After all the blackouts resulting from the negotiating disputes between content carriers and content creators (Cablevision vs. Tribune, DirecTV vs. Viacom, TimeWarner Cable vs. CBS, etc.), the public is growing increasingly frustrated at being used as pawns in the the big conglomerate battles. Now, there are other options, such as Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and other online streaming services, so that it's finally a viable possibility to detach from the cable/satellite teat and still view some of the programming we want, without spending a fortune.
Senator John McCain and other legislators are trying to force TV carriers to offer a la carte pricing -- pay for what you use. The cable and satellite companies argue that they have to pay high fees to the Hollywood content kings, and those regal content creators argue that they need the high fees to finance the quality shows that viewers have come to expect.
Would we really lose niche channels if a la carte pricing became the norm? I say, do away with networks and channels altogether and just offer individual shows. Would people who watch a lot of television end up actually having to pay more than before? I suggest offering discounts for high volume viewers -- the more you watch, the larger the discount.
A la carte pricing is an idea that's long overdue. Let viewers pick and choose exactly what they want to watch, and allow them to pay as they go. The time has come.