Originally Posted by Unassisted
I've never heard that any forces within the industry, other than OTT providers like Netflix, are pushing for that. Netflix's competitors like HBO are pushing back just as hard to keep the status quo.
Considering the huge impact on revenue that eliminating blackouts and RSN basic-carriage provisions would have, I could easily picture Bud Selig testifying before Congress against a la carte delivery. Bud's signature accomplishment is the billions of dollars in revenue that now flows into MLB, mostly from media contracts. He publicly pleads ignorance about the blackout rules, But I'm certain he knows full well that RSN revenue can't be replaced in-market with OTT delivery.
A lot of operators would love to go to a la carte programming. They're tired of Disney, Viacom and other companies shoving low-rated channels down their throats in bundles, forcing them to pay 20-50 cents per subscriber per month when very few people want to watch these secondary networks.
When Time Warner deals with Disney, it's not just paying market value for Disney, ESPN and ESPN2. It's being forced to take on ESPN Classic, ESPNU, ESPN News, Disney XD, etc. These networks bundle all of their channels and force up the rates paid through subscriber fees or else they threaten to yank all their channels off the air.
So what's happening is the rates are in turn jacked up on the consumers. Eventually, consumers will stop paying the money and everyone in the industry, to a man, knows that and admits it. When that happens, everyone expects some form of a la carte. But for now, they're trying to milk the system as long as they can before it crumbles.