Originally Posted by Brutus
You're missing something too, though. There is a consensus in the industry that eventually we'll wind up with a la carte programming. Once that happens, the leverage RSNs have will be diminished a bit and arguably the contracts with RSNs might suffer. If a la carte programming happens, it will especially make sense to bundle the product together online because right now TV networks profit by forcing bundles on cable operators, and in turn are able to pay more for rights fees. There is a point when consumers will stop paying for cable packages once it gets too bloated. Once that happens, there will be a big push in the industry to ditch the current model. Some have even speculated congress and the FCC will get involved and legislate it. Who knows... but it will happen at some point.
Sports is literally the only reason I have cable right now. Between Netflix, Hulu Plus, Computers that can be hooked up to an antenna and record local TV, Amazon Prime, Youtube, Vimeo and a few other places, I could easily get by Cable if I weren't locked into sports. If I didn't live in the Cincinnati area, I probably wouldn't have cable because I would just buy MLB.tv and package it with some of the above options for my programming needs. For the non-sports fan, they can truly get away from cable pretty easily and still get HD programming directly onto their TV.