I think American cable providers' refusal to offer a la carte television instead of their standard "bundles" is making them irrelevant in the at-home-entertainment discussion and they don't realize it. I know some networks are offering streaming options on their sites, but it's limited and doesn't compete with the internet-only based options effectively. (I can't comment on television options in other countries because I don't know.)
I know netstreaming content doesn't match major cable channels... but they're gaining. I haven't paid for cable personally in a long while because I can't justify the expense and there are options out there with a little patience. There's a lot I can get online for free or much cheaper. It just requires some searching and tech. savvy. While my parents' generation largely lacks the know-how to navigate online entertainment efficiently, our generation and younger do not. I doubt I'm the only consumer with the same budget restrictions.
I get the feeling that the old-school major cable providers are making the same mistakes as the American auto industry via failing to adapt to the modern market/consumer.
What do you think? Are they a long way off from major changes in pricing and offerings, or is their uppance coming soon?