Netflix is not a "universal" sub, either though. The main thing holding back subscription models I think is exclusivity deals. Producers want to maximise the return they have on each unit of content, so either offer exclusivity deals or go in to the distribution market themselves. This gives the consumer a fragmented and shitter experience, like you say.
Completely. I recently discovered the joys of PS+ which is, basically, a monthly sub for free old games. A couple of big, old, releases and a handful of PSN titles for the price of you sub. Its great.
Before long we'll be looking at a completely different picture with regards to the concepts of ownership and distribution, and all of this will be moot. Think Netflix and I suspect you won't be far off.
If there was a Netflix for comics, I would also be all over that. I know marvel do a subs based model, but I donít want a sub here, a sub there, I want a single site that I can pay to stream my pull lists to me.
Certain content distributors effectively run a protection racket. Sky is one particular shitty example. Sky can out bid anyone for movies and series because they have so many paying subscribers. People pay sky subscriptions because they would not be able to see the content they want any other way. What Sky contributes to the system as a whole is fairly trivial.
Edited by Chopsen at 11:38:11 12-11-2012