have conditioned us to that perspective, and that's mostly all it is. This conditioning suggest to us that TV shows aren't worth paying for.
All I'm suggesting is that today it makes more sense to start by deciding specifically what series to watch, to wait until a unit (season or whatever) of that series is complete and available, and then buy it the same way you'd buy a book or a premium game or tickets to a movie. And that buying a month of the service that streams the show is a viable and inexpensive way to do that.
Should these services stop allowing ad hoc opt-in/opt-out, then obviously this strategy would require re-thinking. But revenue is better than no revenue, and there are large corporate forces, like Amazon with its Channels, with strong interest in supporting this model.
Of course they're counting on human inertia and forgetfulness, on people just not canceling when they're done. But the tools are there ( I just set a phone reminder when I subscribe to tell me its now time to cancel). If all this is too much work for somebody, I have no further advice. IMO, the hard part is changing how you think about it, not the actual management of one's viewing options.