For something like this to be affordable, a service like Hulu is required in order to bring total cost down. Programming dilution is the main issue. With so many networks and specialty stations, it can easily be as expensive as subscribing to a cable or satellite BDU. That's because dilution causes popular shows to be spread many individual stations. US networks have at least one sister station that is cable only and airs different content. The situation is just as bad in Canada. That could be alleviated somewhat if CBS, for example, decided to include shows from its other holdings. Those include CBS Sports, Showtime, the CW (50% share) and Eleven (Australia.) At $5.99 each, the cost become prohibitive. At $5.99 inclusive, the cost becomes more reasonable.