An often dished out soundbite is that competition is good for consumers because it drives down prices.
But that is clearly twaddle when it comes to pay TV. It used to be if you wanted to watch sport and the other premium channels you got Sky. They had everything that wasn't on terestrial. No competition but so what, you paid once, you got what you wanted. And the price was kept reasonable by people being unwilling to pay full above the odds and instead choosing to do without.
But now we have Sky, BT sport, Netflix, Love Film, Blinkbox, etc all with their own exclusive content. All competing to drive down prices. But they all need as much exclusive content as they can get to entice us in, so they are paying top dollar for whatever they can get. The content providers are getting rich and the middle men are passing on the cost to us, so not only do we end up paying more, but we now get less.
This clearly sucks. No wonder people choose to get their content by more shady means.
So what is the solution? How can we the consumer force a change to the system. We are all quite happy to reward the content producers, the sports teams and players etc. but how do we get away from the horrible circle jerk that is exclusive contenet and delivery platforms? How do we cut out the middle man who isn't adding any value but is bleeding us dry?