That is where you make your mistake. My description includes distribution. It is only in distributing the product that most of the players in the game get paid. It is true that there is bulk distribution via compilations. Grouping songs together for sale has been common long before there were any piles of bits to discuss. But a two sided 45 or an album is not a monthly TV subscription. The worlds are colliding. People can subscribe monthly to linear music channels that provide access to the songs they want to hear instead of buying the albums (some very specific to the listener). And people can buy television programming by season or by program as an option to watching a linear channel. But to say what works for music MUST work for television and the traditional way of selling TV will die is overly optimistic. Music moving to include channel subscription as a distribution model SUPPORTS television's method of selling content. TV content producers can use the non-linear model but the real money comes from getting on a channel and getting your show sold to millions of viewers whether or not they want to watch the show. It makes it much easier to be seen by that audience if the content is delivered pre-paid to their homes instead of needing to convince people to pay to watch each program. As an example, lets look at the 1980's sitcom Alf. If you know you want to watch it you could buy the DVDs. Or you could buy episodes or other subscriptions via a streaming provider. But with a per show price tag for viewing would you buy Alf? If so, great! The owner gets paid! But it is much easier for that owner to offer the program via a linear channel (currently airing on HUB). The owner gets paid based on the millions of people subscribing to Hub and subscribers can watch without rationalizing the individual purchase price for each show. 50c per month to Hub delivers several episodes of Alf plus dozens of similar programs. And Hub can afford to charge only 50c for their network because they have millions of subscribers they can leverage for advertising. Take a way the bulk purchasing ... take away the advertiser support ... and explain how a content owner makes money without charging a lot more for their product.