You'll lose at least half the channels out there in an a la carte model. When it comes down to it, most channels are subsidized if you look at the ratings and the costs. The big channels get the most money and pay for the smaller channels. If the consumer wants a la carte, they'll have a lot less choice which is the ironic part because most people think a la carte = choice. It actually means the exact opposite because a number of channels simply cannot exist in an a la carte format.
Well, I do expect that the concentration of content owners will continue. The model I had in mind was content-owner bundles. Some of the really huge congloms like Disney might even offer multiple bundles.
But then at that point it's really not a la carte pricing anymore either. . . but at least the responsibility for price increases under such a model (Sixto's orginal point I was replying to) would fall on the shoulders of the people actually responsible for it, rather than the cable/sat companies being forced to be the "bad guy" facing the consumer.
Edited by georule, 10 June 2012 - 11:46 PM.