I know economy is in worse shape than, say, the late 90s. That said, when you run a business, the idea is the perception about your business is that it is such a value-added proposition, people are willing to pay a premium for it. IMHO, that was Directv pre-Mike White. The Mike White Directv is choosing that they are better off saving some bucks, so being the premium provider that could charge more for its services is no longer as important.
The pre-Mike White days programming costs were going up 5% and could be recovered with 4% to 5% price increases. Now they are going up 10% a year, and can't be recovered with price increases. Those are the realities of today's world.
For now, I'll stay with Directv, as it carries all NY-RSNs and the Uefa Champions League and the Uefa Europa league games. That said, just like Directv is firing warning shots to the local RSNs saying the days of paying any price to a local RSN are over, I"m also firing my warning shot: Drop MSG or MSG+ and I'm out.