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We're almost there anywhere.

I have a subscription for CBS Interactive solely because I want to have the Star Trek shows.

Disney+ because of Mandalorean.

I had a Hulu subscription solely because I wanted to watch a Tom Hardy show.

Saw today that HBO Max is doing a Snow Crash show -- will have to get that.

But what's happening is there's still tremendous overlap in content available through multiple OTT video solutions, and so the whole idea of cutting the cord is becoming more expensive -- but also getting me --again -- all kinds of stuff that I don't want.

So, I have a bunch of shows I watch on the various services -- I want to pay for those, happy to pay for those. Don't really need the others.

theircompetitor, Dec 19 2019

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       It's the logic convergence of pay-per-view and the idea of an over-arching "bundle". It'll end up as menu pricing for ever smaller chunks of content, plus a subscription for the carrier service.   

       Actually, the service providers know this and are sitting waiting for one of them to blink. The one that gets the business model right will clean up. It's a bit like the early days of mobile data when none of them could work out what pricing structure would give the best returns, because there was no precedent.
8th of 7, Dec 19 2019
  

       //Saw today that HBO Max is doing a Snow Crash show -- will have to get that.// Save your money - I had to pull out of that one at the last minute*.   

       Also, I'm not sure it's in any company's interests to sell you exactly (and only) what you want. By selling you a whole channel, they're also selling you more advertising or whatever.   

       (*a phrase that comes in handy more often than you'd imagine.)
MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 19 2019
  

       // I had to pull out of that one at the last minute//   

       I don't know Stephenson but I do know Brett Leonard, they might attach him for some episodes, I'll see if I can put in a word :)   

       Actually know the guy who used to run HBO before Time Warner, and several of the producers of Rome, or, as they called it, Tits and Sandals.
theircompetitor, Dec 19 2019
  

       // I'm not sure it's in any company's interests to sell you exactly (and only) what you want. //   

       Precisely. They're not sure either, but suspect that it might be- with the right pricing. The market is now very diverse and fragmented, and there are social and technological forces (the "YouTube" generation) altering the market place. "Broadcast" carriers probably don't have much lifespan left apart from real-time services like news, weather and sport - everything else will go "on demand".   

       That's a problem for largely advertising-supported services because embedding becomes that much more difficult.   

       It comes back to getting the right business model, probably with metered mcropayments plus a subscription.
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